Connecting FCS in the US to the Global Home Economics Community
Author: Rachel Schichtl
Dear IFHE members
Thanks to the initiative of a very active IFHE Programme Committee, we can warmly invite you to attend a webinar on technology & sustainability. Members of the committee share their research on solar cookers, water management, food hygiene & environmental stability. Each topic is presented for 15 minutes, followed by a short discussion. The event is moderated by Pamela TURNER, Chair of the Committee Household Technology & Sustainability.
What is happening at the United Nations in New York City this autumn:
9/21/20 The United Nations commemorated the 75th anniversary of the member states coming together after World War II.
Today, the United Nations is dealing with a very different kind of pandemic with a need to come together again on many different critical issues.
9/29/20 International Day of Awareness on Food Loss and Waste Reduction. About one-third of the food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally. When talking about fruits and vegetables, about 45 percent of the produce is wasted.
10/16/20 World Food Day. Over 150 countries participate each year. This will be an online event which the organizers expect the same amount of participation.
9/24 -9/26/20 Nature for Life. This event dealt with nature, climate change, and population. Speakers answered questions trying to find solutions to how people and nature live in harmony without harming the resources the world has left. Each day was a different focus: Sustainable Development Goals Day recognizing the value of nature, Business and Finance Day, Global Ambition Day, and Local Action Day.
10/1 /20 United Nations high level meeting on Gender Equality
10/2/20 United Nations high level meeting of the International Day for Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
Young Professional Network Webinar- Sign up On October 22, 2020 at 4:00 pm Eastern time, Dr. Amanda McCloat, Director of the IFHE Young Professionals Network (YPN), will hold a webinar discussing the YPN, its benefits, and the importance of young professionals’ involvement.
Dr. McCloat is the Head of the Home Economics Department at St. Angela’s College and will speak to interested Family & Consumer Sciences professionals from Sligo, Ireland. This will be a great time for you to learn more about the benefits of being involved in IFHE, and we would love to have additional participants in the YPN.
Students, new professionals, and the young at heart are all invited to attend. Please RSVP to Carmen Pedersen, GAFCS Counselor at email@example.com by October 16 to receive a link and future updates about the webinar.
As NGO in official partnership with UNESCO, IFHE is invited to nominate candidates for the UNESCO prize “Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in education”. The prize comes with a monetary award of USD 25,000.
IFHE will gladly consider nominating qualified candidates (individuals, groups, organizations). Please note that applications are to be submitted to UNESCO directly by the candidates together with an IFHE nomination letter. To apply for such a nomination letter, please send the UNESCO application template to the IFHE Office.
IFHE plans to submit a statement to the United Nations Commission for Social Development 2021 and is inviting members to contribute.
Theme of the statement is “Socially just transition towards sustainable development: the role of digital technologies on social development and well-being of all”. We are looking for experts on home economics & digital technologies to contribute to the statement. The more aspects and perspectives we can add, the better. If you are interested, please send your contact details and background to Annette.firstname.lastname@example.org until 5 October 2020.
The virtual Council meeting 2020 has concluded and almost 70 registered delegates made this new format a success. They took decisions and adopted a resolution on home economics education in 2020.
The Council also marked the start of Gwendolyn HUSTVEDT’s term as new IFHE President 2020-2024.
It certainly would have been nice to celebrate these important event together. And to hand over in person the Distinguished Services Award to 2020 winner Margaret ARCUS. But the “new normal” requires us to find alternatives. To let you participate as much as possible, we prepared a NEWS RELEASE (attached) as well as:
IFHE calls on members & friends to join the global conversation started by the UN to mark its 75th anniversary.
This anniversary comes at challenging times and the UN General Secretary aims to start a discussion about the future we want. We encourage you to share your perspective as a home economist, to share your ideas for building the future and advocate education & research on the responsible management of resources.