Kenney addresses sustainable development group at United Nations

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Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney speaks at the United Nations. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney speaks at the United Nations. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Philadelphia’s mayor went to New York today to make a speech at a place he visited as a young child. 

 

Mayor Jim Kenney began his talk to members of  Impact 2030 about their sustainable development goals by reminiscing about his first visit to the United Nations.

“In 1971, our eighth-grade class trip was to New York City from South Philadelphia, and this building was one of the stops,” he said. “It was amazingly impressive to me in 1971, and to be here standing in this place speaking to you in this building as mayor is incredibly overwhelming for me.” Kenney then discussed his plan to offer preschool to all city children and position schools to take a bigger place in the community by offering neighborhood services.”Over the next five years, we will create 25 community schools that are designed to help our students succeed academically by addressing challenges students face outside of the classroom whether it be hunger, homelessness or violence,” Kenney said. 

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