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December 4, 2022

Human Rights Day Event

Three presentations regarding:
  • human rights violations in Burundi
  • the potential genocide of Hazaras in Afghanistan, and
  • the human rights issues related to lack of access to Covid vaccines in Africa and across the global South.

*Due to the sensitive nature of the topics, this event was not recorded.

October 23, 2022

UN Day Celebration

Since UNA-USA’s founding, we have always believed that nations working together through the UN is the best hope for addressing the major issues we face on a global level. One of these issues is food security. That’s why this year, we’re focusing on nourishing peace.

Nourishing Peace, UNA-USA’s theme for UN Day 2022, aims to address how food security and peace are intertwined on the international scale. In 2022, we have seen firsthand how the scarcity of sufficient and nutritious food drives conflict and how violence threatens food supply chains all across the globe. At the GL-UNA UN Day Event we celebrated the work of the UN and honored local community leaders and graduates!

Co-hosted with
International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University

Co-sponsored by
MSU African Studies Center
MSU Asian Studies Center
MSU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Peace Education Center

April 27, 2022 | Hybrid Event

Climate Action, Community Driven

GL-UNA hosted a discussion on the accelerating climate challenge!

Use the link below to hear from our expert panel! We discussed steps that individuals and communities can take to address climate change. Furthermore, what are the barriers? How can citizens move local governments to take action? What are the realm of possible policies, actions that are already being used in other communities?

February 6, 2022 | Hybrid Event

The UN and SDG’s at Work Around the World

A Hubert Humphrey Fellows Spotlight Event

Join GL-UNA for a bird’s eye view of UN and SDG work that is going on around the world, including in Gaza City, Korea, Nepal, Serbia, Slovakia, Yemen, and more.

This event includes a series of short presentations, followed by Q and A and an opportunity to personally meet all of this year’s Humphrey Fellows.

Co-sponsored by
Michigan State University Humphrey Fellowship Program
MSU International Studies and Programs Institute of International Education (IIE)
The Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship Program
U.S. Department of State Exchange Programs

December 4, 2021 | Hybrid Event

Human Rights Day: Uyghur Genocide

What can be done to stop China’s crimes against humanity?

with Yonah Diamond,
Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights Principal author of “The Uyghur Genocide”

and Elfidar Iltebir
Uyghur American Association

Co-sponsored by
MSU Muslim Studies Program
MSU Asian Studies Center
Islamic Center of East Lansing
Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights

October 24, 2021

UN Day Celebration

For more than seven decades, UNA-USA members have advocated on behalf of the UN and its agencies. The U.S. should not—and cannot—tackle global challenges alone. Our members know that creating a blueprint for a better future can only be achieved through working in tandem with the UN.

We honored Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations. We also enjoyed good food, performances by King Isaac and the Dazzling Daisies, and presented Global Goals and Education awards. Use the link below to view the event!

Co-hosted with
International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University

Co-sponsored by
UNA Michigan State University Chapter
Peace Education Center
African Studies Center of Michigan State University

April 22, 2021 | ZOOM

International Mother Earth Day

International Mother Earth Day provides an opportunity to raise global public awareness of the challenges to the well-being of the planet and all the life it supports. The Day also recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth, to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of the present and future generations of humanity.

GL-UNA celebrated Earth Day by providing fun hands-on activity suitable for all ages!

  • Create a sunflower terrarium
  • Learn about the history and many uses of the sunflower.
  • Intergenerational activity: Can do with kids and grandkids
  • “Plant it Forward”
  • And More!


International Mother Earth Day was co-sponsored by Peace Education Center, Edgewood United Church, the Islamic Center of East Lansing, the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Ovid-Elsie Schools.

March 16, 2021 | ZOOM

The 6 Year War on Yemen

The Peace Education Center of Greater Lansing is pleased to present Dr. Shireen Al-Adeimi to give us a talk via Zoom on the topic: The 6-Year War on Yemen: Background, Humanitarian Crisis, and Possibilities.


  • Edgewood United Church Justice & Peace Team
  • Friends Committee on National Legislation – Lansing Area Advocacy Team
  • Greater Lansing Network Against War & Injustice
  • Greater Lansing United Nations Association
  • Islamic Center of East Lansing
  • Students United for Palestinian Rights



March 8, 2021 | ZOOM

International Women’s Day

Presented by Zonta & GL-UNA

DeAnna Cambridge, Zonta International District 15 Governor, the presidents of 3 local Zonta Clubs and Denise Quarles, GLUNA Board member and Zonta member, joined us to discuss the historically noteworthy partnership Zonta has with the United Nations (UN), and how Zonta’s work for women and girls support the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and the work being done at the local level.

  1. To advocate for gender equality, TEXT “WOMEN” to 30644 for link to send letter to Congress.
  2. Nominate someone for MI Women’s Hall of Fame. Deadline is April 10.
  3. Support EVE (End Violent Encounters)
    Donate $ or provide items on EVE’s “needs list”.
  4. Support the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing
    Donate $ or provide items on their “wish list”.

December 26, 2020 | ZOOM

Human Rights Day 2020

‘The Essential Intersection: The U.N. Declaration of Human Rights, SDGs and Environmental Justice’

This virtual event offered presentations about the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the ways the Declaration is connected to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, we explored how the SDGs about Environmental Justice are related to our understanding of Human Rights.

October 25, 2020

UN 75TH Anniversary

Thank you for joining our celebration!

  • UN Ambassador Andrew Young
  • Senior Director Partnerships UNA-USA, Troy Wolfe
  • Recognized 17 Michigan exemplary SDG organizations


Humanitarian Relief for Refugees in Kakuma, Kenya

Under the Adopt-a-Future initiative of the United Nations Association, the Greater Lansing UNA chapter (GLUNA) undertook the sponsorship of Horseed Primary School, located in the Kakuma refugee center in Kenya.

GL-UNA raised over $40,00 for the Horseed School!