My ongoing UN work continues to enthrall and engage me in ways I could never have anticipated! In 2017, a record number of United Nations ambassadors, delegates, United Nations supporters met in the storied General Assembly Hall at the UN Headquarters in New York City to participate in a day of dynamic and informative discussion on the most pressing issues facing the United Nations. Members heard expert presentations on topics like refugees, conflict resolution, and sustainable development, and networked with community leaders, academics and students, and representatives from think tanks and globally-focused organizations. Members also advocated to U.S. leaders, including Members of Congress and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, in support of refugees, full funding for the United Nations, and strong U.S.-UN relations.
“Dynamic U.S. engagement is needed at the United Nations now more than ever,” said UNA-USA Executive Director Chris Whatley. “The unprecedented interest in this year’s event shows that Americans from all walks of life strongly support active U.S. participation at the UN to advance our nation’s national security and foreign policy objectives.”
The annual UNA-USA Members’ Day event in New York convenes UN advocates for a day of expert presentations on topics like refugees, conflict resolution, and sustainable development, as well as networking opportunities with community leaders, academics and students, and representatives from think tanks and globally-focused organizations.
This year’s theme – “New Leaders, Pressing Challenges” – called attention to the future of the U.S.-UN relationship following recent leadership changes in the United States and at the United Nations.
“With a new U.S. President, new Congress, and new UN Secretary General in office this year, the time is now for Americans to make their voices heard on the issues that matter most,” said UNA-USA National Council Chair Teta Banks. “The United Nations tackles the world’s most challenging problems, and U.S. engagement is key for success. UNA members are joining together at UN Headquarters to demonstrate Americans’ support for continued leadership at the global body.”
Research shows that American voters registered in both major parties agree that sustained U.S. leadership at the UN is vital. A nationwide poll released by the Better World Campaign found that a vast majority of Americans—88 percent—believe it is important for the U.S. to maintain an active role at the UN. Additionally, more than 8 in 10 Americans agree that the U.S. is better positioned to achieve its foreign policy goals when it works with major allies to solve global challenges rather than acting alone.
Speakers at the event included: Ambassador Jeffrey D. Feltman, Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs; Kamal Amakrane, Director, Office of the President of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly; Ihab Moustafa Awad Moustafa, Minister Plenipotentiary, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the UN; Ambassador Sebastiono Cardi, Permanent Representative of Italy to the UN; and Kathy Calvin, President and CEO, United Nations Foundation.
CURRENT SITUATION IN THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY! I’m interrupting my regularly scheduled #NYFW fashionista programming to remember my other job 😳😅 and arguably my most rewarding, as a UN Humanitarian Award Winner & Ambassador serving the National Council Of Women Of The United States here appearing at UN Members Day! We are convening to discuss topics like sustainable peace efforts, working together with the new Presidential Administration despite being under constant threat, how to make our peacekeeping efforts more effective, etc. Pictured addressing the Assembly is the highest ranking US civilian in the UN, Ambassador & Under-Secretary General Jeffrey Feltman! It is an honor to serve the needs of my community and the world at large as a young leader here at the UN!
