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UN Events and Campaigns: UN General Assembly Edition

This edition focuses on events held on the Occasion of the UN General Assembly, which begins September 18. The UN General Debates begin September 25. If you will be on the Seton Hall campus that day, you are welcome to join us for a watch party of the live broadcast of the debates. You can also watch the broadcast here.

Below you will find a selection of some of the events held on the occasion of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), including high-level side events and events held by NGOs and national delegations. September 24 – 30 is Climate Week NYC: events held in association with Climate Week NYC are found underneath the UNGA-related events. Be sure to check events for both this week and next week, as spots fill up soon and some events for next week require you to RSVP in the next few days.

Events Held on the Occasion of the UN General Assembly (Some selections)
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The majority of the events listed below are free of charge and do not require a UN Grounds Pass.

Harnessing Innovation for Economic Stability
September 20, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
In a world of increased economic, social and environmental volatility, economic stability is growing in importance and innovators are responding. Entrepreneurs, governments and the global development community are using mobile technology, data and financial services to meet these challenges and promote economic stability for the world’s poor and vulnerable people.​
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Education in Emergencies: Exploring Innovation, Opportunities, and Challenges
September 20, 6:00 pm
There has been a global increase in emergencies resulting from war, conflict, and natural disasters that have had a dramatic effect on children’s social development. Crises often disrupt schooling and threaten a child’s future as well as a country’s stability. About a quarter of students who do not attend school live in crises-affected countries, where humanitarian aid is often insufficient to provide long-term educational opportunities.

This panel discussion will bring together a diverse group of experts in education, including direct responders who work to ensure children receive quality education in emergency situations. They will share innovative approaches to providing education, opportunities for further investment, and strategies for how stakeholders can support education in existing and future crises.
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Media, Messaging, and Social Movements
September 20, 6:30 pm
In a world where fake news and click bait seem to dominate our news feeds and mainstream media, how do we use the tools at our fingertips to create awareness around social issues instead of spreading misinformation? How do we then turn awareness into action?
Hear from a wide array of speakers from various sectors on this topic including youth accountability advocates working with Restless Development in Tanzania and India.
Supported by BBC Media Action. Event space provided by BBC Studios.
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Impact of Corruption and the Lack of Accountability on the Implementation of the SDGs in Nigeria
September 21, 1:00 pm
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The Power of Positive Narratives for Peace
September 21, 6:00 pm
As the bustle of the UN General Assembly swirls, PartnersGlobal and our co-sponsors looks forward to being together for a special reception to celebrate the International Day of Peace. The event will showcase the myriad voices, channels and messages contributing to powerful Narratives for Peace. Come enjoy a mix of world music, including a live performance from a rising Lebanese star, and learn more about how different actors – from media and advertising to civil society and youth – are using creativity as a powerful tool for narrative change.
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Global People’s Summit
September 22, 9:00 am
The Global People’s Summit leverages innovative technology to create the first-ever fully online summit that connects the world to the United Nations General Assembly to discuss solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Organized by The Humanity Lab Foundation and the United Nations Office of Partnerships, the Global People’s Summit creates space for accessible conversations, innovative partnerships and inspiration to catalyze action for the Sustainable Development Goals, all around the world. We give all people a seat at the table to create the future we want.
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The Spirit of a Movement
September 22, 6:00 pm
Part of the Global Citizen Festival: an evening celebrating leaders of the past who have changed the world and leaders of today who are leading the way.
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Social Good Summit
23 September
The intersection of technology and new media has redefined our understanding of human progress. In the midst of this rapidly changing world, the Social Good Summit focuses on where we’re headed. Held annually during the United Nations General Assembly week, the Summit unites a lively community of global citizens and progressive thought leaders around a common theme: #2030NOW. A dynamic exploration of the world we want to live in by 2030, the Social Good Summit will focus on how we can unlock technology’s potential to make the world a better place.
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Reimagining Antenatal Care: How to increase women’s attendance and save lives
September 23. 2018 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm

TB Voices: Surviving the World’s Top Most Infectious Killer
September 24, 7:30 am
Harvard Club

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Data Driving Change: EM2030 SDG Gender Index
September 24, 12:30 pm
Japan Society

Equal Measures 2030 (EM2030) will present EM2030’s SDG Gender Index framework, the most comprehensive Index on gender equality aligned to the SDGs and rooted in the expressed needs of gender advocates worldwide. During our event, we will explore the pilot SDG Gender Index, populated this year for our six focus countries, and interact with a wealth of data, evidence, and stories hosted on EM2030’s online Gender Advocates Data Hub and global report (both live on 19 September).

