Our recent Screening the Issues event honored Holocaust Remembrance Day with a well-attended presentation of Aaron Yeger's A PEOPLE UNCOUNTED. It illuminated the story of the Romani people, exploring their rich culture as well as their suffering at the hands of others throughout history. As victims of varying degrees of racism on the one hand, and stilted romanticized images in popular culture on the other, the real-life intolerance and persecution of the Roma has historically been largely ignored. Commonly referred to as Gypsies, their tragic experience reached an extreme when an estimated 500,000 of the Roma were murdered during the Holocaust.
Left to right: Graça Machel, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter, Mary Robinson, Kofi Annan, Nelson Mandela, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Martti Ahtisaari, Ela Bhatt, Lakhdar Brahimi | Photo: The Elders/Jeff Moore
"The world has lost a visionary leader, a courageous voice for justice, and a clear moral compass. By showing us that the path to freedom and human dignity lies in love, wisdom and compassion for one another, Nelson Mandela stands as an inspiration to us all." Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General
"When I thanked him for his life's work, he insisted the credit belonged to others. I was very moved by his selflessness and deep sense of shared purpose… Nelson Mandela showed what is possible for our world and within each one of us — if we believe, dream and work together." Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General
The United Nations Association of New York 2013 UN Day Humanitarian Awards Dinner
The 2013 UN Day Humanitarian Awards Dinner, held on October 23rd, warmly honored Dr. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman and CEO of BMW Group, which was recognized as a responsible leading company exemplifying environmental sustainability, leadership, innovation and technological excellence, committed to corporate governance and environmental impact consistent with the principles of the UN Global Compact and the MDGs. Our Keynote Speaker and honorable guest Madame Madeleine K. Albright, the illustrious former U.S. Secretary of State, addressed the occasion with her usual winning combination of unexpected humor and serious purpose.
Keynote Speaker and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright with 2013 Humanitarian Award honoree Dr. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman and CEO, BMW Group. | Photography: MelanieQuinnPhotography.com
"I congratulate the OPCW for being awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. I extend my warmest respects to Mr. Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General of the OPCW. This recognition occurs nearly 100 years after the first chemical attack — and 50 days after the appalling use of chemical weapons in Syria. Far from being a relic of the past, chemical weapons remain a clear and present danger," he said. "Later today the Security Council is expected to approve a first-of-its-kind OPCW-UN Joint Mission in Syria following the landmark work of the UN Chemical Weapons Investigation Mission."
Join us in thanking the more than 113,000 brave men and women from 116 countries who serve as United Nations peacekeepers in 15 missions around the world.
UN peacekeepers risk their lives every day to rebuild societies wracked by violence and natural disasters, restore confidence in people who have known little but war, and adapt to new challenges in some of the most difficult places in the world.
Add your name, and a note if you'd like, to the thank you card HERE, and we'll deliver it to UN peacekeepers worldwide.
The United Nations member states are committed to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. This historic initiative brings together governments, private sector leaders, international organizations, financial institutions, donors, and civil society groups, among others, to continue their unified global efforts to accomplish these goals.
Students and educational faculty can join this very important and historic global campaign by establishing a United Nations Association of New York Student Alliance at your school. Student Alliances are action-oriented school programs that encourage globally-minded high school, undergraduate and graduate students to educate, inspire and mobilize Americans and the U.S. government to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations.
As the need for UN peacekeeping forces has expanded around the world, women have been right at the forefront. Women peacekeepers suit up and are deployed in all areas of peacekeeping operations — including police, military, and civilian forces — and play a critical role in building peace and protecting women and girls' rights in regions torn apart by conflict.
When women participate in the peace process, it not only promotes gender equality, but also provides strong female role models in regions torn apart by war — where all too often those two critical elements are missing.
BookTalkUNA: Revealing the Inner Faces of Dag Hammarskjöld
A recent BookTalkUNAevent, was held partly in observance of the 60th anniversary of Dag Hammarskjöld's inauguration as second Secretary-General of the United Nations. It was also a delightful evening of special insight as author and historian Roger Lipsey revealed many facets of Hammarskjöld's mind and character. Drawing on previously unpublished sources and correspondence, and directing our attention to more substantial and spiritual aspects of Hammarskjöld's life, Lipsey has created in his book Hammarskjöld: A Life a work of great scope and penetrating access.
The Worldview Institute was one of six academic organizations cordially invited to attend a special event on February 20 with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, to engage in an open discussion about his latest book Building A Better Future For All. This book is not a publication written about the Secretary-General, nor is it a book written by him. It is as much a book about the United Nations and its mission and core principles, as it is a selection of Ban's speech moments along the way of a six-year tenure, reflecting the implementation of these principles.
Winter 2013 Worldview Institute participants who attended Ban Ki-moon's book event
The United Nations works across the world for peace, sustainable development, human rights and the rule of law. In this collection of speeches, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon shows the breadth of those efforts, advances and struggles alike, at a time of profound transition for the human family. Since taking office in 2007, he has sought to mobilize the international community behind global solutions to urgent challenges ranging from climate change and poverty to armed conflict and the spread of deadly weapons. The goal: dignity, freedom and opportunity for all.
The Secretary-General met with students and discussed this new book. Some of our current Worldview participants attended the session, which is available to the public via webcast here.
As an effective way to educate and motivate a community, Screening the Issues has been promoting the work of the United Nations with events that serve a dual purpose: to commend the intelligence of filmmakers who have the courage and passion to address crucial human concerns while presenting important global issues to a culturally aware New York audience. The mission of UNA-NY is to educate, inspire and mobilize the NYC community and to raise awareness of the vital work of the United Nations.