What does the future hold for the United Nations?

SI Advisor to Advocacy, Pat Black, explains the key points of the United Nations Secretary-General's recent report, which is set to be a key topic of discussion at this year's United Nations General Assembly (14-30 September). "The United Nations (UN) celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2020 by opening up a

Youth Engagement at the UNESCO NGO Liaison Committee

Blog by Ayushi Kundu, Soroptimist International (SI) President’s Appeal Coordinator, 2019-2021 and President-Elect and Friendship Link Chair of SI Calcutta, 2021-2022. "Being a Soroptimist means waking up each day to new opportunities knocking at your door. Such an occasion arose for me a couple of months ago, when SI Advocacy

Accelerating Progress on SDG 4 in a Post COVID-19 World

Blog by Evelyne Para, SI UN Representative at The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). On 13 July, the UNESCO Global Education Meeting (GEM 2021) was held, with a ministerial segment on the sidelines of the High Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development. Entitled From Recovery to Accelerating

Are We Really ‘Leaving No-one Behind’?

Blog by Pat Black, SI Special Advisor to Advocacy. When the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed at the United Nations (UN), there was an almost euphoric atmosphere in the UN General Assembly. Many promises were made to achieve a transformation for the peoples of the world by 2030 and

HLPF Ministerial Declaration: Member States Struggle to Agree on Actions to Achieve the 2030 Agenda

Blog by Francesca Fletcher Williams, SI Global Policy Coordinator. To close the annual United Nations (UN) High-level Political Forum (HLPF), a Ministerial Declaration is negotiated and agreed. This Ministerial Declaration is meant to assess progress on, and challenges to, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as highlight concrete


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