Anyone, anywhere, can apply the words of Mahatma Gandhi: Be the change you want to see in the world. For example, if you want to see an end to corruption, start by being fully honest yourself. If you want to see peace in the world, start within your own family. If you care about the environment, start looking at your own patterns of consumption and waste.
Start, but don't stop there. Individuals are powerful. Starting with yourself can inspire others to follow your example by creating hope and fighting skepticism and anxiety. We all have times when we feel discouraged and need the support of others. Being connected to a network can give that support as well as providing a diversity of skills and perspectives, enabling individual efforts to be greatly magnified.
But the driving force for change always lies with the individual. To get you started on your journey towards change we’re offering a bi-weekly collection of inspirational stories, resources, webinars and virtual events from our network, as well as other like-minded groups.
75th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 75) – ‘The 75th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 75) will open on Tuesday, 15 September 2020. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 22 September 2020.
The UN will mark its 75th anniversary with a one-day high-level meeting at the opening of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly. This special event will take place on 21 September 2020. The theme for this event will be: “The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism”.’
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The Stubborn Optimist’s Guide to Saving the Planet – ‘How can we feel empowered to take on global threats? The battle begins in our heads, argues Christiana Figueres. She became the United Nation’s top climate official, after she had watched the 2009 Copenhagen climate summit collapse “in blood, in screams, in tears.” In the wake of that debacle, she began performing an act of emotional aikido on herself, her team and eventually delegates from 196 nations. She called it “stubborn optimism.”’
A Care Package for Uncertain Times – ‘A collection of podcasts, poetry, meditations and reflection for however you’re processing this moment.’
September Practice – Sacred Spaces and Places – ‘As we cope with the difficulties, the losses, and uncertainties of this time, visiting a “sacred place or space” can be a refuge, a reminder to take a deep breath, to re-center ourselves, to pray, to meditate, or to engage in meaningful ritual.’
World Bank Blogs
7 Ways to Help Understand the Worlds Challenges – ‘We’ve picked just one piece from each of the series we’ve been running this year – there are blogs, videos, interviews and podcasts of different durations. Any way that you like getting information, we’ve got you covered. All these items resonated with the audience provoking lots of reactions and comments.’