“The United Nations stands with you. Together let us build a world that is more peaceful, prosperous and just for generations to come.” –UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonMore than 1,500 student leaders, young professionals and invited guests from 120 countries convened at the International Young Leaders Assembly landmark gathering at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on August 16 to commit to advancing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the broader ideals of the UN’s founding Charter.
Global Peace Foundation International President James P. Flynn told the assembly that the most critical problem today is an ethical one. “Last year the United Nations launched its 15-year plan to achieve the sustainable development goals,” Mr. Flynn noted. “Clearly, humanity has the capacity globally to achieve those worthy goals. The question is, do we have the moral will? Do we have the motivation? Do we care enough for others?”
He added that “it was most inspiring to address an assembly of young leaders who obviously care about these larger issues and are willing to dedicate yourselves to making a difference.”