IF WE CARE ABOUT ADVANCING HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

“If we care about advancing human development, if we care about equality, if we care about achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, then we need to run this race together—because when you want to go fast, go alone, when you want to go far, go together.” How far do we want to go?”
Presented by Jonathan CUMMINGS, Partnership Manager, World Human Accountability Organization


At the Multi-Participatory Session of the
Peace, Women, Security & Secularism Event
Towards the 19th Anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution  1325 (2000) on Women and Peace and Security
and
In support of the SDGs#5, #16 and #17
The Salvation Army Intl. Social Justice Commission, New York City
On April 11, 2019
Led by The Light Millennium 
Associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications

There’s an African Proverb that goes “When you want to go fast, go alone, when you want to go far, go together.” The question we must ask ourselves is how far do we want to go? This is the question that SDG 17 embodies.    

SDG 17 is the most important SDG. The reason why I assert this fact, is because it represents a collective effort by member states committed to advancing the sustainable development goals to work together to support everyone for the collective good for human development. Now whether that happens or not, is a separate issue.

In this context, when I talk about Partnerships, I don’t mean throwing money at an issue and hoping it gets solved or sitting in a room discussing the problems of the world without the intention of ever implementing a plan of action. I mean effective Partnerships. Partnerships that involve everyone—women, the youth, the public and private sectors, Muslims, Christians, everyone, and committing to advancing human development.

Now whether its working on enhancing North – South or South – South Cooperation through improving the development or transfer of technology,or better conveying to nation states, that according to the Global Peace Index, “Foreign direct investment is more than twice as high in highly peaceful countries”, because greater peace equates to greater business… because, truthfully for better or for worse, sometimes you have to talk money to get people to listen… Or collectively working together to share global best practices on closing the gender gap. That is what collectively advancing human development would be like.

Now imagine a world where we, as global citizens live together where no child would never have to go to bed hunger, or that poverty was eliminated, and we’ve achieved peace and security, and no one would fear persecution based on whatever religion he or she practiced. Globally women have the same rights as men and you never have to tell your daughter that your life will be harder because your woman and not a man. Now imagine that.  

Woefully that’s not our reality. If we care about advancing human development, if we care about equality, if we care about achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, then we need to run this race together—because when you want to go fast, go alone, when you want to go far, go together.” How far do we want to go?

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About Jonathon CUMMINGS, Partnership Manager, World Human Accountability Organization. Cummings is originally from Kingston, Jamaica and moved to New York City at the age of 16 to complete high school. Jonathon graduated from Ithaca College with a B.A in Culture and Communication Studies and a minor in International Politics.
In 2016, Jonathon pursued his Master of Public Administration (MPA) at the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA) with a concentration in Government, Politics and Policy studies.During CIPA, Jonathon Cummings was elected the President of the Cornell Public Affairs Society (CPAS), which was the student governing organization for Cornell’s MPA program. Currently, Jonathon serves as the Partnership Manager for the World Human Accountability Organization (WHAO). WHAO is a growing international nonprofit that focuses on climate protection, education and youth development and poverty alleviation. Jonathon also serves on the Steering Committee for the Alliance of NGOs for South South Cooperation (ASSC). 

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Photo Album of the Multi-Participatory Session on:
Peace and Women and Security, and Secularism – 2

UNSCR 1325 & SECULARISM event Concept Note: WE AIM TO BRING BACK THE “SECULARISM” CONCEPT INTO THE DISCUSSION IN CORRELATION WITH THE UNSCR 1325 AND SDGs TO THE UN GROUND

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