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150+ Student Leaders, Activists to Gather at City Hall to Discuss Human Rights Challenges

December 10, 2018
Los Angeles (Dec. 10, 2018) — On the 70th Anniversary of the historic signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), over 100 local high school students will convene today at Los Angeles City Hall to collaborate on actionable solutions to human rights challenges facing their hometown and the world at the United Nations Association of the United States of America’s (UNA-USA) inaugural Youth Solutions Summit. This program provides a response to a recent polling from UNA-USA’s sister organization, the Better World Campaign, that found advancing human rights is a top priority for Gen Z.
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Celebrating Over 70 Years of Human Rights Action

December 7, 2018
Human Rights Day is recognized annually on December 10th, but UNA-USA members have been celebrating human rights all year long. This year is particularly special as the world honors the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 
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Breakfasts for Better Days (And a Better World)

October 16, 2018
Welcome to the Global Goals, Local Leaders series, where we highlight innovative American businesses that are acting as local leaders to support and promote the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals – also called Global Goals!

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Meet the Former Bachelor Pouring his Heart into Partnerships for Purpose

October 15, 2018
Welcome to the Global Goals, Local Leaders series, where we highlight innovative American businesses that are acting as local leaders to support and promote the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals – also called Global Goals!

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Balancing Ourselves in the Activist Fight

October 9, 2018
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“Sometimes you have to live someone else’s life.”  Those were the last words spoken to me by a terrific activist the day before she suddenly collapsed and died this Labor Day while staffing a United Nations Association table at Laborfest.
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UNA-USA Speaks with Mandy Manning, 2018 Teacher of the Year

October 5, 2018

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When high school teacher Mandy Manning was handed the National Teacher of the Year award from President Trump in the East Room of the White House this past spring, she had something to hand him in exchange: 

A stack of letters written by the refugee and immigrant students she teaches at Joel E Ferris high school in Spokane, Washington.

The world knows Mandy Manning as a devoted educator, a champion for equality in the classroom, and a fierce advocate for the infinite potential in all children. But we also know her as a fearless leader for Sustainable Development Goal #4: Quality Education.

As we recognize education excellence on World Teachers' Day, October 5th, 2018, UNA-USA Education & Learning had a chance to speak with Mandy Manning. Read our interview below—there's a lot to learn from the 2018 Teacher of the Year.

Credit: Washington Times
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VOICES: #USAforUN

October 4, 2018
UNA-USA Education & Learning acknowledges UNA Milwaukee and the Milwaukee School District for internationalizing the curriculum. We honor this chapter and these teachers for innovations in learning in advance of World Teachers Day (October 5).

Partnerships with public schools are providing innovative solutions to reaching new audiences and educating communities about the vital work of the United Nations and UNA-USA. UNA Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Public School District are bringing unique content and learning experiences to teachers and students in Milwaukee and scaling international education to meet the growing needs of all students.

To celebrate these exemplary efforts, we tapped two incredible educators from the Milwaukee School District—who are also United Nations advocates and champions for the 2030 Agenda! Read our interview with Michelle Wade and Jennie Eckstein below. 
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A Field Guide to Reaching Peak Sustainability

October 4, 2018
Welcome to the Global Goals, Local Leaders series, where we highlight innovative American businesses that are acting as local leaders to support and promote the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals – also called Global Goals!

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Celebrating the International Day of Older Persons

October 1, 2018
Eleanor Roosevelt was 64 years old when she guided the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to passage, but she was just getting started.

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She may have had a life of service behind her, but there was a new challenge right before her eyes. She saw the John Birch Society undermining public perceptions of the UN and fueling a rising tide of isolationism and she knew she had to do something. She picked up a suitcase and spent a decade crisscrossing the country to build public support for the UN as the leader of UNA-USA.
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Women Artists and Activists Speak Out at the Global Climate Action Summit

September 27, 2018
As reported by the United Nations, women are disproportionately burdened by climate change. From increased risk of becoming refugees to the struggles of finding water in a warming world, women are some of the first to suffer from carbon emissions, yet many of us are also on the frontlines of the fight.
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Meet 3 Young Leaders Stepping up for Climate Action

September 25, 2018
As members of the human race, it is our prerogative to constantly engage in movements, be a part of conversations, and listen to personal narratives that remind us of our global citizenship.

I spoke with an inspiring group of young individuals from all corners of the globe that I had the honor of connecting with at a Global Climate Action Summit affiliate event hosted by NextGen. Here’s what they had to say:

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These Next Generation Farmers Start at the Root to Grow Sustainable Cities

September 19, 2018
Welcome to the Global Goals, Local Leaders series, where we highlight innovative American businesses that are acting as local leaders to support and promote the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals – also called Global Goals!

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Let's Get Active! Let's Bring About Change! Let's Get Out The VOTE!

September 17, 2018
As a community leader for over 27 years, and a former candidate for the Kentucky State Senate and State House of Representative, I have learned a great deal about public service, advocacy for change, education, the power of democracy, and legislation.
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Announcing our 2018-2020 UNA-USA National Council

August 23, 2018
Dear UNA-USA members,

On behalf of the UNA-USA National Council Nominating Committee, I would like to thank all South East region UNA members who participated in the special election for their remaining two 2018-2020 UNA-USA National Council regional representatives.

We submit to the membership of the UNA-USA, the fully-seated 2018-2020 UNA-USA National Council:
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Celebrating the Life and Mourning the Loss of Kofi Annan

August 23, 2018
Dear UNA Members, Leaders, and Advocates:

If you are like me, you turned on the TV last weekend to discover that former Secretary-General Kofi Annan had passed away. We at UNA-USA are devastated by his loss, but also grateful for, and reminded of, all that he did to make the UN a force for peace and human dignity throughout his life. Secretary-General Guterres said in a statement this morning: “In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations. He rose through the ranks to lead the organization into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination”.  
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The Future of Responsible Consumption and Production is Looking S'well

August 22, 2018
Welcome to the Global Goals, Local Leaders series, where we highlight innovative American businesses that are acting as local leaders to support and promote the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals – also called Global Goals!

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How General Mills is Tackling the Global Food Crisis to Reach SDG #2: Zero Hunger

August 1, 2018
Welcome to the Global Goals, Local Leaders series, where we highlight innovative American businesses that are acting as local leaders to support and promote the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals – also called Global Goals!

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Today Marks 2018 World Day Against Trafficking In Persons, Here's What You Need To Know

July 30, 2018

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Did you know that human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the United States? Unfortunately, this 32-billion-dollar industry has not received the same national attention as obesity, the war on drugs, racism, or terrorism, and yet it is one of the most evil practices on the Earth today. Every 30 seconds, a child is sold….for sex, labor, or organ harvesting.
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How this Sudanese Refugee-Turned-Entrepreneur Makes Pouring Cups of Hope His Daily Grind

July 25, 2018
Welcome to the Global Goals, Local Leaders series, where we highlight innovative American businesses that are acting as local leaders to support and promote the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals – also called Global Goals!

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Company: 734 Coffee

Sustainable Development Goal #2: Quality Education


“734 Coffee is more than just a number, it is a place of refuge,” explains Manyang Reath Kher, a refugee-turned-entrepreneur and Lost Boy of Sudan, “We help tell the story of the refugee—through coffee.”
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UNA-USA and U.S. Department of State Announce 2018-19 U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations

July 19, 2018
Mr. Michael Scott Peters, Utah State University graduate and global human rights advocate, will advance youth engagement at the UN as seventh annual U.S. Youth Observer
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