18 April 2019

SDG of the month

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an ambitious plan to achieve a world that is more peaceful, just and prosperous for everyone.  The 17 Sustainable Development Goals provide a blueprint for creating a sustainable world for people and the planet – with a focus on increasing access to education, ending hunger and poverty, empowering women and girls, being good stewards of the environment, including our forests and oceans, and building stronger institutions that promote and protect human rights. 

Research and technological innovations will play a role in achieving the SDGs, but more importantly people who are equipped with Emotional Intelligence will be key to realizing the goals in the next ten years. 

Emotional Intelligence, or EI, is broadly defined as the ability to identify, use, understand, and manage emotions in an effective and positive way. Teaching children and adults the tools of Emotional Intelligence can help individuals communicate better, reduce anxiety and stress, defuse conflicts, improve relationships, empathize with others, contribute to conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and help develop global citizens who are concerned about the well-being of others.

More importantly, EI is a free tool that can be taught to everyone regardless of location, language or socioeconomic background and is adaptable to different cultural, religious and political contexts.  

On Friday, 17 May UN Academic Impact will host a half-day conference on using Emotional Intelligence to achieve the SDGs from 10am-2pm in the ECOSOC Chamber at UNHQ in New York.  We’ll hear from experts in the field of Emotional Intelligence as well as representatives from UN Member States and civil society who will discuss the need for these skills if we hope to achieve a more peaceful and prosperous world. There will be interactive activities and hands on exercises to develop your EI skills as well as a guided meditation to end the workshop.  You’ll leave with a new understanding of your emotions and techniques you can apply in your personal, professional and civic life.

Speakers include:

  • Daniel Goleman, Author of Emotional Intelligence and co-director of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations
  • Michele Nevarez, Director of the Daniel Goleman Emotional Intelligence Coaching and Training 
  • Bintou Keita, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs
  • Chris Ruane, Creator of the Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group (MAPPG) and executive at The Mindfulness Initiative
  • Rich Fernandez, CEO of Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute
  • Patricia Freedman, Director of Marketing for Six Seconds
  • Alain Seid, CEO of Cascadia Workshops

The conference is free and open to the public.  Please RSVP here by Monday, 13 May 2019 at 2pm.  Please plan to arrive by 9:15am at the Visitors Entrance of the UN on First Avenue and 46th Street to allow enough time for check-in and security screening.  

If you cannot attend in person you can watch the event live via webcast at webtv.un.org.