Sustainable Development Committee
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
The Sustainable Development Committee (SDC) is focused on educating and promoting awareness of issues covering economic, environmental and social justice sustainability and the role of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in responding to these issues. To achieve its commitment, the committee disseminates information/ resources to the community. These resources can include action kits on how community members can take local action to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals such as hosting a no-plastic week. The committee will start developing an SDG Webcast and/or twitter series which will consist of seventeen sessions, each session dedicated to an SDG. By the end of 2020, the committee will develop local partnerships with healthcare organizations to host its first SDG 3 Summit.
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Youth and Community Engagement Committee | Diala Pharaon, Chair
The Youth and Community Engagement Committee educates community members about the vital work of the UN by developing youth and family-friendly programming and activities. Volunteers partner with Middle/ High School districts and after school programs in Northern New Jersey to provide workshops on the SDG’s and to host an annual Youth Summit. Members may host events/ activities to honor the following international observances: International Day of Education, World Youth Skills Day, International Youth Day, International Day of the Girl, International Day of Women and Girls in Science, and World Children's Day
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Human Rights Committee | Courteney Leinonen, Chair
The Human Rights Committee organizes events to promote the work of the UN and advocate for strong human rights protections, specifically those outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Volunteers on the committee strive to educate, engage, and lead the community in creating meaningful conversations about these issues and to inspire action. Each December, the committee hosts an annual Awards reception to commemorate Human Rights Day. This celebration of human rights champions recognizes the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations to the human rights field. Some other ways committee members advocate for these issues is by lobbying members of congress, writing blogs, and signing-on to coalition letters. The committee will also participate in overseeing the chapter's Universal Periodic Reviews (UPR) consultations. Through these tactics, the Human Rights Committee is able to shine a spotlight on challenging topics that can’t be ignored.
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Peace and Security Committee
The Peace and Security Committee promote the core principles of the UN concerning the peace and security of the global community. Through a series of events and mixers, we aim to learn more about UN peace initiatives and examine US policies toward the UN's peace and security programs. Members may host events/ activities to honor the following international observances: International Day of Peace, International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace, International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, International Day of Non-Violence, International Day of Democracy, and International Day of UN Peacekeeping.
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Global Affairs Committee
Through a series of lectures, meetings, and recreational activities, the Global Affairs Committee supports the principles of the UN and explores current global issues and challenges. Programming efforts address the educational, cultural, political, and social issues affecting specific regions of the world. The Global Affairs Committee comprises of the following regional departments: African Affairs, Latin American Affairs, Asian Affairs, Middle Eastern Affairs, and European Affairs. Committee members organize their signature event: "Advancing International Unity" Annual Benefit. Members may also attend cultural events and host events/ activities to honor the following international observances: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development and International Human Solidarity Day.
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