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 […]

The Give Me 5 Campaign Goes to Montreal Canada! SDG Youth Training at Concordia University

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(New York)– The Give Me Five Campaign was humbled to be invited by  Steve Lee and his colleagues at the  Foundation for Environmental Stewardship (FES) to lead a Sustainable Development Goal  (SDG) student training at prestigious Concordia University on March 22nd! The training was also made possible by the fantastic group  Engineers Without Borders” (EWB)whose student chapter at […]

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 […]

Economic Integration of Refugees

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Europe’s policy on refugees operates under the Common European Asylum System (CEAS), which guarantees individuals certain rights as soon as they come on European soil. When asylum seekers arrive in Europe they have “no legal duty to claim asylum in the first EU state they reach” and many move on to find family or a […]

Give Me Five Guest Blog- Six Sustainable Development Goals and why they matter for persons with disabilities

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The Give Me Five Campaign is pleased to welcome a guest blog by Elizabeth Lockwood, United Nations Representative for CBM International.   Happy New Year! In 2017, as an advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities at CBM, I will continue to engage in the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the implementation of […]

Private Sector Best Practices- “The Future of Spaceship Earth” DNV-GL

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Perspective: The private sector has a tremendous role to play in the Sustainable Development Goals achievement. Business leadership is a strong voice (one of the strongest) in our collectively ambitious international framework. This is because I would argue that supply chains, brand identities, and markets inextricably transcend national borders. Apart from examining or qualitatively evaluating […]

Data Tools and Citizen Engagement for Climate Change Advocacy

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Taking stock on environmental action, citizens must be informed and  vigilant. Even more important, people need the forum and strong voice to advocate decision makers on climate issues. Effective and innovative data, communication, social media, and education platforms are how citizens can lobby. Have a look at some tremendous work being done to amplify citizens […]

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 […]