International Day of Happiness

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Ahead of International Day, UN and Smurfs team up to promote happiness and sustainable development

18 March 2017 – Every person – no matter how big, small or blue – can make the world more peaceful, equitable and healthy, the United Nations today told young people at a special ceremony for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that included the Smurfs and a handover of the key to Smurfdom.

81998_Happy4Voice actors from the upcoming animated movie Smurfs: The Lost Village joined 1,500 students from the international Model UN conference to celebrate the upcoming International Day of Happiness, which focuses on personal well-being, and the SDGs, which include decent work for all, education and health services.

In a special blue carpet presentation, the United States stars of the movie – Demi Lovato, who voices “Smurfette”, Joe Manganiello who is “Hefty” and Mandy Patinkin or “Papa Smurf” – honoured three young Pitufina_students promoting the SDGs in their communities with a symbolic key to the Smurfs Village in recognition of their work.

“On behalf of all Smurfdom, thank you for your work in awakening everything, in your community, through you social media, all over the world, in the ways that you have chosen to encourage people everywhere to make this world a better place for those who are so vulnerable in every way imaginable,” Mr. Patinkin told Karen Jerath, Sarina Divan and Noor Samee.

Small Smurfs Big Goals

Ms. Jerath, who is 20 years old, invented a containment device that could prevent offshore oil spills and ensure the protection of marine life. She was joined by Ms. Divan, 17, who Brainy_Smurfexpanded a UN Foundation girl empowerment initiative at her high school and beyond, and Mr. Samee, also 17, a UNICEF blogger and advocate on social justice issues.

Given a giant key with the SDG multi-coloured logo by UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Cristina Gallach, the students were told “the world needs you to continue.”

 

“Never be afraid to speak up and to make this world a wonderful, beautiful, hopeful, optimistic place full of freedom, joy, justice and dignity, good food, good water, good opportunities for people everywhere, forever,” said Mr. Patinkin.

The “Small Smurfs Big Goals” campaign was created to encourage people to visit SmallSmurfsBigGoals.com to find out how to contribute to achieving the SDGs, and to share information, ideas and images on social media.

Hefty-originalAs part of today’s festivities, the UN Postal Administration unveiled a special edition stamp sheet featuring the Small Smurfs Big Goals campaign.

The stamps, which feature images of the Smurfs and the SDG logos, were presented by UN Assistant Secretary-General for Management, Stephen Cutts, and the Belgian Ambassador to the United Nations, Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve.

The event, held at the UN General Assembly in New York, was organized by the UN, UNICEF and UN Foundation, ahead of the International Day of Happiness marked annually on 20 March.

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In 2015, the UN launched 17 SDGs that seek to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our 1e1b3cdbf05d89c69d70d9be14799a10planet – three key aspects that lead to well-being and happiness.

Along with New York, celebrations were held around the world to mark the campaign and the SDGs.

On Monday, the film cast along with the UN, UNICEF and UN Foundation will be at the Empire State Building to turn the iconic tower blue in honour of the International Day of Happiness and the Small Smurfs Big Goals campaign.

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What is a global citizen?

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“Global citizens,” people who self-identify first and foremost not as members of a state, nation or tribe but as members of the human race.

13395062-love-smileys-are-kept-in-the-hands-of-the-heart-as-a-token-of-loveThe fight for justice has never been easy. But human history has always been shaped by the courageous actions taken by those with a vision of a better world. bill-gatesFrom the civil rights movement to the end of Apartheid, people with a belief in a better world have sparked and spread their passion for progress to families, communities and countries across the globe, building justice movements that have changed society forever.

As Global Citizens, we stand against the greatest injustice of our time: extreme poverty. We’re fighting because we know that a world that deprives 1.2 billion people of their basic rights and opportunities is unjust, and unacceptable. We’re fighting because we know that we must be the ones to do something about it. 

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Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans on what it means to be a citizen of the world

Hugh Evans started a movement that mobilizes “global citizens,” In this uplifting and personal talk, learn more about how this new understanding of our place in the world is galvanizing people to take action in the fights against extreme poverty, climate change, gender inequality and more. “These are ultimately global issues,” Evans says, “and they can ultimately only be solved by global citizens demanding global solutions from their leaders.”


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smily-wideAs Global Citizens we celebrate the efforts made to cut extreme poverty by half, but recognise more still needs to be done. We know that people living in extreme poverty are working hard to break the cycle of poverty themselves, but that we need to learn, and take action, to change the rules that trap them in broken global systems that have been in place for far too long.  

We don’t ask for charity, we ask for justice. And we put our hands up to write the next chapter in the greatest story yet to be told… the end of extreme poverty.

3 reasons why we can win the fight against Poverty

Half of the world’s poorest people have something in common: they’re small farmers. In this eye-opening talk, activist Andrew Youn shows how his group, One Acre Fund, is helping these farmers lift themselves out of poverty by delivering to them life-sustaining farm services that are already in use all over the world. Enter this talk believing we’ll never be able to solve hunger and extreme poverty, and leave it with a new understanding of the scale of the world’s biggest problems.

What does it mean to be a citizen of the world? 

Using Global Citizen we unite and amplify our collective voice, working together to learn more and take action on issues that perpetuate extreme poverty. We share our passion for the issues we care about, and mobilise around crucial moments for change.
Help us build the movement of Global Citizens taking action for change. Get started by reading our manifesto, and seeing the latest stories and actions in our key themes of food and hunger, education,health, water and sanitation, enterprise and innovation, women and girls, and sustainability.


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Justice, The Peoples & Poverty!

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I have the will and desire to speak up about the injustice in Canada, and why poverty thrives.


First lets talk about the Justice system and why it don’t work. Legislation is written in a format that is only understood by legal professionals, and those that create it, why? so that you and I, the common man will not be able to represent ourselves in a court of law, imagine if we all could understand legislation and could represent ourselves in a court of law. Maybe then there would be no need for lawyers and the courts would either be over flowing with claims, or better yet we as a people’s would judge ourselves more appropriately. So it’s safe to say the system is only designed for access by the rich resulting in the common man being left behind or with a financial burden, left in ruins, which though out my life I have been a victim of and I have also witnessed it many times.

This is where change is required, yes we have legal Aid, a service provided by the Government, which also don’t work, let me elaborate. Over the course of the last 15 years I have been in front of a judge and or adjudicator many times representing myself because:

I did not have the funds to pay for legal council, as they were requesting $1000 retainer fee and

I applied for legal Aid and it was denied also for 2 reasons:

  • In Ontario I was told by a staff lawyer at The Human Rights legal department I did not have a case, a case which I did go on to get an out of court settlement representing myself.
  • I was told by a staff lawyer at The Quebec legal Aid office I wasn’t a citizen.

So we have talked about the justice system and the impact it has on society as a whole resulting in broken families, broken individuals and broken homes, if you look at the ripple effect, directly causing homelessness and bringing us to how the legal system directly & indirectly affects the system not only in Canada but possibly the majority of all states has on the Global Goals.

The Global Goals Directly affected by the Justice system in the short term are as follows:

In closing I would like to add that in the long term the current Justice system affects the success of all the Global Goals, until we take a look at this current system and make the necessary adjustments, the Global Goals I truly believe will be impossible to implement as long as the Justice system is putting the less fortunate on the streets.

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Article by Terry Kinden Posted Nov 18, 2015


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