Our Work at the United Nations
Global Family has been a non-governmental organization (NGO) associated with the United Nation's Department of Public Information (DPI) since 1988. Our team has been led by Margo LaZaro for 30 years, working closely with others on our team for the success of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Among many other responsibilities, Margo is the President and Chair of the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY and supports the Huairou Commission in standing up for the rights of over 30,000 grassroots women worldwide.
Global Family was involved again this year with supporting the 67th UNDPI/NGO Conference at UN Headquarters in New York City and was a co-sponsor of the 2017 UN Ocean Conference which included a side event inside the UN in June 2017. As an on-going sponsor of the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, Global Family shares the intent to “Turn Your Passions into Actions for Change.”
The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
To Transform Our World
On September 25, 2015 countries adopted a set of 17 goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and
ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific
targets to be achieved over the next 14 years. As stated on the U.N. website: the goals are integrated
and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental. They are stimulating action in these areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet:
People: ending poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, to ensure that all human beings can fulfill their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment.
Planet: protecting the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.
Prosperity: ensuring that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature.
Peace: fostering peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.
Partnership: mobilizing the means required to implement this Agenda through a revitalized Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focused in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable and with the participation of all countries, all stakeholders and all people.
Global Family is pleased to be supporting this important initiative, as well as activities that protect the rights of women and children, and the International Day of Peace, which is held on September 21st each year.
A farmer in Kenya promotes sustainable development, one tree at a time. (Photo courtesy of UN - DPI)