2018 Annual General Meeting
About UNICEF and David Morley, our Keynote Speaker for our Annual General Meeting
What is UNICEF? UNICEF is a leading humanitarian organization dedicated to helping children around the world survive, thrive and reach their full potential.
UNICEF Canada is one of UNICEF’s 36 National Committees that was founded in 1955, and is headquartered in Toronto.
David bring his over 30 years of experience in advancing children’s rights and sustainable development worldwide, to UNICEF Canada and is a remarkable international speaker, commentator, human rights advocate and mobilizer. He is responsible for leading the growth of the organization, shaping strategies to advance its mission with supporters and key stakeholders and providing the strategic vision and leadership necessary to deliver its mandate. David’s career has taken him around the world, from sub-Saharan Africa to South and Central America. He is also an award-winning author of two best-selling books, including Healing Our World: Inside Doctors without Borders and Under the Tree, co-written with his wife Elizabeth Morley.
David has dedicated his career to improving the lives of children and communities in Canada and around the world. As the President and CEO of UNICEF Canada, In recognition of his dedication to global sustainable development, he received the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Confederation and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.
Their Work – Focus on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
In September 2015, Canada and the other 192 United Nation member states adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda is a 15-year global framework centred on an ambitious set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 169 targets and over 230 indicators. The 2030 Agenda envisions a secure world free of poverty and hunger, with full and productive employment, access to quality education and universal health coverage, the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, and an end to environmental degradation.
The 2030 Agenda is a global framework of action for people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership. It integrates social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development, as well as peace, governance and justice elements. It is universal in nature, meaning that developing and developed countries alike will implement the Agenda. Furthermore, the Agenda includes an overarching principle of ensuring that no one is left behind in the achievement of the SDGs.
Here is a look at the 17 goals.
To read more about Canada’s commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other related links click here.