On February 19th, the US has officially rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement. What is one climate related policy or initiative that you think is important and why? In other words, what is a dimension of the climate crisis that should be focused on?

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Illustration by Serene Lusano for Detroit Metro Times

Marissa Zupancic

I believe that we need to focus on holding corporations accountable. While I am all for sustainable measures at an individual level, the bulk of carbon emissions and pollution come from corporations.

Marcus Schmidt

As the United States has officially rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement, the nation’s policy should begin addressing corporate actions on sustainability, as discussed in my…


By Ceyda Guleryuz, Senior Research Assistant & Raphael Piliero, SDG Research Assistant and Advocacy Fellow

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Photo by Leah Millis for Reuters

On January 6, 2021, millions of Americans turned on their televisions to an alarming scene — an armed insurrection in Washington, D.C., directed at the U.S. Capitol building. Protesting what they viewed as the fraudulent election of Joe Biden, insurrectionists aimed to disrupt a vote certifying President Biden’s victory. Slated to vote to certify the election on the 6th, members of Congress were forced to evacuate as armed insurrectionists stormed the chambers of Congress, delaying the vote.

A vote to certify eventually took place, and…


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“Legislation can always be changed.

It’s very hard to tear down a bridge once it’s up.”

- Robert Moses

Cities are expected to host sixty percent of the world’s population by 2030. As migration patterns slightly gravitate towards urban living, it is important to consider the existing framework, especially in terms of physical infrastructure, for the cities that populations are flocking towards.

The United States experienced impressive urban growth starting in the mid-1800s, especially along the mid-Atlantic region. However, this era preceded any substantial movements towards civil rights and equality by nearly a century…


By Marcus Schmidt, UNA-NCA Advocacy Fellow

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Trickle-down economics will remain a fallacy so long as there is greed.

This economic theory presents the idea that when the wealthiest profit, they will turn around and invest back into their businesses, thereby benefiting even the lowest-waged worker. The theory emerged under Reagan’s administration to surreptitiously justify economic benefits and relief for the wealthy — money that has gone on to inflate executive salaries and corporate bonuses rather than raising up the working class as promised.

Nearly half a century has passed since the emergence of this theory and the economic benefits —…


By Shivani Gupta, SDG Research Lead

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Farmers block a highway during a protest at the Singhu border near New Delhi on Dec. 18. | Photo by Anindito Mukherjee via Getty Images

The largest organized strike in the history of the world is currently unfolding. February 2021 marks 70+ days and counting that farmers across India marched to Delhi, the nation’s capital. Elderly men and women, youth, and supporters are unyieldingly withstanding the bitter cold and police barricades as they stage protests along the Singhu border outside Delhi.

The start of these now historic protests dates back to September 2020 when India’s parliament, in the midst of a global pandemic, pushed through three farm bills without adequate input from farmers. The three farm bills mark an…


By Neval Mulaomerovic, SDG Research Assistant & Advocacy Fellow

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In a 2017 statement to the UN General Assembly, Secretary-General of the UN António Guterres called attention to the escalation of cyber security threats, highlighting how “cyber war was now more able to disrupt relations between States, as well as the structures and systems of modern life.” Since his address, the COVID-19 pandemic — having forced jobs and schooling online — has highlighted the increasingly dominant role of the internet in everyday life, and with it comes heightened concerns regarding cyber security in the international sphere.

In response to growing attention…


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Sustainable Development Goal 11 calls upon the global community to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.

Download the full report here.


By Raphael Piliero, SDG Research Assistant & Advocacy Fellow

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2021 Inauguration Day | Photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times.

On January 20th, President Joseph R. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn into office after a divisive and contentious election. President Biden has aimed to hit the ground running, creating a series of plans for his first 100 days in office. Harkening back to the “First 100 Days” plan of President Franklin D. …


By Julie Choi, UNA-NCA Advocacy Fellow

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Illustration by Enkhbayar Munkh-Erdene

“White’s love us because we’re not Black.” — Frank Chin

To white nationalists, the ‘Asian-American’ walks a fine line between being a beneficiary of white privilege and being a perpetual foreigner.

In late 2020, the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community was outraged by a document published by North Thurston Public Schools (NTPS) where Asian and white students were grouped together in a statistic showing students’ performance. This decision to group Asian and white students was based on the statistics demonstrating a high discrepancy in performance between Asian-Americans and other students of color. …


By Nadjad Nikabou-Salifou, UNA-NCA Advocacy Fellow

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Good Nature Agro grower Naomi Mwale (left) and private extension agent Benson Mwale (right) discuss farming methods, with data inputted in the Smallholdr app. Photo Credit: Alison Wright

During a panel discussion that was co-hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Humanitas Global, and the Alliance to End Hunger, former President of Malawi Dr. Joyce Banda, powerfully stated:

“When I talk about women in agriculture, women and girls in agriculture, I ask the question, particularly as an African woman leader: why is it that an African woman tills the land, plants the crops, harvests, stocks, cooks, and then eats last and least?

Her words reflect the reality that gender equality must be at the forefront of creating…

Advocacy @ UNA-NCA

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