June 5, 2018
"We Come Together to Go Further"
United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed on her work of bringing humanity together to better each other's welfare
Our host Hannah Meholick (left) with Amina J. Mohammed
In this episode, Hannah Meholick talks with Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and former Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Ms. Mohammed was instrumental in bringing about the United Nations' unprecedented 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including the Sustainable Development Goals (also known as "SDG's").
For her contributions to worldwide sustainable development, The Interfaith Center of New York will be honoring the Deputy Secretary-General with the James Parks Morton Interfaith Award at its 21st annual gala celebration on June 11. Please click here if you are interested in attending the event.
Podcast Episode Highlights:
On the benefits of diversity within her own family: "I grew up as a Muslim, but we have such a multi-religious family because my mother's father was a Presbyterian minister. My father was a Nigerian veterinary doctor, and my mother, a Welsh nurse, so I come from two sides, which is great, because I see through two lenses all the time, it's never one way."
On the partnerships required to make sustainable development possible: "When you think about religions, at the core of them, is about understanding and mutual respect. And for partnerships, it's the same thing. So it's another dimension of how we come together to go further.
On working with faith leaders toward sustainability goals: "Meeting with religious leaders was, for me, a way to get across to a number of messengers my message, and also to hear back from them, what it was perhaps we were not messaging right."
On the value of interfaith dialogue: "There are some challenges that cross faiths - female genital mutiliation goes across faiths - that's culture. And when you address that, it's interesting to get faiths together, to tell the culture that it's not right. Many times, in the conflicts that we have, it's the interfaith dialogue that helps us get through it."
Click here to learn about the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals
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Intro and outro music for this episode are edited excerpts of "Maximum Relax" by Lee Rosevere, used under CC BY 4.0 / Edited from original.