June 29, 2009
This morning we visited the PCUSA UN office and toured the UN building. Once we arrived late to the PCUSA office and Jessica, "the Virgil to our Dante," introduced us to Gonzoloo who has been doing work abroad with the United Nations. He spoke to us about the refugees and gave a lot of statistics. After that, Jessica told us about the 8 goals of the UN. They are planning to achieve all of them by 2015. They are:
1) Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2) Achieve universal primary education
3) Promote gender equality and empower women
4) Reduce child mortality
5) Improve maternal health
6) Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
7) Ensure environmental sustainability
8) Develop a Global Partnership for development
After a short video of hardships in wartime Africa, we headed out for lunch then met back at the building to cross the street for our tour. We got to see several gifts from member countries including an ivory sculpture that was given by China and took a total of 14 elephant tusks to carve. :-( We also got to see the General Assembly meeting room.
At the end, we met with Donald Lee who is an aconomist who talked to us about slum dwellings. From there, we went to our service project in Brooklyn.
After our exciting and intriguing trop to the United Nations, we made a pit-stop in Brooklyn. While we were in Brooklyn, we went to visit kids at the Fannie Barnes Residence where we played games and did
At devotions DCPC Youth answer the question, "Where did you see God today?" This blog recounts our stories, the places we find ourselves in God's story, and the ways we see God working in the world around us.
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June 29, 2009