The United Nations Association - Greater Seattle ChapterThe United Nations Association - Greater Seattle Chapter is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that supports the work of the United Nations as one of a number of local chapters of the United Nations Association of the United States (UNA-USA). UNA Seattle encourages active civic participation in the most important social and economic issues facing the world today, from global health and human rights to the spread of democracy to equitable and sustainable development.
Our Mission: UNA-GSC is dedicated to educating, inspiring and mobilizing members of the Greater Seattle community to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations and to advocate for full engagement by the United States in the United Nations.
UNA-Seattle is a chapter of the UNA-USA. We are a 501(c)(3) organization according to US regulations and all contributions are tax deductible.
October Club UN
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On October 28, 2015, at 6:00 pm, we are meeting at the Café Allegro in the University District.
The topic: Transition from MDG to SDG.
This month we will be discussing the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals. We will seek to identify how and where the MDGs were successful, how and where they failed , and how to improve upon them for the next steps of implementing the SDGs. Of particular concern: Are the SDGs, now expanded to 17 goals, too ambitious? How will individual nations react to what will likely be labeled as an infringement on their sovereignty? What assurances can the UN promote to assuage such concerns?
UN Day 2015 – October 23rd @ 7PM, UW HUB 332
Come celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, where we will be discussing the Sustainable Development Goals and how local organizations are supporting them. Featuring panelists from Landesa, VillageReach, Water1st, and UNICEF, as well as a speaker from our National Bureau. See below for speaker bios and organization information.
This is a free event. Donations gladly accepted at the door or by clicking here.
Diana Fletschner, Landesa
Landesa, a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Seattle, works to secure land rights for the world’s poorest people – those 2.47 billion chiefly rural people who live on less than two dollars a day. Landesa has historically partnered with developing country governments to design and implement land-related laws, policies, and programs that provide opportunity, further economic growth, and promote social justice.
Diana Fletschner is the Senior Gender Expert and Director of Research at Landesa in Seattle. She has over 15 years of experience researching how behavioral attributes, intra-household dynamics, and social conditions shape rural women’s access to productive assets and the economic choices they make. More specifically, Diana has examined factors that affect whether rural women demand entrepreneurial capital or engage in economic activities that, while expected to offer higher returns, can be riskier, take place in a competitive environment, conflict with their husbands’ preferences, or contravene well-established norms of behavior. She has also studied women’s access to information and the extent to which spouses share their financial knowledge. In parallel work, Diana has assessed the loss of economic efficiency associated with women’s constraints.
Emily Bancroft, VillageReach
VillageReach is a non-profit global health innovator that develops, tests, implements and scales new solutions to critical health system challenges in low-resource environments, with an emphasis on strengthening the “last mile” of healthcare delivery. VillageReach combines expertise across public systems, programs and technologies – to scale and sustainability in the world’s most underserved communities.
Emily Bancroft is Vice President of VillageReach, located in Seattle. She is responsible for the strategy, oversight, and management of all VillageReach programs across our three key areas of work : health systems, information systems, and social business. Emily is also responsible for building new relationships and opportunities to help bring VillageReach innovations to scale and sustainability through strategic partnerships and relationships with governments, donors and implementing partners. Emily joined VillageReach in 2010, leading the design and development of VillageReach innovations for the health systems team. Emily has fifteen years of experience in building successful health systems interventions both domestically and in sub-Saharan Africa, including specific expertise in program development, assessment and management, monitoring and evaluation, health informatics, advocacy, and human resources for health.
Prior to joining VillageReach, Emily worked with the International Training and Education Center on Health (I-TECH), Physicians for Human Rights, and NPower. In January of 2012, Emily was appointed as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Health Services of the School of Public Health at the University of Washington. Emily holds an MPH from the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine, and a BA from Princeton University.
Zoe Barker-Aderem, Water1st
In 10 years, the Water1st community has given over $11 million to fund 1,426 water projects, transforming the lives of 134,632 people. Addressing the water and sanitation needs of the world’s poorest is the one activity that, when done properly, generates benefits that can lift a community out of extreme poverty. There is no exaggeration in the statement: supporting and implementing water and sanitation projects properly is the best investment and best hope for the world’s poorest.
Water1st was created to support water projects that would last. Our vision was to support local, on-the-ground organizations (our partners in this work) with a proven track record of implementing effective, long-lasting water and sanitation projects. Today, we are a grassroots organization of more than 4,000 supporters across the country, each doing what we can in our individual lives and communities to bring clean water and toilets to the world’s poorest people.
Zoe Barker-Aderem has a B.A. in International Studies and Creative Writing from the University of Washington. Zoe works with Water1st in development, outreach, and youth programs. She previously worked with a nonprofit providing workshops in the performing arts to youth in foster care and is happy to continue working with youth through the Water1st's various youth education programs. Zoe deeply believes in the Water1st mission and vision, and is thankful everyday to work at an organization that listens to the world’s poorest people with empathy and respect.
Sylvia Stellmacher, US Fund for UNICEF
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports United Nation’s Children’s Fund’s work, as well as other efforts in support of the world’s children, through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Through its work with governments, civic leaders, celebrities, corporations, campus groups, churches, teachers and global citizens, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF advocates for the survival and well-being of every child.
Sylvia Stellmacher is a second year Global Citizenship Fellow with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in Seattle. She acts as an educator and advocate to promote children’s rights globally.
UN Day 2014
Thank you to all the participants who took time out on a windy, blustery day to join us in discussing these very important stories that affect not only us here in Seattle, but people all around the country and the world. Our opinions and comments will be summarized and submitted to UNA-USA, which is in the process of gathering up the various discourse from at least 33 other Chapters. Our thoughts and concerns will be part of the larger program, the Sustainable Development Goals.
A very special thank you to the UNA Seattle Board Members; our new Executive Director, Mike Beard; Heather Jarvis of City University; Kat Gjovik of Great Turning; Stacy Barmuta; Maureen Mullen and Kaitlyn Crawford. This event would not have been the great success without you.
Dr. Korten's speech is in the link below. An article by David Lampert ("Universal Development Goals For This Millennium") is also linked. This article recently appeared in Columbia University's sustainable development journal, Consilience. Both are fascinating reads, and we encourage continued thoughtful discussions among yourselves, and at Club UN.
David Korten UN Day 2014 Presentation
David Lempert Universal Development Goals Final Consilience
The World We Want 2015
UN Sustainable Development Goals
Watch Seattle In Action At The World We Want
Now this is what we're talking about!
Today Was Seattle’s Turn!
When the video of the proceedings is ready, it will be posted here and on Facebook. Please check back here often. In the meantime, please consider joining us in this incredible journey. Become a member of the UNA Seattle. Be informed. Be inspired. Together, we can do a lot of good.