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UN Day 2015 – October 23rd @ 7PM, UW HUB 332

October 7th, 2015 by unaseattle

sus devCome 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.

Location:  University of Washington HUB 332, 4001 E Stevens Way NE, Seattle, WA 98195

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

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.

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Oct 17: UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

October 14th, 2010 by UNA Seattle
United Nations DESA ATD Fourth World NGO Subcommittee for the Eradication of Poverty
NGO Subcommittee for the Eradication of Poverty

Through resolution A/RES/47/196 adopted on 22 December 1992, the General Assembly declared 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and invited all States to devote the Day to presenting and promoting, as appropriate in the national context, concrete activities with regard to the eradication of poverty and destitution.

The theme this year is “From Poverty to Decent Work: bridging the gap”.

The 2010 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty comes at a time when people living in poverty and informal sector workers are even more uncertain about employment stability, working conditions, training opportunities and the availability of social protection. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), the share of workers in vulnerable employment worldwide is estimated to reach more than 1.5 billion, equivalent to over half (50.6%) of the world’s working population. With attention focused on the start of the International Year of Youth, young people are known to be particularly affected. The ILO found that the global unemployment rate reached 6.6% in 2009, up 0.9% from 2007, while the global youth unemployment rate rose from 11.8% in 2007 to 13.4% in 2009, with wide regional variations. The Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008-2017), with the theme of “Full employment and decent work for all”, is an important framework for action through which Member States and the United Nations system can effectively address the global priorities of employment and decent work for poverty eradication.

The main observance will endeavour to illustrate ways in which access to decent work and opportunities for learning and training can be developed with people in poverty, taking into account the existing efforts and experiences of youth, their families, and those working in the informal sector. Testimonies will highlight the need to support initiatives and programmes which are participatory and rights-based, creating a dialogue among different partners (families, workers, social services and employers). New approaches which overcome exclusion and are environmentally, socially and economically advantageous will be highlighted.

The 2010 commemoration will take place on Monday, 18 October at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Read more about International Day for the Eradication of Poverty here.

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Educating World-Class Citizens

September 4th, 2010 by UNA Seattle

Primary Education GoalsThe United Nations has long held the belief that education is of the utmost importance for long-term well-being. In fact, the 2nd most important goal proposed in the 2015 Millennium Development Goals, listed in priority after ending poverty and hunger, is to achieve universal primary education – specifically to “Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.”

In the greater Seattle area, the goals – and concerns – are very similar. Right now, Seattle schools face many of the same challenges seen throughout the globe: low graduation rates, shrinking teacher wages and expanding classroom sizes, to name a few. But there are those among us who have a plan. Select local community members and educators are utilizing new media tools to successfully foster ideas and seed innovation among primary educators throughout the city. The links below explore the innovative projects helping to engage and serve the educational community of Seattle.

1. Why citizens should care about Seattle school contract negotiations

Seattle Times guest columnists Phil Bussey and Jeremy Jaech of the Our Schools Coalition argue that everyone should be concerned about the ongoing negotiations between the Seattle Education Association and Seattle Public Schools. Their nine-part proposal (described in detail at is rooted in driving positive student outcomes, and will result in new ways for teachers to be recognized, rewarded and compensated.

2. Do we owe kids more than netbooks?

Seattle-born freelance writer and content design consultant Christopher Dawson suggests that the notable Netbook might not be the next best wave of the future for local schools.

3. Denny International Middle School among those showing improvement

In a press release from the Seattle Public Schools today Denny International was included in those that showed improvement in math and writing and reading scores. Innovative professional development programs, such as the Studio math program, attributed with much success.

4. Looking for way that you can help Seattle schools succeed? Check out these volunteer opportunities with Seattle Public Schools!

• Be a tutor or a mentor

• Help students with homework

• Listen to children read

• Play educational games with students

• Assist with math or science

• Share information about local history

• Help students learn another language

• Support projects, activities, or field trips

• Assist with after-school programs

• Provide office support

• Become involved with school leadership

Please become a member of UNA of Greater Seattle, and join a movement of Americans who support responsible global leadership and a strong UN!

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Big Push Underway to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals

May 17th, 2010 by UNA Seattle

In September of 2000 the heads of the world’s nations, 190 strong, gathered at the UN in New York to adopt the Millennium Development Goals. The eight goals express the world’s commitment to end extreme poverty and hunger, promote health and education, and distribute more equitably the benefits of sustainable development, all by 2015.

With just five years remaining until the deadline, much remains to be done to achieve the goals, especially in some regions such as sub-Saharan Africa. The task has been made more difficult by the global financial crisis and by growing evidence that climate change is impacting agricultural productivity, a key sector in many developing economies.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders to attend a Summit in New York on 20-22 September 2010 to boost progress towards the MDGs. He has issued a call to member states to redouble efforts to achieve the MDGs, and has authored “Keeping the Promise” ( ), an action-oriented outcome report for the Summit.

Ban’s report identifies successes and gaps in achieving the MDGs, and lays out an agenda for 2010-2015. “Our world possesses the knowledge and resources to achieve the MDGs,” Mr. Ban says in the report. Falling short of the Goals “would be an unacceptable failure, moral and practical.”

The development plans of developing nations characteristically use the MDGs as the principle set of metrics for monitoring their progress. They see the goals holistically, while rich world nations and NGOs are often focused on specific programs that usually encompass one goal and a limited range of targets.

In his first address to the UN General Assembly last September, President Obama said: “We will support the Millennium Development Goals, and approach next year’s summit with a global plan to make them a reality. And we will set our sights on the eradication of extreme poverty in our time.”

This would seem to indicate that the US will play a lead role in this year’s MDGs Summit and that planning now underway in the Department of State and other agencies involved in development assistance will reflect that leadership.

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