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    Posted December 20, 2013 by
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    2013: Your greatest moment

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    Between 42nd and 48th and Among Movers and Shakers

     

    When I look back on 2013, what I will remember most is my September New York City street walking experience as one of the Philippine representatives to the United Nations High Level Meeting and 68th General Assembly.

     

    As the UN GA convened in the city for a week, moods blazed because of the traffic. Streets were closed for both motor vehicles and pedestrians. The meetings scheduled that week involved world leaders and security was so tight (with the no ID/pass, no entry policy).

     

    The UN High Level Meeting on Disability and Development where representatives of NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council participated, as well as representatives of organizations of persons with disabilities and relevant civil society organizations, was held, and in the same area, the International Women's Earth & Climate Summit took place, where 100 global women leaders comprising of activists, advocates, analysts, scientists, businesswomen, aboriginal leaders, policy-makers, faith leaders, civilization shapers, gathered to help further a women’s climate action agenda.

     

    Pakistan’s first National Peace Prize winner and 2013 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Malala Yousafzai appeared at the Social Good Summit, in New York, to insistently publicize educating all youth. The teenage Pakistani advocate for girls’ education, Yousafzai, spoke at a news conference on educating Syrian refugee children.

     

    A rally outside the United Nations against labor trafficking and slavery happened.

     

    Five Americans who received Nobel Prizes in 2012 was honored on the nation’s only Nobel monument, at Theodore Roosevelt Park on the Upper West Side.
    The Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities Forum occurred where leaders discussed how to promote an inclusive future for all.

     

    The Special Event of the President of the General Assembly towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals came to pass and followed up efforts made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

     

    The side event reception, “Including People with Disabilities in the UN Development Agenda” presented itself and aimed to raise awareness of UN member states, and in particular members of the Open Working Group for the Sustainable Development Goals, of the need to include persons with disabilities in the next development framework.

     

    All these events involved people of considerable influence who are bestowing all their energies and earnest attempts in making our world fair and more desirable. And I am deeply honored I had the opportunity to nimbly walk amongst them, in the streets of New York, towards the different world transforming sessions.

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