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Powerful Panel of Leading Women
at BYkids Film Screening

On March 14th, UNA-NY hosted a special sneak-peek screening of the BYkids film WALK ON MY OWN. UNA-NY members, civil society activists, and experts came together in an interactive discussion on child marriage, gender equality, and FGM (Female Genital Mutilation).

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Inspiration a Big Highlight at
STEM Education Now Conference

On Tuesday, March 5th, the United Nations Association of New York was pleased to host a special panel on STEM Education Now at the SUNY Global Center. The conference had the primary purpose of promoting diversity and inclusion among the STEM fields, while taking into consideration sustainable development, a major agenda of the United Nations. | Photo: Parker LaCourse

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Every State Has a Climate Change Story

There's a climate change story for every state in the nation.

Americans are already feeling its impacts. We’re feeling it in raised temperatures and unusual weather patterns, but also in things like a shifting economic landscape and coastal regions that seem to be altering by the moment...

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Register Now for the 2019 ECOSOC Youth Forum!

We’re calling out to all local GenUN student members of UNA — here’s another chance for you to shine — by taking your place at the UN!

The ECOSOC Youth Forum will bring youth leaders from around the world to the United Nations Headquarters. It will give them the opportunity to engage with government representatives, youth delegates, policymakers and other relevant stakeholders in civil society and the private sector.

The Forum will take place on April 8-9, 2019 in New York City. Register now to take your place and be heard!

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UN Adopts First Resolution Aimed At Curbing Sexual Harassment

The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution on sexual harassment, the first of its kind at the world body, on November 19. It serves as a normative framework on work against sexual harassment, urging member states to condemn violence against women and girls, including sexual harassment, and pursue a policy of eliminating such violence, Xinhua news agency reported. It reaffirms that states should not invoke any custom, tradition or religious consideration to avoid their obligations with regard to the elimination of violence against women and girls.

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2018 UN Day Humanitarian Awards Dinner
Commemorates 73rd UN Anniversary

From left: Deputy Secretary-General of the UN Amina J. Mohammed looks on as 2018 honoree Bill McDermott, the Chief Executive of SAP, exchanges warm greetings with fellow honoree Madame Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the former President of the Republic of Liberia. | All photos: Melanie Quinn Photography

On Tuesday, the 2nd of October, 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 73rd Anniversary of the United Nations.

The honorees this year were: Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, spouse of the Prime Minister of Canada; Bill McDermott, Chief Executive Officer of SAP; and Madame Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the former president of the Republic of Liberia.

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Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 Seeks to End Sexual Violence

Nadia Murad, a Yazidi rights activist and the first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist who helps victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), were awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize on October 5th.

“By honoring these defenders of human dignity, this prize also recognizes countless victims around the world who have too often been stigmatized, hidden and forgotten,” stated UN chief António Guterres.

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DSM Named on Fortune Magazine’s ‘Change the World’ List for Third Consecutive Year

Our warmest congratulations to Royal DSM, our 2010 UNA-NY Humanitarian Award Honoree, for continued good governance and fulfilling United Nations Sustainability Goals

In April, Feike Sijbesma, Chief Executive Officer of Royal DSM, was named among the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders in Fortune Magazine’s annual list.

And now, in the past week, DSM, the global science-based company active in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, again made Fortune Magazine’s 2018 Change the World list, an annual recognition of companies that have a positive social impact through their core business strategy. DSM was featured for the third consecutive year. And Sustainalytics also recognized DSM when it named the company the leader in ESG (environmental, social and governance) within the chemicals industry for the second year in a row. DSM’s approach as a purpose led company is now widely recognized.

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"Pioneering" Michelle Bachelet Officially Appointed
New UN Human Rights Chief

After a vote by the United Nations General Assembly in New York, former two-time President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, hailed a “pioneer” by the UN Secretary-General, has officially been appointed as High Commissioner for Human Rights, effective from September 1st.

Minutes after she was voted in, UN chief Antonio Guterres told reporters he was “delighted” by the news of her official appointment as Michelle Bachelet “has been as formidable a figure in her native Chile, as she has at the United Nations.”

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2018 Summer Soirée Breezes Through with
Another Hot Time on the Old Town

Our seventh annual Summer Soirée brought out UNA’s own New York host chapter in a delightful romp at the Hudson Terrace on July 27th, when chapter members came out despite the changeable weather pattern, bringing friends and associates to have a blast in the cool ambience. In the photo (left to right): UNA-NY Executive Vice President Robin van Puyenbroeck, UNA-NY President Abid Qureshi, UN Foundation’s Max Antman, and UNA-NY Board Member Nemanja Babic. Check out some of the ambience here.

Photograph by Travis Feldman


Snakebite: The Biggest Public Health Crisis You’ve Never Heard Of

June 28, 2018 | Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary-General

A few years ago, a local doctor in Ghana drew my wife Nane’s and my attention to the devastating impact that snakebites were having on his community. We were shocked to learn that snakebite kills between 81,000 and 138,000 people globally every year, with many more suffering lasting mental and physical impairments. By comparison, the mosquito-borne Dengue fever claims roughly 20,000 lives annually worldwide. Despite its huge impact, snakebite is the biggest public health crisis you have likely never heard of.

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U.S. Must Stand Up for Principles in Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Reunite Families

United Nations leaders call for families to be reunited

Washington, D.C. | As parents, sisters and brothers, and children, we have followed with great distress the reports of children from Mexico and Central America being separated from their parents at the U.S. border. The United Nations Foundation, the Better World Campaign, and the United Nations Association of the United States (UNA-USA) believe strongly that such separations risk deep and lasting damage to the physical and emotional well-being of the children and their parents and are inconsistent with fundamental human rights norms and values.

Read the full UNA-USA message here


New York State Legislature Passes Bill to
Crack Down on Child Sex Trafficking

New York State lawmakers on June 13 passed a bill to crack down on those who sell children for sex.

The bill passed by the Assembly and Senate creates a new felony charge of “sex trafficking of a child” and would make it easier for prosecutors to win convictions by removing the current requirement that they prove suspected traffickers used force, fraud or coercion to ensnare victims in the sex trade.

“It will give prosecutors the tools they need to put the most heinous of sex traffickers in jail,” said Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Westchester County), who sponsored the Assembly version of the bill.

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UNANY Summer Scholars 2018 Winners

The United Nations Association of New York salutes our Summer Scholar 2018 fellowship winners: Cori Fain, Ji-Young Kim, Justine LaVoye and Erick Regalado. We offer all of them our warm congratulations and wish them all the best during their time abroad!

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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.

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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.

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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.


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.

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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.


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.

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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."

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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 principal 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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.