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UNA Women Members Attend CSW 58

March 10, 2014
Members of UNA Women are attending the 58th session on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations, March 10-21, and get the opportunity to sit in on official CSW sessions at the United Nations. Read their bios below!
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UN Human Rights Council Convenes Special Session on CAR

January 23, 2014
Just two months after the elections for the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) occurred at UN headquarters in New York, 79 UN members called upon the Council to hold a special session on the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR)—including the United States, a current HRC member.
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Leo Nevas Human Rights Task Force Chair Publishes Book on UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

January 23, 2014
In December 2013, Leo Nevas Human Rights Task Force Chair Felice Gaer and coeditor, Christen Broecker, presided over a launch event for the groundbreaking volume The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Conscience for the World.
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Leo Nevas Human Rights Task Force Chair Publishes Book on UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

January 23, 2014
In December 2013, Leo Nevas Human Rights Task Force Chair Felice Gaer and coeditor, Christen Broecker, presided over a launch event for the groundbreaking volume The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Conscience for the World.
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Only a Few Spots Left at 58th Session of Commission on the Status of Women

January 23, 2014
This year, UNA-USA is proud to extend an exclusive invitation to attend the 58th session on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations, March 10-21. Twenty UNA-USA members will have the opportunity to sit-in on official CSW sessions at the United Nations. However, space is limited, and there are only a few spots remaining. If you would like to attend, please contact Chanteclaire Lantos-Swett to register immediately. Deadline to apply is January 26. Attendees are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. Learn more about about CSW 58 here.

Only a Few Spots Left at 58th Session of Commission on the Status of Women

January 23, 2014
This year, UNA-USA is proud to extend an exclusive invitation to attend the 58th session on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations, March 10-21. Twenty UNA-USA members will have the opportunity to sit-in on official CSW sessions at the United Nations. However, space is limited, and there are only a few spots remaining. If you would like to attend, please contact Chanteclaire Lantos-Swett to register immediately. Deadline to apply is January 26. Attendees are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. Learn more about about CSW 58 here.

Only a Few Spots Left at 58th Session of Commission on the Status of Women

January 23, 2014
This year, UNA-USA is proud to extend an exclusive invitation to attend the 58th session on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations, March 10-21. Twenty UNA-USA members will have the opportunity to sit-in on official CSW sessions at the United Nations. However, space is limited, and there are only a few spots remaining. If you would like to attend, please contact Chanteclaire Lantos-Swett to register immediately. Deadline to apply is January 26. Attendees are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. Learn more about about CSW 58 here.

Hearing Readout: Advocates Converge on Senate Panel for Second Try at UN Disabilities Treaty

November 22, 2013
On November 21, a diverse coalition of veterans, private sector representatives, human rights advocates, disability organizations, and UN advocates crammed into a Senate committee hearing room to support the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The treaty, largely replicates the Americans with Disabilities Act, passed by the George HW Bush Administration in 1990 and is considered the primary legal framework concerning the rights of an estimated one billion persons with disabilities worldwide, including nearly 60 million disabled persons in the United States. 
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Senate Panel to Reconsider UN Disabilities Treaty

October 30, 2013
On November 4 and November 12, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations will again hold hearings to discuss the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD).  The Convention is widely considered the international gold standard of advancing the human rights of the more than one billion disabled individuals around the world. It has also been endorsed by hundreds of disability, human rights, and veterans' organizations across the United States, including the U.S. International Council on Disabilities
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Partnering for the Future with the UN

October 30, 2013
When Franklin Roosevelt called on Americans to celebrate the first UN Day, the term “United Nations” had just been coined to describe the alliance that stood against fascism’s march. But for a dedicated group of internationalists, it was more than a slogan, more even than an alliance, it was the embodiment of an idea that would come to final fruition with the signing of the UN Charter on October 24, 1945.
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UNA-USA Promotes Strong U.S.-UN Cooperation on Syria

September 10, 2013
As the crisis in Syria continues, UNA-USA has been active in supporting robust U.S.-UN engagement on this complex geopolitical issue. A key component of this effort has focused on the UNA-USA Leo Nevas Human Rights Task Force, an advisory group of distinguished citizens knowledgeable and vitally concerned about international human rights and the role of the UN and the U.S. in protecting those rights, created in 2007. While there has been significant discussion over the role of the UN Security Council, it is also important to consider the work of other UN instruments, including the UN’s premier human rights organ, the 47-member Human Rights Council (HRC). Over the last two years, for example, the Task Force—inclusive of former ambassadors, human rights scholars, and UN experts with an intimate understanding of the HRC—has:
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The Trafficking of Women and Girls in the U.S.: What Can We Do to Address It?

