News From The United Nations



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September 2017:

UN Women and SAP, the world’s largest provider of enterprise application software, are collaborating to accelerate industry-wide change and remove the barriers to the advancement of women and girls in innovation, technology and entrepreneurship.

UN Women and SAP aim to foster partnerships across the private sector, academic and non-profit organizations to accelerate change and enable women and girls to design, shape and benefit from the technological transformations and innovations as next generation digital innovators.

“The collaboration between UN Women and SAP will focus on advancing public-private partnerships; strengthening industry wide engagement in innovations that accelerate gender equality and women’s empowerment; sharing leading practices, methodologies and solutions across innovation, technology and entrepreneurship; and promoting the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals,” says UN Women’s Deputy Executive Director, Yannick Glemarec.

The collaboration was inaugurated on September 14, 2017 with the first UN Women Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Industry Forum at the SAP Leonardo Center New York supported by SAP Next-Gen. The forum is a one-day global conference which will bring together CEO’s, social entrepreneurs, innovators and thought leaders, including Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed; UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka; Alicia Tillman Chief Marketing Officer, SAP SE; Nate Hurst, HP Chief Sustainability and Social Impact Officer; Meredith Walker, Founder Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls; Christyl Johnson, NASA Deputy Director for Technology and Research Investments; Rachel Roy, Founder of the fashion brand Rachel Roy; and Sarah Michelle Gellar, Chief Brand Officer & Co-founder Foodstirs, among others to share how innovation, technology and entrepreneurship can be used to advance gender equality and women’s economic empowerment around the world.

“SAP shares UN Women’s commitment to ensuring women and girls are fully empowered to capitalize on the 21st century innovation economy,” said Jennifer Morgan, SAP Executive Board Member for Global Customer Operations. “Closing the STEM skills gap for the next wave of female tech leaders and entrepreneurs will be essential to bolstering economic growth and further unlocking technology’s capacity for social good. We applaud UN Women for its leadership in partnering with industry to inspire the world’s next generation of digital innovators.”

Advancing opportunities for STEM education including digital technologies such as Blockchain can help women and girls to design, shape and benefit from the technological transformations and innovations changing our world,” says Ann Rosenberg, Senior Vice President and Global Head of SAP Next-Gen. “We are pleased to support the UN Women Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Industry Forum, and to foster new connections among academia, corporations, startups, tech community partners, and purpose driven organizations to help accelerate achieving the UN Global Goals including Goal 4 – Quality Education.

APB News was on site covering the technology conference.





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December 2016 – New York City: Celebrating a half-century, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) presented its first-ever gala fundraiser, the inaugural “Global Goals Gala: A Night for Change” at Phillips on Park Avenue in Manhattan.

Hosted by Emmy-nominated executive producer and host of Top Chef, and New York Times best-selling author Padma Lakshmi, the event featured a performance by Grateful Dead singer / guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Bob Weir. Presentations were made by three of UNDP’s current Goodwill Ambassadors; His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and actors Connie Britton and Michelle Yeoh – all of whom showcased the UNDP’s efforts around the globe by sharing personal highlights of their work with the organization.

Ms. Lakshmi spoke of women’s empowerment and education in New York City, including her work with her Endometriosis Foundation. UNDP Chief Helen Clark commented on the UNDP’s need to reach out to a wider audience, bringing together business, celebrity, and society to further the Program’s global goals.

Ms. Yeoh detailed her work to empower the women of Nepal-Burma and to eradicate poverty.

The Program’s honored guests also included Tribal Planet CEO Jeff Martin, and the organization’s corporate partners Deutsche Post DHL and Baidu. The honorees received the “UNDP People and Planet Award” in recognition of their accomplishments.

The United Nations Development Programme works in nearly 170 countries to eliminate poverty and has helped improve the lives of billions of people. The program also partners with governments, communities, businesses, and individuals to create a world where all people prosper and the planet is protected from harm. UNDP has teamed up with nations across the globe to help them achieve the 17 new Global Goals to end poverty.


News from the United Nations


Book Launch Reception

Conversations with Ban Ki-moon
What the United Nations is Really Like: The View from the Top
by Tom Plate

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Only eight people have been privileged to hold the job of Secretary General since the United Nations’ founding in 1945. Only one of them has ever told the inside story of the UN while still holding that special office. That man is Ban Ki-moon, the veteran diplomat and former star foreign minister of South Korea, now in his second term as “SG.”  Because he understands that the UN is in crisis – and because he fears the reasons for this are not widely understood – he believes it is time to unveil the truth about the organization and explain why its failure would be a catastrophe. The result, via unprecedented conversations with American journalist Tom Plate, is a deeply revealing book about the kind of issues and challenges whose resolutions (or lack thereof) will in fact determine the future of the world.

Author Tom Plate is an experienced writer, journalist and syndicated columnist. He is currently Distinguished Scholar of Asian and Pacific Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he founded The New ASIA MEDIA website.  Conversations with Ban Ki-moon is published by Marshall Cavendish, an international publisher of educational and general nonfiction books.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Hollywood Director Steven Spielberg was the keynote speaker at this year’s International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. The theme of the day was “Journeys through the Holocaust.” Mr. Spielberg told the United Nations that it has a great role to play in educating people to prevent genocide.

Mr. Spielberg’s USC Shoah Foundation Institute will mark its 20th anniversary this year. The foundation which Mr. Spielberg founded after the filming “Schindler’s List”, has partnered with the United Nations in Holocaust and Outreach programs.