CHAT WITH AMBASSADOR FAFA WHILE AT THE UN! Send me your questions to address in the UN Assembly- what do you want to know? What issues concern you the most? I’m here to be a voice for change and for YOU, so that we can make a difference! SPEAK UP & SPEAK OUT, as a closed mouth will never be heard. CHECK ME OUT with my game face on at United Nations Headquarters for a long day of panelists, discussions and brainstorming on how to make the world a better place in the face of today’s issues as a UN Humanitarian Award Winner & Ambassador serving the National Council Of Women Of The United States here appearing at UN Members Day! We are convening to discuss topics like sustainable peace efforts, working together with the new Presidential Administration despite being under constant threat, how to make our peacekeeping efforts more effective, etc. It is an honor to serve the needs of my community and the world at large as a young leader here at the UN! Stay tuned for my updates from inside UN Headquarters and the world famous General Assembly Hall! 🇺🇸
SUSTAINABLE GOALS FOR 2030 AT THE UNITED NATIONS WITH YOUR FAVORITE UN AMBASSADOR FAFA! CHANGE IS POSSIBLE & IT REALLY DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE! The Sustainable Goals are a series of issues which we want to address looking towards the future which answer the question “WHAT CHANGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE BY 2030?” as it is very important to understand our actions now will affect the future of our world & what the subsequent generations will inherit. MY FAVORITE SUSTAINABLE GOAL IS #5 WHICH IS GENDER EQUALITY! LEARN MORE ABOUT MY FAVORITE GLOBAL GOAL & HOW TO HELP OR CHOOSE YOUR OWN AT: http://www.globalgoals.org!!! CHANGE STARTS NOW & STARTS WITH YOU! I ENCOURAGE YOU TO GET OUT AND SUPPORT THE ISSUES WHICH MATTER TO YOU! Make phone calls, write letters, put in the work to get your message across as we are STRONGER TOGETHER! We will get things done when we ALL work together with government, civilians & activists where we create a CULTURE OF ACTIVISM & GREATER GOOD!
Even at the United Nations- girls just wanna have fun. 😋🙃💃🏻 BREAK TIME before the next round of talks with my fellow delegate pals goofing around at the infamous General Assembly podium seen all around the world when the UN is in session! We come from all walks of life, political parties, socioeconomic levels etc. all for the cause of improving the global community. NOTHING makes us smile more as activists, award-winners and ambassadors than working together to make the world a better place! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! WE TRULY ARE STRONGER TOGETHER! 💪🏼
MISS AMBASSADOR FINALLY SPEAKS! ✊🏼💪🏼❤️🇺🇸 My message from the United Nations General Assembly Hall today LIVE FROM THE INFAMOUS GIANT GRANITE UN PODIUM- PEACE! ✌🏼 AT THE END OF THE DAY WE ARE ALL HERE at the UN in the pursuit of peace & a better world. For those of you who follow me closely on social media you know that it has NEVER been a nameless faceless publicist or agent who writes for me- IT’S THE REAL FARAH! I’m here for you all even those who don’t necessarily agree with my views, to be a vessel for the issues which matter to you. Not everyone gets an opportunity to be present in the UN and I want to use my platform not just for my own ideals but to promote the topics which matter to my community! THANK YOU ALL FOR THE AMAZING TALK, FOR YOUR INCREDIBLE QUESTIONS ESPECIALLY FROM MY FELLOW YOUNG LADIES OUT THERE LOOKING TO MAKE A CHANGE & for always coming along for the ride with me at the UN. It’s a misunderstood job at times but despite what some may say, the United Nations is and has been a beacon for solution and conflict resolution from a neutral perspective with the emphasis not on politics or glory- but for peace & coexistence.
AMBASSADOR STYLE! 👸🏻💃🏻 Now if one thing is true about this place, everyone knows that UN Awardee/Ambassador Farah Zulaikha is the most STYLISH DELEGATE IN THE WHOLE UNITED NATIONS! 😍🌟 Also I’m the only #ModelOffDuty trotting around here as an #AmbassadorOnDuty so my colleagues pretty much expect me to show up like the hopeless fashionphile I am and unlike the jaded cool fashion kids who are used to my antics, these guys really get a kick out of me posing for the cameras! 😍🤗 SO FOR MY SPECIAL MEMBERS’ DAY STYLE BREAKDOWN I KEPT IT ALL GUCCI! It’s no secret that I always wear American flag colors at the UN so this spring-like silk babydoll dress with blue & red classic Gucci stripes was PERFECT! I kept my hair/makeup natural, simple & professional for a long day of tackling the issues which face us as a global community. WE CAN BE INTELLIGENT & IMPACTFUL & LOOK/FEEL GREAT WHILE WE DO IT! SAVING THE WORLD IN STYLE!
