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Eyes on UNGA: Day 1

USAID’s first day at the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly was packed with a range of events covering topics from U.S. Pakistan relations, to the launch of a new campaign to engage the public around the largest humanitarian emergency on earth.

From the halls of respected think tanks, to the floor of a buzzing digital media lounge packed with the New Media vanguard, USAID Administrator Shah spoke, participated, and interacted with a remarkable variety of individuals and groups eager to engage with America’s premiere development enterprise. Our cameras captured some fun and informative tidbits from the day’s major events.

Administrator Shah returned to the Second Annual Social Good Summit, co-hosted by Mashable, the 92Y, and the UN Foundation. Held each year during UN week, the Summit is “where big ideas meet new media to create innovative solutions.” After an impressive lineup of speakers including business leader and philanthropist Ted Turner, and Idealist.org CEO Ami Dar, Administrator Shah took the stage to launch FWD, USAID’s new public awareness campaign calling attention to the famine, war, and drought in the Horn of Africa.

As thousands of people watched online, the Administrator walked the viewers and the audience through the heart-wrenching details of the crisis, informed by stories of his recent travels to the region; but he also presented new ways for the public to get involved. He encouraged the viewers to visit FWD where they can get the latest information, forward the facts about the crisis, donate, and find ways to do more.

After his presentation, he caught up with UN Foundation cameras:

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Administrator Shah at the Social Good Summit

You can learn more about the FWD public awareness campaign at FWD the Facts about Famine, War, and Drought in the Horn of Africa and by visiting FWD.

USAID Impact @ UN General Assembly in New York

Every year, USAID plays an important role in the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York. This year is the 66th session of the Assembly and our USAID Impact blog is dedicated to giving you updates.

The United Nations. Photo Credit: Jesse Thomas/USAID

This week from September 19-23, USAID Administrator Raj Shah and  other Agency leaders will participate in several events. This year’s Assembly has a special focus on non-communicable diseases, a major cause of death in both the developing and non-developing world. USAID recognizes that non-communicable diseases represent an urgent and growing global public health concern, and works with host countries and other donors to build sustainable health systems responsive to the full range of health issues.

On Monday September 19, Shah will appear at the second annual SocialGoodSummit, presented byMashable,92Y and the UNFoundation.

“Held at the heart of UN week, the Summit is where big ideas meet new media to create innovative solutions. The Social Good Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders to discuss a big idea: the power of innovative thinking and technology to solve our greatest challenges. It ignites conversations between a live audience in New York City and thousands around the world participating via Livestream.” We will be live streaming his participation on Impact. To find out the agenda of the Social Good Summit, click here.

Administrator Shah’s appearance at the Social Good Summit will highlight USAID’s response to the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa and will present new ways to get informed, connected, and engaged with the crisis using new media tools. You can watch his appearance live at 3:45 PM right here on the Impact blog.

The Agency will also be hosting two marquee events.  On Tuesday September 20, we will highlight the innovative ways sport is being used to accomplish a wide range of development goals in an event to feature baseball legend Pedro Martinez and basketball legend Dikembe Mutombo. The following day, in conjunction with UK development agency DFID, USAID will highlight several game-changing programs, policies, and partnerships of countries that have made progress towards achieving the poverty-reduction MillenniumDevelopmentGoals, which were hashed out by world leaders before the UN General Assembly in 2000.

Dispatches, blogs, stories and video related to USAID’s UNGA participation and programs will be found all week on the ImpactBlog.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube as we will also be providing real-time updates of events! We look forward to creating a conversation with you all on social media! If you are tweeting about the UN General Assembly, please use the hashtag #UNGA and if you are tweeting about the Social Good Summit, please use #SocialGood.

Meeting Global Water Needs: Challenges and Solutions

I spoke today at the International Water Forum held at the United Nations. The Forum  was organized by the Energy and Waer Institute of New York and The Chronicles Group in cooperation with The World Water Organization (WWO),  and WaterAid America.

The International Water Forum at the United Nations convened policy makers, academics, non-governmental organizations, and private sector representatives toward organizing a worldwide education and awareness campaign on the global water crisis.

I outlined such key challenges as: by 2025, as much as two-thirds of the world’s population could be living under water stress – conditions where water has become an impediment to socio-economic development. Over 800 million people around the world lack access to an improved water source, and 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation. The lack of access to water, sanitation, and hygiene causes an estimated 2.1 million deaths every year.  The worst drought in over half a century in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia has left over 12.7 million people in need of emergency assistance.

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