Achieve the Global Goals – Build a Sustainable Home for All

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St John’s University Utopia Parkway and Union Turnpike, Marillac Hall - Room 305 Jamaica, NY



Wednesday, October 30 – 7 to 9 PM

The Sustainable Development Goals launched by the UN General Assembly in 2015 are universal goals in keeping with the purpose of the UN as stated in the preamble to the UN Charter: “to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small.” The 17 global goals span aspects of development from poverty reduction and zero hunger to rule of law and infrastructure development.

The theme of UN Day 2019 is “Our Planet – Our Future.” Having a sustainable earth underlies progress on all the other goals. Goal 13, Climate Action, could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow temperature rise, but it is delayed by business decisions and government policies. As a result, climate chaos is playing out in real time as hurricanes, cyclones, floods, droughts and forest fires occur across the world. The developing countries whose people contributed the least to the problem are suffering the most.


  • Sustainable Development Goals – St. John’s University Earth Club
  • Consequences of Climate Change – Speakers from communities disrupted by environmental crises
  • The Rohingya: Mass Displacement, Land Theft and Environmental Destruction in Burma: -Osamah Siddique, Rohingya Leader
  • Indigenous people from the Amazon to the Rio Grande – Loss of land and livelihood, -Sahar Al Sahlani, Climate Justice Activist
  • Introduction – Margaret Shannon, United Nations Association SNY – Adem Carroll, Justice For All