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First Lady Jill Biden to take the stage at the 2022 Concordia Annual Summit

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The First Lady of the United States, Dr. Jill Biden, will speak on the Metropolitan Stage of the first day of the 2022 Concordia Annual Summit, September 19, at the Sheraton New York Times Square during the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Maintaining its position as the premier global affairs forum alongside the UN General Assembly, Concordia's 12th Annual Summit (register here to attend) will convene today's preeminent C-suite executives, politicians, nonprofit leaders, and entrepreneurs to explore the greatest challenges of our time through the lens of collaboration. From Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the resulting humanitarian crisis, to the critical role of the private sector in advancing environmental sustainability and technological innovation, Concordia's 12th Annual Summit will place the need for public-private partnership at its core.

Register here: https://www.concordialive.com/22annual

Dr. Biden previously spoke at the 2017 Concordia Annual Summit on the importance of building and sustaining strong healthcare infrastructure in driving global development, urging for dialogue across sectors, disciplines, and nations. Five years on, Dr. Biden will bring a unique perspective as First Lady of the United States.

"It is an honor to welcome back Dr. Biden to our Mainstage. A lifelong educator and public health advocate, and now as First Lady, Dr. Biden brings an invaluable perspective and will be an influential voice at this year's Annual Summit," commented Concordia's Co-Founders, Matthew Swift and Nicholas Logothetis. "This month marks our 12th annual convening, and we're looking forward to bringing people together in person to prompt important conversations and, most importantly, find cross-sector solutions that go on to stand the test of time."

The First Lady joins a powerful roster of leaders from across industries and sectors, including:

Eric Adams, Mayor, City of New York; Alison Moore, CEO, Comic Relief US; Anne M. Finucane, Chairman of the Board, Bank of America Europe;Dr. Olivia White, Director, Mckinsey Global Institute, Mckinsey & Company; Hon. Jeh Johnson, Former Secretary, U.S. Department Of Homeland Security; Rose Stuckey Kirk, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Verizon; David Malpass, President, The World Bank Group; Professor Soumitra Dutta, Dean-Elect, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford; Goldie Hawn, Founder, MindUP | The Goldie Hawn Foundation; Dikembe Mutombo, Chairman & President, Dikembe Mutombo Foundation; Barbara Humpton, President & CEO, Siemens USA; Suzanne Clark, President & CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Hector Mujica, Head of Economy Opportunity, Google.org; Sofia Carson, Actress, Singer & UNICEF USA Ambassador; and, H.E. Dr. Lazarus Mccarthy Chakwera, President, Republic of Malawi.

View all confirmed speakers: https://www.concordia.net/annualsummit/2022-annual-summit-speakers/

To attend the 2022 Concordia Annual Summit, register here: https://www.concordialive.com/22annual


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About Concordia:

Concordia is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that builds meaningful partnerships for positive social impact. As equal parts convener, campaigner, and idea incubator, Concordia is actively fostering cross-sector collaboration to create a more prosperous and sustainable future. Concordia was founded in 2011 by Matthew A. Swift and Nicholas M. Logothetis.

Related link: https://www.concordia.net/

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Performance Artist AY Young is An Emerging Renewable Energy Leader Powered by Music

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- AY Young, founder, Battery Tour, was named by the United Nations (UN) as one of 17 Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and to Fresh Energy's 2020 Energy News Network's "40 Under 40."

On a biennial basis, the Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth recognizes 17 young change-makers, between the ages of 18 and 29, who are leading efforts to combat the world's most pressing issues and whose leadership is catalyzing the achievement of the SDGs.

For the UN designation, these young leaders were selected from more than 18,000 nominations from 186 different countries to represent the diverse voices of young people from every region of the world, and are collectively responsible for activating millions of young people in support of the SDGs. Young is the only Youth Leader selected from the U.S.

The Energy News Network's "40 Under 40" awards' program highlights emerging leaders and innovators from across the U.S. and their work in America's transition to a clean energy economy.

Young is one of the first artists to power his concerts with 100 percent renewable energy and Battery Tour is designed to engage communities with fun, physical and digital, entertainment experiences focused on diversity and inclusion to enhance sustainable adoption, action and innovation. And, it's all powered with renewable resources and energy-storage technologies (such as solar & human powered batteries) and showcases current technology capacities and their impacts to raise awareness and ignite innovation for Beneficial Electrification (BE).

"My ultimate goal is to get the world plugged into sustainability using music as a vehicle," Young says.

