DAY 2 | FEBRUARY 20
Live Programming: 12 – 4 p.m. ET
*All times are in ET.
*All times are in ET.
Join the “Revive the Spirit of Mosul” project in Iraq managed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). UNESCO plays a unique role in strengthening the foundations of lasting peace and equitable and sustainable development by advancing cooperation in education, sciences, culture, communication, and information. Learn more about the project, which seeks to not only rebuild the Al-Nouri mosque complex, but to also rehabilitate the historical fabric of the Old city of Mosul, revive the city’s culture, and strengthen the educational system and ensure for quality education for all citizens in Mosul.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by all UN Member States in 2015 are a global blueprint for a better future for all. The 17 SDGs, with their accompanying targets, outline benchmarks for peace, health, education, equality, climate change, preservation of our natural resources, and prosperity for all. The impact of COVID-19, along with other challenges, has caused significant delays in progress toward achieving the SDGs by 2030. Join this session to hear more about how we—as Americans and as global citizens—can stand in solidarity to help get back on track for the SDGs to benefit all people and the planet.
A defining moment can be expounded and transferred into a movement, depending upon the people, place, and possibilities. Attend this session to hear from three visionaries who seized a moment to launch movements that transcend beyond a particular time, and instead, aim to make lasting change to paradigms and current systems in place. Take away real and meaningful lessons that you can apply to issues and causes of importance to you.
Michelle Lopes Maldonado, Founder & CEO, Lucenscia
UNICEF, the UN Children’s Fund, has become a household name in protecting and nurturing children around the world. During this session, learn more about how UNICEF is not only responding to challenges posed by COVID-19, but still leading the way by responding to nearly 300 humanitarian emergencies in 90 countries and operated ongoing programs in more than 190 countries and territories. Learn more about how UNICEF is working on the ground in Sudan to save and protect the country’s youngest citizens.
Indigenous peoples have deep spiritual, cultural, social and economic connections with their lands, territories, and resources. Their tradition of collective rights to lands and resources—through the community, the region or the state—contrast with dominant models of individual ownership, privatization and development. There is growing recognition that advancing Indigenous peoples’ collective rights to lands, territories and resources not only contributes to their well-being but also to the greater good, by tackling problems such as climate change and the loss of biodiversity. Join this session to hear more about how Indigenous peoples are innovating ways—through the arts, politics, mainstream media, and advocacy—to support their past and culture while acknowledging modern and universal nuances.
Effective and impactful diplomats apply skills such as negotiation, teamwork, cultural understanding, oratory, and tactfulness. Learn how guest speakers have leveraged their Diplomacy 101 skills and how their involvements in organizations like Model United Nations and UNA-USA helped them enter into foreign services. During this session, participants will have the opportunity to interact with UNA-USA’s MyDiplomat app, putting themselves in the shoes and mindsets of diplomats.