The Future We Want: Happy, Healthy Children
June 18, 2012 BY Devi R. Thomas
The future we want is one where all children, no matter where they live, have a shot at a healthy life. This is also a future, where no mother will have to mourn the loss of her child from a preventable disease. While the Shot@Life campaign focuses primarily on increasing access to life-saving vaccines to enable children to reach important milestones in their life, we know that it takes a village (and many sustainable resources) to raise a happy, healthy child. So, in order to really achieve the future we want, we have to be sustainable.
Right now, world leaders are gathering in Rio de Janeiro for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, to define pathways to a more sustainable future for our world. The conference will bring together governments, businesses and groups from around the world to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity, and ensure environmental protection to get to the future we want.
So, what is the future you want?
As Rio+20 kicks off, a unique event called Rio+Social will create a hub for a global social media conversation and connect it to the United Nations to world leaders, youth and the thousands of people who are gathering for this historic meeting in Rio. For the first time in our history, nearly everyone will have a way to voice their opinions in the discussion about the future of the planet.
Social media reminds us that there has never been a better time for this conversation to take place and to help the UN create a better world. I encourage you to be a part of this global conversation! Mark your calendars now for June 19, 2012. The event will be streamed virtually via a live broadcast on www.rioplussocial.com starting at 9am EST. We would love for you to tune in and tweet during the live stream.
Here are a few sessions that our Shot@Life supporters DON’T want to miss!
Tuesday, June 18, 2012
Opening welcome by the partners, including video message by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Keynote panel: “Communications and Crowdsourcing: Creating a Youth Movement” Featuring Anthony Lake, UNICEF, and Daniela Mercury, UNICEF Brazil National Ambassador, interviewed by Gabriel Pillar Grossi
Keynote conversation: “A Conversation with Ted Turner” Featuring Ted Turner, UN Foundation, interviewed by Ricardo Guimarães, Thymus Branding
Keynote Conversation: “Connectivity: Creating Community through Technology” Featuring Hans Vestberg, Ericsson, and Pete Cashmore, Mashable, interviewed by TBC
Keynote Panel: “Elders+Youngers: What kind of world do we want for our great-great-grandchildren?” Featuring Gro Harlem Brundtland, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, and Mary Robinson, with Esther Agbarakwe, Marvin Nala, Pedro Telles, and Sara Svensson, interviewed by Aaron Sherinian, UN Foundation
Special segment: “Power the World: How Linkin Park makes Sustainable Energy a “LIVING THING” through Music, Gaming, Social Media and an Online Movement. Includes an exclusive performance.” Featuring Linkin Park band members Mike Shinoda and Dave Farrell with Florian Jürgs and Thorsten König, Kuuluu, Whitney Showler, Power the World, Laura Statchel, We Care Solar (TBC), and Richenda Van Leeuwen, UN Foundation.
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