Putting Political Will into Action: Public-Private Partnerships to End TB
September 24, 2:30 pm
Harvard Club


Scaling Solutions and Shifting Systems: The Power of Collaboration
September 24, 5:45 pm
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Data to End Hunger
September 24, 6:30
RSVP by September 18
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Women Leading the Way: The Power of Women’s Leadership in Politics, Businesses and Communities
September 25, 8:30
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Empowering Girls, Opening Futures: Evidence-Based Programming for Indigenous Girls in the Americas
September 25, 10:00 – 11:30
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EAT Forum at UNGA
25 September 2018, 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
Conference Room 3, UN Headquarters
Food System Approaches to the Prevention of NCDs
You are cordially invited to a side event hosted by EAT in collaboration with the Governments of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Indonesia and the Nordic Council of Ministers during the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly.
RSVP by 19 September
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High-level Event on Women’s Empowerment
From Vulnerable to Protagonist: Empowering Women Against Human Rights Denial Committed “For Her Own Good”
25 September 2018, 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
Conference Room 11, United Nations Headquarters, New York
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A Roadmap to the Future of Global Sustainable Growth: Closing the Loop with Partnerships and Circular Business Models
September 25, 4:30 pm
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How the Private Sector Can Align to the SDGs: Emerging Business Models
September 25, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Breaking the Cycle between Conflict and Hunger: Working towards Sustainable Peace and Zero Hunger
September 25, 6:30 pm
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Faster, Smarter, Safer: Progress and Pitfalls in Outbreak Preparedness
September 26, 8:00 am
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Implementing the Global Compact on Refugees from a Faith Perspective
September 26, 10:00 am

HeForShe IMPACT Summit 2018
September 26, 10:00 am
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Supporting Communities to end Child Marriage, Launch of the Girls First Fund
September 26, 5:00 pm
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“The power of education to prevent racism and discrimination: The case of anti-Semitism” 26 September 2018, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Conference Room 6, United Nations Headquarters, New York
RSVP by September 20

Invest in Women, Affect Climate Change
September 26, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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*This event is currently at capacity, but you can register for a video streaming link above.

The Youth, peace and security agenda towards sustaining peace and preventing violent extremism
28 September 2018, 10 – 12 p.m.
Trusteeship Chamber, UN Headquarters
A ministerial side-event on the margins of the 73rd General Assembly to launch the full version of the Missing Peace: Independent Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security. #youth4peace
RSVP by 21 September

Climate Week NYC
September 24 – September 30

The Next Resilience Frontier: Small and Medium Sized City Climate Action
September 24, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Fighting Back Against Attacks on Climate Science
September 24, 6:30 pm
Columbia University Law School
Attacks on both the message and the messengers of climate science have been disturbingly resilient.  The event will cover: Why is that? What are the best ways to reconnect sound science with clear-thinking public action on climate change? What strategies are climate scientists and science communicators developing now?
Climate scientists and climate media professionals will speak up and speak out on these issues.
This event is free but spaces are limited.

Disrupting Climate Change: Financing the Energy Transition
September 25, 4:00 pm
Hosted by JP Morgan Chase and C2ES. The event will feature a conversation exploring the challenges and opportunities associated with financing new low-carbon technologies. Business leaders will share the work their companies are undertaking to develop new technologies, and discuss ways in which the financial sector and industry are partnering to advance these efforts.
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How well do the Dow Jones 30 manage climate change impacts?
September 26, 8:30 am – 11:30 am

The Global Pact for the Environment: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the Future of International Environmental Governance
September 26, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
On the morning of September 26, 2018, the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), under the guidance of Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on the SDGs, and Laurent Fabius, President of the Constitutional Council of the French Republic, will host a conference to discuss the Global Pact for the Environment. The Global Pact for the Environment aims to unify international environmental governance and codify a human right to the environment in international law.

Institutionalizing Climate Change into Decision-Making
September 26, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
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Energy and Environmental Policy: The Quest for Rationality
September 28, 9:30 am – 7:00 pm

Upcoming International Days
September 21: International Day of Peace
September 23: International Day of Sign Languages
September 26: International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
September 27: World Tourism Day, World Maritime Day
September 28: International Day for Universal Access to Information, World Rabies Day
September 30: International Translation Day

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