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New Report from OCHA:
World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2017

The World Humanitarian Data and Trends is an annual flagship report from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) that presents global and country-level data and trend analysis about humanitarian crises and assistance. Its purpose is to consolidate this information and present it in an accessible way, providing policy-makers, researchers and humanitarian practitioners with an evidence base to support humanitarian policy decisions and provide context for operational decisions.

Some highlights included: major trends in the nature of humanitarian crises, their underlying causes and drivers, and actors that participate in prevention, response and recovery; an overview of the humanitarian landscape in terms of funding, capacity, crises and appeals; and sections on regional perspectives, challenges and opportunities. Providing statistics and infographics, the data in the report come from a variety of sources and partners.

Access the report here


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Former UN Chief Takes the Helm of
Global Green Growth Institute

In the face of climate change and growing energy demand in developing countries, Ban Ki-moon, the new president and chair of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), unveiled his vision for a more sustainable path by helping countries in their transition to greener economies and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

"We at GGGI need a much greater capacity to help member states in their transition to sustainable development and also to adapt to climate change," said Ban Ki-moon, who previously served as the eighth secretary-general of the United Nations, in his first press conference as the President of the Assembly and Chair of the Council of GGGI on March 27 in Seoul.

Read more here


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UNA-NY Panel at CSW62 on
America's Maternal Death Rate

On March 21, UNA-NY participated in this year's CSW series of conferences, presenting the session America's Maternal Death Rate: What's Behind it and How to Prevent It. Aligned with this year's conference theme, the presenting panel's discussion addressed the general lack of awareness about life-threatening pregnancy-related complications facing women in various areas in the U.S. Although spring had just officially begun, many attendees braved the snowy NYC weather to attend the conference.


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Turning Refugee Camps Into Sustainable Cities in
the Ethiopian Desert

UN agencies, NGOs and private companies work together to help refugees have an independent future

Melkadida, Ethiopia | In a remote corner of Ethiopia cluster five refugee camps, filled with Somalis who over the last 10 years have been driven from across the border by extremist Islamic violence and several years of punishing drought. Now Ethiopia, with the help of UN agencies, NGOs, and private corporations, is looking to turn these refugees into citizens, to help them become self-reliant, rather than dependent, and to transform their camps into cities — sustainable cities.

Read more here


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UN Global Dispatch:
Meet the U.S. Youth Observer to the UN

Munira Khalif is the U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations. This is a position created in partnership between the State Department and UNA-USA to help give youth a voice in official and semi-official diplomatic settings. Khalif is a student at Harvard, though she is taking some time off to focus on this new role, in which she will serve for a year.

Listen to her in conversation as she discusses her work as youth observer and what is involved in giving youth a voice at the UN.



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2017 UN Day Humanitarian Awards Dinner
Commemorates 72nd UN Anniversary and
Honors VP Biden and Elsevier

On Friday, November 3, the United Nations Association of New York announced the honorees for its annual Humanitarian of the Year awards, during the celebratory UN Day gala dinner commemorating the 72nd Anniversary of the United Nations.

Receiving the award this year was Joseph R. Biden Jr., the 47th Vice President of the United States, and Youngsuk Chi, Chairman of Elsevier and Director of Corporate Affairs of RELX Group.

Read more and see more photos here


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For the First Time, Women Outnumber Men in
Senior Posts at a UN Agency

Something looked very different when the Director General of the World Health Organization introduced his senior leadership team this week: nine out of the fourteen posts will be filled by women.

In the announcement, the head of the World Health Program Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated that "The team represents 14 countries, including all WHO regions, and is more than 60% women, reflecting my deep-held belief that we need top talent, gender equity and a geographically diverse set of perspectives to fulfill our mission to keep the world safe."

Read the article here



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New Edition: Basic Facts about the United Nations

Did you know that Basic Facts about the United Nations has been serving as the official reference on the UN's work for 7 decades? This comprehensive handbook designed for the general public explains the structure of the UN, how the organization works, the main issues it addresses and its importance for people everywhere. In addition to setting out the various roles played by principle UN organs and related organizations, the guide documents the UN's contributions to international peace and security, economic and social development, human rights, humanitarian action, international law and decolonization.

Check out this bestseller in its 42nd edition, revised to reflect significant development of the world in Global Goals for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement and more...

Find out more here


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IRC's David Miliband Gives TED Talk on
Global Refugee Crisis

In his brief talk, David Miliband of the International Rescue Committee shares his personal understanding of the plight of refugees: through the lens of his own parents, who as children were forced to flee their homes during World War II. He argues that the current global refugee crisis is indeed solvable — and further, that it is a test of our humanity, the values we stand for, and the lessons we've learned from history.

Watch the video here





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U.S. Leadership Role is Very Important:
UN Refugee Chief on 5 Things Which Mandate U.S. Support for UN

President Trump's pledge to cut U.S. foreign aid and support for emergency humanitarian assistance around the world loomed large over recent meetings the United Nations' refugee chief held with economic development officials.

"I'm worried about possible reductions," Filippo Grandi, the UN's high commissioner for refugees, told USA TODAY. "If one government cuts back, I'll have to cut back programs that help millions of people," said Grandi, who is responsible for serving people fleeing conflicts in places like Syria, Yemen, South Sudan and North Africa.

Grandi listed five things for Americans to keep in mind as they decide their role in the world.

Read more here



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At Security Council, UN Chief Guterres Makes
New Case for Peace Efforts

Delivering his first formal briefing to the Security Council, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres underlined the need for new, strengthened efforts to build and sustain peace ranging from prevention, conflict resolution and peacekeeping to peacebuilding and sustainable development.

"We spend far more time and resources responding to crises rather than preventing them. People are paying too high a price... We need a whole new approach," Mr. Guterres stressed at a Security Council debate on conflict prevention and sustaining peace.

Read more here



SPECIAL PURCHASE SUPPORTS UNA-NY

Doves in UN Blue

Led by Eleanor Roosevelt, the United Nations Association was created to bolster American support for the work of the United Nations. Chapters across the country educate US citizens about the important global programs of the UN, and encourage American support for international peace-keeping. 

Miranda Thomas often creates gallery pieces for the United Nations Association of New York to assist in their fundraising efforts. This year, she has also collaborated with Archivie Scarves to create a limited edition silk scarf to benefit the UNA, showcasing her renowned dove of peace design.

This lovely scarf is printed on silk and available in four sizes, including a pocket square. 20% of each sale supports UNA-NY. Visit Archivie Scarves to purchase.