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The ADL at the US State Department in Washington DC and at the Un General Assembly in New York

Sept. 19- 23 2022

RFA Interviews and reports

Videos from the Events in New York

ADL President and her Team in the USA September2022

The ADL Team:

Dr. Bounthone Chanthalavong- Wiese (President of the ADL) in Washington DC & New York

Joshua Cooper (Hawai’i Institute for Human Rights) in Washington DC & New York

Marcus Wiese (Office Manager ADL Headquarter) in Washington DC & New York

Khamphene Souvannasane, regional president, ADL chapter of USA (Alliance

for Democracy in Laos) in Washington DC


- High-Level Dialogue and Launch of Out of the Shadows Index 2022

- Devex @UNGA 77 Halfway to 2030

- Rainforests, Climate and You: Disrupting Climate Finance

- The Role of Higher Education Institutions in the Transformation of Future-Fit Education

- VIP Meeting at 50 United Nations Plaza

- Side Event with ADL for UNGA

- Fridays For Future rally

- Blue Planet Alliance

- Speeches of Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden and his wife at the Global Citizen Festival

ADL side Event at UNGA 09 21 22

Side Event for the UNGA

Moderator: Joshua Cooper (Hawai’I Institute for Human Rights)


Joåm Evans (Seas At Risk)

Tiago (Seas AT Risk)

Ganzorig Gomursen (Ganzorig Consulting, Mongolia)

Dr. Bounthone Chanthalavong- Wiese (Alliance for Democracy in Laos)

Don't Choose Extinction - UNDP | United Nations | Jack Black | Climate Action

The world spends an astounding US$423 billion annually to subsidize fossil fuels for consumers – oil, electricity that is generated by the burning of other fossil fuels, gas, and coal. This is four times the amount being called for to help poor countries tackle the climate crisis, one of the sticking points ahead of the COP26 global climate conference next week, according to new UN Development Programme (UNDP) research.

The amount spent directly on these subsidies could pay for COVID-19 vaccinations for every person in the world, or pay for three times the annual amount needed to eradicate global extreme poverty. When indirect costs, including costs to the environment, are factored into these subsidies, the figure rises to almost US$6 trillion, according to data published recently by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Instead, UNDP’s analysis highlights that these funds, paid for by taxpayers, end up deepening inequality and impeding action on climate change.

The main contributor to the climate emergency is the energy sector which accounts for 73 percent of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. Fossil fuel subsidy reforms would contribute to reducing CO2 emissions and benefit human health and well-being, and they are a first step towards correctly pricing energy – one that reflects the ‘true’ and full cost of using fossil fuels to society and the environment.

But UNDP’s analysis shows that fossil fuel subsidy reforms can also be unfair and harmful for households and society if they are poorly designed. While fossil fuel subsidies tend to be an unequalising tool - as the lion’s share of the benefits concentrate among the rich - these subsidies also represent an important portion of poor peoples’ incomes that otherwise must be paid for energy consumption. Fossil fuel subsidies’ removal thus could easily become an income- and energy-impoverishing strategy. This contributes to making fossil fuels reform difficult, and imposes a key barrier to transitioning to clean and renewable energy sources.

The Don’t Choose Extinction campaign features a collective intelligence platform, the Global Mindpool, to help tackle the most important issues of our time. Linking insights from around the world - on the climate emergency, the crisis in nature and inequality – the Global Mindpool will support UNDP to better inform and equip policy makers in government, civil society, and the private sector.

For more information on the ‘Don’t Choose Extinction’ campaign, visit

UNDP is the leading United Nations organization fighting to end the injustice of poverty, inequality, and climate change. Working with our broad network of experts and partners in 170 countries, we help nations to build integrated, lasting solutions for people and planet.

Produced by The @United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with the voice of Jack Black.

UN General Assembly Attracts all Advocates (Cooper UNion)

Democracy Defenders Line up for Liberty. The host for this show is Joshua Cooper. The guests are Bounthone Chanthalavong Wiese and Marcus Wiese.

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) opening week attracts heads of state and foreign ministers to share values and visions for a better world. The UNGA features activities and actions by civil society and countries seeking solutions. At the 77th session, the super bowl of social justice allows for people to participate from around the globe at the UN Headquarters and in major venues across New York City. All issues and initiatives contribute to global chorus for social change.

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