World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh’s Public Program Series to Address Five Core Global Issues: Human Rights, Resiliency, Youth, Immigration, and Governance & Diplomacy

Pittsburgh, PA – The 90-year-old, nonpartisan World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh launches five unique series of programming, including webinars, panel discussions, and forums aimed to engage everyone from students and community members to business leaders. Each series will feature discussion on globally relevant issues and an opportunity to hear, explore, and understand multiple perspectives.

The series include Human Rights, Resiliency, Youth, Immigration, and Governance & Diplomacy. The Human Rights Series kicks off March 30 with Executive Director of the Arab Institute for Women at the Lebanese American University, Dr. Lina AbiRafeh, who will speak about her experience fighting for global women’s rights in the Arab region. Following her talk, audience members will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with Dr. AbiRafeh moderated by Council President & CEO Betty Cruz. This event is presented in partnership with The American Middle East Institute, Women and Girls Foundation, and the City of Pittsburgh Gender Equity Commission. Click here to register for the event.

“We chose these series topics based directly on what we are hearing from our community as the most pressing issues of our time. Issues that are big, broad, and essential to advancing our vision of a globally minded and globally connected world that is equitable and just for all,” says World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, President & CEO, Betty Cruz. 

Following the launch of the Human Rights Series, the Council will roll out its Resiliency Series on Earth Day April 22 with Jeffrey Sachs, a world-renowned economics professor, bestselling author, innovative educator, and global leader in sustainable development. The program is hosted in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh Center for Sustainable Business and World Affairs Council of America. To learn more about this program, follow the Council on social media or contact

More on each series and launch dates:

HUMAN RIGHTS: Events surrounding the human rights successes, violations, and issues most important to our time. This series will touch on both national and international stories and topics that focus on relevant human rights conversations happening around the world. Launches March 30, 2021. 

RESILIENCY: As the world continues to urbanize and the climate crisis continues to impact our environment, cities, countries, and international systems are struggling to keep up. This effort has led to the emergence of the “Resiliency Index,” data points which measure our institutional resilience. This series will explore how local, national, and international governments and individuals are working to increase their resiliency through health, business, and climate innovation. Launches April 22, 2021. 

IMMIGRATION: Migration and immigration have been a fixture of human life since our inception, and today more people than ever live in a country other than the one in which they were born. This series will focus on the issues and stories of migrants, immigrants, and refugees’ experiences around the world. Launches May 2021. 

GOVERNANCE & DIPLOMACY: Governments and organizations within civil society work individually and together to improve the lives of individuals within their purviews at home and around the world. This series will focus on the ways these sectors are succeeding and struggling to meet the needs of people in modern society. Launches June 2021.

OUTH: Young people represent 16% of the global population, yet youth voice is traditionally underrepresented in government and civil society. As a result, the needs of future generations are often left unheard and unmet. This series will focus on the issues and conversations most important to the younger generation through youth led and youth designed events. Launches August 2021. 

The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established in 1931. The Council convenes and connects people around global issues to build a thriving, competitive, and inclusive Pittsburgh.