UNA-USA Leadership Summit 2017

From June 11-13, a record number of UNA-USA members gathered in Washington, DC, to learn about the vital work of the United Nations and advocate for strong U.S. support of the UN. During a pivotal moment for the U.S.-UN relationship, we made our voices heard! See event highlights below.


  1. We were thrilled to kick off this year's Leadership Summit and welcome attendees with inspiring Opening Plenary presentations, during which speakers shared their personal connections to the UN and rallied UNA-USA members for the exciting days to come! Throughout the Summit, we held five plenary sessions with more than fourteen speakers, including President of the UN General Assembly Peter Thomson; Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour; Hamilton Actress Samantha Ware; and more. All speakers at the Summit made memorable and meaningful remarks. Click here to see our video summarizing the mission and efforts of UNA-USA!
  2. In addition to the Plenary presentation, we held breakout sessions for attendees to hone in on specific topics they found particularly interesting. These sessions ranged from information about the UN, shown below with OECD's Will Davis...
  3. ....to human trafficking...
  4. ...to the importance of bold action on climate change. Attendees learned that firsthand that an engaged UNA-USA community is integral to ensuring the success of UN priorities!
  5. Several UNA-USA members shared how they're working in their local communities to promote and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals during the "Global Goals Lightning Round Luncheon."
  6. We also hosted a series of Facebook Lives throughout the conference. You can watch the recordings by clicking the links below:
  7. Leadership Summit attendees learned about the refugee experience and ways to support UNA-USA's campaign to provide education for child refugees during the "Adopt-A-Future Open House."