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…


Sustainable Development Goal 9 aims to build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

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This article is adapted from a presentation given by Dr. Ok Pannenborg, retired World Bank Chief Health Advisor, to the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs on September 30, 2020. The analysis and recommendations presented are those of Dr. Pannenborg. Adapted by Cassidy Childs, UNA-NCA Advocacy Fellow and Research Assistant.

While COVID-19 has impacted nearly every minute aspect of our lives in the U.S., an analysis of COVID-19 in the broader context of foreign affairs and the global health regime is valuable. The consequences of COVID-19 will dictate the future role of international institutions when facing global health challenges. However, the…


By Neval Mulaomerovic, SDG Research Assistant and Advocacy Fellow

Health workers form a human chain reading “SOS” during a protest for the lack of medicines, medical supplies and poor conditions in hospitals, in Caracas on Aug 2, 2018. Federico Parra | AFP | Getty Images

The US first imposed sanctions on Venezuela in 2006, prohibiting all commercial arms sales and retransfer in response to a lack of cooperation on anti-terrorism efforts and concerns about narcotics trafficking. Economic sanctions against individuals and corporations with ties to illicit trade remained in place throughout the next decade, and targeted sanctions on Venezuelan military and government officials ramped up in 2013 after Nicolas Maduro assumed the presidency following an allegedly fraudulent special election. The Trump administration not only intensified targeted sanctions, increasing the number of blacklisted individuals from 24 to…


By Ava Kargosha, UNA-NCA Advocacy Fellow; Edited by Shayna Vayser, Managing Director of Advocacy and Policy Strategy

Illustration by Katty Huertas

“The question is not whether Lincoln truly meant ‘government of the people’ but what our country has, throughout its history, taken the political term ‘people‘ to actually mean.”

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

In 1865, the 13th Amendment is adopted and officially abolishes slavery.

In 1868, the 14th Amendment recognizes that all persons born or naturalized in the United States — including former enslaved people — are all guaranteed citizens with “equal protection of the laws.”

In 1870, the 15th…


Sustainable Development Goal 2 aims to eliminate hunger worldwide.

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

Permanent premises of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Netherlands. © 2018 Marina Riera/Human Rights Watch

In the wake of the Rwandan genocide of 1994, countries around the world identified the pressing need for an international tribunal to prosecute genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression beyond the normative. In 1995, the United States participated in the Ad-Hoc Committee on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court (ICC). In 1998 the ICC received the blessing of President Bill Clinton, who remarked that Rwanda and the difficulties we have had with this special tribunal underscores the need for…


By Jerome Williams, UNA-NCA Research Assistant

Since the 1980s, the Midwest has stagnated in economic growth and prominence as a robust center for manufacturing in the United States. This region has experienced dramatic job loss due to deindustrialization. Between the years of 2000 and 2010, the Rust Belt lost over 1.6 million jobs as a result of a decline in manufacturing caused by technological innovations and a rise in global competition in the automobile industry. These changes challenged US dominance in the industry and pushed factories to shut down and replace workers with automated systems. …

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