10 Powerful Moments from the 2018 Global Engagement Summit

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March 2, 2018
They say New York City is the city that never sleeps, and over 1,500  grassroots change-makers from across the nation joined forces on February 23 at UN Headquarters in New York City for UNA-USA’s Global Engagement Summit to prove it.

It’s no secret there is division in our country and in Washington right now, but you would never know it by looking out at the attendees of all ages, races, genders, and political affiliations brought together by one common cause: to tell the world that the U.S. stands with the UN.

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10 Powerful Moments from the 2018 Global Engagement Summit

March 2, 2018
They say New York City is the city that never sleeps, and over 1,500  grassroots change-makers from across the nation joined forces on February 23 at UN Headquarters in New York City for UNA-USA’s Global Engagement Summit to prove it.

It’s no secret there is division in our country and in Washington right now, but you would never know it by looking out at the attendees of all ages, races, genders, and political affiliations brought together by one common cause: to tell the world that the U.S. stands with the UN.

These 10 moments from the 2018 Global Engagement Summit are a reflection of the day’s magnitude.

1.  It was the largest-ever gathering of Americans showing up to support the United Nations at UN Headquarters.

We’re still awed and impressed by the over 1,500 diverse UN advocates that came together to stand up and speak up for the UN together, filling nearly every seat in the General Assembly Hall.

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UN leaders delivered powerful messages  about the UN’s vital role in our world and how we can take action to stand with the United Nations.

We were wowed by Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina J. Mohammed; President of the UN General Assembly, Miroslav Lajčák; and Representative of the United States of America on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations Ambassador Kelley Eckles Currie. They presented inspiring messages on how Americans are uniquely positioned to make a difference at the UN. “To overcome challenges, we must not only witness, we must act,” said Her Excellency Amina Mohammed, and UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajčák reinforced the shared commitment to teamwork that shaped the United Nations in the first place: “No single country can act on these issues alone. We have to be united.”

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3.  Students from over 120 colleges and universities traveled to UN Headquarters in order to be a part of this historic moment.

In fact, 40% of the Summit’s attendees were under the age of 25! Following the Summit, over 50 students participated in a UNA-USA chapter leadership training workshop, over half of whom have pledged to start new UNA chapters on their campuses.

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