Greater Lansing

United Nations Association

Your Connection to the United Nations

Learn about the Java Cafés we've held previously here. All cafés are free, casual opportunities to discuss current and important issues related to the United Nations and the United Nations Association. We provide coffee, tea, cocoa, brief presentations and time for questions and conversation. Learn about upcoming Java Cafés on the Events page. We hope you will join us!


Our third CafÉ Topic:

We're All in This Together: Sustainable Development Goals for All

Our evening featured:

A brief presentation by Terry Link, Senior Fellow with the US Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development, and President of Starting Now; a company helping businesses, organizations and communities improve their sustainability potential. The presentation was followed by a Q and A and discussion. Participants learned and discussed the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) were accepted in September 2015 by the UN General Assembly - and are the goals that EVERYONE needs to help the world achieve by 2030. You can learn more about the SDG's here

Our third cafe was held on

May 23, 2017

at East Lansing Public Library

Our second Café Topic:

"Women as Leaders in the UN - and the UN as Leaders in Women’s Rights”

Our evening featured brief presentations by

Sophia Koufopoulu, Adjunct Professor in Sociology who is working with the refugees flooding into Lesbos Island in Greece. She has worked with the UNHCR in dealing with the refugee needs and will speak about gender issues in the refugee crisis.

Nathalie Me-Nsopea Cameroonian scholar who heads the gender initiative in the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation at MSU, a USAID Higher Education Solutions Network development lab designed to solve the critical problems in the global food system. She is an Assistant Professor, International Development in the Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics Department, Michigan State University.

Florence Uwimbabazi, MSU Mastercard Scholar, who lived in the UNHCR -run Mugunga Refugee Camp in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. She currently mentors young girls in her home country.

Our second Café was held on

March 23, 2017 

at East Lansing Public Library

Our first Café Topic:

Congress & the Crisis for the United Nations

 GL-UNA Advocacy Chair Dave Wiley provided updates on recent U.S. threats to the UN as well as UNA-USA responses.

Our first Café was held on

February 22nd


East Lansing Public Library Meeting Room

P.O. Box 1853
East Lansing, MI 48826

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