By Maya Luong, UNA-NCA Research Assistant

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought to light the immense vulnerability of an intricately linked but unequal global health system. With the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines, many see a light at the end of the tunnel. Nonetheless, the inequitable Covid-19 vaccine procurement among countries has brought more obstacles to our global challenge of inequity, as already-disadvantaged countries and communities will likely see prolonged impact from the pandemic and late obtainment of the vaccine — our best bet to reduce deaths and revive economic activities. The question of whether governments and international NGOs will be able…

By Ryan Oberlag and Marissa Zupancic, UNA-NCA Advocacy Fellows

Following the arrest of prominent queer activist Margot Szutowicz — known as Margot — in August 2020, thousands of Polish LGBTI citizens began to protest in the streets. Their calls for equality were met with police boots and homophobic beratements from opposing crowds. Protestors called their movement Stonewall, a nod to the 1969 American LGBTI protests which became the birth of the modern day gay rights movement. This “Polish Stonewall’’ as it is now known commemorates the significance of August 7th, 2020 in Polish history. Preceding the protests, Poland had become…

By Jerome Williams, UNA-NCA Research Assistant

Covid-19 has exposed and exacerbated existing inequalities in access to quality health services among communities. Race, ethnicity, location, and economic status are compounding and interrelated factors that shape the landscape of health outcomes across the country, from maternal mortality rate to health insurance coverage. In New York City, Black & Latino Americans are 2 times more likely to die from Covid-19 than white Americans. In Arizona, Native Americans comprised 16% of Covid-19 related deaths while only representing 4.6% of the state’s population. …

Sustainable Development Goal 4 aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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Written by Cassidy Childs, UNA-NCA Research Assistant and Advocacy Fellow. Special thanks to Alex Pagels, Cyndy and John Haskey, Natividad Jose Pompa, Holly Nakagawa, Venus and Max Childs for making this trip possible.


Like the flip of a switch, my life and so many others changed forever in mere hours. In the fall of 2017, the Tubbs fire ripped through my hometown of Santa Rosa overnight. At the time, it was California’s most destructive wildfire, burning 5,643 structures and taking 22 lives. In the years that followed, the California fires only got worse and were always too close to home…

By Katie Ng Ross, UNA-NCA Advocacy Fellow

Author’s Note: Katie Ng Ross would like to thank her family for helping her understand her own connection to Washington DC’s Chinatown. Katie’s great-grandfather, Ernest C. Ting, lived near Washington DC’s Chinatown for 20 years before moving to New York to prepare for the rest of the family’s arrival from Hong Kong in 1970. She would like to thank her mother for translating this information from Katie’s grandmother and grandfather, and the entire Ng family for their continued support of her work.

Washington DC’s Chinatown, first established in the 1880s and relocated in…

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In a democracy, citizen’s not only have the right, but the responsibility to let their elected officials know their views on public policy issues.

Dear members and friends of LSSNCA and UNA-NCA,

We are eager to present to you this joint advocacy action guide in support of the advancement of refugee and migrant rights. Human rights and the reduction of inequalities are central to UN values, requiring dignity and equality for all persons. LSSNCA and UNA-NCA have partnered in order to consolidate valuable resources, best practices, and critical insights such that constituents across Maryland, DC, and Virginia feel readily equipped to advocate and educate on behalf of migrant and refugee rights.

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By Rebecca Contreras, SDG Research Lead, and Emma Marszalek, Advocacy Assistant

The Consultative Process & Resolution 43/1

On February 18, 2021, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) hosted a virtual consultation with civil society regarding Human Rights Council Resolution 43/1, entitled “Promotion and protection of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of Africans and of people of African descent against excessive use of force and other human rights violations by law enforcement officers.” …

By Kayleigh Thompson, UNA-NCA Advocacy Fellow

A face mask found during a beach cleanup in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, USA | July, 2020

From shedding light onto poverty, industrial shortcomings, and the importance of good governance, the COVID-19 pandemic has left the global community scrambling to find solutions to problems both old and new. The threat of climate change has further exacerbated these challenges with extreme weather, forest fires, and other natural disasters. Covering more than 70% of the Earth’s surface, the ocean bears the brunt of the combined challenges of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the United Nations (UN) has dedicated itself to prioritizing clean and healthy oceans through Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14

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“The refugee the world barely pays attention to…who currently lack[s] any formal definition, recognition or protection under international law even as the scope of their predicament becomes more clear.”

— Tim McDonnell, NPR (2018)

As of 2020, nearly 80 million individuals have been displaced due to conflict or persecution. Climate change is expected to permanently displace upwards of an additional 200 million people by 2050, leaving another 50 million at risk of death due to sea-level rise, unprecedented flooding, and continental drought.

By 2030, at least 60 million people are forecast to migrate from…

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