Society: (noun) the aggregate of people living together in a more or less ordered community. 

 

Every seat in the General Assembly Hall was filled from top to bottom, left to right. The curved rows of the hall were occupied with national change-makers, ready to tell their stories. Slogans with encouraging actions flashed under the welcoming lights: “Save the Planet, Fight for Equality, Let’s Make 2030 Happen.” Today was the day that everyone had prepared for over the course of many months: Members’ Day at the United Nations in vibrant New York.

 

Members’ Day is an annual meeting of members across America who belong to the United Nations of America organization.  Change-makers eager to convene and work together gather to build the steps that lead the world towards peace, justice, and equality. There is a strong belief that education is the key to social change. Powerful words like advocacy, unity, and strength lead the discussions on issues that inspired the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The achievement year is set to 2030, an aim to fulfill all 17 international goals through advocating for social change, educating the new generation, and working to inspire the present ones.

 

Joining the United Nations’ and thus, international society’s movement towards meeting the SDGs is an ever-learning experience. Speakers at Members’ Day range from university professors, to delegates, to refugee children turned activists, to students—a diverse group of leaders ready to learn and teach together. Every leader has a story. A reason for fighting for the hopeful light that the world believes in.

 

A story that stood out was that of a young Somalian woman who made her trip as a refugee from crisis-stricken Somalia to a refugee camp and eventually ended up in the United States. Her story brought forth some of the complex relationships that need to be worked upon to simplify and smoothen out some areas of the social sphere were live in. Arrogance and need for power lead to several conflicts in the camp, making worse the already grim situation. The men and women felt threatened and the children were terrified, forced to abandon the comforting image of their homes and pushed to think about where their futures were leading to, if any future at all. The young woman shifted gears in her story, speaking about how the United Nations provided food, clothing, and resources to bolster her and her family in their journey to the United States. She finished her moving narrative by pledging to become a lawyer and fight for the rights of other refugees fleeing from chaotic crises like the one she faced. The entire audience gave her a standing ovation.

UN MEMBERS DAY: STORYTELLING FOR 2030

It’s narratives like the one from the young Somalian-US citizen that shift the dynamics of societal behavior. It’s storytelling that bonds the world. Distance is insignificant when it comes to building dreams together. We are all citizens of a greater nation, the nation of Earth.  Together, we will work to fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals by educating and being educated.

 

  • Goal 1: No Poverty
  • Goal 2: Zero Hunger
  • Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
  • Goal 4: Quality Education
  • Goal 5: Gender Equality
  • Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitization
  • Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
  • Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Goal 13: Climate Action
  • Goal 14: Life Below Water
  • Goal 15: Life on Land
  • Goal 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

 

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About The Author

Paramjot Kaur
Youth Ambassador

To write is to paint thoughts into existence. Words are precious, containing the ability to take a reader to worlds that exist in our dreams. I seek to weave positivity into my storytelling. Currently an undergraduate student, I charter the ocean of academics, learning in school and from the outside world-- both have so much to teach me.

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