During the United Nations Association of the USA’s 2024 Global Engagement Summit, we were presented with compelling evidence from people brought out from all over the world of the United Nation’s (UN) profound impact on global issues.
The UN has assisted an impressive 117 million people, providing food to 160 million individuals across 120 countries. Additionally, the UN has supplied vaccines to 45 million children worldwide and collaborated with 196 nations to curb the rise in global temperature, crucially keeping it below 2°C/3.6°F. Moreover, the UN maintains peace with 87,000 peacekeepers across 12 operations worldwide.
Regarding the global water crisis affecting over 3.6 billion people, the United Nations Association of the USA plays a crucial role. Through various initiatives and partnerships, the UN addresses this crisis by promoting sustainable water management practices, improving access to clean water and sanitation and raising awareness about the importance of water conservation.
The UN's multifaceted approach underscores its commitment to addressing complex global challenges and improving people's lives worldwide.
by Tracy Gray, President
Reaffirms commitment to upholding principles of equality and human rights for all
Black History Month is not only about celebrating the achievements of the Black community but also about recognizing the struggles they've endured and the contributions they've made to society despite facing adversity. For the United Nations Association, the Atlanta Chapter (UNA-ATL) is an opportunity to highlight the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in promoting peace and democracy worldwide. By amplifying Black individuals' and communities' voices and experiences, the UNA-ATL can foster greater understanding and empathy among nations, which is crucial for building lasting peace.
In many parts of the world, including the continent of Africa, Black people have been at the forefront of movements for freedom, justice and democracy. Their resilience and determination in the face of oppression inspire us all. By commemorating Black History Month, the United Nations Association Atlanta Chapter reaffirms its commitment to upholding the principles of equality and human rights for all, regardless of race or ethnicity.
I believe it's essential to link the celebration of Black History Month with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations. Many of the issues that disproportionately affect Black communities, such as poverty, access to education, healthcare disparities and environmental injustice, are interconnected with the SDGs. Addressing these systemic challenges can create a more equitable and sustainable world and Atlanta for future generations.
How do we see the promotion of democracy fitting into this conversation, particularly in light of recent political unrest and conflicts?
The answer is complex.
Democracy is fundamental to achieving peace and stability. It provides a framework for inclusive governance, where all voices are heard, and decisions are made collectively. However, democracy is not just about holding elections; it's about safeguarding human rights, promoting the rule of law and ensuring accountability. In today's world, where authoritarianism and populism are on the rise, it's more important than ever to defend democratic values and institutions. The United States, despite its challenges, remains a symbol of democracy and freedom for many around the world. By upholding these values at home and supporting democratic movements abroad, the U.S. can play a crucial role in advancing global peace and prosperity.
Democracy is not a one-size-fits-all model, and it's essential to respect the diverse cultural and political contexts in which it operates. As the UNA-ATL celebrates Black History Month, we must also recognize the ongoing struggles for democracy and human rights faced by Black communities worldwide. By standing in solidarity with them and amplifying their voices, we can help build a more just and democratic world for all.
It's clear that celebrating Black History Month is a matter of honoring the past and advancing the goals of peace, sustainability and democracy for the future. As we build a more equitable and inclusive world, let us draw inspiration from the resilience and courage of Black individuals and communities everywhere.
United Nations Association of the United States of America
The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-ATL) Atlanta Chapter, in collaboration with Georgia State University's Center for Studies on Africa and Its Diaspora, joined an event addressing the current situation in Ethiopia and the support extended by the Atlanta community.
Tracy Gray, a UNA-ATL Atlanta Chapter Board of Directors member and Vice President of Advocacy, calls for actively fostering positive relationships and support for the Ethiopian community in Metro Atlanta. Gray joined the United Nations call, and their dedication to advocacy and community engagement has played a pivotal role in bridging gaps and assisting refugees and immigrants from Ethiopia.
Atlanta, Georgia, has been at the forefront of addressing the concerns of refugees and immigrants from Ethiopia, exemplifying the city's commitment to inclusivity and humanitarian efforts. The local community, led by Tracy Gray and others, has shown remarkable compassion and support for those affected by the current situation in Ethiopia.
"Events like 'Ethiopia, Memories of Home' foster understanding, empathy, and collaboration. It's heartening to see the commitment of the Atlanta community to making a difference."
The event was meaningful and impactful, bringing together diverse voices to address the Ethiopian community’s challenges and explore avenues for support and collaboration.
Atlanta, GA – 11-10-2023
The Georgia Council for International Visitors, GCIV, sponsored International Visitors who visited Atlanta this week to comprehensively explore Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) management. Tracy Gray, Vice President of Advocacy for the United Nations Association of the United States of America, Atlanta Chapter, and national and global Management Consultant Eileen Gray led a distinguished panel discussion that included seven countries' nongovernmental organizations, NGOs, human rights, and nonprofit leaders.
Under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program, the conference focused on strategies for driving NGO awareness, effective fundraising, and best practices for navigating divergent social demands and interests when confronting political, social, and economic challenges.
Tracy Gray, also a UNA-ATL Board of Directors member, expressed the importance of collaboration and shared insights into the ever-evolving landscape of NGO management. The day-long conference, organized by the Georgia Council for International Visitors, provided a platform for exchanging ideas among international visitors and their American counterparts.
The Department of State sponsored the following international visitors for the NGO Conference:
The conference facilitated meaningful discussions on the challenges and opportunities facing NGOs globally. Participants shared their experiences, insights, and innovative approaches to address the complex issues surrounding human rights, advocacy, and social impact.
This collaborative initiative reflects the commitment of the U.S. Department of State and the Georgia Council for International Visitors to foster international dialogue and cooperation on critical issues. The participants left with a deeper understanding of NGO management, strengthened connections, and a shared commitment to advancing positive change in their communities.
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