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Highlights from an Unforgettable Year



From global health wins to global gatherings, the UN Foundation staff shared a few memorable moments from the past year. While it was tough to narrow the list, here are some 2022 happenings (in no particular order) that we’re still talking about. 

141 Countries Voted to Denounce Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

In a powerful act of global unity, 141 countries voted in favor of a UN General Assembly resolution “deploring” Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and demanding immediate and complete withdrawal of all Russian forces from Ukrainian territory.

Launch of United to Stop Malaria

After 15 years as “Nothing But Nets,” UNF’s malaria initiative was relaunched with renewed zeal to end malaria. United to Beat Malaria continues to bring together a diverse set of partners, influencers, and supporters across the US and around the world to take urgent action. To date, the program has helped protect more than 39 million of the world’s most vulnerable people by providing bed nets and other life-saving tools, in addition to successfully advocating for increased US leadership and funding for global malaria programs.

The Black Sea Grain Initiative Kept Essential Food Supplies Flowing out of Ukraine 

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began, exports of grain from Ukraine, as well as food and fertilizers from Russia, have been significantly hit. The disruption in supplies pushed soaring prices even higher and contributed to a global food crisis. The Black Sea Grain Initiative, brokered by the UN and Turkey, reintroduced vital food and fertilizer exports from Ukraine to the rest of the world.

UNGA Hosted the First Meeting of the Platform of Women World Leaders

The 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly featured the first meeting of the UNGA Platform of Women Leaders, who gathered under the theme, “Transformative Solutions by Women Leaders to Today’s Interlinked Challenges.” The UNGA Platform of Women Leaders is a special initiative of the President of the General Assembly and the Executive Director of UN Women to engage current women heads of state and government to discuss priority issues on the international agenda.

World Malaria Day Featured Inspiration from Former President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

Internationally known as Africa’s “Iron Lady,” former President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, marked World Malaria Day in Washington, DC to deliver a message to policymakers and global health leaders: step up on pandemic preparedness.

The UNA-USA Hosted its First Hybrid Leadership Summit

With more than 100 members in person and 300+ online, the UNA-USA Leadership Summit brought together UNA members from across the country to advocate for the UN’s work on Capitol Hill. From workshops to meetings with members of Congress, the Summit set the stage for broadened support among US lawmakers for the critical work of the UN.

We the Peoples Showcased a Year of Big Wins and Bigger Heroes

With performances by Tongan singer/storyteller, Mia Kami, and remarks by Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados, the We the Peoples event was an opportunity for UNF to recognize changemakers and trailblazers whose work reflects the values and aims of the UN

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