September 29, 2017: THE MISSION CONTINUES

NYC Commissioner for International Affairs, Penny Abeywardena, and high-school activist Fatoumata Cisse highlight the NYC Junior Ambassadors Initiative, connecting 7th graders across all five boroughs to the United Nations.

 

The deadline to apply for the program is October 6th: nyc.gov/nycja

TRANSCRIPT

> A MEMORABLE UNITED NATION GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAVE COME TO A CLOSE.

THE U.N. HEADQUARTERS IN MANHATTAN FOR 65 YEARS FOUND ON PEACE AND SECURITY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

THE RESPONSIBILITY PROMOTING THE VALUES AND THE WORK OF THE UNITED NATIONS HERE IN NEW YORK IS ON THE SHOULDER OF PENNY ABERDINA.

I AM PLEASED TO WELCOME HER BACK TO OUR PROGRAM.

SHE'S AN EIGHTH GRADER AND AT THE HIGH PARK LEADERSHIP CHARTER SCHOOL IN THE BRONX.

SHE'S A PARTICIPANT IN THE BASKETBALL PROGRAM WHICH CONNECTS YOUNG PEOPLE HERE IN NEW YORK.

PENNY, IT IS WONDERFUL TO HAVE YOU BOTH HERE.

PENNY, LET ME START WITH YOU.

THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENING AND THERE IS ALSO A LOT OF BACK CHANNEL MEETINGS AND ALWAYS TENDS TO MAKE PLACE WHERE A LOT IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD AND NUCLEAR THREATS OF THE MOMENT.

WHEN IT COMES TO ADDRESSING THESE ACTIVITIAL AND IMPORTANT WORLD SITUATIONS, HOW ESSENTIAL HAS IT BEEN IN SEPTEMBER IN NEW YORK.

THERE ARE A NUMBER OF SIDE MEETINGS AND WE LIKE TO THINK THE WORLD IS COMING TO NEW YORK CITY TO GET SOMETHING DONE.

THE UNITED NATIONS HAVE BEEN AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE CITY HERE.

I THINK WHEN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TAKES PLACE WHERE A LOT OF PEOPLE TALK A LOT ABOUT THE TRAFFIC AND THERE IS WHAT'S HAPPENING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.

WE DO THAT THROUGH A COUPLE OF PILLARS AND ECONOMIC CONNECTION IS REALLY IMPORTANT AND MY OFFICE HAS AN ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE U.N. AND IT IS AN ECONOMIC BOOM.

YOU TALK ABOUT THE TRAFFIC IN A FEW WEEKS, THESE ARE TRAFFIC ON OUR SIDEWALKS, TOO.

IN OUR DRY CLEANERS AND THE ECONOMIC PEACE, I THINK IS RELEVANT FOR US TO TALK ABOUT.

SO WE ARE HERE WHO IS OUR NEW YORK CITY JUNIOR AMBASSADOR.

ONE OF THE CORE SORT OF GOALS THAT THE MAYOR AND I WANTED AND WE WERE THINKING OF WHAT WE WERE GOING TO DO WITH OUR OFFICE, HOW DID WE GET OUR NEW YORKERS TO FIND VALUES AND U.N. HERE.

WHEN WE HAVE THE EXPERIENCE AT THE U.N. WHERE THEY ARE LEARNING OF THE DIFFERENT GLOBAL GOALS AND THEY'RE COMING ACTIVATING IN THEIR COMMUNITY AND THEY ARE GOING HOME TO TALK TO THEIR PARENTS AND NEIGHBORS ABOUT IT.

THEY'RE NOW SEEING THEIR RELEVANCE IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITY AND THROUGH THEIR CHILDREN.

IT IS ONE OF THE AVENUES WHERE WE ARE MAKING THE CONNECTION.

WHAT WAS IT ABOUT THE UNITED NATION AND THE TRAGEDY?

AT FIRST I DID NOT KNOW ABOUT IT.

I HEARD ABOUT IT AND WHEN MY TEACHER TOLD US THAT OUR SCHOOL HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO THE JUNIOR PROGRAM AND I REALLY WANTED TO JOIN.

I REALLY WANTED TO SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT WHY WE NEED GLOBAL PEACE AND WHY EVERYBODY NEEDS TO HELP EACH OTHER ON HOW EVERYBODY NEEDS TO BE EQUAL IN THIS WORLD BECAUSE YOU ONLY HAVE ONE EARTH AND WE REALLY NEED THE HELP IN PRESERVING IT.

