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Komal Junejo is a 2014 UNA-USA Social Good Summit Blogger Fellow. View this post on her blog.

 

5 (OF THE MANY) THOUGHT-PROVOKING MOMENTS FROM THE SOCIAL GOOD SUMMIT, DAY ONE

1. The opening speech:

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The first words spoken on the stage at the 92 Y venue were “I am proud that today you’ll see as many women speak on this stage as men.”

 

2: Video Chat with Pharrell on the International Day of Peace:

His song Happy overcame cultural barriers and inequalities. He talks about the power of connectivity.

 

3: The Inspiring Real-World Action in Women’s Movements Panel:
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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says, “Gender discrimination is the most tolerated human rights violation on earth today”. She mentions that there is not a single country that has yet to achieve complete gender equality.

The HeForShe goal is announced to be 1 billion men strong by September next year, in time for the 2015 General Assembly.

 

4: Beyond Right and Wrong asks the question: “What is forgiveness?”:

Robi Damelin says that she didn’t know the true meaning of forgiveness till she met a South African woman who forgave the man who killed her children. The woman said that forgiving is giving up your just right to revenge. The culprit responded, “from her forgiving me she has released me from the prison of my inhumanity”.

Damelin also addresses the issues between Israel and Palestine, asking people to stop taking sides. She says, “Israel will never be free until Palestine is free”.

 

5.  Panel with Dr. Donald Hopkins, the man who eradicated smallpox:

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The American Museum of Natural History will host an exhibit on the last strand of Guinea worm in mid January 2015. ” The Guinea Worm campaign will prove for second time that a disease can be eradicated,” says Hopkins.

Meanwhile, in other New York news :100+ world leaders gathered in the city. 2808 solidarity events in 166 countries. This has been the largest climate march ever.

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