DAY 1 | FEBRUARY 19
Live Programming: 3 – 7 p.m. ET
*All times are in ET.
*All times are in ET.
Take a virtual trip to the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, where the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) provides critical services to more than 196,666 registered refugees and asylum-seekers. Through the UNA-USA Adopt-a-Future program, which ended in 2020, UNA-USA chapters raised more than $319,782 with match $639,564 for schools based in the Kakuma refugee camp as well as the Dadaab Camp. UNHCR subject matter experts and staffers will offer additional perspective on the plight of refugees in Kenya.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer a foundation for building a resilient, inclusive recovery that ensures no one is left behind and are more critical today than ever. From students to CEOs, in city halls to state capitals, local leaders from diverse sectors, geographies, and communities in the United States are embracing the SDGs as a framework to drive recovery and accelerate sustainable and equitable progress. The discussion will feature changemakers from different sectors who have first-hand experience implementing the SDGs in their communities. Learn how you can be part of the effort through supporting commitments, partnerships, and action on the SDGs in communities across the country. Together, we will explore what has been done in the United States to date, what the U.S. SDG Coalition is planning, and ways to get involved.
Featuring prominent changemakers and lawmakers, the moderated discussion around America’s role within the UN International Human Rights Treaty System will reopen the debate on adopting vital treaties not signed and ratified by the United States. Attendees will be inspired to advocate for the United States to join these human rights treaties to further advance inclusion and equality here at home.
The Venezuelan Constitution guarantees sexual and reproductive rights. Maternal mortality in the country however remains in the medium range. Active in Venezuela since 2003, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) backs government investments in the systematic procurement and distribution of contraceptives, and promotes young people’s access to services and comprehensive education given high teenage pregnancy rates. During this virtual field visit to Venezuela, attendees will learn more about the critical services that the UNFPA offers to improve reproductive and maternal health.
This session will feature proponents of ensuring education for all, including both educators and advocates. It will focus on education as a way to empower individuals to change the world and champion the Sustainable Development Goals. Session attendees will hear first hand the importance of education and its connection to inspire, activate and instill hope in young changemakers around the world.
As the architect of the UN, the United States has long championed human rights, global health, democracy, good governance, nonproliferation, and global peace. Nevertheless, in recent years we have seen a sharp decline in U.S. leadership at the international body, leaving a void that countries like China have shown they are more than willing, and increasingly able, to fill. With a new U.S. Administration and a new Congress, comes a renewed opportunity to get the United States back on the global stage where we belong. Participants will hear from key leaders about ways to get us off the sidelines and #GetUSBack.
In this virtual field visit, participants will see the impact of the World Health Organization firsthand in Yemen. The country faces enormous levels of humanitarian needs stemming from years of poverty, under-development, environmental decline, intermittent conflict, and weak rule of law. The situation in Yemen has only worsened due to conflict escalation in March 2015 as well as recent famine and cholera. The health system is collapsing under conflict and violence is putting millions at risk.
The Paris Agreement marks a shift in global climate policy from a top-down, centralized legally binding response to a bottom-up decentralized and voluntary pledge and review of reduction targets by states. This session explores the outlook and prospects for climate change governance in the post-Paris era. Speakers will discuss what is at stake and look toward the future of climate action leadership. Reaching beyond policy recommendation, participants will gain insight into the myriad of connections between our planet, our ocean, and the effects of ongoing natural and human-caused changes.
Creativity enhances how activists inspire and engage people to spark movements. This session will answer the salient questions on creative activism: What is activism? Why be creative? What are the principles and tools for creative thinking? How is UNA-USA promoting activism to mobilize to stand up for the UN so the UN can keep standing up for the world?