The Rationale: UN SDG

Advocacy: Public & Foreign Policy

Evelyn Boyd Simmons & Osee

Evelyn Boyd Simmons that leads Africare’s initiatives. We discussed ideas on how to develop, maintain and leverage relationships with key stakeholders such as governments, international associations, academia, industry and non-governmental organizations. She also worked in the U.S. Senate on foreign policy issues before moving to the U.S. Department of State to serve as Executive Director of the U.S. Delegation to the first global conference on telecommunications development in Africa

Osee & Joshua Black, Director of Multilateral Affairs at National Security Council, White House

Osee & Joshua Black, Director of Multilateral Affairs at National Security Council, White House Joshua Black, Director of Multilateral Affairs at National Security Council, White House. Mr. Josh Black serves on the President's National Security Council (NSC) staff. In this position, I simply praised his work and provided my encouragements to Josh as he is responsible for a range of issues related to the United Nations, including the U.N. Security Council, U.N. peacekeeping missions and other U.N. action to resolve conflicts around the world


Osee was able to meet with with congressman David Schweikert (R-Scottsdale), Ruben Gallego (D-Phoenix), Martha McSally (R-Tucson), Kyrsten Sinema(D-Phoenix/Mesa). Specifically, my core advocacy message included asking our Arizona representatives to: fully fund our peacekeeping and regular budget dues; address more than sixty million refugees around the world, including children who may be subject to being trafficked or radicalized; and work with the UN to achieve the 17 Global Goals, and especially good health and well-being, gender equality, and climate action. So, on Tuesday, June 14, all our various group and UN delegations paid a record 200 visits with members of Congress. Our Senator's committee assignments included the environment and public works. I was very much to have UN Foundation/UNA-USA staff member Peter Yeo, Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy and President of the Better World Campaign, lead the group from Westchester County and Long Island on their visits with Eliott Engel and Nita Lowey. Each Hill office was left with a copy of the Better World Campaign's Congressional Briefing Book.

On June 15, Osee (The Halsten Enterprise) participated in the Global Peace Index Summit organized by the U.S. institute of Peace and the Peace Corps. I was able to learn a lot! I realized that the institute has been using data collected since 1996, and has developed a new methodology to identify countries at risk of falling into instability and violence. This risk model continue to allow a deep understanding of the resilience of nations towards internal and external shocks and can be used for forecasting risk and opportunity. The other lesson learnt was about positive peace. It is evident that peace is much more than the absence of violence, positive peace does a good job at describing the attitudes, structures and institutions that underpin and sustain peaceful societies. Osee was glad to learn that the Institute has developed a conceptual framework, known as the Pillars of Peace, which outlines a system of eight factors that work together to build positive peace, and that it is deriving from a statistical analysis of over 4,000 datasets, and they such pillars of peace provide a roadmap to overcome adversity and conflict, and to build lasting peace.

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