After the Sustainable Development Summit wrapped up on Sunday, attention will soon turn to the annual General Debate, but so much has happened over the past three days that it is easy to have missed out on some news. Here is a short recap.
After Holiness Pope Francis addressed the UN General Assembly on Friday, he joined Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to cap off the historic visit by taking a selfie-style photo using a Twitter Mirror.
In his address, the Pope said that without the efforts of the United Nations “mankind would not have been able to survive the unchecked use of its own possibilities.”
He also discussed the “right of the environment” saying that any harm done to the environment is harm done to humanity.”
Sustainable Development Summit opening ceremony
Goodwill Ambassador Shakira performed John Lennon’s “Imagine” at the Summit opening ceremony:
Speaking from the General Assembly Hall balcony alongside 193 young people from each of the 193 UN Member States, Malala said: “World leaders sitting there, look up, because the future generation is raising their voice.”
High-level and side events
Among the numerous speakers that addressed the Forum was Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who highlighted the vital role that having access to technology can play.
Mobilizing Generation Zero Hunger, another high-level side event of the Summit, showcased how youth are central to achieving the Global Goals for sustainable development.
The event focused on Goal 2: “Zero Hunger”, that calls on countries to: “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”, and its contributions to the new sustainable development agenda.
On Saturday, citizens of the world, of all ages and from all backgrounds, gathered in Central Park for the Global Citizen concert in support of the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
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