The Social Good Summit kicked off today in New York with the overriding theme of envisioning the world we want in 2030. This theme is timely as the UN and international community works together to form the post-2015 development agenda....
As the dust settles, traffic on the East side loosens up, and everyone prepares for a killer Global Festival in Central Park tomorrow, I thought I would take a look back at some highlights from UN Week.
"We have pretty ironclad evidence that social media can help people take down bad governments," said Tomicah Tilleman, US State Department senior adviser for civil society and emerging democracies. "But can social media help replace those regimes with better governments?"
Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank and developer of microfinance and microcredit, spoke about the power of technology and innovation to lift people out of poverty at the Social Good Summit on Saturday.
The African diaspora has had an enormous impact on the continent in recent years. As doctors, nurses, lawyers and engineers have left their home countries, their skills have gone with them. But although those emigrants may have moved thousands of miles away, they are still very much tied to their homelands.
The UN Dispatch team is covering a host of conferences in New York City this week, including the Social Good Summit which kicked off today. If you are in New York, come by to the 92Y and say 'hi.' If you are anywhere else in the world, you can follow the conversation online.