Ban: Central African Republic 'must not become another Rwanda'
10 April 2014 | Ban Ki-moon | UN Secretary General
The Security Council has approved my proposal to deploy a United Nations peacekeeping mission to the Central African Republic — opening the way for 10,000 troops and almost 2,000 police to bring a semblance of order to a nation in ruins.
I have just returned from a visit to the country to see the situation first-hand. Desperate is an understatement.
UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres on Climate Action:
Which Path Will We Follow?
1 April 2014 | The UN's climate chief Christiana Figueres announced that the latest government-approved science more clearly than ever points to the extreme risks posed by climate change, as well as the many opportunities to put the world on a safer and more resilient path. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) yesterday released the new installment of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), on impacts and vulnerabilities.
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.
The conflict in Syria has raged on for three years, creating the worst humanitarian crisis of the 21st century. But from the rubble of their former homes, the women in Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp are displaying a remarkable resilience in finding ways to build new lives.
In recognition of International Women's Day, we recommend this feature appearing in Marie Claire magazine by Rania Abouzeid, an independent journalist covering the Middle East, and who has chronicled the Syrian uprising since it began in 2011. Photograph by Rena Effendi.
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
UNA-NY Members Chill Out at Second Summer Soirée
In July, a lot of energetic, globally-minded and ethically-psyched young New Yorkers came together again to mix and mingle at the United Nations Association of New York's second Summer Soirée.
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.
Women in UN Peacekeeping
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.
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.