Path to Success and Priorities for Comprehensive Actions

Friday, October 1, 2021

1:30pm - 5:00pm PDT

The United Nations Association's three Western regions have joined together to present a groundbreaking forum in anticipation of the United Nations 26th Climate Conference (COP26) to be held in Glasgow in early November, 2021. Renowned climate experts from the UN, federal and state governments from the western region of the United States, NGOs and the academic community, will provide in-depth information about the context, content, and potential results of COP26.

The Forum will explore needs for all nations to demonstrate their political will with greater commitments and robust action plans -- imperative due to current impacts of climate change and the existential threat of potentially irreversible global warming that the UN's IPCC scientists recently reported. The unique leadership role of the United States and its western states to mitigate the climate crisis over the decades and plans for future action, will be highlighted.

Join a community of people concerned about the future of our planet, including youth climate advocates, as we come together for this thought provoking event and leave mobilized to take action to make a real and lasting difference.


Rachel Pittman

Executive Director, UN Association of the USA (UNA-USA) since 2019 after serving as Senior Director of Membership and Programs. Previously leadership in several non-governmental organizations.

Cynthia Yue

UNA-USA’s 2021-2022 Youth Observer to the United Nations, Senior George Washington University, 7 years volunteer leader at UNICEF-USA.

Alexandria Villaseñor

Led strike in 2018 at UN headquarters in New York. Co-founder of US Youth Climate Strike and founder of Earth Uprising, leader in Fridays for Future movement.

Herb Behrstock

UNA-USA, President Northern California Division; Director & past President East Bay Chapter, National Council Regional Representative; United Nations Development Program (UNDP) 1992-2003.

Dr. Rupa Marya MD

Associate Professor of Medicine University of California Fresno, Public Health leadership including Director of the Do No Harm Coalition and commission member of Healthy California for All. Recently published “INFLAMED: Deep Medicine & the Anatomy of Injustice” co-authored with Raj Patel.

Boyd Haight

Former Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Currently Special Advisor to the FAO, focusing on long-term strategy, policy, and planning in agriculture and fisheries development. A fourth-generation Californian, Mr. Haight holds a BA degree from Stanford University and an MA from the University of California, Davis. Mr. Haight is the President of UNA Monterey.

Trigg Talley

US State Department, Director Office of Global Change, manager climate change policy, programs and negotiations; a lead U.S. negotiator for UN climate negotiations.

Tracey Osborne

Associate Professor UC Merced, Director of University of California Center for Climate Justice, Director University of California Management of Complex Management of Innovation, Sustainability and Technology.

Annie Leonard

Co-Executive Director of Greenpeace USA since 2014, with leading responsibilities and international project organization since joining Greenpeace in 1988.

Dan Kammen

University of California Berkeley Professor of Energy, Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, co-Director of Berkeley Institute of Environment, Goldman School of Public Policy; Nobel Laureate and a principal or contributing author of UN IPCC reports; formerly US Department of State Science Envoy and World Bank energy expert.

Bishaw Badege

Senior Instructor and Director Oregon State University, Sustainable Natural Resources, Forests and Climate Change Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Chairman, Pacific Northwest Agroforestry Working Group.

Chris Field

Stanford University Professor of Earth System Science and Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Director Woods Institute for the Environment, co-chair of UN IPCC report on risks and adaptation (2008-2015).



Friday, September 24, 2021

11:00am - 12:00pm PDT

ABCs of UNFCCC: UNderstanding the UN Climate Conference & UNdertaking Actions Together.

Pre-Briefing for Beginners & Bold People Aiming to Achieve the Paris Agreement.


UNA Western Regions - Declaration of Appeal to COP26 Participants.pdf


About UN Climate Change Conference (COP26)

About UNSDG 13 - Climate Action