The Climate Crisis is a Human Rights Crisis

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SUNY Global Center 116 E 55th St New York, NY 10022



10AM – 1PM

Registration 9:00 am Free of Charge – Light breakfast provided

Millions of people are already suffering from the catastrophic effects of extreme disasters exacerbated by climate change. The effects of the climate crisis will continue to grow and worsen over time, compounding and magnifying existing inequalities—creating ruin for current and future generations. We’ll discuss human rights compliant solutions and what we can do to help. Be prepared to be active!

Welcome: George A. Garland, DBA, President, UNA Southern New York State Division

Moderator: Prof. S. Ilgu Ozler, Director of the SUNY Global Engagement Program in NYC and an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at SUNY New Paltz

Zeke Johnson is the Senior Director of Programs at Amnesty International USA. He leads the organization’s team of thematic issue experts working to end human rights violations in the United States and around the world. He has represented the organization before the UN Committee Against Torture and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; testified before members of Congress about US drone strikes and served as a trial monitor of the military commissions at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay; and served as a human rights observer in Standing Rock, Baltimore and Ferguson.

Kavita Desai is Adviser on Sustainable Development and Global Policy with the United Nations Foundation. She was Adviser to the Permanent Mission of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste to the United Nations from 2010-2016. She helped negotiate the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda. She is a graduate of Rutgers University College. She received her Juris Doctorate from Pace University Law School with certificates in environmental and international law.

Bruce Knotts was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia, worked for Raytheon in Saudi Arabia (1976-80) and on a World Bank contract in Somalia (1982-4), before joining the U.S. Department of State in 1984. Bruce had assignments in Greece, Zambia, India, Pakistan, Kenya, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire and The Gambia, where he served as Deputy Chief of Mission. He worked closely with several UN Special Representatives and observed UN peacekeeping operations in Sierra Leone (2000-03). He retired from the Foreign Service in 2007 and began directing the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) in 2008.

Please register by Monday, October 21. Questions – Jeanne Betsock Stillman, UNA-SNY: 914-478-3450 Email with your name, organization, phone no., email.