The Global Innovation Team
“Transforming ideas into impact” - Global Innovation Fund
The Global Innovation Fund provides resources and funds investments in social innovations to help improve the lives of people around the world. The founding members of the Innovation Fund include the Walt Disney Company and the Government of Denmark.
The summer began over here at J Marshall Events with a 3-day project for UNICEF celebrating innovation! We were thrilled to help launch UNICEF’s new Global Innovation Fund, which focuses on the future of technology and how it can be used to improve the lives of children around the world. The Global Innovation Centre event involved us building temporary walls for the exhibition and managing multiple events including a press and media launch, reception, meetings and workshops. We also had several re-sets, which took place late evening so a big thank you goes out to my whole team.
The Global Innovations Display Wall
Oculus Virtual Reality
I was fortunate enough to try the new virtual reality oculus gear – and it was amazing!. Viewers like myself experienced the bittersweet video, “Clouds over Sidra”, a glimpse into the everyday experience of a young girl living in the Za’atari Syrian refugee camp. The experience was haunting and I’m not ashamed to admit that I cried at the end.
Oculus Virtual Reality
Global Innovation Centre
The virtual reality experience was only one example of the wonderful and innovative technological advances showcased at UNICEF’s exhibition. With partners ranging from the private sector to academia, UNICEF’s Global Innovation Centre shows the promise of helping children through technological advances and innovation.
For our first event of 2015, JME were especially delighted to manage the press launch of the 1 in 11 Campaign Initiative in early January. UNICEF, the FC Barcelona Foundation and Reach out to Asia (ROTA) have formed a partnership to address the global problem of 58 million children (1 in 11) being out of school. The goal of the 1 in 11 Campaign is to reach disadvantaged children through the power of sport within education giving every child a chance to fulfill their potential.
The event premiered the 1 in 11 campaign film featuring sports stars Lionel Messi and Serena Williams demonstrating their own “Keep Ups” challenge and inviting fans to join them at www.1in11.org.
Speakers included FC Barcelona President, Josep Maria Bartomeu, ROTA (Reach Out To Asia) Executive Director Essa Al Mannai and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, with a special appearance by artist Takashi Murakami.
Julie-Ann with Josep Maria
Josep Maria Bartomeu
A great way to “kick off” the New Year!
Sotheby's 1 in 11 Auction
Artworks donated to support the 1 in 11 Campaign, including two specially commissioned works by Takashi Murakami and Damien Hirst, will be in auction at Sotheby's in London on the 12th of February 2015.
CRC 25th Anniversary at UNICEF
This year, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) celebrated its 25th year. The CRC is an international human rights treaty protecting children under the age of eighteen, and currently 194 countries are working to protect the social, political, economic, health and cultural rights of children. On Thursday 20th November, 2014, the UN hosted several high-level events to honor this anniversary which included a concert, panel discussion, a launch with keynote speakers and a cocktail reception for the Queen and Prime Minister of Sweden.
Having produced the 20th Anniversary of the CRC at the General Assembly 5 years ago, JME was thrilled to be part of the UNICEF team once again. With 5 events back-to-back in different locations it certainly was a full day, starting with the launch of the UNICEF #IMAGINE project with Hugh Jackman and Yoko Ono, and finishing with a cocktail reception for HM Queen Silvia.
CRC @ 25
CRC Reception Food
Hannah Godefa at the CRC
Once again, JME was delighted to work with the amazing Hannah Godefa, who moderated the launch of the State of the World’s Children Report and with the incredible Chernor Bah. The day ended with a high-level reception catered by renowned Swedish Chef Ulrika Bengtsson, and with remarks from Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, and Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF, Yoka Brandt.
UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Imagine Concert on YouTube
Founded in New York in 1918, the Foreign Press Association has long represented foreign journalists working in the United States. The FPA originated with 11 members and has grown to include more than 400 journalists from around the world. Formed in the later years of World War I, the organization traveled to army camps and factories to cover war stories. After the war, the FPA expanded to include radio correspondents and created new offices in Washington D.C.
The Foreign Press Association is now under the leadership of President David P. Michaels and is changing to reflect the new era of journalism. With the growth of digital media, journalism has changed significantly in the past twenty years with individuals constantly checking computers, phones, and tablets for the latest updates on global news.
In this new era, the FPA is reaching out to the next generation of journalists with the FPA Scholarship Fund. This initiative awards an international graduate student for his or her excellence in writing. The FPA has also granted Foreign Press Awards to accomplished individuals in fields of study such as the arts, sciences, and politics. Well-known past recipients include Albert Einstein and Tennessee Williams.
During this time of change, J Marshall Events is thrilled to be working with David P. Michaels, Michael-Ann Rowe (Chair of Events Committee), and fellow committee members Cindy A. Fields and Simon Erskine Locke. We are busy preparing for the upcoming holiday reception, with outreach to young local journalists and planning even more projects for the new year!
The JME team has done it again! Another UN General Assembly week has come and gone and we have survived! We kicked-off the week with the UNICEF Rapid Innovation breakfast meeting on Monday followed by UNDP’s Forests Pavilion for the Climate Summit 2014 on Tuesday. On Wednesday the busy week continued with the ‘No Lost Generation’ high-level meeting, which addressed protecting the futures of children affected by the Syrian crises.
We wrapped up with the 'All In! Towards ending the AIDS epidemic among adolescents' event at the Delegates Dining Room with speeches from young people living with aids. Hearing the various speakers throughout the week was incredibly inspiring and the rooms were packed to capacity. Guests included heads of state, ministers from multiple world governments and high-level CEOs.
Working the GA meant being up and ready to go early in the morning, and the team was at the office before 7am all week. Georgie, our personal K9, was not a fan of the early mornings and remained fast asleep as we made last minute edits to Runs of Show. Security around the UN complex was even tighter this year due to current events, and more than 140 World Leaders attended various functions throughout the week. We were lucky enough to be at the UN when President Obama and Secretary of State, John Kerry passed by onto another meeting. Just another day in the life of a special events production team!
Georgie is glad to have us back in the office and we are happy to have time to take her for an afternoon “meeting” stroll. After a bit of rest, the team is ready for another exciting challenge. Stay tuned to see what comes next!
On December 3rd, UNICEF inducted pop sensation Katy Perry as their newest Goodwill Ambassador. This invitation-only press event took place at UNICEF House and was moderated by 17-year-old Hannah Godefa, Ethiopia National Goodwill Ambassador, who was accompanied by her proud dad.
The press included youth bloggers, KIDSDAY members, and local NYC students who got an exclusive peak at the #unconditionallyUNICEF video featuring Katy Perry’s trip to Madagascar. Executive Director, Tony Lake, tapped his foot along to the song and commented later, “I was trying very hard not to lip synch”. Below is the video with lyrics inspired by Perry’s work with UNICEF.
Perry commented that being in the public eye enabled her to reach a vast number of people and shine a light on issues that need to be addressed.
We at J Marshall Events admire how Katy Perry is using her fame to shine the spotlight on global issues such as providing maternal health care, incorporating children with disabilities into society, and securing access to clean water.