Dialogue on Education: Meeting New Challenges

Education at all levels faced unforeseen challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic in communities, globally impacting students and educators along with their families.  Every aspect of education adjusted to ensure inclusive quality learning continued to be experienced by students with curriculums via virtual engagement which highlighted the importance of digital connectivity for all students. Education is covered in the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals and is key to the success of the UN2030 Sustainable Development Agenda to “Leave No One Behind.” Our panel will share their reflections and innovative solutions in response to this global crisis. In addition, we will share an overview of our UN75 People’s Declaration for the UN We Need.

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Welcome & Moderator

  • Ms. Margo LaZaro, President and Chair of the NGOCSD-NY; Co-Founder/CSO of the SDG Impact Awards Community, Director of UN Relations-Global Family, Coalition Partner of C4UNWN

Opening Address

  • H.E. Dr. Michal Mlynar, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Slovakia to the United Nations

Keynote Address

  • Mr. Ramu Damodaran, Chief, United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) Outreach Division, United Nations Department of Global Communications

Meeting New Challenges

  • Dr. Miriam Westheimer, Chief Program Officer of HIPPY International
  • Ms. Carolina Andueza, Executive Director of CMPC Foundation & Director of HIPPY Chile
  • Ms. Judith Cunningham, Founder and CSO of Youth for a Better World-Montessori Model UN and Youth Impact Forum
  • Ms. Daria Kimuli, Co-Founder of the St. Philip Neri Primary School, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Mr. Steven Aiello, Founder and Director of Debate for Peace, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Mr. Ameen Agbaria, 16 year-old, Youth Delegate of Debate for Peace, Palestinian citizen of Israel
  • Dr. Carrie Pemberton Ford, Executive Director CCARHT. Senior Fellow of Ethics and Public Life, Margaret Beaufort Institute,   University of Cambridge, UK
  • Ms. Marija Marinovic, Graduate Student of Criminology from the University of Cambridge, UK

Closing Reflections

  • Dr. Andrea Mlynarova, Lecturer of Mathematics at CUNY Baruch & Hunter College and President of the UN Delegations’ Women’s Club

C4UNWN & the UN75 People’s Declaration

  • Mr. Jeffery Huffines, Senior Advisor of the Coalition for the UN We Need and Together First

Interactive Dialogue Exchange

Special Student Greeting

  • Mr. Desderio Njiru, is the Head Teacher of St. Philip Neri Primary School, Nairobi, Kenya

Our Partners:

NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, Coalition for the UN We Need, SDG Relief Fund, Together First, SDG Impact Awards Community, HIPPY International, Global Family, Soroptimist International, World Federalist Movement-Canada, Humanitarian Focus Foundation, Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission, Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization, COVIDxNOW, Empower a Billion Women-EBW, Debate for Peace, Huairou Commission, Youth for a Better World:/Montessori Model UN, Youth Impact! Forum, General Assembly of Partners, NGO Major Group Urban Cluster, Global Family for Love & Peace, ICW, CoNGO, and UNA-USA Council of Organizations


CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development, please visit ngosocdev.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, please visit ngocsd-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, please visit ngocsdvienna.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Education, Learning, and Literacy, please visit facebook.com/NGOCELLatUN. For more information on the NGO Committee on Children’s Rights, please visit childrightsny.org.

What the World Wants: A Briefing on the UN75 Global Consultation

On Friday 15 January, from 1630 to 1745 GMT / 1130 to 1245 EST, the UN’s 75th anniversary team will partner with UN entities based in the UK to hold a policy briefing on the findings of the global consultation conducted to mark the Organisation’s milestone at this turbulent time for the world.

The event will be hosted by the United Nations Association – UK, a charity devoted to providing information and analysis of the UN.

Join the Zoom webinar here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83991850723

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, humanity was grappling with the paradox of diminishing global cooperation against a backdrop of ever more challenges requiring global cooperation: from the climate crisis to deepening inequalities. The pandemic has added to this suffering and exposed long-standing fragilities in our societies and economies.

In this context, the UN75 initiative was an opportunity to for the Organisation to listen to the people it serves. Over 1.5 million people took part, sharing their hopes, fears, priorities and solutions for the future.

This event will see Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on UN75, Fabrizio Hochschild, present the results.


CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Human Rights, please email the co-chairs at bobbinassar@gmail.com or bknotts@uua.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, please visit ngocsdvienna.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Financing for Development, please visit ngosonffd.org

Fulfilling the Promise of the UN75 Declaration

Join us, the Coalition for the UN We Need (formerly UN2020), and Together First to discuss ways to build momentum of the UN’s 75th anniversary to strengthen global governance innovation.

The event will feature several of the 49 signatories of the letter, A Time for Renewal: Calling for a Strengthened Multilateral System*. Signatories include former heads of government, foreign ministers, and UN officials, who urged world leaders to take stock of present challenges to the UN system by calling for a dedicated intergovernmental process to strengthen and reform the organization.

To take stock of the UN75 Declaration and advance our common agenda, the Stimson Center, Coalition for the UN We Need and Together First will launch a series of events to discuss the future of global cooperation. The first event of the series will invite prominent leaders to consider how an inclusive and networked multilateralism can help to fulfill the commitments made in the UN75 Declaration, as the UN embarks on the Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals.


  • Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Chair of The Elders
  • Maria Fernanda Espinosa, President of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Defence, Ecuador
  • Danilo Turk, former President of Slovenia (2007-2012)
  • Aya Chebbi, African Union Youth Envoy
  • Michèle Griffin, Senior Policy Advisor, Executive Office of the Secretary-General
  • Ilona Szabo de Carvalho, Executive Director, Igarapé Institute

Co-hosted by the Coalition for the UN We Need (formerly UN2020), and Together First


CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Human Rights, please email the co-chairs at bobbinassar@gmail.com or bknotts@uua.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, please visit ngocsdvienna.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, please email the vice chair at susanneseperson@gmail.com. 

[Cyber Conference] There’s Still Hope and Here’s Why

On Nov. 5, join PEAC Institute and the United Methodist Church-General Board of Church and Society for a cyber conference designed to foster post-election reflections, healing, and mobilization.

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OArdeLrcSaO4A4JHpXdDQA

Background: From Tulsa to Hiroshima, from Auschwitz to the Trail of Tears, the scenes of death and destruction are the same. The root causes of these atrocities are the same too: cultures of violence fueling systems of oppression.

What can the people do to reclaim their rightful democratic power when corrupt governments fail to honor the contracts that ensure we live in a civil society with a sustainable future?

This action-driven conversation, co-sponsored by PEAC Institute and the General Board of Church and Society, will explore the challenge of dismantling cultures of violence. Through both historical and contemporary lenses, we will highlight some of the terrifying consequences we’re facing due to not fixing our culture of violence while also offering examples of nature-based solutions that people are successfully executing today. Speakers from multiple continents will include foreign policy experts, peace activists, and volunteer humanitarians reporting from the field.


CoNGO Notes: For more information on the Decolonization Alliance, please email President Bautista at lbautista@umcjustice.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security, please visit ngocdps.wordpress.com.

UN Day 2020: An Inclusive Dialogue on the UN We Need

To mark the occasion of UN Day, we invite you to join #UN75 and United Cities and Local Governments for United Nations Day 2020: An inclusive dialogue on the UN We Need on Tuesday, October 27 at 10AM ET. This panel event will bring together different stakeholders to discuss the UN75 findings and how best to take them forward at the local, national and global level.

Register here! 

The event will be live-streamed in English, French and Spanish on the UCLG YouTube. It will also feature analysis of the UN75 results by Edelman Intelligence and the Pew Research Center, followed by:

Introductory remarks by:
Emilia Saiz, Secretary-General, United Cities and Local Government
H.E. Volkan Bozkir, President of the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly
Fabrizio Hochschild, Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Preparations for the Commemoration of the UN’s 75th Anniversary

Ada Colau, Special Envoy to the UN, United Cities and Local Government, Mayor of Barcelona
John Frank, Vice President, UN Affairs
Vanessa Nakate, Founder, Fridays for Future Uganda
Anne Nuorgam, Chair, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Mary Robinson, Chair, The Elders

In 2020, the United Nations turned 75 and launched an ambitious effort to crowdsource priorities and solutions to global challenges – from COVID-19 to the climate crisis. Over one million people from all countries have taken part, sharing their hopes and fears for the future and expectations of international cooperation, and the UN in particular. The result was a strong call for access to basic services and action to tackle inequalities to be prioritised in pandemic recovery plans; for urgent action on climate change and environmental protection; and for more – and more effective – global cooperation. The report can be viewed here.


