On August 8, for the second year, the UNSRC Gardening Club, in partnership with the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), invited the Youth Leadership Council (YLC), a NYC Parks GreenThumb Programme, to the United Nations to discuss Food Security and Nutrition in urban environments.
The event was be attended by over 100 youth from all five boroughs of New York City, spanning various socio-economic backgrounds, all of whom participate in the YLC, a summer volunteering program. By bringing together youth and representatives from the international community, the event sought to encourage young people to play an active role in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and highlighting the International Decade of Action on Nutrition.
Opening remarks in the UN Food Gardens were delivered by Deputy Commissioner Kavanagh and Paula Gavin, Chief Service Office of NYC Service, as well as by Heidi Fritze of the UN Food Gardens. Following a lunch in the garden and photo opportunities, the event continued with an engaging panel discussion moderated by Stina Nystrom of UN Food Gardens. The panel included Emily Chin, YLC 2017 participant; Sahara James, College mentor from YLC 2017; Heather Butts, a gardener with the Skyline Playground Community Garden, a YLC 2017 site; Carla Mucavi, Director of the FAO Liaison Office in NY; Shannon Howard, External Partnerships Officer, World Food Programme; Aletha Maybank, Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygeine; Matthias Kletternayer, Division for Sustainable Development, UN; and Kadi Ba, Youth Leader at Harlem Grown.