LDS general Relief Society president participating in U.N. panel

REGISTER TO ATTEND

Thursday, 13 April 2017
11am–12.45pm

United Nations Headquarters
405 East 42nd Street, New York

Linda K. Burton
Linda K. Burton

Linda K. Burton, general Relief Society president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be participating in the annual Focus on Faith briefing at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York on Thursday, 13 April 2017. The panel discussion will take place from 11am to 12.45pm EDT. Members of the public wishing to attend the event must register in advance.

The interactive discussion will focus “on the role of faith-based organizations in addressing current refugee and integration issues.” Other panelists will include:

Attendees must have a ticket to attend. To receive a ticket, register in advance online. Tickets will be distributed at the visitors’ entrance to the United Nations headquarters immediately before the event, so the New York Public Affairs Office of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recommends arriving 60–90 minutes before the event is scheduled to start.

Spanish interpretation will be available.

Getting to U.N. headquarters

405 East 42nd Street
New York City

The nearest subway station is Grand Central-42 St, which is served by the 4, 5, 6, 7, and S trains as well as Metro-North. The U.N. is about a 10-minute walk east of the station, straight down 42nd Street.

If that walk is a little too far for you, you can also take the M42 bus. The headquarters of the U.N. is also served by the M15 and M15-SBS buses.

I would not at all recommend driving to the United Nations; the U.N. itself does not offer parking to the public, and nearby lots are likely to be full (and expensive if they actually have spaces).


Updated 27 March 2017
This post will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.

Mormons at the U.N.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its worldwide humanitarian work will be the subject of a “U.N. Briefing” hosted by the United Nations Department of Public Information on Thursday, 27 February 2014. The event, entitled “Focus on Faith: Discovering Mormonism and Its Role in Humanitarian Assistance”, will be held at U.N. headquarters here in New York.

A flyer for the U.N. Briefing on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its worldwide humanitarian work that will take place at United Nations headquarters here in New York on Thursday, 27 February.
A flyer for the U.N. Briefing on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its worldwide humanitarian work that will take place at United Nations headquarters here in New York on Thursday, 27 February.

The message I received with this flyer notes, “It would be of considerable benefit to the positive awareness and image of the Church at the UN if a significant number of Church members and their friends attended this presentation event. In addition, attendance at the event would be a wonderful educational opportunity for members to learn more about how the United Nations operates.”

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is involved in substantial humanitarian and emergency-response efforts around the world. The Church’s public affairs site, MormonNewsroom.org, highlights, for example, that after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the Church “immediately [sent] 160,000 pounds of food and emergency resources, and a month later, when a devastating earthquake hit Chile, an airlift of tents, tarps, supplies and even diapers was quickly deployed.” Here in New York, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, thousands of Latter-day Saints in their trademark bright yellow vests put in countless hours helping our neighbors of every faith clean up and rebuild. Mormons contribute time, money, and resources in fulfilling what they believe is God’s commandment to love and serve their neighbors.

The briefing will take place in Conference Room 2 in the Conference Building on the United Nations campus; the entrance is located at 1st Avenue and East 47th Street in Manhattan. If you’d like to attend, you need to RSVP by Monday, 24 February. Instructions to RSVP and additional information are on the flyer.


Photo
United Nations headquarters, New York, 1 August 2008
By http://www.flickr.com/people/flickr4jazz via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0