Policy Memos and Issue Briefs

UNA-NCA Research Resources

In-depth reviews and analyses of pertinent and timely issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals.
The New Great Flood

Climate Displacement and Access to Asylum within the United State

Persons displaced due to climate change will increasingly seek asylum within the United States; current immigration and asylum policy fail to define a ‘climate refugee’ and thus lack mechanisms for legal entry, resettlement, or workforce integration. Expanding access to asylum to climate refugees will mitigate national security risks, propagate economic growth at state and local levels, and affirm U.S. commitment to upholding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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Building Inclusive Cities

Sustainable Urban Development

“Legislation can always be changed. It’s very hard to tear down a bridge.” Cities will host 60% of the world’s population by 2030. Policymakers must recognize that while cities can be hubs for innovation, they’ve also been constructed on inherently inequitable foundations.
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Free and Fair Elections

Promoting and Protecting Voting Rights at the UN and in the US

Elections are considered an ‘institutional prerequisite’ of democracy; but, far too often, elections “serve merely to give autocratic regimes a veneer of legitimacy.” Today, for the first time since 2001, over half of the global population live under autocratic rule. Electoral integrity is critical to maintaining the public’s confidence in their leaders and preserving the legitimacy of democratic institutions.
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The State of the District

Taking D.C. Human Rights Concerns to the UN

In April of 2020, The District of Columbia received at least $725 million less in COVID-19 Congressional aid than every other state — despite paying more in federal taxes than 22 states, and having a higher population than Wyoming and Vermont. Congress classified D.C. in the relief bill as a federal territory, rather than a state, and withheld necessary aid from its citizens. How could the federal government fail to care for its own national capital, the celebrated core of freedom and democracy?
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Equal in Dignity and Rights

The UN, the US, and Anti-Racism

“You in the United Nations are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. I am asking you to help me get justice.”

Born from the ashes of the Second World War, the United Nations’ core principles reflect a political and moral repugnance against the racist laws and practices of the Nazi-regime. The organization’s commitment to human dignity and equality is reflected in Article 1 of the United Nations Charter.

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