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What It Means to Be “Global” in Seattle

Photo by @GregJeffersonPhotography via Twenty20.

After the Global Washington conference last month, the two of us have been going back and forth about something that came up during the opening keynote discussion.

The discussion, moderated by Akhtar, included UW President Ana Mari Cauce; John Kelly, Starbucks Senior Vice President of Global Public Affairs and Social Impact; and Richard Stearns, the president of World Vision U.S.

Several of the speakers argued that we need to immediately address several pressing problems in Seattle, including homelessness. Some in the audience and media took that to imply an “America First” attitude. What they seem to have missed, as we later learned in conversations with other attendees, was the point several speakers made that we must tackle these issues BOTH globally AND locally. This is not an “either or” scenario. Read More

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Q&A: Dr Alaa Murabit on Pushing the SDGs Alongside Messi and Shakira

By Gregory Scruggs

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Dr. Alaa Murabit, SDG Advocate and United Nations High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment & Economic Growth. Photo by: Ryan Lash / TED / CC BY-NC-ND

SEATTLE — When Libyan-Canadian medical doctor and peacebuilder Dr. Alaa Murabit, newly appointed as Sustainable Development Advocate by the United Nations secretary-general, took a seat in front of her nameplate at a U.N. event, she was quickly shooed away by an intern who insisted that Dr. Murabit was a “he.”

Murabit was perplexed and took a seat at the back of the room, until colleagues found her there and ushered her back up to the front. While no slight to the intern, who was just doing her job, Murabit later realized that attitudes about age and gender are so ingrained that a U.N. intern could not imagine a young woman occupying such a lofty role.

Read more: https://www.devex.com/news/q-a-dr-alaa-murabit-on-pushing-the-sdgs-alongside-messi-and-shakira-91671

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