Elifuraha Laltaika

Elifuraha Laltaika is Executive Director of the Association for Law and Advocacy for Pastoralists in Tanzania, and he is an expert member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues for 2017-2019. Mr. Laltaika highlights the Forum's main issues and how he liaisons with the 54 African countries to disseminate Forum policies that pertain to preserving indigenous peoples' homelands and languages, promoting human rights and combating climate change.

Eric Gregory

Eric Gregory, Director of the Kentucky Distillers'' Association, explains how the state of Kentucky has become the "Bourbon Capital of the World." Kentucky makes 95% of all the bourbon produced in the world; although every U. S. state has at least one distillery. July 3, 2019

Bruce Knotts

Bruce Knotts, Chair, Executive Committee, UN Nongovernmental Organization, Department of Public Information, explains how non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can work with the UN on labor, sustainable communities, peace, climate change, immigration, clean energy, human rights, education, arms control and LGBTQ issues. June 13, 2019

Dr. Abraham Joseph

Dr. Abraham Joseph, Formerly Senior Socio-Economic Affairs a Advisor in the UN Integrated Mission in East Timor with the Department for Economic and Social Affairs, discusses his book, "Timor-Leste: The History and Development of Asia's Newest Nations?, " as well as major issues such as education, poverty and climate change.

Dr. Manal Azzi

Dr. Manal Azzi, Leading Expert in the Occupational Safety and Health Branch of the UN International Labor Organization, discusses the recent report, "Safety and Health at the Heart of Future Work: Building on 100 Years of Experience," highlighting four major forces driving change: technology, demographic shifts, development and climate change and organizational flexibility.

Dr. Mordecai Ogada

Dr. Mordecai Ogada, Director of the Conservation Solutions Afrika in Kenya, focuses on topics such as preserving protected areas as a conservation tool and how to define who are indigenous peoples. He authored "The Big Conservation Lie." June 15, 2019

Agnes Marcaillou

Ms. Agnes Marcaillou, Director of the United Nations Mine Action Service, details the major logistical, educational and financial challenges to extracting thousands of landmines that potentially could kill or maim humans and livestock in nearly 60 countries, such as Afghanistan and Iraq. June 4, 201

Anne Nuorgam

Anne Nuorgam, a long-term Saami politician in Finland and Chair of the UN's Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues for 2018-19, discusses the major challenges confronting the Saami People such as loss of indigenous languages and climate change. June 4, 2019

Dr. Albert Linderman

Dr. Albert Linderman, CEO of Sagis Corporation and a cultural anthropologist guiding community change and leadership transitions, emphasizes several novel approaches to overcome the institutional barriers to social change, which apply both domestically and internationally. May 31, 2019

Cara Smyth

Cara Smyth, Vice President of the Glasgow Caledonian University New York (GCU) and founding Director of the Fair Fashion Center, explains the fashion industry's key role in helping achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, especially in the critical areas of climate change and empowering women and girls.

Rick Guidotti

Rick Guidotti, an award-winning photographer and CEO of Positive Exposure, details why he spent the past eighteen years collaborating internationally with advocacy organizations/NGOs, medical schools, and universities to change societal attitudes towards individuals living with genetic, physical, behavioral or intellectual differences. April 22, 2019

Dr. Anthony Feinstein

Dr. Anthony Feinstein is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and is a neuropsychiatrist. He has undertaken a number of studies investigating how front-line journalists are affected by their work covering war and man-made and natural disasters.

Dr. Ayodele Odusola

Dr. Ayodele Odusola, Chief Economist and Head of the Strategy and Analysis Team for the United Nations Development Program's Regional Bureau for Africa, discusses a wide-range of issues affecting the 54 African countries, such as how to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, role of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), income inequality and Best Practices in the area of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Izumi Nakamitsu

Izumi Nakamitsu, Under-Secretary General of United Nations Disarmament Affairs, discusses UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' Disarmament Agenda and how it is working to forestall a new nuclear arms race, encourage the nuclear powers back into negotiations after two decades of stalemate and end the "state-led paralysis" regarding cyberwarfare and killer robots.

Michelle Leighton

Michelle Leighton, Chief of Migration Department, UN International Labor Organization, focuses on the Fair Migration Agenda, how it ties into the ILO's Constitution of 1919 calling for the "protection of the interests of workers when employed in countries other than their own," and how over 250 million immigrants have unique challenges.

Theresa Schieber

Theresa Schieber, Chief Social Impact Officer with Givewith, highlights an innovative social enterprise that connects brands with nonprofits to leverage business transactions that help create substantive social change. April 3, 2019

Daniela Bas

Daniela Bas, Director of the Division for Inclusive Social Development in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, highlights the challenges in confronting the disparities in income inequality, education, health and other areas when dealing with groups such as older persons, indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities.

Dr. Gregory Hall

Dr. Gregory Hall, Associate Professor at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky, explains the major challenges since the Cold War confronting the US and the Trump Administration’s initiatives that have weakened the US and its allies by withdrawing from the UN Paris Climate Change Agreement and the Iran Nuclear Deal. March 25, 2019

Eva Maria Jansen

Eva Maria Jansen, a Human Resources Officer in the United Nations Secretariat, describes the program to recruit and train the most qualified personnel to work in UN agencies and the efforts to develop substantive conferences, such as in the area of disabilities. March 22, 2019

Patricia Holly Purcell

Ms. Patricia Holly Purcell, Head of Partnerships in the United Nations Global Compact Cities Programme, explains the unique role that cities will play in the future in regards to developing clean energy, combating climate change, creating employment opportunities, and enhancing the quality of life, as well as how partnerships are critical to achieving these goals.