A GIANT THANK YOU & MUCH LOVE to the UN Guard & Security. They’re extremely professional constantly keeping us safe no matter the political climate as delegates & Ambassadors plus all of the Presidents, Kings/Queens & Heads Of State whom visit the UN each day- yet they still treat me so kindly despite their difficult & crucial task i.e. ALWAYS checking out my special UN outfits LOL #UNFashionista 😅👸🏻 & posing for all of my pictures/selfies LOL! 👮💂🙆🏻😂 The officers are full of welcoming smiles, supportive compliments & even laugh at my corny jokes to calm my nerves before my UN appearances/long days of discussing human rights/peacekeeping/international policy/diplomacy etc. ❤️ THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS ALWAYS! 🔥💪🏼🌟🙏🏼
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE UNITED NATIONS WEBSITE- WE STAND TOGETHER FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE AS AMERICANS, AS THE CHILDREN & GRANDCHILDREN OF IMMIGRANTS, AS THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY & THE LEADERS OF OUR COMMUNITY! ❤️🇺🇸 Taking it back this rainy Tuesday to the last month’s United Nations Member’s Day with my awesome friends humanitarians Hamdia Ahmed (a brave and beautiful Muslim sister/Somalian refugee who is now a student leader at the University Of Maine & courageously spoke about her own refugee experience in refugee camps) & Juah Miah of UNA! 💪🏼 THE FUTURE OF A CHANGED WORLD EXISTS IN OUR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS! Many of you ask how we can address issues together which face us as a global community like clean water where RIGHT HERE IN THE USA IN FLINT, MICHIGAN OUR FELLOW AMERICANS STILL DO NOT HAVE CLEAN WATER WHICH IS A BASIC HUMAN NEED, or my platform Sustainable Development Goal 5 GENDER EQUALITY as a longtime anti-domestic violence advocate, winner of the International Distinguished Humanitarian Youth Leadership Award at The United Nations & Ambassador for The National Council Of Women Of The United States. CHANGE IS POSSIBLE & IT REALLY DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE! The Sustainable Goals are a series of issues which we want to address looking towards the future which answer the question “WHAT CHANGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE BY 2030?” as it is very important to understand our actions now will affect the future of our world & what the subsequent generations will inherit. LEARN MORE ABOUT MY FAVORITE GLOBAL GOAL & HOW TO HELP OR CHOOSE YOUR OWN AT: http://www.globalgoals.org! YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE & CHANGE STARTS WITH YOU! IT IS AN HONOR TO SERVE MY COMMUNITY & THE WORLD AT LARGE FINDING SOLUTIONS IN THE HOPES THAT ALL HUMANS WILL HAVE ACCESS TO BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS. PEACE, LOVE & BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL. WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER & TOGETHER WE WILL BE THE POSITIVE CHANGE WHICH WE WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.
CHECK OUT MY INSIDER AMBASSADOR’S LOOK WITHIN THE STORIED UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS & GENERAL ASSEMBLY HALL! Come along with me & see what REALLY goes on behind those famous flagpoles from every country with your friendly United Nations Ambassador (NCWUS)/UN Distinguished International Humanitarian Leadership Award Winner FAFA as I appear at UN Members Day! Thank you to everyone for all of your amazing and insightful questions & for coming along with me for my day at the United Nations! There’s too much to fit into just a one-minute video but if you missed it LIVE on my IG stories, we discussed topics like achieving the UN Sustainable Goals with the 2030 NOW Initiative answering the questions “WHAT KIND OF WORLD WOULD WE LIKE TO SEE BY 2030?” in areas like gender equality/climate change/peacekeeping efforts, working together with the new Presidential Administration & Ambassador Nikki Haley despite being under constant threat, how to make our efforts more effective plus any & all topics which help make the world a better place. IT IS AN HONOR TO SERVE MY PLANET, MY COUNTRY, MY COMMUNITY & THE NEEDS OF PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD AS ONE OF THE YOUNGEST CURRENTLY ACTIVE AMBASSADORS AT THE UN, IN THE HOPE OF REACHING PEACE & ENDING WORLDWIDE SUFFERING AMONGST OUR FELLOW HUMANS. THANK YOU AGAIN! XOXO, FAFA ❤️