Summer Soirée Offers More Relaxed After Hours Terrace Refuge
UNA-NY held its eighth annual Summer Soirée on the 29th of July, bringing out members and their guests to the PHD Terrace @ Dream Hotel in midtown. Our youthful, globally-oriented friends came to wind down after business hours and network with like-minded others in a relaxed, quiet evening, as smooth sounds washed over the panoramic views of Manhattan and Times Square.
Leading off our summer potpourri of recent news, over 500 UNA members gathered in Washington D.C. for the annual Global Leadership Summit to strengthen the key role of UNA-USA nationally and to advocate for a stronger U.S.-UN relationship. A great number of NY chapter members were present during the three-day summit, sharing their perspectives on global issues and the chapter’s best practices. Their active participation in all sessions and breakout groups was crucial to the success of the conference.
UNA-NY Annual Meeting 2019
Celebrating Another Successful Year
On 6 June, dozens of UNA-NY members and guests gathered at our Annual Meeting. A full house of participants had an opportunity to review another successful year of UNA-NY's achievements, to welcome a newly elected board member, Dr. Lily Khidr, as well as re-electing board members Paula Rice Jackson, Dr. Peter Rajsingh and Sherrie Murphy. For our BookTalkUNA presentation, we also welcomed our keynote speaker for the evening, The New York Times National Security Correspondent, David E. Sanger.
To honor Pride Month, UNA-NY has selected LGBTI Human Rights in its contribution to the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process, held every 5 years. In taking a moment to fill out our anonymous survey, your perspectives will contribute to the UNA-USA 'Shadow Report' on human rights issues — and your contributions can improve the lives of LGBTI persons. Many thanks!
Ambassador Series Focuses on Rwanda Today
As Example of Integration and Inclusion
On May 20th, the United Nations Association of New York, in partnership with the Columbia University Club, hosted another edition of its Ambassador Series. In memory of the victims and in honor of the survivors of the genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda, we had the special participation of Ambassador Valentine Rugwabiza and the Right Honorable Martin Ngoga, with law consultant Fay Parris as our moderator.
Worldview Institute Spring 2019 Leaders and Changemakers in Action
With warmer weather finally settling down in New York's cityscape, the Worldview Institute Spring 2019 semester came to a close, with attendees celebrating at the graduation dinner held in the National Arts Club. Among Worldview participants were professionals and leaders from across New York City, who took part in the program in order to learn about and engage on the most pressing global challenges undertaken by the UN. Each Worldview semester provides an opportunity for attendees from various fields to immerse in these international currents and to engage critically with speakers from different sectors, including UN officials, ambassadors, scholars and journalists.
On Thursday, April 11th, UNA-NY hosted its Spring 2019 Career Fair. Dozens of UNA-NY members and guests attended a panel session and participated in one-to-one interactions with human resources experts from several of the UN’s specialized agencies.
Empowered, Included and Equal:
The 8th ECOSOC Youth Forum
On April 8-9, young leaders from across the globe came together at United Nations to discuss the most critical issues of our time.
At the 8th ECOSOC Youth Forum, which is the largest gathering of young people at United Nations, over one thousand young delegates gathered in New York City to review the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as making sure that the Secretary-General’s Youth 2030 Strategy was being implemented. The Forum was a chance to make connections and expand the respective youth network of ministers, political leaders, NGO youth representatives and entrepreneurs from all sectors.
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).
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.”
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
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.
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.
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
"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.
Turning Refugee Camps Into Sustainable Cities in
the Ethiopian Desert
UN agencies, NGOs and private
companies work together to help refugees have an
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.
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.
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
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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U.S. Leadership Role is Very Important:
UN Refugee Chief on 5 Things Which Mandate U.S. Support
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
"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
Grandi listed five things for Americans to keep in mind
as they decide their role in the world.
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
Miranda Thomas often creates gallery
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assist in their fundraising efforts. This year, she has
also collaborated with Archivie Scarves
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the UNA, showcasing her renowned dove of peace
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