- assist in teaching adult students basic English
- assist in entertaining the students’ children while class is in session
Sustainable Development Goals.
The SDG Committee hopes to bring you more educational and advocacy opportunities in 2018.
Written by Nalat Phanit-Black
Passion motivates action. Dedication yields results.
As the SDG Committee Director of United Nations Association of Atlanta, I have been very fortunate to work with some passionate and dedicated volunteers. When the Sustainable Development Goals Committee was created in September 2015, it was only a team of five members who were also members of the Board of Directors. Through our team’s community outreach in 2016, the SDG Committee now boasts seventeen volunteers. It has been a pleasure working with the SDG Liaisons and Leaders, seeing how individuals and the committee has grown and the impacts we’ve had on our local communities.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Since July 2017, Molly Read Woo, our SDG Leader of Education Committee, has been teaching a group of Congolese refugees basic English in Clarkston, GA. The class has grown in size and we are in need of volunteers to help with the classes. The basic English classes are held on Sundays, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., at Clarkston International Bible Church, 3895 Church St, Clarkston, GA 30021. We need volunteers to
Molly Read Woo and her students. Photos by Max Woo
In 2017, members of the SDG Committee participated in several events, educating and advocating for the
Sustainable Development Goals.
Clarkston Culture Fest (April 22, 2017)
Clarkston Culture Fest is an annual event that “Educate, Appreciate, Celebrate” the cultural diversity of Clarkston, a city that welcomes 1,500 refugees a year from all over the world. SDG Committee members guided children in a solar-oven making activity, teaching the attendees about solar energy and the United Foundation’s Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. Special thanks to our volunteers: Jasmine Payne, Monse Acosta, Ruhi Rahman, and Roshni Chengappa.
Seeds of Peace: Hiroshima/Nagasaki Observance (August 6-9, 2017)
Betsy Rivard, VP of Programs and SDG Liaison of Peace and Security Committee, arranged for United Nations Association of Atlanta to co-host Seeds of Peace: Hiroshima/Nagasaki Observance with Nuclear Watch South, Georgia WAND, and other organizations. Events included a video lecture by author Vincent J. Intondi of African Americans Against the Bomb, a lecture/booksigning by Washington Post reporter Dan Zak of ALMIGHTY: Courage, Resistance and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age, and Seeds of Peace 22nd annual Nagasaki Observance at the Carter Center Rose Garden.
Participants at Seeds of Peace 22nd annual Nagasaki Observance at the Carter Center Rose Garden
17th Global Youth Justice Training (September 26-28, 2017)
Steffani Salter, SDG Liaison of Sustainable Cities, Urban and Economic Sustainability Committee, presented on SDG 11 : Sustainable Cities and Communities at the 17th Global Youth Justice Training in Cape Cod, Massachusetts:
The presentation discussed how organizations can provide sustainability within their community. In the planning and designing of new communities, housing projects, and urban renewal, the planners both private and public, need to give explicit consideration to the kind of world that is being created for the children who will be growing up in these settings. Global Youth Justice strives to improve the quality of life for humans through reducing high juvenile crime rates and historic-high incarceration rates of adults locally and globally.
Steffani Salter presenting at 17th Global Youth Justice Training
2017 American Mock World Health Organization International Conference at Emory University (October 13-15, 2017)
I was honored to be invited as a panel speaker on October 14, 2017 during AMWHO’s International Conference at Emory University. The topic of discussion was Climate Change: the Global Health Response. We discussed climate mitigation and adaptation strategies implemented by countries of various incomes. We also discussed ways for the public health sector to respond to climate change including epidemiological surveillance and building of healthcare infrastructures that are accessible to low-income areas. More collaboration across sectors, such as transportation, energy, waste management, and agriculture are needed on climate mitigation and adaptation. Climate refugees and the current refugee crisis will worsen with climate change which will demand a response from the public health sector.
Nalat Phanit-Black at AMWHO 2017. Photographs by Charlie Harless, AMWHO 2017
American Public Health Association 2017 Conference (November 4-8, 2017)
Toyshebia Napper, SDG Leader of Global Health Committee, along with representatives from UNA-USA and UNA-National Capital Area attended the American Public Health Association 2017 Conference:
The conference was held at the World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia from November 4-8. The conference hosted over 12,000 attendees and the 2017 theme was Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health. The mission of APHA is to "improve the health of the public and achieve equity in health status". Their vision is to "create the healthiest nation within one generation.” The UNA team was able to network with thousands of attendees from across the world and obtaining contact information for over 400 public health workers. It was an honor and privilege to represent the United Nations Association of Atlanta at the APHA Exhibit Expo. I was able to enact with attendees and have enlightening discussions about the Sustainable Development Goals. People were eager about connecting with a local chapter of UNA-USA and assisting on a local level to achieve the global vision.
Thank you to all our volunteers and members for supporting the Sustainable Development Goals!
The SDG Committee hopes to bring you more educational and advocacy opportunities in 2018.
The UNA Atlanta is pleased to announce that we have partnered with iDareU, Georgia's #1 voted football program for our Spring Volunteer Day! The UNA Atlanta has a campaign to partner with local education and youth programs to bring awareness of our Sustainable Development Goals and Education Outreach Programs. On Saturday, April 23, 2016 UNA Atlanta will plant trees along the Atlanta Belt Line.
Here is the map to the meeting location at Chosewood Park. The address is 412 Nolan St. SE, Atlanta, GA.
