Earth Day 2017

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Every year on April 22 since 1970, the United Nations observes International Mother Earth Day, or simply, “Earth Day”. The UN partners with the Earth Day Network to raise awareness around the globe and bring our attention to the needs of the planet, rather than our own individual needs, through events and publications. “International Mother […]

ECOSOC Partnership Forum: Infrastructure

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Yesterday, Wednesday April 5, was the UN Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) 2017 Partnership Forum. I know, I know; “partnerships again, Eliza?” At Give Me 5!, we focus so much on partnerships because the 2030 Agenda would be impossible to achieve alone. The SDGs are lofty goals, but when the international community is on the […]

World Water Day 2017: Waste Not, Want Not

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Beginning in 1993, the United Nations has designated March 22 every year as World Water Day. The goal of this designation is to bring global awareness and action to the growing water crisis that is plaguing the world. Less than 3% of the water on Earth is potable, and much of that 3% is trapped […]

Global Partnerships Week: An Endeavor in Sustainability

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Last week, March 6-12, the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) hosted the annual Global Partnerships Week (GPW) at the United States Institute of Peace. The Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships within the State Department partnered with the U.S. Global Development Lab of USAID, Concordia, and PeaceTech Lab to celebrate the collaboration […]

A Renewed Fight Against FGM

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Yesterday, February 6, 2017, was the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. For those who are unfamiliar with the term, female genital mutilation (FGM) is characterized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as, “all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female […]

Give Me 5 Activities: the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development

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Give Me 5 Special Report The NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY (O1-26-2017) “Interfaith Partnerships for the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda”     The Give Me 5 Campaign was proud to be in attendance and a co-organizer along with other leading Sponsors including the UN Secretary General’s TOGETHER Campaign of the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY […]

Give Me 5! Activities: A Sunday of Unity with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock

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“Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion and knowledge” – Plato When I was first asked by Juan to deliver a speech to the of Unity with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock titled “Coming Together to Achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals”, I was both honored and a bit confused. While […]