The Latest from UNA-NCA

November 23, 2022

UNA-NCA to Grant Emerging Human Rights Leader Award to Zimbabwean Scholar and Human Rights Activist

By A. Edward Elmendorf, Past President, UNA-NCA

At its annual celebration of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 9, UNA-NCA will honor Dr. Kelebogile Zvobgo as an Emerging Human Rights Leader. Her distinguished record of scholarship, media appearances, and advocacy make clear that Dr. Zvobgo is more than an emerging human rights leader: She is one already! Her name tells us a lot in the languages of Southern Africa: Kelebogile means “I am grateful'' in the Setswana language, and Zvobgo means “That which has always been” in the Shona language.

November 14, 2022

Louis B. Sohn Human Rights Award Honoree

By Catey Vera, UNA-NCA Human Rights Committee Co-Chair

I had the honor of sitting down last month with Yale Law’s Sterling Professor of International Law, Professor Harold Hongju Koh, to discuss his family, his journey to human rights advocacy, and his advice for the next generation of activists.

October 26, 2022

By Olivia Hille, UNA-NCA Graduate Fellows Program Assistant

On Wednesday, October 26th, Ambassador Jacques Pitteloud, Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States, hosted UNA-NCA and Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, Under-Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, to discuss global solutions, global goals of peace, and Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SGD #16).

October 20, 2022

By Ian Sloan, UNA-NCA Human Rights Committee Member

On October 20th, 2022, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., UNA-NCA’s Human Rights Committee hosted a celebration of Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s 138th birthday. This year’s celebration included a warm welcome from UNA-NCA’s Board Chair Jill Christianson, heartwarming speeches from Eleanor through uncovered footage and a recorded speech by Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, and breakout room interactions throughout the night. In the third consecutive year of the celebration being virtual, the Human Rights Committee highlighted the Former First Lady’s impact on human rights protection and advocacy efforts.

October 19, 2022

By Abby Garmon, UNA-NCA Program Assistant

On Tuesday, October 11th, UNA-NCA welcomed panelists Oksana Horbunova and Gayatri Patel to discuss the humanitarian impacts of the War in Ukraine, specifically the impact on refugees and migrants. Paula Boland, President of UNA-NCA, began the discussion with a brief welcome to the panelists and audience members. She then introduced the event’s moderator, human rights attorney, Amanda Molina. In Ms. Molina’s brief description of the two panelists, she highlighted the achievements and contributions each has made to the humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. In the discussion that followed, Oksana Horbunova, a Ukrainian anti-trafficking activist, and Gayatri Patel, Vice President of Advocacy and External Relations at the Women’s Refugee Commission and Vice Chair of Advocacy at UNA-NCA, each provided important insight into the Ukrainian War, discussing themes of international cooperation, gender, and economics.

October 13, 2022

A Success for the Global Fund, for the United Nations, for the United States, and for UNA-NCA

By A. Edward Elmendorf, former Lead Health Specialist, World Bank, and Past President, UNA-NCA

While the real winners in the 7th Replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria are the millions of marginalized people who will be enabled to survive and thrive around the world, the September 21 Replenishment Conference held in New York City was a great success, for the Global Fund, for the United Nations, for the United States, and for UNA-NCA.  Why?

September 21, 2022

Making Sense of the Chaos

By Areej Zulfiqar, UNA-NCA Assistant to the President

In a recent video message, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said, "Pakistani people are facing a monsoon on steroids—the relentless impact of epochal levels of rain and flooding." And during a field visit in Pakistan, he further emphasizes the urgency of developed countries providing financial support to Pakistan, the need to reflect on the global treatment of nature, and accept the reality of limited resources.

September 8, 2022

An address by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US Ambassador to the UN, in San Francisco made remarks before a small audience, followed by a moderated conversation.

August 24, 2022

DHS Equity Action Plan: A Community Listening Session

By Areej Zulfiqar, Assistant to the President

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Equity Task Force & Office for Civil Rights & Civil Liberties (CRCL), in collaboration with the Office for Partnerships & Engagement (OPE), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), joined DHS senior leadership in a virtual community stakeholder listening session earlier this week to discuss the Equity Action Plan. Several UNA-NCA members and staff virtually attended for an opportunity to participate in a collaborative discussion, expressing their concerns, suggestions, and criticisms while also having the opportunity to ask questions.

August 17, 2022

Meet Queshia Bradley

UNA-NCA is excited to introduce the new Co-Chair for our Resource Development Committee, Queshia Bradley!  Queshia will be joining Ambassador C. Steven McGann, Vice Chair of Development for UNA-NCA. She has been an active member of the Committee and has has presented the Developemnt Committee’s work to the association’s Board of Directors.

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