Mater Dei Prep Global Leaders will be featured at The United Nations High Level Political Forum this July!


UN NGO Pathways To Peace will be presenting at The United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and will feature The Mater Dei Prep student video workshop “Why Our Voices Matter”.

The high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF) is the core United Nations platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The meeting of the HLPF in 2021 will be held from Tuesday, July 6th, to Thursday, July 15th, under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council. This includes the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Tuesday, July 13th, to Thursday, July 15th as part of the high-level segment of the Council.

The theme will be "Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development: building an inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development".

The HLPF in 2021 will discuss Sustainable Development Goals, 1 on no poverty, 2 on zero hunger, 3 on good health and well-being, 4 on decent work and economic growth, 5 on reduced inequalities, 6 on responsible consumption and production, 7 on climate action, 8 on peace, justice and strong institutions, and 9 on partnerships in depth. The Forum will also consider the integrated, indivisible and interlinked nature of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Pathways To Peace will present an intergenerational approach to promote a just, peaceful and inclusive societies through individual and collective knowledge. The Conference is titled “Healing our World by Healing Ourselves” Lessons Learned through the Pandemic and what we now know to advance Justice, Inclusion and Peace.

Mater Dei Prep students Abigail O’Sullivan (MDP ‘24), Cathrine Volk (MDP ‘24), Garrett Nolan (MDP ‘24), Tyler Malik Ismail (MDP ‘22), Oliva Crowe (MDP ‘24), Gianna Wohanka (MDP ‘24), Mary Kate Brew (MDP ‘24), Dylan Coleman (MDP ‘24) and Mark Paone (MDP ‘24) will be featured speakers in the video. Emma DeBiase (MDP ‘23) and Vanessa DePasca (MDP ’22) will also have a speaking role during the conference. Cathrine Volk will participate as a featured panel speaker addressing issues on Gender Equality and Tyler Malik Ismail will also be speaking on a panel. Cathrine will be joined by an international panel of experts addressing steps towards healing as a nation coming out of the post Covid era. Jodi O’Donnell Ames of “Hope Loves Company” will also address the panel speaking on wellness and healing.

George Anthony, Director of The Global Leaders Institute, stated “This has been a remarkable year for our program. Our students were selected to executive committee positions within the Pathways To Peace Organization, many served as UN Delegates at UN Conferences throughout the year, others worked side by side with historical Civil Rights Leaders, Mia Rodriguez was recently selected to represent the U.S. as a Pathways To Peace youth spokesperson at the International Unity Games. The fact that our Mater Dei video workshop “Why Our Voices Matter” will be featured at this years prestigious UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development is a testament to the hard work these students put in. To add that they are Freshmen students speaks volumes. Emma DeBiase will also play a prominent role as well. I look forward to the infinite possibilities this class will achieve in the coming years. I have a feeling the best is yet to come!”