This has been a hectic week In New York City and It was an honor and a privilege to be a UNA USA social summit fellow and attend the 2nd day of the social summit .
The day began with an interesting and inspiring breakfast meeting which was hosted by UNA USA for the Social Summit fellows and The Shot@Life Fellows of the UN Foundation. The talk by Kristen Gagnaire Executive director of MAMA which is the acronym for Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action was inspiring and innovative. The number of mobile phone users in the world today is over 5 billion. Mobile technology is a phenomenal tool to educate and empower women and communities and to improve health of communities.
MAMA has demonstrated this very effectively by reaching moms in their Bangladesh Project called' Aponjon ' which is a great example of private public sector partnership and since its launch in 2012 has reached 866,835 subscribers in August 2014 and has been able to provide free and vital health education these subscribers many of whom are pregnant women and mothers.
The Interview of Melinda Gates by Robin Roberts was one of the highlights of the summit and Melinda's passion and commitment to improving the lives of women and girls globally is truly inspiring. She is a celebrity who is truly committed to her mission and her remarks on the importance of providing contraceptive services to those with unmet needs was right on target and I can relate to the challenges faced as a health care professional when working on issues of providing contraceptive options to women especially in lower socio economic communities.
Some of the other panels which were fabulous in my opinion were the panel Beyond Right and Wrong moderated by superbly by Aaron Sherenian executive director communications and public affairs of the UNF . I would highly recommend watching this short documentary Beyond Right and Wrong : Stories of Justice and Forgiveness produced by Lekha Singh which really moves you .
I had the opportunity of meeting Kweku Mandela the grandson of the late Nelson Mandela and I think this young man is one of the future leaders of shaping the world as we move on to 2030. His remarks at the panel "#2030NOW Who will lead the Way" resonated very well with the live audience and I am sure the cyber audience as well.
Last but now least I would like to mention that the remarks made by Dr Jim Young Kim President of the World Bank in his talk 2030: Our Goal to End Poverty showcased the efforts being made by his team and himself at grass roots working in partnership with other stakeholders to make hopefully make poverty history.
I would like to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to Kathy Calvin President and CEO of UNF her fabulous team members Monica, Amy and Chris and others who have made the social summit a stupendous success!!!. I had a blast being a blogger for this summit and hope to do so for the next one.
I have posted pictures from the event .
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Padmini ( Mini) Murthy