Loretto at the UN in Action: A Photo Essay

August 2019:  Loretto at the UN goes to Salt Lake City
UN-DGC-CSC-SDGs-26Aug2019.jpeg(L to R) Global Goalscast intern Darcy , Mike Oreskes, Beth Blissman, Celine Paramunda, MMSPhoto by Amy Maltz
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by all 193 member-states in 2015 and includes both the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), depends upon partnerships with civil society and youth. The Loretto at the UN team did our part by taking the lead on organizing a workshop entitled “Educating for Gender Justice: Stepping Stone to achieving the SDGs.” Panelists included Loretto Volunteer Amy Maltz,  Medical Mission Sister Celine Paramunda and podcast producer Mike Oreskes of Global Goalscast. Loretto UN Rep Beth Blissman moderated the session, and also spoke about the Loretto Community’s work on panels entitled “Faith in Action” and “Re-imagining Communities from the Inside Out: Solutions from a Faith-based Perspective.” All workshops were well-received, and you can read the Civil Society Conference outcome document here:
Click here to read the outcome document!
Salt Lake City (SLC) Mayor Jackie Biskupski, reminding us that cities and local communities have never before played such an important role in the health and well-being of the world. Salt Lake City became the first city (besides NYC) in the US to host a UN conference since 1945. 
September 2019: Taking It to the Streets and the UN 74th General Assembly Climate Strike! on 20 September 2019: 
Loretto was well-represented at the 20 September Climate Strike by (L to R) UN Rep Beth Blissman, former Loretto Volunteers Teresa Blumenstein & Cecilie Kern, and current Loretto Volunteer Amy Maltz
We were among the 250,000 people marching on the streets of New York City for a youth-led climate strike inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Globally, as many as 4 million people took to the streets in the #FridaysforFuture marches.  The posters were creative and the energy that day was palpable.
Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish activist, arrived in NYC harbor greeted by a special UN flotilla of sailboats depicting each of the 17 SDGs.  Greta spoke at the Youth Climate Summit, held on the International Day of Peace, 21 September, as well as at a special Climate Summit called by UN Sectretary General Antonio Gutierrez as part of the 74th Annual UN General Assembly
Watch Greta’s full speech here!