Please note that you are not limited to participate in only one track. All sessions will be available on demand. 

12 – 12:30 p.m.

Plenary III

  • Rachel Pittman, Executive Director, UNA-USA
  • His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Former UN Secretary-General
  • Akash Patel, UNA-USA National Council Member and Global Engagement Summit Planning Committee Chair
  • Bettina Hausmann, UNA-USA National Council Member and Global Engagement Summit Planning Committee Vice-Chair


12:30 – 1:15 p.m. | Breakout Sessions

UNESCO Field Visit to Iraq

Inspire Track

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.

  • Jeanne Betsock Stillman, Global Engagement Summit Planning Committee Member
  • Paolo Fontani, UNESCO Director & Representative for Iraq
  • Jordie Hannum, Executive Director, Better World Campaign
  • Dr. Maria Rita Acetosa, Senior Project Manager, UNESCO
  • George Papagiannis, Chief, Media Services, UNESCO


Solidarity Through the SDGs

Educate Track

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.

  • Marielle Ali, UNA-USA National Council Vice Chair
  • Connor Franta, Artist and Activist
  • Gemma Styles, Writer, Podcast Host, and Entrepreneur
  • Zinhle Essamuah, Host and Correspondent, NowThis News
  • Alexandra Cousteau, Ocean Conservationist & Environmental Advocate
  • Alainna Lynch, Senior Research Manager, Sustainable Development Solutions Network
  • Jimena Leiva Roesch, Senior Fellow and Head of Peace and Sustainable Development International Peace Institute


Moments to Movements

Mobilize Track

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.

  • Antonio Arellano, Human Rights Advocate and Civic Organizer
  • Aditi Joshi, UNA-USA National Council Member
  • Paola Mendoza, Co-Creator of Women’s March and Author
  • Sarah Sophie Flicker, Artist/Cultural Organizer, Joy To The Polls/People, The Meteor
  • Jessica Riestra, West Coast Regional Director, March for Our Lives
  • Paul Marvucic, Head of Creator & Product Marketing at TikTok, Europe


1:15 – 1:30 p.m.

Peace on Purpose

Interlude; Sponsored by Peace on Purpose

Michelle Lopes Maldonado, Founder & CEO, Lucenscia


1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

World Food Programme Cooking Demonstration with Chef Arthur Potts Dawson

Plenary IV

  • Arthur Potts Dawson, Chef
  • Dustin Liu, U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations, UNA-USA
  • Jochebed Louis-Jean, Special Assistant, World Food Programme


2:15 – 2:30 p.m.

International Voices Houston and Monterey Symphony

Interlude; Sponsored by Schwarzman Scholars


2:30 – 3:15 p.m. | Breakout Sessions

UNICEF Field Visit to Sudan

Inspire Track

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.

  • Tate Wimberley, UNA-USA National Council Member
  • Henrietta Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF
  • Cecilia Torres, UNA-Chicago and UNICEF-USA Advocacy Lead
  • Abdullah Fadil, UNICEF Representative in Sudan


Native Lands, Universal Lessons

Educate Track

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.

  • Hon. Teta Banks, Former UNA-USA National Council Chair
  • Rep. Sharice Davids, (D-KS)
  • Supaman (Christian Takes The Gun), Native American Hip Hop Artist
  • Janene Yazzie, Sustainable Development Coordinator and Co-Convenor of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group (IPMG) for Sustainable Development, International Indian Treaty Council
  • Hon. Ralph Bunche III, General Secretary of the Brussels-based Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization
  • Niria Alicia Garcia, Young Champions of the Earth Award Winner
  • Xavi Wagner, Old Style Jingle Dancer


Diplomacy 101

Mobilize Track

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.

  • Oona Nelson, UNA-USA National Council Member
  • Hon. Francis G. Okelo, Ambassador
  • Ryan Kaminski, Global Public Policy Lead, World Benchmarking Alliance
  • Raina Kadavil, Young Professionals Co-Chair, UNA Westchester Chapter


3:15 – 4 p.m.

Closing Plenary

  • Akash Patel, UNA-USA National Council Member and Global Engagement Summit Planning Committee Chair
  • Bettina Hausmann, UNA-USA National Council Member and Global Engagement Summit Planning Committee Vice-Chair
  • Winter Ashley, Girl Up Teen Advisor
  • Monique Coleman, Actress, Producer and Emmy-nominated Host
  • Nicol Perez, Executive Director, Girlz,FTW; Former U.S. Youth Observer to the UN
  • Rachel Pittman, Executive Director, UNA-USA
  • Paula Boland, UNA-USA National Council Chair



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