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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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Living by Mandela's Golden Rules: Free Yourself, Free Others, Learn Every Day

July 18, 2018

“Mandela Day will not be a holiday, but a day devoted to service. It is our hope that people will dedicate their time and effort to improve conditions in their community.”

—Nelson Mandela


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2018 brings two anniversaries of transformative human rights milestones: The 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10th, and today, Nelson Mandela Day—this year commemorating 100 years since Mandela’s birth.
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The U.S. Must Stand Up for the Principles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Reunite Families

June 20, 2018
Washington, D.C. – June 20, 2018: As parents, sisters and brothers, and children, we have followed with great distress the reports of children from Mexico and Central America being separated from their parents at the U.S. border. 
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VOICES: #USAforUN

June 20, 2018
June 20th marks World Refugee Day – a day where citizens around the world are choosing to stand with refugees through advocacy efforts, social media participation, fundraising events, and more.

In 2017 alone, every 2 seconds someone was forced to flee their home due to war, violence, or persecution. That equals 68.5 million people. To put that number in terms that might be easier to grasp, that means 44,000 people per day –ordinary people like you and me – were forced to leave everything behind in order to escape violence.
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UNA-USA Honors Chairman Ed Royce with the “Congressional Leadership Award” for his Leadership on Global Issues and UN Priorities During Annual Leadership Summit

June 12, 2018
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During its leadership summit with over 600 Americans gathered to support strong U.S. engagement at the United Nations, the United Nations Association of the United States (UNA-USA) awarded the Honorable Ed Royce, Chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the 2018 Congressional Leadership Award. The award recognizes his 25-year leadership in championing development in Africa, including his sponsorship of the Africa Growth and the Development Act (AGOA), and his unwavering commitment to the role of the U.S. in advancing conflict resolution in the toughest corners of the world in partnership with our allies and international institutions such as the UN.
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MEDIA ADVISORY FOR TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2018

June 5, 2018
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MEDIA ADVISORY FOR TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2018

Contact: Cassie Ann Hodges, UNA-USA chodges@unfoundation.org, 202-552-8845

Historic Number of Americans Expected on Capitol Hill to Urge Congress to Support Full U.S. Funding for the United Nations and Advocate UN Priorities

Attendees will present their Members of Congress with a copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights amid a growing number of human rights challenges around the world

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Your Chance to March in Support of UN Free & Equal Campaign with Gap for Pride 2018

May 21, 2018
UNA-USA members are invited to support the UN Free & Equal campaign for LGBTI equality by marching with partners from Gap Inc. across the country. For a third consecutive year, the UN Foundation and UNA-USA are partnering with Gap to raise awareness and funds for UN Free & Equal. Gap has invited UNA-USA members to celebrate Pride 2018 by joining Gap employees in Pride Marches in 15 U.S. cities during June and October. Since 2016, UNA-USA members have marched with friends from Gap across the U.S., stretching from San Francisco to New York.
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4 Reasons You Can't Miss the UNA-USA 2018 Leadership Summit

May 15, 2018
It matters now more than ever that we make our voices heard to protect the vital work of the United Nations. That is why it is imperative that you join us at the 2018 UNA-USA Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. on June 10-12.

Here are 4 reasons why this is the event that Americans cannot afford to miss:

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Empowering Women and Girls: CSW62 at the United Nations

March 30, 2018
By Weruche Uzoka George

Hamden, Connecticut – The exhibition Women Artists: Creative Energy for Peace ushered me into an amazing CSW62 experience. Organized by the country of Andorra, this exhibition showcased wonderful artwork by female artists from around the globe. On the first day of CSW62 I had the privilege of viewing these women’s artwork. These talented women came from five continents – united by a unique desire “to see, to speak and to create.” To them, gender equality and gender parity can be achieved by sharing their view of the world through their creativity allowing them to create a space where women are at par with men.
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African Suffragettes, Me Too: Now What?

March 30, 2018
By Weruche Uzoka George, United Nations Association of South Western Connecticut

Hamden, Connecticut CSW62 side event African Suffragettes: A Journey of Africa’s Hidden Figures through the Decades was organized by the Justina Mutale Foundation and hosted at the African Union Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations on March 15, 2018. The need to empower and retell the stories of African women was reiterated in the Global Forum on Women’s Leadership and Change. A few of the notable speakers were the Vice President of the Gambia, Hon. Fatoumata Tambajang and Macdella Cooper, the only female to run for President last year in Liberia.
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CSW62: Through the Lens of Arts and Cultures

March 30, 2018

By Rachel Carillo

What do Pakistan, Japan, Nigeria, South Africa, South Korea, Afghanistan, The Netherlands, Bhutan, the NGO CSW Forum and the World Federation of United Nations Associations have in common?

Art. Dance. Song. Poetry. Weavings. Basketry. Fashion. Culinary masterpieces. Our cultures and cultural identities – this is what makes the human family and We the People connect and engage. Art is peace-building.
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The Role of Women and Youth in Peace and Security

March 30, 2018
By Jordan Hibbs & Belgica Cucalon

During the United Nations 62nd Commission on the Status of Women, at the high-level side event, “The Role of Parliaments in Women, Peace, and Security,” contributor and co-founder of The International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) Sanam Naraghi Anderlini expressed a passionate albeit frustrated account of how 18 years ago she and fellow women’s civil society organizations had urged for the inclusion of women in peacebuilding and security responses. Throughout CSW62 it became clear that often the voices most systematically removed and ignored in security measures continue to be of those most affected by conflict. As UNA-USA Delegates at the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women, we recognize the importance of information-sharing for empowering communities and creating partnerships.  Ensuring inclusion and representation for women and youth at decision-making tables related to peace and security must be a top priority if sustainable peace is to ever be more than an aspirational agenda.
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