UNA Brooklyn rocked the house – or better said “rocked the hall” – for our UN Day 70th anniversary celebration last month, Thursday, October 22nd, 2015. At Brooklyn’s biggest-ever UN Day, Borough President Eric Adams joined the program and welcomed nearly two hundred guests and a dozen NGOs, community groups and schools, along with several great keynote speakers to Brooklyn Borough Hall. The event also featured a fantastic buffet plus live music, with the French-Algerian sounds of Ourida plus DJ Jumpertz IN THE HOUSE!
The United Nations Association of the U.S.A. had asked local chapters to focus UN Day and 70th anniversary events on the new Sustainable Development Goals, and we met the challenge! Our speakers and NGO participants addressed SDGs and their related efforts, such as advancing gender equality, fighting climate change, and ending extreme poverty. Recognizing that the UN’s founding purpose was to tackle the scourge of war, we were very honored as well that our speakers also included an expert from the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (UNDPKO).
The rousing event began with networking and educational opportunities with numerous NGOs hosting information tables about their SDG-related initiatives and campaigns. Among them were activists and officials from the UNA Energy Project, Midwives for Haiti, Long Island University’s UN Graduate Certificate Program, New York Public Interest Research Group, 350 Brooklyn (a chapter of 350.org),