Faith Hill and Maggie McGraw to Sound Alarm on Climate Change at the United Nations

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On Friday, Feb. 17, Grammy award-winning music icon Faith Hill will be taking the stage with her daughter, Maggie McGraw, to share an important message: climate action cannot wait. The event will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City as part of the Global Engagement Summit, hosted by UNA-USA, a grassroots organization of UN supporters from around the country.

McGraw is an emerging voice on global issues, with a master's degree in sustainability from Stanford University and a passion for protecting the world’s oceans.

On Friday, Feb. 17, Grammy award-winning music icon Faith Hill will be taking the stage with her daughter, Maggie McGraw, to share an important message: climate action cannot wait. The event will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City as part of the Global Engagement Summit, hosted by UNA-USA, which brings together hundreds of changemakers and policymakers each year.

McGraw is an emerging voice on global issues, with a master's degree in sustainability from Stanford University and a passion for protecting the world’s oceans. Her expertise landed her on Capitol Hill, where she has supported legislation to advance environmental protection and other global issues.

This intergenerational dialogue will be moderated by another leading climate activist, Sophia Kianni, an Iranian-American activist and UN climate advisor. In 2020, Kianni founded Climate Cardinals to make climate resources more accessible to non-English speakers – a topic she explored in a January 2022 TED Talk, which has been viewed nearly two million times.

The group will also be joined by Selwin Hart, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Climate Action. Hart is also the Executive Director for the Caribbean region at the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and previously served as Ambassador to the U.S. and the Organization of American States for Barbados.

The closing plenary comes on the heels of a full day of inspiration and conversation about some of the biggest issues facing the globe – from equity and human rights to security and population health. Among other leading voices in international cooperation and activism is Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. Representative to the United Nations. Thomas-Greenfield served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African affairs from 2013 to 2017, and now shepherds an agenda of multilateralism in the world’s largest convening body. She will address the gathering during her morning keynote.

Registration for the UNA-USA Global Engagement Summit is open now until February 8. Learn more: online.
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