CoNGO Notes: For more information on CoNGO and the commemoration f the 75th anniversary of the UN, visit its website.

CRNGO Celebration for the 75th Anniversary of the UN

Join the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations for a Celebration for the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations featuring:

interfaith prayers + dance + music + reflections + open mic

Zoom Meeting ID: 845 2440 8167

Passcode: WYCUNO

The event will be streamed on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/235426709956668


CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief, please visit unforb.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values, and Global Concerns, please visit csvgc-ny.org/csvgc.

CoNGO President Speaks at Webinar on “Role of the Church at the United Nations”

A Webinar on ‘role of the Church at United Nations’

Final Concept Note

The Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI), founded in 1951, is the national alliance of evangelical Christians. EFI is a charter member of the World Evangelical Alliance. Its membership includes over 54 protestant denominations and related congregations (over 65,000 Churches), over 150 Church related mission agencies and organizations and thousands of individual members. It is the most inclusive fellowship with membership from most Protestant denominations and organizations of India.

Transbiblica is a Christian think-tank for Global Transformation, aims to mobilize the Church for the advancement of Kingdom concerns (Peace, Security, Justice, Governance and Environment). Its registered under societies registration act with its headquarters in Hyderabad (India), and is governed by an Executive Board consists of committed individuals from varied fields.

Why this webinar:

The Church has been instrumental in shaping the thinking of the world community since 2000 years ago. As a ‘salt and light’ the Church provided Biblical solutions to the worlds pressing problems affecting the societies. Even today, the Church is actively engaged with ‘United Nations’ and other global bodies in working towards a just and a peaceful world.

God is working through United Nations (UN), which completes 75 years of its existence in bringing all the countries together and managing International peace and development. At global level, several church bodies are actively engaged with UN in shaping the thinking of the world leadership from a biblical perspective.

Though the Church has enormous potential to address the worlds chronic issues, the local church in most cases are considerably disengaged with the global efforts of the Church. There is a huge gap and great need to sensitize the local church to

  • Understand the role of UN and how the global order is shaping up
  • Identify their role as a local church
  • Provide Biblical solutions to the issues at global/ local levels

In this connection, Transbiblica, in partnership with Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) is organizing a webinar for the local churches, to mobilize them to engage in societal issues in a meaningful way.


Title of the Webinar Role of the Church at United Nations
Speakers ·       Rev Dr Liberato C Bautista, Assistant General Secretary for United                  Nations and International Affairs, The United Methodist Church

·       Wissam al-Saliby, WEA UN Advocacy Officer, Geneva (Confirmed)

·       Rev Vijayesh Lal, General Secretary, EFI, India

·       Mr Ramesh Babu, Executive Director, EFICOR, India

Moderator ·       Ms Kuki Rokhum
Dates 24 Oct, Saturday (United Nations was established on October 24, 1945)


Proposed Time 6:30pm (India), 9:00am (New York), 3:00pm (Geneva)
Participants Open to all, focusing on Christian leaders and pastors
Suggested topics to be covered by the speakers ·       Historical Background of the Church (various Christian agencies) at the United Nations

·       Role of the global church and local church in transforming the world (Glocal)

·       WEA at the UN, its thematic priorities, and its Impact on the local church & the society;

·       Information and Resources on engagement with UN

·       Why Church need to involve in global issues (Biblical Perspective);

·       Examples of how EFI is raising issues at the national/ global levels on behalf of Indian evangelicals

·       EFICOR as an UN accredited body, its engagement at global level

·       Practical ways a church or an Individual Christian can involve in global issues at the local level


Tentative Schedule:

Time (IST +5:30) Content Facilitator
Moderator: Ms Kuki Rokhum
6:15- 6:30p Registrations Technical Team
6:30- 6:35p Opening Prayer Bishop Paothang Haokip
6:35- 6:40p Video Mary Jones
6:40- 6:45p Welcome and Introduction Moderator
6:45- 7:50p • Rev Dr Liberato C Bautista, UMC, New York

