The Global Engagement Summit was a huge success!
We had a full house in the UN General Assembly Hall at the UNA-USA Global Engagement Summit. The day was inspiring and the sessions were outstanding.
View the recording of NNJ Chapter President Donna Rosa moderating panel on the private sector and the SDGs as well as all the sessions.
And don't miss the presentations by UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak, and Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed as well as Lidia Bastianich and Jeffrey Sachs
HUMAN RIGHT/DISABILITIES EVENT
The NNJ Chapter recognized The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 14, 2017.
We were happy to be a strategic partner for "When all People are Included, We all Win," together with Prospanica: The Association of Hispanic Professionals as well other organizations.
Check out this infographic on disability and the SDGs.
View the program:
UP FOR A MOVIE?
We teamed up with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for a film screening of Girl Rising
Girl Rising | October 24, 2017
7:00pm - 10:00pm
New Jersey City University
West Campus Village Building
UNA-USA LEADERSHIP SUMMIT WAS A RESOUNDING SUCCESS
"UNA-Northern NJ Chapter was proud to join the more than 300 Americans who went to Capitol Hill with UNA-USA to support full U.S. funding for the United Nations. The historic event was the largest convening ever of Americans in DC advocating for strong U.S.-UN engagement!
Read UN article here.
Attendees at the 2017 Leadership Summit in Washington, DC during June 11-13 heard from special guest speakers including the President of the UN General Assembly Peter Thomson, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights at the UN Human Rights Office Andrew Gilmour, Hamilton: An American Musical’s Samantha Ware, and more.
The NNJ Chapter sent two board members to the summit. Pedro Cruz, our treasurer, attended the entire meeting and had this to say:
"I attended breakout sessions on Social Media Best Practices for Beginners, The Power of Story, The Refugee Crisis, and Peacekeeping to Peacebuilding, but the session most heavily attended—standing room only—was UN 101, a testament to people’s interest in the UN’s history and evolution."
On the last day of the summit, UNA-USA advocates held 271 face-to-face meetings with their Members of Congress and staff to collectively call for full U.S. funding of the UN. In just one day alone, UNA-USA reached more than 50 percent of the entire Congress.
Haris Melendez, our Program Chair, attended our Advocacy Day activities where the entire New Jersey contingent busily met with representatives from the congressional offices of Representatives Pascrell, Payne, Pallone, Coleman, Rochester, Gottheimer, Lance, Carper, and Coons as well as both Senators Menendez and Booker. She reports:
"UNA-Northern NJ Chapter was proud to join the more than 300 Americans who went to Capitol Hill with UNA-USA to support full U.S. funding for the United Nations. The historic event was the largest convening ever of Americans in DC advocating for strong U.S.-UN engagement! #USAforUN".
UNA-USA LEADERSHIP SUMMIT RECAP
The 2016 UNA-USA Leadership Summit wrapped up Tuesday, June 14 with record setting attendance for the four-day event. The Summit kicked off with a human rights training for 25 GenUN chapter leaders. At the Summit, more than 300 members from 30 states engaged in chapter sustainability sessions and heard from high-level Department of State officials, foreign diplomats, related NGOs, and UN representatives. At the awards ceremony, Seton Hall University also took home the Campus Chapter Excellence Award.
The summit focused on 7 key UNA-USA Priorities in 2016: Implementation of the SDGs, Peace and Security, the Refugee Crisis, Climate Action, Health, Women and Gender, and Funding for the United Nations. The proceedings culminated in the largest-ever UNA (and UNF) Advocacy Day, with over 200 meetings with Members of Congress and their staff to advocate for these key UNA-USA priorities.
Read a blog post written by Megan Nguyen, GenUN, about about her take-aways from the Summit.