UNA-NY image


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.

Read more here


Special Panel to Be Presented by UNA-NY
at CSW62 on March 21

The 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at UN Headquarters in New York from 12 to 23 March 2018. UNA-NY has been selected, during this annual international conference, to present a session on maternal mortality in the United States. The selected topic is aligned with the conference theme, as there is a general lack of awareness about life-threatening complications facing women in the U.S. especially in rural areas. 

A special panel will be assembled to present this program on March 21 as a parallel event at the UN Church Center. More information will be provided closer to the event date.

Read more information about CSW62 here


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.

Read more and see more photos here


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."

Read the article here


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 principle 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...

Find out more here


UNA-NY Summer Soirée 2017

On August 9, the United Nations Association of New York hosted its members and their guests to its sixth annual Summer Soirée in NYC, held at the Ascent Lounge in the Time Warner Building. Our ever popular midsummer event draws a large crowd for fun and sophisticated networking, where our newer and older UNA-NY members can meet and mingle. Check out the photo gallery in the below.

See the photo gallery here


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.

Watch the video here


"I gave a room in my house to a refugee —
now she's like my sister"

When Lucy Pavia and her husband offered Loujean Alsaman, a refugee from Syria, a room in their home, none of them knew what to expect. But over the six months they spent together, the women forged a close, sisterly bond.

Read the Guardian article here


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.

Read more here


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.

Read more here


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.


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.


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.


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.

Read more and see photos here


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.

Read more and see photos here