8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Pass Pick-up | Ford Foundation

Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice, 320 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017

9 a.m. 

Doors open to UN Headquarters

10:00 a.m.

Opening Plenary | “United For Our Future”

11:00 a.m.

Session I | “Responding to the Climate Crisis: Resiliency and Adaptation”

The impacts of climate change are continuing to grow and, while we continue to fight the climate crisis through advocacy and action, it is also important to prepare for the impacts on our cities and communities. Building resilience — the ability to adjust easily to, or recover from a stress or change — is an important step in preparing to address current and future pressures. This session will focus on a range of issues related to resiliency and climate change adaptation in community planning and action, current US policies and the role UNA-USA chapters and advocates can play in support for this effort.

11:50 a.m.

Session II | “Multilateralism in Action: Collaboration in Times of Crisis”

This session will explore the crucial importance of multilateralism to mobilize political will and galvanize actions in conflict areas, including the Middle East, in order to protect the lives and rights of afflicted populations, and ensure their longer-term wellbeing. Panelists will discuss the objectives and impact of UN action, diplomacy and operational programs, as well as the key role of partnerships on the ground and internationally. The conversation will spotlight what is working, what are the shortcomings, and what is most critical to ensure more effective multilateral collaboration in the future.

2:00 p.m.

Session III | “Women’s Rights: Progress & Perspectives”
Marking the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Fourth World Conference on Women, three generations of women will share their perspectives on the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing women’s rights, and the current state of equal rights and women’s empowerment. The panel will take a closer look at the declaration’s 12 critical areas of concern (i.e. poverty, human rights, health, environment, education, economy, armed conflict, etc.) to discuss progress that has been made, gaps that need to be closed, and ways to mobilize people to advance gender equality.

2:55 p.m.

Session IV | “American Leadership for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”

With 10 years left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals American cities, states, foundations, businesses, and universities are taking the lead in driving progress across the 2030 Agenda. Join this conversation to learn how trailblazing coalitions at the local level are working to meet the challenge of the “Decade of Action and Delivery for Sustainable Development” in the United States. Through exploring ‘Voluntary Local Reviews,’ transformative business initiatives, and joint advocacy campaigns this session will equip SDG advocates with new tools and strategies to catalyze action on the SDGs.

3:50 p.m.

Closing Plenary 


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