September 5, 2013
The call, hosted by UNA Women, was held Wednesday, August 28 and featured Ambassador Mark Lagon, a senior fellow for human rights at the Council of Foreign Relations and a member of UNA-USA’s Leo Nevas Human Rights Task Force. The call lasted an hour during which Ambassador Lagon and Karen Mulhauser, Chair of the UNA-USA Council of Chapters and Regions Steering Committee, set the stage for a discussion on human trafficking and then took questions from the audience.
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Inspired by the Past, Motivated by the Future

September 3, 2013
When Eleanor Roosevelt walked across United Nations Plaza and made a surprise visit to the offices of the American Association for the United Nations in 1953, she did so for a reason. As a principal architect of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, she knew U.S. grassroots support would be key to the success of the UN. She put title and prestige aside, joined the staff of the organization that would later become UNA-USA, and went to work weaving Chapters and members into a tapestry of support that spanned a country.
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Obama on UN Disabilities Treaty: “We Need to Get It Done”

August 29, 2013
In recent weeks, the Obama Administration appears to have accelerated efforts to promote U.S. ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons (CRPD) with Disabilities. The CRPD is largely modeled after the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, and seeks to protect the fundamental human rights of over 1 billion disabled persons around the globe.
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Remembering the Embassy Bombings in Kenya and Tanzania

August 8, 2013
Ambassador John Lange, a UNA-USA member and former employee who is currently serving as the UN Foundation’s Senior Fellow for Global Health Diplomacy, was recently interviewed by Public Radio International regarding the 15th anniversary of the bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Lange was stationed at the Tanzanian embassy at the time of the bombings, where he was serving as charge d’affaires. Listen to the interview.

Empowering Women and Girls Today Helps Power our Future

July 24, 2013
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said, “Reaching the MDGs and advancing to the next stage will only be possible when we unleash the power of women.”  I am inspired by UNA-USA’s long-standing leadership in the girls' and women's movement, starting with our inception with the establishment of an office for First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt from which she led a national campaign to increase American support of the United Nations.  Her words have resonated with me many times when I have worked hand-in-hand with women seeking to gain their rights against difficult odds: “It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness.”
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UN Pushes “Free and Equal”

July 24, 2013
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), in partnership with the Purpose Foundation, is set to launch a major international public education campaign on July 26, designed to increase global awareness related to sexual orientation and gender identity. According to a release, Free and Equal “will raise awareness of homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination, and encourage greater respect for the rights of LGBT people.”
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Moving Forward Together, Learning from Each Other

June 24, 2013
It was inspiring to see so many UNA-USA members from around the country attend the 2013 Annual Meeting earlier this month. This was my first Annual Meeting as Chair of the Council of Chapters and Regions (CCR), a position which allows me the privilege of working with regional representatives who make up the CCR-Steering Committee, along with national and local leaders. I enjoyed talking with many Chapter leaders and welcoming many young professionals (YPs) and students to the Annual Meeting. The representation of YPs at the meeting grew to nearly a third of total attendance!
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UN's Human Rights Council Passes 28 Resolutions During Its 23rd Session

June 21, 2013
The 23rd Session of the Unite Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) took place May 27 - June 14, 2013, in Geneva, Switzerland. During that period, the Council’s 47 members passed 28 resolutions on a wide variety of country-specific and thematic human rights issues.
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UNA Women Champion for Women Empowerment at the 2013 Annual Meeting

June 21, 2013
Women’s empowerment has gained renewed attention across the globe! From the creation of the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security, to 2013 G8 discussions on violence against women, the need for society to open the doors to positions of influence within their societies is being realized.
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