• Wissam al-Saliby, WEA, Geneva

• Rev Vijayesh Lal, General Secretary, EFI, India

• Mr Ramesh Babu, Executive Director, EFICOR, India

Speakers Introduction by the Moderator


Each Speaker 15 min

7:50- 8:20p Live Questions from the Q&A/ Chat Box Abhishek/ Kuki
8:20- 8:25p Summary Mr Kishore Vunnamatla
8:25- 8:30p Closing Prayer


United Nations Association of the Philippines 75th Anniversary Event {CoNGO President Speaks}

UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES (UNAP), Member, World Federation of United Nations Association (WFUNA), invites you to join in our 75th UN Day Celebration

October 24, 2020

10:00AM (Manila) 10:00PM/October 23 (New York EDT)

Join via Zoom :

Meeting ID: 833 8936 2814
Passcode: 244993

Invocation – Audio Visual Presentation

National Anthem – Audio Visual Presentation

Opening Remarks – Amelou Benitez Reyes, Ph.D.

The UN International Year of Nurses and Midwifes

Philippines International Year of Healthcare Workers – PCW Chair Sandy S. Montano

The Philippines at UN – Amb. Noralyn Jubair-Baja

The Message of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres – Mr. Gustavo Gonzalez

Revitalizing Gen. Carlos P. Romulo’s – Hon. Cong. Roman Romulo

Contribution to Education, UN and World Peace

Strengthening NGO participation in the UN…………………… Rev. Liberato “Levi” Bautista

UN Education for World Peace…………………………………… Hon. Arch. Charles John Brown

Presentation of the Gen. CPR Award…………………………… Ramona Ines B. Rañeses, Ph.D.

Response from the Awardee…………………………………….. Department of Education

Closing Remarks…………………………………………………… Prof. Alice Aguilar Lucas

UNAP Executive Secretary

Master of Ceremony: Roderick C. Cruz, UNAP Board Member


CoNGO Notes: For more information on the Conference of NGOs at the United Nations, and what it is doing to celebrate the UN Day and the 75th UN anniversary, visit www.ngocongo.org

Our Goal of World Community: The UN at 75

Our Goal of World Community: The UN at 75

This year, the United Nations is celebrating its 75th birthday, and the Unitarian Universalist Association Office at the UN, in collaboration with the Canadian Unitarian Council, will be commemorating that anniversary with a special virtual event co-sponsored by the NGO Committee on Human Rights: “Our Goal of World Community: the United Nations at 75.” In the current moment of simultaneous global political, social, economic, health, and climate crises, continued involvement with and investment in international cooperation could not be more critical. During this event we’ll talk about how Unitarian Universalists can make our mark for global justice.

Featured speakers:

  • Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray, President, Unitarian Universalist Association
  • Rev. Alicia R. Forde, Director, Unitarian Universalist Association International Office
  • Hawa Diallo, United Nations Department of Global Communications
  • Chris King, United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs
  • Bruce Knotts, Director, Unitarian Universalist Association Office at the United Nations
  • Craig Mokhiber, Director, New York Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Bobbi Nassar, Co-chair, Nongovernmental Organization Committee on Human Rights at the United Nations
  • Vyda Ng, Executive Director, Canadian Unitarian Council
  • Gillian Sorenson, International Rescue Committee, formerly Assistant Secretary General at the UN, then with the UN Foundation

Register for the event here.


CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Human Rights, please email the co-chairs at bknotts@uua.org or bobbinassar@gmail.com.

[UN Day event] Multilateralism of the Future: How Will Global Cooperation Evolve in the 21 Century?

Join us for this important Geneva-based conversation on Oct. 22 to honor UN Day 2020!

UNTV live broadcast: webtv.un.org/

UN75 and the Global Conversation:

  • Fabrizio Hochschild, Under-Secretary-General, Special Adviser on the Preparations for the Commemoration
    of the UN 75 Anniversary

In-focus dialogue:

  • Mary Robinson, Chair of The Elders, former President of Ireland, and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General, United Nations Geneva


  • Alessandra Vellucci, Director at United Nations Information Service at Geneva
  • Francesco Pisano, Director, United Nations Geneva Library & Archives


CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Human Rights, please email the co-chars at bknotts@uua.org or bobbinassar@gmail.com. 

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