UNA-USA a Decade of Capacity Building for a New Green Economy [11.12.20]


  • Guest 1: Farah Eck, Sr. Dir., UNA-USA
  • Guest 2: Robin Happel, GGs Amb., SDG#13, UNA-USA
  • Guest 3: Lady Tee Thompson, GGs Amb., SDG#8, UNA-USA
  • Guest 4: Dr. Chandra Pauline Daniel, PhD, GGs Amb., SDG#17, UNA-USA
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Program Summary:

The world-wide EmeraldPlanet International Foundation® movement is linking millions of professionals and citizens around the globe through a practical community-by-community identification, evaluation, broadcasting, and promotions weekly television program and selected The Emerald Mini-Treks®.

EmeraldPlanet International Foundation® has continually expanded its outreach and service to all sectors of countries and local communities. It is actively identifying the “best of the best” technologies, services, products, and processes. This is the “high touch” portions of the EmeraldPlanet® global movement featuring the “high technologies” through The Emerald Mini-Treks®, while creating The Emerald Mall® to match those inventing, creating, experimenting with, and manufacturing needed technologies. with those individuals and communities needing such technologies, services, products, and processes for sustainable, resilient, and adaptive living in closer harmony with natural surroundings.

WELCOME to join in this world-wide movement by watching The EmeraldPlanet TV® programs, participating in planning for and joining in various The Emerald Mini-Treks®, and linking your “best practices” to those in need on The Emerald Mall®. MANY BEST WISHES as together we create The EmeraldPlanet®…Dr. Sam Hancock

Our featured guests are:

  • Show ‘1’: Farah Eck, Senior Director, United Nations Association of the USA, Theme: “UNA-USA Past, Present, and Progress”
  • Show ‘2’: Robin Happel, Global Goals Ambassador for SDG#13 – Climate Action, United Nations Association of the USA, Theme: “Climate Change and Impact Investing”
  • Show ‘3’: Lady Tee Thompson, Executive Director, AgroBiz and Global Goals Ambassador SDG#8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth, United Nations Association of the USA, Theme: “Go Green, Grow Green, and Thrive Like a Donut!”
  • Show ‘4’: Dr. Chandra Pauline Daniel, PhD, Global Goals Ambassador SDG#17 – Partnerships for Goals, United Nations Association of the USA, Theme: “Leveraging Artificial Intelligence Inside a Green Economy”

Program Overview:

The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a movement of Americans who believe their interests and values of all Americans can best be advanced by standing with the planet’s only truly universal organization: The United Nations. Whether it is standing up for human rights, eliminating extreme poverty, putting an end to human trafficking, combating climate change, or protecting refugees, among so many other worthy and necessary actions and progress, the UN is working to create a brighter future by confronting the planet’s most complex challenges. This can not be done alone! While the UN is standing up for the world, members of the UNA-USA are standing up for the UN.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a to-do list with a 2030 deadline. Through world-wide consensus a list of seventeen [17] universal goals were agreed upon to ensure a healthy, prosperous, productive future for generations to come. These were adopted by the UN member countries to include the 17 SDGs and 231 targets designed to advance human dignity while protecting the planet. Achieving the goals by 2030 will require action by companies, nonprofit organizations, individual citizens, and all levels of governments.

Farah Eck is Senior Director of the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA). Within this role she oversees UNA-USA’s national programs, chapter support, communications strategy, and member engagement. Farah adds to her first decade of experience being an UNA-USA volunteer, serving as a Chapter President (UNA Chicago) and Board Member, and as UNA-USA National Council Member for the Great Lakes Region. Farah’s background is in fundraising, organizational capacity building, communications, and stakeholder engagement.

Robin Happel is originally from east Tennessee, near the center of coal country. Previously, she has worked with the Bronx Zoo, the UN Environment Programme, the Clean Cooking Alliance, and other NGOs devoted to sustainable development. She has also represented the UN Association at the 2020 High-Level Political Forum, the UN Youth Climate Summit, and the Global Climate Action Summit.

Lady Tee Thompson is the founder of the international organization AgroBiz and emerging Cashew Queens brand. Her calling is human rights within worldwide advocacy for living wages, African diaspora inclusion, youth & women’s empowerment, agricultural skill transfer, investment matchmaking for minority business enterprises, and gender equality. Tee facilitates USA and foreign investment, cooperative and international economic development. Her work has been recognized by former U.S. President Barack Obama for contributions toward “Doing Business in Africa” during Women’s History Month. She has been honored and has received many prestigious national, international awards and acknowledgements for her body of work spanning across thirty [30] years, fourteen [14] countries, and mentoring over fifteen thousand [15,000] women, youth, and not including each class of the Mandela Washington Fellows from the Young Africa Leadership Initiative (YALI’S).

Dr. Chandra Pauline (Dinakar) Daniel Ph.D., is currently pursuing her Doctorate Program in Public Health at the New York Medical College. She completed her elementary school years in Nigeria followed by a passion for higher studies in obtaining her B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. degrees from India. Her key skill sets are program evaluation, program management, capacity building and enhancing collaborations and partnerships. Her intricate knowledge and understanding of the Asian and African culture, play a critical role in her inter-continental research ventures and public-private partnerships.

Thank You Production Crew and Program Team for your commitment, dedication, and goodwill as we continue to expand our “best practices” solutions identification and reporting in our second decade. We would like to acknowledge that equipment and facilities are provided by Fairfax Public Access, Fairfax, Virginia. We thank our many viewers, supporters, and the general public for weekly feedback, ideas, and suggestions as together we create The EmeraldPlanet®…Dr. Sam Hancock, Executive Producer, Creator & Host, The EmeraldPlanet TV®