Chicago, Illinois. On October 24th, the United Nations Association of the United States of America and its Greater Chicago Chapter commemorated UN Day 2013 by hosting"the World We Want" Workshop. "The World We Want is a platform created by the United Nations and civil society to amplify people's voices in the process of building a global agenda for sustainable development."
The Workshop Agenda called for us to organize into break-out expert groups based upon ten themes taken from the My World Ballot and the interest and expertise of the participants. The thematic consultation issue areas were: 1) Food Security & Nutrition; 2) Education; 3) Energy; 4) Environment; 5) Healthcare; 6) Inequalities (Freedom from Discrimination & Persecution); 7) Governance; 8) Infrastructure; 9) Growth and Employment; and 10) Conflict Prevention.
During the breakout session, a local expert and rapporteur facilitated the discussion based upon World We Want consultative guidelines. The group dialogue was driven by the collective knowledge, skills and experiences of the participants, who spoke on behalf of their members, constituents and fellow/sister citizens. For example, Our Environment group addressed issues of climate change, corporate social responsibility, moving away from false discussions of progress versus environment towards initiatives that sought to harness the environment for progress and development through alternate sustainable energy, creating enabling policy environments to support green energy industry (solar, wind and hydro), truly combating poverty by moving towards fighting poverty of spirit, ideas & lack of consideration of others, instead of merely material poverty, We also discussed education and training initiatives, advocacy efforts, social entrepreneurship models, global citizenship & accountability. And this was just the Environment Group!
After each break-out group's presentation, a summation was given and data was recorded. As the first of eleven cities to host such an event, the Chicago event demonstrated the value of "the World We Want" workshops and post-2015 MDG process. The ongoing effort of civil society groups to build a global agenda for sustainable development is one of the truest expressions of global citizenship.
THE WORLD WE WANT WORKSHOP AGENDA
Host: THE UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION, USA – GREATER CHICAGO CHAPTER
Date: October 24 / 11:30 am – 5:00 pm
Happy United Nations Day!
- 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Registration, My World Ballot Voting, and Networking Lunch
- 12:30 pm Welcome from Farah Salim, UNA-USA Chicago Chapter Workshop Steering Committee Chairperson
- 12:40 pm Introductory Remarks from Dr. Marco Tavanti, World Engagement Institute President and Co-Founder; Sustainable Capacity International Institute Chairman and Co-Founder; Chair, International Public Service Master of Science Degree at DePaul University; UN Consultant
- 12:55 pm Introduction to “The World We Want” Process and Overview of Original MDGs and Their Impact from the UNA-USA Association Perspective by Chris Whatley, UNA-USA Executive Director
- 1:05 pm Thematic Areas and Process for Breakout Expert Groups by Carla Bachechi, UNA-USA Consultant
- 1:20 pm Discussion Groups with Experts/Facilitators
- 2:20 pm Break
- 2:30 pm Presentations by Breakout Groups
- 3:25 pm Summarization by Carla Bachechi, UNA-USA Consultant
Why be Optimistic
- 3:55 pm Closing Remarks by Claudia Jaccarino, UNA-USA Chicago Chapter President
- 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Reception with Complimentary Appetizers (cash bar)