WE ARE TAKING A LOT FROM THE EARTH AND NOT GIVING ANYTHING BACK.

I REALLY WANT TO TELL EVERYBODY HOW IMPORTANT THE EARTH IS AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR US TO ALL WORK TOGETHER.

YOU MENTIONED THE WORD PRESERVATION THERE.

YOU'RE WORKING ON ON ONE OF THE 17TH DEVELOPMENTAL GOALS BELOW WATER.

TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT IT IS.

LIFE IN THE WATER IS MAINLY ABOUT THE OCEAN AND MARINE LIFE.

AND I FEEL LIKE THE FACT THAT 94% OF LIFE ON EARTH IS AQUATIC AND WE SHOULD GET IN OUR MIND SET THAT WE NEED TO HELP THE OCEAN AND MANY COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD LIKE ISLAND COUNTRIES, A LOT OF PEOPLE RELY ON THE OCEAN AND FISHING FOR THE ECONOMY AND TO SURVIVE SO WITHOUT THAT, THEY WON'T HAVE ANYTHING AND SO I REALLY WANT TO TALK ABOUT POLLUTION IN THE OCEAN BECAUSE I LIVE NEAR THE BODY OF WATER, THE BRONX RIVER, SOMETIMES WHEN I TAKE THE BUS AND I PASS THE RIVER, I ALWAYS SEE A LOT OF GARBAGE BY THE SHORE OF IT AND THERE IS ALWAYS BIG BOATS WITH GARBAGE IN IT AND I REALLY WANT TO TELL THE PEOPLE IN THE BRONX OF WHAT'S HAPPENING AND TELL THEM HOW WE NEED TO HELP OUR RIVER.

YOU ARE SOMEONE TAKING CARE OF THE ISSUE IN THE SOUTH BRONX RIVER AND YOU HAVE A HUGE PASSION ABOUT IT.

I GUESS IS ABOUT LOOKING AT THE ISSUES HERE IN NEW YORK AND APPLYING IT TO THE UNITED NATION.

WE WANT ALL EDUCATORS IN THE 7TH GRADE TO THINK ABOUT HOW THEY CAN INTEGRATE ONE OF THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL IN THEIR CURRICULUM AND THEY APPLY TO THE PROGRAM AND THEY HAVE THE TUPT TO GET A CURATOR TOUR TO THE U.N. AND HUMAN RIGHTS.

THEN WE SEND A DIPLOMAT INTO THE SCHOOLS AND IN TO THE CLASSROOMS SO YOUNG PEOPLE CAN SEE WHAT DO DIPLOMATS DO AND WHAT DO PEOPLE DO AT THE U.N., THE MOST IMPORTANT IS WE ASKS THEM TO THE ACTIVATE IN THE COMMUNITY.

WHY DID THEY CHOOSE WATER?

SHE LIVES NEXT TO THE BRONX RIVER AND SHE'S SEEING WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE COMMUNITY.

THAT ACTIVATION IS WHAT I THINK I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO SEE IN THE FUTURE.

I WANT TO GIVE YOU THE LAST WORD, YOU HAD A CHANCE TO VISIT THE UNITED NATION THIS WEEK, PICK TWO OR THREE WORDS OF DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

WHAT WOULD YOU GO FOR FOR?

I WOULD GO FOR AMAZING.

I FEEL LIKE EVEN THOUGH WE ARE YOUNG, WE SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW AND WE ALSO WANT TO MAKE THE CHANGE AND A LOT OF PEOPLE CAN SUPPORT PEACE DAY AND I REALLY FEEL IT WAS AMAZING TO BE THERE.

BRILLIANT.

THE APPLICATION FOR THE JUNIOR AMBASSADOR PROGRAM IS NOW OPENED.

WE'LL PUT ALL THE INFORMATION ONLINE FOR OUR VIEWERS IF THEY HAVE CHILDREN WHO WANT TO APPLY TO IT.

PENNY, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING US.

IT IS A REAL PLEASURE TO MEET YOU, CONGRATULATIONS ON ALL YOUR WORK AND ENGAGING IN SOME WONDERFUL WORK.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

THANK YOU.

Funders

MetroFocus is made possible by Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, Bernard and Denise Schwartz, Barbara Hope Zuckerberg, Janet Prindle Seidler, Jody and John Arnhold, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Judy and Josh Weston and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation.

WNET

© WNET All Rights Reserved.

825 Eighth Avenue

New York, NY 10019