1. JCI's annual Symposium on Social Equality focuses on the search for human dignity in the 21st century. The 2015 edition united local, regional, national and international leaders and experts to "provide constructive conversation on how we can sustain social equality for all people."
  2. This year, JCI (Junior Chamber International) is celebrating its 100th birthday. The non-profit organization, comprised of "young active citizens age 18 to 40 who are engaged and committed to creating impact in their communities," was founded a century ago in St. Louis. You can find out more about JCI and their work here.
  3. Keynote speaker Gillian Sorensen, senior advisor at the United Nations Foundation, talks about the importance and the success of the UN's Millennium Development Goals and the Sustainable Development Goals.
  4. Gillian Sorenson on the UN Millennium Development Goals and the Sustainable Development Goals
  5. JCI's definition of social equality:
  6. The responsibility of individuals and communities around the world to ensure human dignity for all by creating opportunities that enable each human to reach their greatest potential.

  7. Here are two answers from the Twitterverse:
  8. Gillian Sorensen told me what the Symposium and social equality mean to her:
  9. Gillian Sorensen talks about social equality at Symposium on Social Equality
  10. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's message to the attendees:
  11. According to JCI, the conversations and discussions at the symposium "aim to empower active citizens and inspire community action to ensure human dignity for all."
  12. 2015 JCI President Ismail Haznedar and journalist Goldie Taylor delivered the opening keynotes speeches.
  13. During the first of three panel discussions, Dr. Jason Purnell, Dr. Anne Sebert Kuhlmann, Brian Weaver and Dr. Patricia Wolff discussed Health & Wellness. Debbie Monterrey of KMOX Radio moderated the panel.
  14. From the JCI website: The foundation for a healthy society is healthy citizens. This panel will focus on how equal access to quality health care and human dignity is intrinsically connected to the overall well-being of a community and its chance for prosperity.
  15. Dr. Anne Sebert Kuhlmann answered a question from the audience on biking, mentioning Trailnet and Great Rivers Greenway, two St. Louis non-profits aiming to make the city more bike-friendly.
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