SUDBURY – The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) was going to hold a one-day, high level meeting to mark its 75th anniversary on September 21. For the first time in its history, the UNGA was unable to meet physically; the meeting, based on the theme, ‘The future we want, the UN we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism’ was held primarily in a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Additional events planned for the opening weeks of the 75th session include a Biodiversity Summit and a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, which took place in Beijing, China in September 1995. Climate Week NYC 2020 has also become a virtual event.
The United Nations will celebrate 100 years in 2045.
In 2045, the youth of today will be in their 30s and 40s. The theme for the Friday, September 25, Global Climate Strike, ‘The world we want in 2045: A future for all,’ is a reflection on what their world will look like in the future.
A local event has been organized by Sudbury groups. Manitoulin Island schools and students have been invited to participate in the hour-long Fridays for Future Sudbury Online Event via Zoom beginning at 9:30 am. The virtual event will include a video of politicians, youth and citizens sharing their dreams for the future; a land acknowledgement; speeches from youth and politicians; a fun interlude; and a question and answer portion.
Anyone that wants to participate can register through Facebook. The event name is FFF Sudbury Online Event – Our World in 2045.