Global Goals. Local Leaders.

Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals requires powerful collaborations between all sectors of society, but particularly, through local leadership is that we can propel powerful synergies to move forward. It is up to us, at our homes, our work spaces and neighborhoods to transform the world by 2030.

Monthly U.N. Info Sessions

Interested on the work of the United Nations & its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?


Join us every month in our virtual United Nations Info Sessions “UN INFO SESSION” that highlight how the UN’s work relates directly to our communities. Explore how the 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are localized within San Diego County as businesses, nonprofit and grassroots organizations are aligning their services and products with the SDGs framework.

For information on our upcoming UN INFO SESSION please visit our Facebook Events page.

Past U.N. Info Sessions

March 2021: Gender Equality: Changing the Narrative in the Workplace

Honoring International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, this U.N. Info Session focuses on gender equality as it relates to the workplace and in communities. UN Info Session Chair, Amanda Lowery, discusses the work and impact on changing the narrative towards equality in the world of work of the Kim Center for Social Balance with its Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Hei-ock Kim. Among many of her talents and outstanding accomplishments.

Dr. Hei-ock Kim has built the Kim Center for Social Balance to bring down silos and barriers in order to guide public and private entities in the process of developing work environments that allow all people to reach success regardless of gender.

February 2021: Sustainable Pathways to Economic Security

In honor of the World Day of Social Justice on February 20th, Dr. Teresa Smith, the CEO of Dreams for Change, joins Amanda Lowery, UN Info Session Chair, for a conversation about their work in creating sustainable pathways for our community members that are experiencing homelessness in their need to reach stable housing, financial security, and gainful employment.

Dreams for Change has been an impactful organization for over 10 years and provides programs that truly embody the mission of the Sustainable Development Goals such as no poverty, quality education, decent work & economic growth, reduce inequalities, sustainable cities & communities, as well as peace, justice, and strong institutions.

August 2020: Women’s Suffrage and Sustainable Development

Don’t miss this U.N. Info Session commemorating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States! A huge shout to to Michelle Price, President of Califia NOW San Diego Chapter, for having such an engaging conversation with us about women’s political empowerment, specially women of color, gender equality and fighting for social justice. “If you want to make a change in the community, you give a dollar to a woman, and if you really want to make change, you give it to a black woman.”

July 2020: SDGs in Your Yard

Have some fun with Bettina Hausmann and Stefania Marchina discussing how the work of the United Nations promotes Sustainable Development and what can you do to get involved! #GlobalGoalsLocalLeaders

June 2020: Oceanic Health

Oceans face the threats of marine and nutrient pollution, resource depletion, and climate change, all of which are primarily caused by human actions. We were overjoyed to have an impactful conversation on how implementing the Sustainable Development Goals supports Oceanic Health, catalyzing climate action efforts to support life below water, responsible consumption and production, decent work, and economic growth. With the participation of Brady Bradshaw from Oceana, Dr. Sarah-Jeanne Royer, from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and Susan Bae of Clear Blue Sea.

May 2020: Impoverished Seniors, a Challenge for Sustainable Development

The U.S. census reports an unprecedented growth of the population ages 65 and older. San Diego County alone is home to 1/2 million people over the age 65 and that number is expected to hit 1 million by 2030. In addition, seniors are highly impacted by poverty. Disappearing pensions and inadequate retirement benefits are leaving more older Americans behind.

April 2020: Gun Violence Prevention

Gun violence in the United States has become widespread counting now more than 1.2 million U.S. citizens shot between 2010 and 2020. There is no single way to address violence as it is a multi-source, cross-cutting issue.

The globally agreed-upon Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a powerful synergistic agenda addressing the very root causes of violence. They emphasize the need to reduce inequalities, promote health and wellbeing, reduce poverty and hunger, advance gender equality and build strong institutions. Join us for an engaging interview featuring our partner, San Diegans for Gun Violence Prevention (SD4GVP).

February 2020: Food Security

As of today, there are 400,000 individuals in San Diego County alone classified as food insecure. This statistic includes more than 160,000 children! We believe – together with many from our local and international community – that it is possible to eradicate hunger within the next generation. Committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) we are working jointly to achieve this goals and specifically SDG #2: Zero Hunger to achieve food security across the globe by 2030.

In this info session we welcome Alicia Saake, Chief Operations Officer at Feeding San Diego. Learn about Feeding San Diego food rescue programs that combat climate change and to nourish our neighbors across S.D. County with their hunger-relief programs.

January 2020: A Kumeyaay Perspective on Sustainability

Join our discussion with Michael Connolly Miskwish, councilman of the Campo Tribe, Kumeyaay Indians. The local #sustainability advocate is the founder and director of one of the first tribal Environmental Protection Agencies in the U.S. In #Laguna Mountains, Michael promotes renewable energy production as a means of economic sovereignty for Campo tribe members and researches how traditional ways of life enhance our relationship with nature in the modern world.

December 2019: Human Rights Violations in Human Trafficking

In preparation of the International Human Rights Day on December 10, join our monthly U.N. INFO Session to learn about human trafficking from Andrea Garcia, a local advocate for survivors at the Free to Thrive legal clinic.

Previous Non-recorded U.N. Info Sessions

May 2019 | Non-Binary Gender Identification

April 2019 | Torture: Realities & Consequences

Jan 2019 | Borders Realities & Immigration

Nov 2018 | The Right to Democracy

Oct 2018 | Climate Action SDG13

Sept 2018 | Our Planet Just How Strange is It

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