2021 Global Engagement Summit

UNA-USA hosted its first ever all-virtual Global Engagement Summit February 19-20. We welcomed more participants than ever before to delve into the mission and work of the United Nations.

UNA-USA’s Global Engagement Summit, typically held at UN Headquarters in New York City, is the largest annual gathering of UN supporters in the country, bringing together community leaders, college students, young professionals, and subject matter experts from across the country to delve into the mission and lifesaving work of the United Nations.

Our 2021 theme—From Moments to Movements: Solidarity for Sustainability—highlighted the importance of global cooperation to achieve a better world for everyone, everywhere. Our live programming took place February 19-20, but you can still catch all the sessions on demand. Register now to watch or login to the platform.

UNA-USA was honored to be joined by U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John F. Kerry and UN Secretary-General António Guterres to celebrate this important moment.  February 19 was the day the U.S. recommitted to bold climate action, joining forces with hundreds of other nations representing the majority of the global population, and it all happened live with UNA-USA! Special Envoy Kerry and Secretary-General Guterres will discussed the significance of America’s role in preserving a habitable planet and answered questions from Americans in UNA-USA’s network in a special opening program moderated by UN Foundation President and CEO Elizabeth Cousens. Watch on YouTube.








Affinity Group Chats

Before our live programming began, UNA-USA’s Affinity Groups hosted meet and greet sessions in the virtual chat lounge. Affinity groups provide UNA-USA members more opportunities to connect with like-minded members beyond their chapter or region. Login to check out the conversations, and click here to learn more about our Affinity Groups.


Session Tracks

Outside of the exciting plenary sessions, the summit featured three tracks: Inspire, Educate, and Mobilize, which are key tenets from UNA-USA’s mission. You can still watch all the track sessions on-demand.


Travel the world to see firsthand the impact of UN agencies providing lifesaving assistance, support, and care to communities through a series of five virtual field visits.



Take away knowledge and best practices to actualize the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals in your community and how we collectively can meet targets in our country and beyond.



How do you turn passion into policy? What are the best ways to take action and advocate? Sharpen your skills and leverage your experience to become a domestic diplomat and serve as a champion for the United Nations and global cooperation.


The 2021 Global Engagement Summit hosted by the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) is the culmination of work supported by so many incredible people. Following is a listing of some of those people:

UNA-USA Global Engagement Summit Planning Committee

  • Akash Patel, Committee Chair
  • Bettina Hausmann, Committee Vice Chair
  • Marielle Ali
  • Honorable Teta Banks
  • London Bell
  • Marcia Brewster
  • Joshua Cooper
  • John Dalton
  • Igho Ekakitie
  • Aditi Joshi
  • Oona Nelson
  • Jeanne Betsock Stillman
  • Aaron “Tate” Wimberley

UNA-USA National Council

  • Paula Boland
  • Karen Mulhauser

UNA-USA Global Goals Ambassadors

  • Nikitha Vicas
  • Meera Dasgupta

Climate Advocates

  • Himaja Nagireddy
  • Thomas Liu


And staff supporting the offices of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry

United Nations Foundation Leadership and Staff

  • Elizabeth Cousens
  • Peter Yeo
  • Mike Beard
  • Elizabeth DeNoia
  • Kathryn Kross
  • Jordie Hannum
  • Erika Briceño Howard
  • Kelli Meyer
  • Megan Rabbit
  • Rajesh Mirchandani
  • Micah Spangler
  • Chrysula Winegar
  • Clair White
  • Danielle Zapotoczny
  • Seema Jalan Ignacio
  • Kaysie Brown
  • Kate Dodson

UNA-USA National Office Staff

  • Rachel Bowen Pittman, Executive Director
  • Farah Eck, Senior Director
  • Victoria Deng
  • Katrina Finch
  • Emily Gianvecchio
  • Sarah Hopkins
  • Anna Mahalak
  • Marco Sanchez
  • Gillian Wilson
  • Troy Wolfe
  • Elise Litvak
  • Sarah Moon
  • Katharine Wilhelm