Tag Archives: United Nations

From Denmark to Canada

Last week during the UN General Assembly (UNGA), J Marshall Events had the honor of planning an incredibly important event; the passing of the Women Deliver (WD) baton from Denmark to Canada.

Women Deliver Poster and Banners

Photos © Birgitta Lund

Women Deliver 2019

In 2016 Denmark had the pleasure of hosting the Women Deliver conference. They embraced every moment and held a month long celebration of events, coming up with concrete solutions that are still in place today. Canada will be hosting the next Women Deliver conference in 2019 and although they have big shoes to fill, if the words of Minister Bibeau and Madame Sophie Trudeau are to be taken to heart, they are up and excited for the challenge.

Serious but Fun

Although Women Deliver deal with serious, often times difficult, subjects; they were determined to make the event fun and interactive. The whole team composed mainly of women, arrived at the UNGA checkpoint to be escorted through UNGA security to the Delegates Dining Room to set up for the activities. These included an interactive Ideas Wall where guests could leave their suggestions on topics they would like to see discussed, and speakers they would love to hear at WD2019. The responses ranged from Lady Gaga to Malala Yousafzai. We also set up a selfie station with fun props and a polaroid camera. It was a major hit and the guests got some great memories to take home with them.

Passing the Baton

Half way through the evening there was an actual passing of the baton (the Women Deliver arrow) from Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark to Madame Trudeau. The wonderful speakers included Katja Iversen, Minister Tørnaes, Minister Bibeau, Madame Trudeau and two young leaders, Dakshitha and Olaoluwa Abagun. They all spoke passionately about how we, as a society, treat our women and girls and as Sophie Trudeau said, “We need to be held accountable for telling the truth and the truth is we can’t leave out half the population”. It is up to us, all of us, to work harder and do better.

Investing in Girls and Women

It’s events like these that remind us here at J Marshall Events why we do what we do. When people get together and work together we can achieve all our goals. As Katja Iversen reminded us all, “When you invest in girls and women, there is a ripple effect and everybody wins”. We here at J Marshall Events want everyone to win!

















New York premiere screening

On June 6, 2017, J Marshall Events had the honor of organizing the New York premiere screening of Jaha’s Promise at the United Nations. We worked with UN Women, The Guardian newspaper, and the Wallace Global Fund to plan the documentary screening and panel discussion, along with a reception.

A heart-wrenching documentary

The film by Patrick Farrelly and Kate O’Callaghan profiles the life and struggles of Jaha Dukureh, who was named one of 2016 TIME magazine’s, 100 Most Influential people. It is a remarkable, heart-wrenching documentary that shows how one person can make a difference. Originally from The Gambia, Jaha is now leading an African movement fighting to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced child marriage.

Jaha's Promise Official Trailer from Patrick Farrelly on Vimeo.

Struggles and Accomplishments

We were excited to be back at the UN and ECOSOC, a venue that J Marshall Events has become very familiar with over the years.  The film was a resounding success bringing tears to many as the guests followed Jaha’s struggles and accomplishments.

Discussion and Q&A

After a standing ovation, Jaha’s Promise was followed by a lively panel discussion and Q&A with Jaha Dukureh and the filmmakers who discussed issues that continue to affect women and girls around the globe. It was inspiring to hear directly from Jaha about her experiences and intentions going forward.

Reception and Speakers

In addition to the New York premiere screening, J Marshall Events helped organize the pre-screening reception in the West Terrace of the Delegates Dining Room.  Hosted by the Wallace Global Fund, Ellen Dorsey introduced a short program of speakers including Scott Wallace, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Ambassador Mamadou Tangara.

It was a lovely event and we look forward to working with the participants again in the near future, and continuing to support the causes J Marshall Events believes in!



Amazing Projects

2016 was a busy year, and the J Marshall Events team was thrilled to work on many amazing projects. We provided event planning and production services to multiple clients, including, audio visual, webcasting, banners, event staff, technicians, staging, floral and many more resources. Here's a brief rundown of events from the later months of last year.  It was an eventful 2016.

