Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The United Nations and a Birthday Party

Last week, Betty and I did a little celebrating of our own as we were both selected to participate in a Top Blogueras Retreat in New York City. It was the first time we'd met each other in person, and I can tell you that Betty is as lovely in person as she is online. As part of the retreat, we had the opportunity to visit with leaders from the United Nations to hear about the many initiatives they are currently working on, such as the Girl Up campaign whose goal is to empower teen girls around the world to enact social changes in their own communities. And The Coalition for Adolescent Girls that recognizes the role they play in global development and promotes investing in adolescent girls through education, health, and more.

This week, the UN Global Assembly (UNGA) is taking place, as is The Social Good Summit, a three-day conference where big ideas merge with new media to find innovative solutions to world issues. You can visit the website to watch the live stream in English or Spanish (or French, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, or Hebrew!). Yesterday, Malala Yousafzai spoke on a panel about leading girls forward despite adversity.

To see today's agenda, click here.

During the UNGA, world leaders will be gathering to discuss big challenges our world is facing, including poverty, disease, and environmental degradation. There is sure to be a lot of tense moments this week, with so much controversy existing between the US and Russia, as well as the possibility of Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir attendance.

In today's tension-filled political world, it is more important than ever that we strive to raise our children to be global citizens who reach for peace and the good of our world community. For me, the best way to achieve this is through education - of other nations, other cultures, and of ourselves.

Multicultural Kid Blogs Virtual Birthday Party!

Today, Multicultural Kid Blogs is celebrating it's first anniversary by hosting a virtual birthday party and everyone is invited! MKB is made up of a group of blogs dedicated to celebrating multiculturalism.

The Party
To join the party, all you have to do is visit the participating blogs listed below to see what they are bringing to the party. You can also link up your own posts on the MKB site if you have a party themed recipe, activity, craft, or other related post you'd like to share.

The Giveaway
Like any good host, we don't want you to go home empty handed, so we are offering some great prizes to three lucky winners. See the end of the post for details on the prizes. The giveaway will go through midnight PDT on Monday, Sept 30th.

 To enter, visit the MKB site to:
 1) Link up a birthday-related post or
 2) Comment on the MKB site to tell us your wish for the coming year!

Party Hosts

Party Favors

Prize #1
Mas Canciones en Espanol - Music with Sara - MKB Birthday Party Giveaway

Digital download of Más Canciones en Español from Music with Sara

Prize #2

Set of 2 books from National Geographic Kids - US Shipping Only

National Geographic Kids - Egyptian Mythology - MKB Birthday Party Giveaway

National Geographic Kids - How to Speak Dog - MKB Birthday Party Giveaway

Prize #3
DVD Fiesta Whistlefritz - MKB Birthday Party Giveaway
Lively Spanish immersion program DVD recommended for children ages 2-7 from Whistlefritz

Now it's your turn! Visit the MKB site for a chance to win one of these prizes by linking up your birthday posts or commenting to tell us your wish for the coming year!


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