Join The United Nations Association Los Angeles Chapter (UNA LA Chapter) in celebrating UN Day 2020 and the UN's 75th Anniversary with a FREE interactive virtual event highlighting the invaluable contributions of immigrants and refugees through musical performances, storytelling, art, and activism. Featuring keynote speaker, Ndaba Mandela!

This event is FREE but you MUST register to attend!

Courage & Contribution: A Spotlight on

Immigrants and Refugees

Special Guest Speaker

Ambassador Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger, President of the UN Human Rights Council

Keynote Speaker

Ndaba Mandela, Author & Activist, Founder of the Mandela Institute for Humanity

Event MC

Andrew Keegan


Meghan Taylor, Immigration Attorney & Executive Director, IRIS

Chandrima Das, Director of Peace & Security Policy, UN Foundation

Dean Logan, LA County Registrar-Recorder

Dr. Padmini Aniyan, Entrepreneur


Rayzak Hassan

Somali-American singer, songwriter and musician Rayzak Hassan was born in Northern Somalia, in a region known today as Somaliland. Rayzak has had 10 years as a global music ambassador touring with close friend and musical collaborator K’Naan, resulting in multi-platinum hits and sharing the stage with Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars, Damian Marley, Coldplay, Mos Def, Neil Young and many more. He has also had the privilege of performing for Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton. Rayzak’s lifelong love for Somali music stirred the creation of his debut EP, Born In Transit on emergent Toronto label Pirates Blend.

Emmanuel Kelly

Before rising to fame on X-Factor, Australia, Emmanuel Kelly as a young child dreamed of using his gift of music to change lives. Emmanuel was born in Iraq, abandoned at birth he was found inside a shoe box. Due to chemical warfare in his community, Emmanuel was born with severely underdeveloped limbs. After being adopted and moving to Australia, Emmanuel underwent several life-altering surgeries and became determined to be the first differently-abled pop star. X-Factor was just the beginning for Emmanuel, he has now toured with Coldplay, recorded tracks with Imagine Dragons and performed for millions of people around the world.

Radhika Vekaria

Classically trained musician and acclaimed singer/songwriter, Radhika Vekaria, has performed in multi-faceted stage production INDIA INDIA and as a member of bands fronted by luminaries like Prince and Eddie Palmieri. She is the third of three generations to seek a new life in foreign lands. Whether singing in English or Sanskrit, Vekaria’s songwriting and artistic expression is an honouring of her ancestry, the compassion she has for the world as a whole, and the deep rooted teachings infusing her life from early childhood. Radhika's latest album SAPTA, The Seven Ways is an homage to her journey as an artist as much as it is an offering of healing through art.

Proceeds from your donation will support the UNA Los Angeles Chapter and IRIS, a nonprofit organization providing essential resettlement and legal services to the immigrant and refugee community in Los Angeles.

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