Ever wonder what happens when you bring together global citizens, celebrities, and industry leaders to discuss how technology and new media can help make the world a better place? Well, that is exactly what I had the opportunity to experience while serving as a United Nations Association (UNA-USA) Blogger Fellow at the 2017 Social Good Summit.
Meeting the United Nations Association Blogger Fellows
The experience started the day before the Summit with a meeting at the United Nations Foundation offices in New York City. We met with the Anna Mahlik (UNA-USA Youth Engagement Manager) and Sarah Hopkins (UNA-USA Associate Producer of Communications and Digital Media) to discuss advocacy with UNA-USA and communications strategies for the Social Good Summit.
The meeting provided us the opportunity to learn more about the other UNA-USA Blogger Fellows and to discuss how we can work together to foster a dialogue in our own communities to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This included our conversations with the U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations, Munira Khalif, on the importance of youth being at the table and a part of the discussions that impact our world.
As Heads of State and government from across the globe were traveling to meet at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, for the opening of the General Assembly Week, it was exciting to visit the United Nations Secretariat Building to get a look at where all of the magic happens.
Behind the Scenes at the 2017 Social Good Summit
The Summit is held annually during the United Nations General Assembly week, and brings together thousands of people from across the globe to discuss the world we want to see by 2030. This is why #2030NOW was trending across the web throughout the Summit, because 2030 is the target date to achieve the SDGs – the world’s plan to fight inequalities, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. On the day of the Summit, our Blogger Fellows cohort arrived early at 92nd Street Y to get our badges and get ready for an exciting day.
As Blogger Fellows, we had access to two exclusive areas: 1) the Digital Media Lounge and, 2) the media balcony in the main auditorium. The Digital Media Lounge provided a space for us to take part in the Summit from behind our computer screens, while also collaborating with the other digital media experts around us.
The second exclusive space was on the balcony of the main auditorium where we had excellent views of the speakers, and access to electrical outlets to ensure our devices were charged at any given moment. Throughout the day, we went between the two locations which offered a unique way to experience the Summit in person and to share it with our followers online.
Key Takeaways from the 2017 Social Good Summit
The Summit focused on how technology and new media have redefined our understanding of human progress. And with this new understanding, we have a responsibility to ensure that we use technology for good and to create a culture of accountability. Be sure to check out my other blog posts from the event:
Make sure to also check out what the other UNA-USA Blogger Fellows had to say about the event:
- “2017 Social Good Summit: Why You Should Never be a Social Good Summit Blogger” – By Ryan Richmond
- “2017 Social Good Summit: One Way you Aren’t Applying the SDGs” – By Sabrina Page
- “These 5 Secrets To Changing The World Will Blow Your Mind (ft. Jaime Lannister)” – By Carlos Rodriguez-Cruz Y Celis