Thor Dietrich, co-founder and CEO of the Battery Tour, says that he was inspired to create the company when he realized the power music has to unite people.

"The quality of consumables, such as energy and information, directly affects us. We have a responsibility to our personal health to educate, empower, and experience the highest quality of life. With Battery Tour, we engage everyone's passions to scale sustainable impact globally, uniting humanity through entertainment to fund, build, and secure our only future, a sustainable one," Dietrich says.

As part of the Battery Tour, starting on September 18, Young will present six, weekly, social-distanced concerts at 6 p.m. in association with the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department around Kansas City with the goal of uniting the heartland's rich history, talent, and sustainable leadership.

Founder video (YouTube): https://youtu.be/htfB8sG-hlU

Get plugged in at: https://www.batterytour.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aymusik

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aymusik/

Twitter: @aymusik

About AY Young

At age 29, AY Young is a singer/songwriter, dancer, producer, sustainability activist and entrepreneur. He grew up in Kansas City, MO and has organized and performed more than 800 concerts. He's opened for artists such as Wiz Khalifa, T-Pain, Aaron Carter and more.

For more about the artist: https://www.aymusik.com/

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Caption: AY Young proudly represents the USA as 1 of 17 United Nations' Young Leaders of the World while reminiscing about his love for basketball.

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Caption: Youth having a blast dancing with AY Young and the Battery Tour at a corporate philanthropy event.

Related link: https://www.batterytour.com/

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NGO seeks solutions for UN’s Goals by Awarding Everyday Heroes – and those who find them

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- The Global Action Network (GAN), an organization formed by activists, students, and researchers who seek new ways to reach the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals, has announced a new program which awards those who develop cutting edge solutions - and honors the finders by naming a prize after them.

"The whole idea is to accelerate progress towards the Goals," says Soani Gunawan, VP of Logistics for GAN. "The probability that you or I will win a Nobel Prize is tiny. But it's not hard for me to name a Prize AFTER you - if you build awareness of your chosen goal by highlighting those who are doing the best work in the field. And the fact that you can ALSO name another Prize after your friends and colleagues makes it quite likely you will stay involved."

The Network uses the UN's sub-classification of 230 Indicators, or sub-goals, which include specific things like improving education in the developing world, curing neglected tropical diseases, and reducing gender inequality.

Those who join GAN, many of whom are students and researchers from Oxford, Berkeley, Yale, Cambridge, Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford, are assigned one of the goals, usually one that matches one or more of their professional, academic, or personal interests or passions. Their basic duty is to set up several social media sites publicizing the latest developments within their chosen niche, and announce awards (named after themselves) to those who have demonstrated excellence.

The general expectation is that projects take an initial 3-4 hours to set up, followed by 15-30 minutes of monthly maintenance, which consists of updating social media sites and naming Award winners. In many cases Award namesakes submit their own work.

In addition to the crowdsourced prizes, there are also Awards for supreme achievement named after Einstein (Science), Florence Nightingale (Health), Frida Kahlo (Art and Culture), Mother Teresa (Compassion), Gandhi (Significance), Nelson Mandela (Justice), and Sojourner Truth (Freedom).

GAN founders were motivated by dissatisfaction with Governments, NGOs, Non-profits, and Corporations, which in their view have not done enough to reach the Goals.

"We want to inspire grass roots action, from the ground up," says GAN's Happiness Coordinator Amy Chang. "When people receive continuous gratification for their work, they tend to stay involved."

The idea of building simple to set up projects based on free web tools and smart phone apps was inherited from GAN's parent organization, The World Mind Network, which has six Nobel Laureates on its Board.

Participants can also initiate online think tanks, disaster relief projects, Fair Trade programs, and crowdsourced group psychology experiments within the platform.

"There's something special about the conversations we have," says Co-Founder and Program Director John Toomey. "We have fun, but we're part of a worldwide planetary improvement movement, so there's this inspirational undercurrent associated with being part of a mission."

Adds Chang, "It's hard, in this day and age, to cultivate heroes of the old type - those who rescue a village from a typhoon, or leave their normal lives to found an orphanage in Africa. But it's not difficult to empower people to become 'mini-Heroes' - individuals who can develop their humanitarian instincts by creating a project on their smart phone that has the potential to help the planet in a measurable and replicable way. And once someone gets a taste of this easily accessible heroism, it's not hard for them to see that there is little they cannot accomplish."

For information on the Global Action Network contact savithripateldds@gmail.com, or visit the website at http://globalactionnetwork.net/

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