• Talk highlights work of U.N.
    April 24,2014
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    Last weekend, we had the distinct pleasure to attend an informative lecture given by a high-ranking officer at the United Nations. The topic was the history of the United Nations, its current structure and an in-depth presentation of the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals. These complex subjects were brilliantly presented by the chief of policy coordination at the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Mr. Neil Pierre. Mr. Pierre spoke eloquently about his department’s mission in his talk, “Leaving No Nation Behind: Putting Poverty and Sustainable Development at the Center.” What was equally as impressive as the talk itself was that this event took place in the pleasant setting of Maple Street School in Manchester rather than at a college or urban convention hall.

    We learned about real progress since the creation of the Millennium Goals in 2000, including the rate of decline of poverty across the world. We learned of the countries that have actually cut poverty in half and others that have not made any progress in decreasing poverty during the past nearly 15 years. We learned how developed countries will be included in future work of the millennium goals because of financial inequality, which has become more prevalent in some developed nations. All of the eight Millennium Goals are profound and challenging, and yet so crucial to advancing the economies, health, human rights and equality in societies across the globe.

    Mr. Pierre was the first speaker in a three-part lecture series conceived by Mark Skinner Library along with collaborating partners. The remaining two lectures will be in May and will be presented by U.N. ambassadors. The lectures are timely and interesting, “The Call for Peace and Security” and “Women, Peace and Security.” Once again, these events will be held in our town, free of charge. We congratulate the sponsors who give our community opportunities to become engaged in our world’s challenges. These talks are especially important for students who have interest in international relations, politics, law and international development.

    MARIE GEORGE

    ROBERT McLEISH

    Manchester Center
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