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‘Global Goals, Local Leaders’ explored at U.N. Day celebration

The Davis chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA will celebrate U.N. Day with a program on “Global Goals, Local Leaders.”

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The Davis chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA will celebrate U.N. Day with a program on “Global Goals, Local Leaders.”

The event runs from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at International House, 10 College Park. It is free and open to the public.

The keynote speaker, Mike Beard, is executive director of  advocacy for the United Nations Foundation and global health director of the Better World Campaign. He will speak about the relevance of the U.N.’s global goals to everyone all over the world.

Over the past eight years at the foundation, Beard’s portfolio has included malaria and global immunization programs, girls’ empowerment, women and girls’ health issues, and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Before joining the foundation, Beard worked for five years under Congresswoman Jackie Speier and the late Congressman Tom Lantos on both Lantos’ personal and Foreign Affairs Committee staffs. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from UC San Diego.

Also speaking will be Susie Bresney, a staff scientist at Stockholm Environment Institute’s Davis office on F Street. She specializes in water research and will address the importance of gender considerations in research.  Bresney earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental geoscience from Boston College and a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from Tufts University. She has conducted research in the United State and South America.

Three local groups will be recognized for their leadership in carrying out some of the U.N.’s global goals locally:

* The American Association of University Women, which focuses on quality education and gender equity;

* Sahaya International, which focuses on good health and well-being, and education; and

* The Davis Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Campaign, which focuses on hunger, health, education, gender equality and clean water and sanitation.

A reception and refreshments will follow the talks and presentations. For more information, email Vernea Borton at rvborton@comcast.net


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