Adolescent Neuroscience Symposium

A meeting and live webcast to present the current state of science on the Adolescent Brain. Discussions included how the environment and experience sculpts the function of the brain.

Conversations with Thought Leaders

Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation – discusses the rise of philanthropy and how inequality is a defining problem of our era.

5th Virtual Conference on MHM in WASH in Schools

A live webcast with speakers from around the world focusing on girls’ needs on MHM barriers. Channeling girls’ recommendations into global and national level action.

The Good Dog Foundation’s Annual Bash (at Barneys)

Georgie Girl - Instagram - "GeorgieGirl_NYC"A fundraiser held in Freds restaurant at Barneys. The Good Dog Foundation provides therapy dog services to people in health care, social service, educational and community facilities in New York, and at disaster sites around the country. We were also honoured to become a part of the Good Dog family in 2016 when our very own Georgie Girl became a certified Good Dog Foundation Therapy Dog!

UniChef Television Launch

TLC, Discovery Family Channel and Hilary Gumbel hosted a reception to celebrate the show UniChef, Uniting Through Food. The event included a reception, silent auction and Q&A with celebrity chefs Sandra Lee, Ming Tsai and Donatella Arpaia.

Legal Scholars Against BDS

Hosted by the Permanent Mission of Israel at the United Nations. The high-level meeting included discussions on the issue of law, policy and legislation related to BDS.

And so, into 2017...

We're looking forward to a busy year ahead, and would like to wish all of our partners and clients a very Happy and Healthy 2017.  Cheers, from Julie-Ann and the JME team!

#EndFGM Panel with UNSG Ban Ki-Moon


#EndFGM LogoOn February 8th 2016 representatives of governments, UN agencies, and civil society gathered in the ECOSOC Chamber at the United Nations in New York.  The occasion was the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).  UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon opened the program, celebrating progress made to date on the issue, and UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin went on to acknowledge the commitments of governments taking a stand to end FGM.

Thought provoking program

J Marshall Events last worked with UNFPA on the International Fistula Day launch so we were thrilled to be asked to help produce another exciting program with them.  Facing many challenges including a change of date mere days before the event and a potential change of venue, the JME team rose to the occasion and the several hundred guests were treated to a moving and thought-provoking program.


Femi Oke

We were also delighted to work once again with one of our favorite journalists and television presenters, Femi Oke, who came on board as moderator. Keeping everyone on track she facilitated a lively discussion among a panel of experts, including activists and survivors of FGM, as well as government and UNICEF representatives.

Femi Oke with #EndFGM Logo

Femi Oke

The Arts Effect

The Arts Effect

Inna Modja preforms at #EndFGM

Inna Modja

The Arts Effect

The ECOSOC Chamber erupted in applause after three adolescent actresses from the The Arts Effect All Girls Theater Company, performed the play “Uncut, Her Story” which portrayed the experiences of FGM survivors. Presented by Equality Now and written and directed by Katie Cappiello, the room shook as guests gave the performers a standing ovation.

Inna Modja

Musician and FGM survivor Inna Modja closed the program with a rousing performance which was resumed in the Delegates Dining Room where the guests relocated for a light lunch. Inna, who was on the panel, is an advocate for the elimination of FGM and an outspoken opponent of violence against women.

The full event webcast is available on the UNTV website. Show your support #EndFGM.

CRC 25th Anniversary at UNICEF

CRC @ 25

Kirsten Sandberg at CRC podium

Kirsten Sandberg

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 Gallery

Hannah Godefa at the CRC

Hannah Godefa & Julie-AnnOnce 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

Climate Summit 2014The JME team has done it again! Another UN General Assembly week has come and gone and we have survived! Indigenous People and their TerritoriesWe 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.

All In! Towards ending the AIDS epidemic among adolescentsWe 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.

Georgie Girl YawningWorking 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,Press outside the UN 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!