Past Java Cafes - 2022
Refugee Crisis Update: Ukraine, Afghanistan, and Beyond
Megan Bracy, Director for Refugee & Migrant Services, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services will provided an update on the current situation and the latest pathways to safety for those fleeing Russian aggression, and those left behind in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
Past Java Cafes - 2021
Could We Enhance Global Security Through Gender Equality?
With Juliet Colman- Founder and Director of SecurityWomen, advocacy and research NGO, calling for greater awareness of gender equality issues within security globally, both through the UN, internationally and in each country, reviewing progress against UNSCR 1325
The Peace Corps: Creating Peace Through Diplomacy and Service
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers will share the history of the Peace Corps, its goals, and its affect on the individuals and countries involved.
Human migration and climate change: Is there a connection between climate change and recent migration from Central America?
Java Café as part of the Lansing Area’s World Refugee Awareness Week. GL-UNA will be joined by Dr. Edwin Josué Castellanos, Director, Observatorio Económico Sostenible, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala.
Java Café with Professor Jeffrey Sachs- WHY SDGs REALLY MATTER
View the event to learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals! GL-UNA was joined by Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, president of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
Myanmar’s Current Coup: A Different Challenge
Guest speaker is John Henderson. John has been working in Myanmar since 2013 (remotely from Muskegon since the middle of last year), mostly with American Friends Service Committee, UN World Food Programme, and Save the Children.
Covid-19 and Humanitarian Relief
The Covid pandemic has altered everything we do, but what has been the effect on humanitarian relief? We were joined by Ronald Quejas-Risdon, member of GLUNA and Director for East Africa for the Unforgotten Fund, and Amit Kadapia, founder and Executive Director of the Unforgotten Fund.
Following an overview of recent trends in donations and support for humanitarian relief organizations in general, they discussed steps they have taken to keep the Unforgotten Fund and it’s various humanitarian relief projects going. They also discussed some possible future implications of what we are learning now. While challenging, it is not all dark.
Past Java Cafes - 2020
The Connection Between UN, UNA and Black Lives Matter- What is Happening Nationally and Locally
As our nation continues to seek justice and equity for our communities of color, our speakers will address the connections between the United Nations, United Nations Association and the Black Lives Matter movement. Learn what is being done on the local and the national levels.
The Positive Impact of Refugees in the Greater Lansing Area- Refugee Professionals Share Their Experiences
Moderator: Banjor Musa
The virtual event offered presentations from the local professional refugees in the Greater Lansing area. These professionals have been living in the United States for over five years and continue to have positive influence. Some of the backgrounds include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Somalia and Sudan. The role of UN agencies as well as Sustainable Development Goals #16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) and #8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) are addressed in this session.