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Black Tie International:
International Day of Happiness
Photos by Rose Billings/Blacktiemagazine.com
Dr. Judy Kuriansky, Psychology Professor at Columbia University Teachers College and UN NGO Representative of the International Association of Applied Psychology; H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and former permanent representative of Qatar to the UN, holding a soft globe called Hugg-A-Planet, made by toy manufacturer Robert Firenze as a symbol of world peoples coming together; and Her Excellency Ambassador Katalin Bogyay; Permanent Representative of the Mission of Hungary to the UN.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/Blacktiemagazine.com;
Dr. Judy Kuriansky, Psychology Professor at Columbia University Teachers College and UN NGO Representative of the International Association of Applied Psychology; H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and former permanent representative of Qatar to the UN, holding a soft globe called Hugg-A-Planet, made by toy manufacturer Robert Firenze as a symbol of world peoples coming together; and Her Excellency Ambassador Katalin Bogyay; Permanent Representative of the Mission of Hungary to the UN;
 
International Day of Happiness
 
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of the Mission of Hungary to the UN; Dr. Judy Kuriansky, Psychology Professor at Columbia University Teachers College and UN NGO Representative of the International Association of Applied Psychology; H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and former permanent representative of Qatar to the UN; Mr. Mohammed Sahib Meji Marzooq, Deputy Permanent Mr. Representative of the Mission of Iraq to the UN; H.E. Hamid Al-Bayati, former Ambassador of Iraq to the UN..  Photo by:  Rose Billings/Blacktiemagazine.com
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of the Mission of Hungary to the UN; Dr. Judy Kuriansky, Psychology Professor at Columbia University Teachers College and UN NGO Representative of the International Association of Applied Psychology; H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and former permanent representative of Qatar to the UN; Mr. Mohammed Sahib Meji Marzooq, Deputy Permanent  Representative of the Mission of Iraq to the UN; H.E. Hamid Al-Bayati, former Ambassador of Iraq to the UN.

Sidique Wai, President and National Spokesperson for the United African Congress in America, and Mr. a Community Relations Specialist and Adviser to the New York City Police Commissioner, with Dr. Judy Kuriansky.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/Blacktienagazine.com

Sidique Wai, President and National Spokesperson for the United African Congress in America, and Mr. a Community Relations Specialist and Adviser to the New York City Police Commissioner, with Dr. Judy Kuriansky

Gunjan Goel, Founder and CEO, Global Chambers of Commerce Aurora C. Aquino; Ambassador  H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser; and Aurora C. Aquino, Social Media Consultant, Barinu Institute for Economic Development .  Photo by:  Rose Billings/Blacktiemagazine.com
Gunjan Goel, Founder and CEO, Global Chambers of Commerce Aurora C. Aquino; Ambassador   Hamid Al-Bayati, former Ambassador of Iraq to the UN. and Aurora C. Aquino, Social Media Consultant, Barinu Institute for Economic Development 

Alejandro Posse, Consul General of Panama in New York and his lovely wife Alejandra.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/Blacktiemagazine.com

Alejandro Posse, Consul General of Panama in New York
and his lovely wife Alejandra

Gerard Mc Keon, Publisher Black Tie International Magazine.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/Blacktiemagazine.com
Gerard Mc Keon, Publisher Black Tie International Magazine
 
March 20th every year is a celebration of the International Day of Happiness, as decried by a United Nations Resolution!  A high-level panel was held with UN Ambassadors and academicians in a conference room at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. 
The distinguished panelists spoke about how the day got recognized officially at the UN, and about programs around the world that are promoting happiness of the people. This is especially important in these troubled times when most people and governments are obsessed with finances instead of people’s feelings. 
The event was organized by H.E. Ambassador Hamid Al-Bayati, former Ambassador of Iraq to the UN and currently a professor at Fordham University, who led the campaign for governments make the International Day of Happiness official in the UN calendar that impressively was agreed by consensus. 
 The speakers acknowledged the country of Bhutan, whose King in 972 instituted a measure of Gross National Happiness as an alternative paradigm
 to gross national Product. 
 The UN Ambassador of Bhutan, Kunzang C. Namgyel,  who was present, made inspiring remarks.  Psychology professor and UN NGO representative Dr. Judy Kuriansky showed an outstanding original video highlighting the Bhutan initiatives at the UN, her activities, producing exciting UN events about the Happiness Day at the UN, and impressive and moving international projects that facilitate peoples’ happiness around the world, despite challenges, including in Africa, the Caribbean and the US.
  International musician Russell Daisey did a short reprise of the original song debuted at last year’s event, “Happy People, Happy Planet.” The audience was reverted by their presentations, and, understandably walked out not only inspired and informed but also happy.
 

Gerard Mc Keon and Joyce Brooks.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/Blacktiemagazine.com

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