Defining Our Global Priorities

Saturday, November 15th – 9am to 1pm

University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond)


Pre-registration is now open for the Community Consultation on the UN’s development goals for 2016 – 2030.

If you are planning to attend this historic event, please sign up here:

You’ll be asked to give your name and contact information. You’ll also be asked to identify the break-out group(s) you want to participate in.

The consultation will take place on Saturday, November 15th, 9am to 1pm, at the University of Central Oklahoma:

Nigh University Center
3rd Floor — Ballrooms A and B

100 North University Drive
Edmond, OK   73034

The session will begin with a general overview of the UN’s development goals. Then, participants will be invited to engage in a discussion of 5 key topics:

·       End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.

·       Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities.

·       Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

·       Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all.

·       Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Each of these goals will be discussed in a separate break-out group. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in as many groups as time will allow.

“Study Snacks” will be served.

At the end of the Community Consultation, all of the public comments we receive will be summarized and forwarded to our national office of the United Nations Association of the USA. An input report will be prepared – like this one from a group of similar Consultations that took place last year.

Context

(from UNA-USA)

For the past 15 years, the global development agenda has been driven and measured by the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Early on, the MDGs were criticized for being too aspirational and critics warned that setting lofty goals would result in disappointing outcomes. But since the adoption of the MDGs, the world has seen unprecedented progress in eliminating poverty, hunger and disease, promoting gender equality and education, and fostering international cooperation. Due to this success, a collaborative and global process is now taking place at the UN to form a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will continue the work of the MDGs beyond 2015.

Under the direction of the Office of the Secretary General, the UN designed an open and inclusive strategy for setting the Post-2015 Development Agenda that encouraged the participation of stakeholders at all levels.  UNA-USA became one of those contributors last year when it led the effort to organize over 30 Chapter consultations in the United States and reported the results of these conversations to the UN. With one year left until the Post-2015 Development Agenda is set, UNA-USA has an important role to play in shaping the policy debates at the UN and is uniquely positioned to energize communities to take action and promote the importance of the SDGs at the local and national level.

As part of UNA-USA’s effort to participate in the setting of the SDGs and advocate for their successful adoption, 33 Chapters have been selected to hold Post-2015 events in their communities. These events are taking place across the country and together will lead a campaign to inform the U.S. population of this important moment at the UN and build a coalition of grassroots supporters for collaborative and universal global development.

See more at:

Our Oklahoma City chapter of the United Nations Association is proud to be a part of this nation-wide effort to provide input into the UN’s development goals for 2016 – 2030.

We look forward to working with you to support the American values that are reflected in the United Nations Charter.
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