UN Day NJ 2014 Recap

The Eighteenth Annual
United Nations Day 2014

Continuing the Pledge:
Sustaining Development Through Environmental Responsibility
  Recap of the Day - Student Resolutions - Background Materials

United Nations Day New Jersey was held on Friday October 24 at St. Joseph High School in Hammonton, NJ.

Recap of the Day:
  Students from 7 area schools came together on the topic of Sustainable Development. Students started the day with our Keynote Speaker Jorge Laguna-Celis (@jorgelaguna). Mr. Laguna-Celis shared his experiences in the field regarding his work with the United Nations Environmental Program (@UNEP).

Mr. Laguna-Celis spoke about the My World 2015 campaign. He spoke about the successes of the Millennium Development Goals and the shaping of the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals. When asked about how he responds to detractors of the United Nations, Mr. Laguna-Celis asked students to imagine a world without the UN. No global development program, no global child advocacy organization, no global environmental program, no forum for international justice.

Mr. Laguna-Celis encouraged the students to keep trying, even if they do not succeed on the first try. He recommended that students look into the UN Envoy on Youth (http://www.un.org/youthenvoy/) for more ways to be involved in global issues, and also the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (http://www.ipcc.ch) to learn more about the current state of global climate change.

Students then went into break out sessions on the following topics.
(a) Sanitation and Clean Water 
(b) Environmental Responsibility in Business
(c) Food Security and Nutrition
(d) The Impact of Development on Education

The day culminated with students presenting their ideas on how to make the world more sustainable in each of their subject areas.

 Read their resolutions here:

Clean Water and Sanitation - UNDAYNJBusiness.pdf
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Environmental Responsibility in Business - UNDAYNJBusiness.pdf
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Food Security and Nutrition - UNDAYNJNutritionandFoodSecurity.pdf
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Education - UNDAYNJEducation.pdf
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 Outline of the Day:
 9:15AM    Registration
 9:45AM    Orientation and Welcome
 10:00AM    Opening Plenary – Keynote Speaker
 11:15AM    Breakout Sessions, for students and teachers
 12:30PM    Lunch
 1:15PM    Afternoon Plenary – Students report on Breakout sessions
 1:50PM    Closing
 2:00PM    Dismissal


Teachers will receive a background document with pre-program materials.

 Download each subtheme's background resources below:
(a) Sanitation and Clean Water  -
 2014Subtheme A Water Sanitation.pdf
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(b) Environmental Responsibility in Business -
2014Subtheme B Edcuation.pdf
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(c) Nutrition and Development - 
2014Subtheme C Nutrition.pdf
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(d) The Impact of Development on Education -
2014Subtheme D Sustainability in Business.pdf
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Cost (Please make checks payable to Global Education Motivators)

$20 per student - Includes: program, materials, and lunch

For more information contact:

Global Education Motivators (GEM)     Tel: (215) 248-1150
 Chestnut Hill College    Fax: (215) 248-7056
 9601 Germantown Avenue    Email: cusimano@chc.edu
 Philadelphia, PA 19118    URL: www.gem-ngo.org
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