UN Day: Climate, COVID, and Community

You’re invited to a discussion with United Nation officials on the current call to climate change, everything changing with COVID19, and community as interlinked humanity.
This is a free virtual event for both the UNA PDX members and wider Oregon/Washington community. You’ll be able to access via computer or phone.
Space is limited, so register today and invite your friends and family!

 Our UN panel this year:

Satya Tripathi – Asstistant Secretary General, UN Environment

Satya S. Tripathi is UN Assistant Secretary-General, Head of New York Office at UNEP and Secretary of the UN Environment Management Group.

A development economist and lawyer with nearly 40 years of varied experience, Mr. Tripathi has served with the UN since 1998 in key positions in Europe, Asia and Africa in the areas of Climate Change, Human Rights, Democratic Governance and Legal Affairs.

He was Head of Human Rights Investigations for the UN in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH); Chair of the Committees on Laws, Treaties and Administrative matters for the UN-mediated Cyprus unification talks in 2004; UN Recovery Coordinator for Aceh and Nias where he facilitated international cooperation and funding of over US$ 7 billion for post-tsunami and post-conflict recovery efforts in support of the Indonesian government and affected populations; and Executive Head of UNORCID, a UN System Office of 10 UN Agencies established by the UN Secretary General in 2011 to facilitate the implementation of a US$ 1 Billion REDD+ partnership between Indonesia, Norway and other stakeholders on climate change mitigation and adaptation through the conservation of forests and preservation of peat-land and bio-diversity.

Mr. Tripathi was instrumental in establishing the Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility (TLFF) in Indonesia in 2016 and the Sustainable India Finance Facility (SIFF) in 2017 to leverage ‘private finance for public good’ at mega-scale to achieve transformative social and environmental impact for millions of people in developing countries. 

He previously served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Forests; and with the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) as a senior distinguished fellow.

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Hillel Loew, – Special Assistant to Under Secretary General Fabrizio Hochschild
Hillel Loew is the special assistant to USG Fabrizio Hochschild, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the UN 75th anniversary.
He previously worked at the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (New York) in 2018-2019. His prior experience with the UN system include WFP HQ in Rome (2016-2017), UNDP China (2014-2015), UN DPA New York (2009), UNOPS Tokyo (2008) and UNHCR Tokyo (2006-2007). He received masters degrees from Sciences Po Paris, the London Schoold of Economics and Peking University.


0Chris Whatley, Executive Director, The HALO Trust USA

Chris Whatley serves as Executive Director of HALO USA, the US arm of the HALO Trust, the world’s  largest humanitarian mine clearance organization. Chris leads HALO’s US government affairs team,  UN relations mission, Congressional advocacy efforts, communications outreach, and fundraising strategy.

Prior to joining HALO, Chris served as Executive Director of the United Nations Association of the  United States, a program of the United Nations Foundation (UNF). Chris led UNA’s national staff in  Washington, D.C. and New York, advocating for the UN’s mission, leading fundraising efforts, and  advancing private sector partnerships with UN agencies.  

Before joining UNF, Chris served as Deputy Executive Director of The Council of State Governments  (CSG), representing elected officials from all 50 states and the six territories on Capitol Hill, forging  ties between American states and their counterparts in Canada and Mexico, and serving as an  appointed advisor to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Prior to joining  CSG, Chris served as a program officer and field representative for the International Republican  Institute (IRI), leading a wide range of international election observation missions and technical  assistance programs in Liberia, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. He began his career as a  Research Assistant for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), studying the demobilization and  reintegration of former combatants in Zimbabwe.  

Chris holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University and a  Bachelor of Arts in Government from Angelo State University.

Moderator: Charu Manchanda Nair, Co-President, UNA Portland, Chair, UN Women PDX
 Charu Nair, CEO, Keys 2 DEI Consulting, brings three decades of insight and experience in the arenas of industry, education, community, and across private and public sectors, to her work. Whether providing leadership, strategy and diversity initiatives to the Fortune 500; launching the World Trade Center Portland with the executive team, working with almost 400 small to large businesses and leading a five-country trade mission; teaching original curricula as Marylhurst University faculty for a decade, or launching the first laptop in India, foresight is her key. She has made significant and core contributions to several boards over the years, bringing her critically innovative thinking and acclaimed work ethic to the service of each. These have included being a Commissioner of Human Rights in Multnomah County, Commissioner of Civil Rights for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, Board of Directors for the Urban League, and several other boards including education and all its intersections. In October, her company curated a highly successful five-city equity summit spanning schools, cities and communities, that drew several hundred people to the inaugural launch. With three degrees spanning three countries and travels to seventy more, Ms. Nair’s work is uniquely informed by her significant hands-on local expertise, bridged with her wide-ranging worldwide acumen.