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Motivation Mondays: United Nations Day

24/10/2016

“In this, the Organization’s 71st year, we have 17 goals to propel us towards a better future for all on a healthy planet.” UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Motivation Mondays: United Nations Day

Motivation Mondays: United Nations Day

Motivation Mondays: United Nations Day

Motivation Mondays: United Nations Day

In times of insecurity, when people feel uncertain about their future, when anxieties and fears are promoted and exploited by political populists, old-fashioned nationalists or religious fundamentalists, the success of the UN and the international community lies in our common commitment to our common values. The UN must be proud of its diversity. A diversity that only enriches the strength of the expression of our common humanity. Antonio Guterres

Did you know that today is United Nations Day On October 24 1945 at the end of WW11, 71 years ago, 51 nations signed an agreement/charter of cooperation and unity as a way to prevent such armed conflict from happening again. In the decades since that initial vote of confidence, the United Nations Organization (UNO) has grown its membership to 193 nations, and made economic and social development, peacekeeping and, most recently, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) the focus of its expanding mission.  At the end of a brutal WW II, the UNO rose like a phoenix out of the ashes and rallied to get nations to sign on and support its peacekeeping mission. Gradually, with great effort, it has grown from the original 51 member states to a global organization with 193 countries who contribute their share in sustaining the work of the UN.

The principle arms of the UN are the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, the Trusteeship Council, the International Court of Justice, and the UN Secretariat. All were created in 1945 and serve very important roles in shaping the functions and actions carried out by its membership. The leadership of the UN is headed by the Secretary General and the current leader, Ban Ki-moon of South Korea, will step down by end of year when a new leader, António Guterres of Portugal, will assume the role of guiding the UN family system which is composed of many specialized groups;  affiliated programs, funds, and specialized agencies.  We can look to the growth of this organization as we work towards our own personal goals and dreams. Even in the face of a post-war world, the UN focused on creating peace and goodwill around the world. Accomplishments and change for good can take place if we stay motivated.

This year, in celebration of the UNO’s 71st birthday, the focus is solidly on the 17 global goals for sustainable development – (SDG); these are key objectives that member nations need to focus on from now till 2030.  The SDG agenda was adopted on September 25th 2015, and at its core are aspirations to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. Of course, the sooner we achieve them the better but, at least, the 193 member nations are being challenged to step up and work towards overhauling their infrastructures and champion change. Is this feasible? YES. Can nations meet these goals? Definitely.  Here are the 17 Goals and suggested ways to consider achieving them locally.
You can participate in creating change by signing up on Global Solutions.Org. Which goal or goals do you want to see achieved most in your lifetime?

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 Sanitation
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

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for August  and September 2016 are:

SEPTEMBER
09/05 –   Labor Day,  International Day of Charity,  8 International Literacy Day,
09/12 –  15 Day of Democracy Day,  17 Constitution Day
09/19 –  21 International Day of Peace/ World Peace Day, World Rhino Day
09/26 – National Preparedness Month, National Childhood Cancer Awareness, National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, National School Success Month, National Childhood Obesity Awareness

OCTOBER
10/03 –  2-4 Rosh Hashana,  6 German-American Day,
10/10 –  10  Columbus Day, World Mental Health Day, 11 International Day of the Girl,  12 Yom Kippur
10/17 –   16 World Food Day / FAO World Food Day
10/24 –  24 United Nations Day,  28 National Chocolate Day, 29 National Cat Day, 30 Diwali
10/31 —  31 Halloween

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“I salute the fact that this year’s UN Day will be used to highlight concrete actions that people can take to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The central thrust of the General Assembly’s 71st Session is to achieve momentum in the implementation of all 17 SDGs.” H.E. Peter Thomson, President of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly

Motivation Mondays: United Nations Day

Motivation Mondays: United Nations Day

Motivation Mondays: United Nations Day

Motivation Mondays: United Nations Day

This year’s observance of United Nations Day occurs at a time of transition for the world and for the United Nations.
Humanity has entered the era of sustainability – with a global commitment to fulfil the great promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In this, the Organization’s 71st year, we have 17 goals to propel us towards a better future for all on a healthy planet. Ban Ki-moon

What is your perspective of the United Nations Day?  Today, we can come together to celebrate this global organization whose mission has always been to promote international cooperation and unity and for good reason. We live in a fractious world with so many issues that affect us all. Some live in war zones, others in poverty-stricken nations or nations that withhold equal rights for women. The member nations gather to discuss ways to build a safer, more economically secure world and even though some have not been very successful at meeting the recommendations of the SDGs, they are working towards change. Whether you choose to stop and think about the enormous amount of work the UN has done for global peace and unity over the last 71 years or not, what remains constant is that member states are working hard to honor and maintain the tenets of their agreement for mutual cooperation. Many are focused on developing the 17 SDGs in their countries and collectively, they are motivated to improve the lot of people around the world. This is one organization worth fighting for.

When I think of how the work of the UN can motivate us all this week, I see the need for our foundation to begin at home and then spread out to the world beyond our communities. I  believe that the work of building unity begins in our homes and neighborhoods. We must ultimately make the effort to connect with others around the world but, the work must first start in our own homes. There is a UN sponsored concert today and the theme is “Freedom First.” Start where you are and then spread that peace out to the world.
READ: More UNO Resources

 

Have a peaceful and productive week ahead!

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Positive Motivation Tip:  United we stand, divided we fall. Begin the work in your heart and home.

Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
Basic Instructions: Each week, I will have a motivation word to help us create a response. (See listed words for the months above/below)
Email address: You may email or share your post as a comment and I will add it to the round-up of related posts. email it to: contact(@)mirthandmotivation(.)com
Category tag: – Share your post using Motivation Mondays
Twitter hashtag: – Use this on Twitter #MotvnM
Dedicated Page: There is a dedicated page for Motivation Mondays. It has the same instructions and will include other helpful tools and a link to the round-up
Facebook Page: MotivationOnMondays Join our page and add your post and/or any motivational piece you think will be helpful to others.
Facebook Community: We have a Facebook community forum to compliment the page. It serves as another way to share uplifting posts and thoughts. Please join in and add your voice.

Badge: – I created a fun badge using PicMonkey’s free photo editing tools. You can create your own, use WordPress’ integrated tool on your blog or you are welcome to use mine. (see dedicated page)
Tag: – Motivation Mondays
Hashtag: – #MotvnM
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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos –  UN Day Posters via  UN.Org,  UN Flag & Principal organs of the United Nations via Wikipedia, and/or  via Pixabay

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

 

 

 

 

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