The coordinator for the Chosewood project is Brian Williams. If you have any trouble finding the site, please call his cell at 912.856.1600.
This toolkit is presented by United Nations Association of USA.
#EarthtoParis Digital Toolkit
This month, world leaders are gathering in Paris for a landmark convening to complete a new global climate agreement – an extraordinary opportunity for the international community to rise to meet the threat of climate change. To achieve a world where everyone lives with dignity and opportunity – a vision leaders embraced in the global goals for sustainable development – we must take strong action on climate change. Everyone has a role to play. As governments convene for the conference, civil society groups, businesses, exports, innovators and citizens will also gather to share climate solutions and to let leaders know that we care about the outcome of COP21 in Paris. Earth To Paris is your opportunity to be involved. More than an event – it’s a coalition, a drumbeat, a campaign bringing people together in the lead-up to the summit in Paris, a two-day event broadcast live from Paris to audiences around the world, and a dynamic social media conversation with communities everywhere.
Online Resources & What You Can Do
Visit www.earthtoparis.org and watch the livestream on 12/7 and 12/8
Suggested Social Media Resources
Right now world leaders are gathering in Paris to discuss how to end climate change. Make sure that they hear your voice! Send a message using the hashtag #earthtoparis and watch the livestream on 12/7 and 12/8: www.earthtoparis.org
The international climate conference #COP21 is an inflection point, when the world will turn from words to action on climate change. Everyone has a role to play in addressing climate change. Join #EarthToParis and add your voice for bold action: http://earthtoparis.org
Everyone has a role to play in stopping climate change! Share your message for world leaders using the hashtag #EarthtoParis and watch the livestream on 12/7 and 12/8: www.earthtoparis.org
United States Senator David Perdue's Reflection on STEM Education As Shared with Chinita Allen, President Elect of UNA Atlanta
Dear Mrs. Allen:
Thank you for contacting me about provisions in the "Elementary and Secondary Education Act" (ESEA) reauthorization regarding science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. I always appreciate hearing from my fellow Georgians.
On July 16, 2015, I proudly supported the reauthorization of the ESEA by voting in favor of S. 1177, the "Every Child Achieves Act." This much revised version of the "No Child Left Behind Act" (NCLB) ultimately ends Washington's heavy-handed influence over our public K-12 education system and returns power to the state and local level where it belongs.
I was also pleased that language supporting STEM education was included in the final version of the bill. I am an avid supporter of STEM education and believe we must continue to invest in STEM programs to remain competitive in the global economy. Since S. 1177 passed the Senate by an overwhelming margin of 81-17, you can be assured that these provisions were supported by a majority of the Senate.
Again, thank you for taking the time to talk to me about this important issue. The future of our nation lies in the hands of our children. I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure every child receives a quality education, and I will keep your thoughts in mind whenever legislation regarding STEM programs is discussed in the Senate.
United States Senator
Congratulations to Chimari Allen, UNA USA Atlanta Global Youth Ambassador, for her acceptance into the Georgia Tech Engineering Career Conference! Applicants are accepted based on essay question and GPA. Chimari has also been inducted into the National Honor Society, National Math Honor Society and National Science Honor Society!
On January 26, 2015, stable/kernel announces its sponsorship of UNA-Atlanta.
Many thanks to stable/kernel for sponsoring UNA-Atlanta with a conference space.
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For the full announcement, please read Welcome United Nations Association of Atlanta #socialgood
Original submitted by Nalat Phanit-Black on January 4, 2015, updated on January 25, 2015
Each new year brings in a renewed sense of hope. Any unaccomplished projects and ambitions are given another chance to be realized. 2014 was a year where individuals banded together and called for change. People’s Climate March brought global attention to the urgency for climate action in politics and Millions March NYC brought global attention to racial injustices. 2015 is going to be a pivotal year for social change and progress.
The United Nations is continuing to reach out to members of the public to vote on topics they would want decision makers to act upon: MY World 2015. Voters can also suggest a topic if it is not already listed (ie. nuclear non-proliferation).
2014 ended with 20,206 known Ebola cases, including fatalities. Some communities are seeing a decline in cases while others are seeing an increase. It is uncertain how the crisis will affect economies, politics, and societies especially when the attention on the crisis is waning. “Medecins Sans Frontieres warned of growing complacency over the disease…[and that] the ebola crisis in West Africa is likely to last until the end of 2015” (Nebehay, Stephanie and Tom Miles).
With rising tensions amongst nuclear states, nuclear weapons made headlines in 2014. After Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster of 2011, ramifications on health, food safety, water safety, continued to appear as topics of public interest in 2014. Although nuclear weapons and nuclear power related issues are being considered in the development of the Post-2015 Agenda, it is not gaining popularity amongst the public.
Whatever your cause, whatever your passion, whatever it is that makes you angry at the world, let your voice be heard. While the United Nations Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda are figuring things out, take action in your local communities to shape a world that you would want to live in by 2030.
For an update on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, please visit http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/
If you are living in the Atlanta, Georgia area, The United Nations Association of Atlanta is launching a Young Professionals group, connecting youths to the Millennium Development Goals. We are looking for volunteers who want to take leadership roles for each of the goals. Goal leaders are encouraged to educate their group on selected global issues and current events, implement creative projects to bring awareness to selected issues, and work with other core team members in expanding United Nations Association Young Professionals of Atlanta. For more information, please contact Moorissa Meritseba Tjokro at firstname.lastname@example.org.