Taking Executive Leadership to the International Stage: A Week in Brussels, Belgium

As part of my time serving as a Presidential Management Training with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), I am required to complete 80 hours of training each year. Last year, DOE provided me the opportunity to complete a Key Executive Leadership Certificate program through American University.

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The Role of Women and Youth in Peace and Security: Perspectives from CSW62 Delegates

By Jordan Hibbs & Belgica Cucalon

During the United Nations 62nd Commission on the Status of Women, at the high-level side event, “The Role of Parliaments in Women, Peace, and Security,” contributor and co-founder of The International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) Sanam Naraghi Anderlini expressed a passionate albeit frustrated account of how 18 years ago she and fellow women’s civil society organizations had urged for the inclusion of women in peacebuilding and security responses. Throughout CSW62 it became clear that often the voices most systematically removed and ignored in security measures continue to be of those most affected by conflict. As UNA-USA Delegates at the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women, we recognize the importance of information-sharing for empowering communities and creating partnerships.  Ensuring inclusion and representation for women and youth at decision-making tables related to peace and security must be a top priority if sustainable peace is to ever be more than an aspirational agenda. Read more

Preparing for the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations

A few weeks ago, I was thrilled to find out that I was selected as a delegate to the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), to represent the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA). This week, thousands of representatives from government, international organizations, civil society, and the private sector from all over the world are preparing to make their way to New York City to take part in this year’s meeting of the United Nations’ CSW. Established by the UN in June 1946, the CSW is the principal global inter-governmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

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Graphic of the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women from March 12-23, 2018

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Behind The Scenes At The 2018 United Nations Youth Assembly

Last week, I found myself on the crowded, bustling streets of New York City, commuting through morning rush hour traffic. I could hardly contain my excitement as I walked through Midtown East with a coffee in one hand and a bagel in the other. I first stopped by the Turtle Bay Music School to pick up my registration pass, I then headed to the United Nations Headquarters, where I would be joining over 1200 youth from all over the world to participate in the 2018 Youth Assembly. As a youth delegate representing the United States, I was ready to learn more about the United Nations, hear from great speakers, and discuss the role of youth in addressing global challenges.

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An Insider’s View to the United Nation’s Social Good Summit

Ever wonder what happens when you bring together global citizens, celebrities, and industry leaders to discuss how technology and new media can help make the world a better place? Well, that is exactly what I had the opportunity to experience while serving as a United Nations Association (UNA-USA) Blogger Fellow at the 2017 Social Good Summit. Read more

3 Brilliant Ways To Use Technology For Social Good

Held annually during the United Nations General Assembly week, the Social Good Summit unites global citizens and progressive thought leaders around technology and new media’s impact on human progress. This year I had the opportunity to serve as a United Nations Association Social Good Blogger to spread the word about the outstanding work of the individuals who are changing the world through technology and new media. Here is a list of three technological solutions presented at the 2017 Social Good Summit that are making the world a better place:  Read more