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Java Cafes - 2021

November 16, 2021 | 7pm on Zoom​

Could We Enhance Global Security Through Gender Equality?

How many women hold security positions around the world – including UN Peacekeeping? What is the effect when women are in these positions? What difference would a greater inclusion of women in the male-dominated security sector: policing, armed forces, peacekeeping, private and cyber security make?

June 15, 2021 | 7pm | Zoom​

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.

May 12, 2021 | Zoom

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.

April 20, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. | Zoom

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.

January 26, 2021 | Zoom

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.

Java Cafes - 2020

September 16, 2020 | Zoom

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. 

June 16, 2020 | Zoom

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.