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NEWS HIGHLIGHT

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

10 January | 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.

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Building on Gender Promise,
Guterres Appoints Three Women to Top UN Posts

In a triple-play to install women in top UN posts, UN Secretary-General-designate António Guterres today announced the appointment of Nigeria's Minister of Environment, Amina J. Mohammed (right), as the next UN Deputy Secretary-General. The other appointments are that of Brazilian diplomat Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti (left), who will assume the role of Chef de Cabinet, and the Republic of Korea's Kyung-wha Kang, a senior UN humanitarian official, who is expected to serve in a new role of Special Advisor on Policy. Mr. Guterres has previously indicated that ensuring gender parity and geographical diversity in UN appointments will be a priority of his. Mr. Guterres will assume office on 1 January 2017, succeeding Ban Ki-moon whose tenure ends on 31 December 2016.

We congratulate both Ms. Mohammad, who was a recent speaker in our Worldview Institute seminars, and Ms. Viotti, who appeared in our Ambassador Series as well as our Screening the Issues film-talk events.


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The UN's Next Top Diplomat:
Visionary Leader António Guterres

The UN General Assembly appointed by acclamation the former Prime Minister of Portugal, António Guterres, as the next United Nations Secretary-General, to succeed Ban Ki-moon when he steps down on 31 December. Mr. Guterres, aged 67, was Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015. He will become the world's top diplomat on 1 January 2017, and hold that post for the next five years.

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The United Nations Association of New York
2016 UN Day Humanitarian Awards Dinner
Commemorates 71st UN Anniversary

Commemorating the 71st Anniversary of the United Nations, this year's UN Day Gala Dinner took place on October 26th at the J. W. Marriott Essex House in New York, when the United Nations Association of New York announced the honorees for its annual Humanitarian of the Year awards. Many dignitaries and other distinguished guests attended the gala, the theme of which was "Improving Global Road Safety."

This year the gala honored Jean Todt, the President of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), along with actress Michelle Yeoh, who is FIA's High Level Panel for Road Safety spokesperson, as well as UNDP Goodwill Ambassador.

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VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Volunteer Opportunities to Work with
Recently Arrived Refugees in Tri-state Area

UNA-NY will hold a special information session on November 30 at 6:30 p.m. for people interested in working with a local refugee resettlement agency.

Opportunities will be available for Welcome Teams to help refugees begin new lives in the U.S. by welcoming them at the airports, and assisting in activities such as school registration, health clinic and social security card appointments, and grocery shopping, for example. Also, Community Volunteers will be needed with interpretation skills in various languages including Arabic, Spanish, Burmese, Urdu, Hindi, Farsi, and Turkish, among others.

Registration for this event, which was sent to UNANY members, is now closed. For any questions, please contact Ann Nicol, Executive Director, UNA-NY, at 212-907-1353 or by email at anicol@unanyc.org.



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. 

Each year, Miranda Thomas 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.


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UNA-NY Special Panel of Extraordinary Women Offer
Passionate Perspectives on Ending Child Marriage

On September 19, UNA-NY held a special panel on ending child marriages, at the Netherlands Mission to the UN. Joining us that evening were five passionate and extraordinary women who each contributed her own vital perspectives on ending child marriage globally.

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A Day of Art and Joy for Refugee Children in New York

On August 31, the United Nations Association of New York partnered with several organizations to host a group of recently resettled refugee children and their parents at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Originally from Syria and Eritrea, the families that participated in the day are now resettled in Connecticut and New Jersey.

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Tomorrow's Decision Makers:
Youth at the UN DPI/NGO Conference

In June, a delegation of youth representatives travelled to Gyeongju in the Republic of Korea to attend the 66th UN Department of Information/Non-Governmental Organizations Conference. The conference organizers invited youth representing different regions around the world to promote and participate in all conference events, including on-line and off-line youth activities. The young participants undertook a process of knowledge sharing, consultation and drafting, in order to develop a Youth Declaration to disseminate their united perspective and recommendations to the Gyeongju Action Plan, to support global education and implementation of the SDGs worldwide.

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Governments Made a Covenant with the Future, as World Leaders Sign Landmark Climate Accord

With their signatures of the landmark Paris climate accord, "governments made a covenant with the future," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the end of a United Nations ceremony that saw the largest single-day turn-out for such an event, and which puts the world on a path towards low-carbon growth and a more sustainable future.

Yet, while the signing is a "vote of confidence" in a new approach to climate change, it is imperative that the strong political momentum continues to grow, the UN chief stressed, in concluding remarks to the Ceremony for the Paris Agreement.

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UN Commission on the Status of Women
Urges Gender-Responsive Implementation of
Agenda 2030

New York | The 60th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women concluded with UN Member States committing to the gender-responsive implementation of Agenda 2030. A set of agreed conclusions called for enhancing the basis for rapid progress, including stronger laws, policies and institutions, better data and scaled-up financing.

The Commission recognized women's vital role as agents of development. It acknowledged that progress on the Sustainable Development Goals at the heart of Agenda 2030 will not be possible without gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.

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UN Honors Memory of Former Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali

The 193-member United Nations General Assembly honored the memory of former Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, who passed away on February 16 at the age of 93, recalling his legacy in helping the world body find its footing in a new global landscape during the tumultuous early 1990s.

Addressing the Assembly's special tribute at UN Headquarters in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Mr. Boutros-Ghali had both the fortune and the misfortune to serve as the first post-Cold-War UN chief.

"While the United Nations was never as paralyzed during the Cold War as many have portrayed, the new dynamic gave the Organization new leeway to act. This brought promise and peril — and Mr. Boutros-Ghali experienced both," Mr. Ban said.

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UN: Bees Help Boost Food Security of Two Billion Small Farmers

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) highlighted the publication of a new study that quantifies, for the first time, how much crop yields depend on the work of bees that unknowingly fertilize plants as they move from flower to flower.

In doing so, the agency says bees may have a key role to play in improving the production of some two billion smallholder farmers worldwide and ensuring the food security and nutrition of the world's growing population.

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Quality Education in Mother Languages Vital to Success of 2030 Agenda

21 February | Mother languages are essential to providing quality education, which in turn supports the achievement of the new global development agenda, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said on the International Day established to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world.

Marking International Mother Language Day, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova emphasized that "mother languages in a multilingual approach are essential components of quality education, which is itself the foundation for empowering women and men and their societies." She underscored the need to recognize and nurture this power, in order to "leave no one behind" and "craft a more just and sustainable future for all."

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Historic New Sustainable Development Agenda Unanimously Adopted by 193 UN Members

A bold new global agenda to end poverty by 2030 and pursue a sustainable future was unanimously adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations at the start of the Summit on Sustainable Development.

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"REALLY GOOD NEWS" HIGHLIGHT

The UNA-USA and UNFCU Alliance:
Strengthening Support and Member Benefits

United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) and the United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU) recently announced an alliance extending UNFCU membership to UNA-USA members, who can now benefit from all of the financial products and services exclusively available to the United Nations, its specialized agency staff, retirees and their families worldwide. The good news capped UNA-USA Members' Day, a gathering of over 800 UNA-USA members, senior UN officials, and diplomatic corps at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

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