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Register for the DPI/NGO Conference in New York

June 17, 2014
The 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference, titled “2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda,” will be held at United Nations Headquarters on August 27-29, 2014. 
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LGBT Teleconference Opens Door for New UNA Affinity Group

April 18, 2014
Marking the 2014 Day of Silence across the U.S., UNA-USA held a nationwide conference call on the global effort for LGBT rights. The two speakers, Marianne Mollmann, Program Director with the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, and Heather Collister, Program Manager with the International Service for Human Rights, joined the call to provide an expert-level landscape of LGBT rights at the UN and around the world. 
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UNA Georgetown Puts “U” in UPR

April 3, 2014
On March 28, 2014 UNA Georgetown convened a grassroots consultation related to the upcoming UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the U.S. human rights record in 2015. The session discussed the theme of “preventing violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity” and featured UNA-USA Leo Nevas Task Force member and UPR expert, Joshua Cooper. Participants were asked to share and present their ideas, observations, recommendations during the session and engaged topics ranging from the prevention of bullying to advancing awareness on LGBT rights.
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UN Speakers Inspire Young Professionals at Annual Benefit

March 7, 2014
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in Midtown Manhattan played host in February to a gala night of inspirational talks entitled Advancing International Unity: An Evening Honoring Inspiration, Advocacy and Change. The event, organized by the benefit committee of the United Nations Association of Southern New York Young Professionals, included an opening talk by Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo, U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
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Volunteer Opportunity at the UN General Assembly Hall

January 22, 2014
The United Nations Association is looking for volunteers to help staff its 6th Annual Members’ Day at the UN General Assembly Hall on Friday, February 7, 2014. Members’ Day is a chance for UNA Member’s to experience the UN in person and hear from some of the most influential and knowledgeable voices on important and relevant issues facing the UN today.
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Attend the Social Good Summit for FREE!

August 29, 2013
As a valued UNA-USA member, you are invited to attend the Social Good Summit, September 22-24, for FREE—a $130 value. We are holding FREE spots for UNA-USA Members, so register today! Just sign up here, and add 'UNA' as your company name.
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The Power of Youth

August 12, 2013
Today the United Nations and countries around the world are celebrating International Youth Day. Right now there are 1.2 billion young people in the world—the largest youth population in history and the UN is working harder than ever to engage them in making the world a better place.
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Thank A UN Peacekeeper Today

July 3, 2013
In July 2013, the United Nations deployed more than 12,000 Peacekeepers to Mali, a war-torn country in West Africa. Mali has transformed from a highly respected, democratic nation into a terrorist breeding ground following a coup d’etat in early 2012. As a Chapter Leader, you can support these Peacekeepers and their vital work by encouraging your Chapter members and greater community to send thank you notes through the Thank a Peacekeeper Campaign.
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Have a Piece of UNA History? Send it to the Official Archives at Seton Hall!

January 25, 2013
Seton Hall University houses more than 60 years of UNA-USA historical documents as part of the Msgr. William Noe Field Archives & Special Collections Center, and they want your pieces of history. The archive builds on the already rich 15-year relationship between the university and UNA-USA. Chapters and members that have materials to add to the archives can contact Alan Delozier, University archivist for Seton Hall University at alan.delozier@shu.edu. Send your documents, pictures, and other pieces of UNA-USA history to the archives to make sure they’re recognized for years to come! Click here to read more about the agreement.

Ending Poverty Through Empowerment

November 14, 2012
The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) hosted its latest Nationwide Conference Call this past Tuesday, November 13, featuring United Nations Foundation board member and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize awardee Muhammad Yunus. After a brief presentation on how microfinance can help lift people out of poverty, UNA-USA members enjoyed 30 minutes of question and answer with him. The call was moderated by Peter Yeo, Vice President for Public Policy at the United Nations Foundation, and Executive Director of the Better World Campaign.
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Honoring a Multilateralist

October 21, 2012
Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture George McGovern passed away on October 21, 2012 at the age of 90. Though best known for his service in the U.S. Senate and as a candidate for President of the United States, McGovern dedicated much of his life to vital issues the UN confronts every day. 
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Be a Part of UNA-USA’s Delegation to the WFUNA Plenary Assembly

September 21, 2012
UNA-USA is a proud member of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA), the United Nations’ body for UNAs around the world. UNA-USA has been a leader of this group for decades and currently serves on its Executive Committee. From November 7-10, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, WFUNA will host its 40th Plenary Assembly – a gathering of leadership and members from UNAs across the globe. UNA-USA will lead a delegation of up to 15 to this meeting, and members are invited to attend as part of the delegation. UNA-USA participants to the WFUNA Plenary are selected on a first-come, first-served basis by the UNA-USA national office.
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Social Good Summit 2012: Make Your Voice Heard, September 22-24

September 19, 2012
The Social Good Summit is a yearly, innovative event that unites people from around the world around one common theme: the power of social media and technology to solve our world’s greatest issues.
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What’s on Our Minds? U.S. Priorities at the 2012 Meeting of the UN General Assembly

September 13, 2012
This call was held on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 and featured Dr. Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State. After her presentation, Brimmer took questions from the audience for roughly 30 minutes. The call was moderated by Peter Yeo, Vice President for Public Policy at the United Nations Foundation, and Executive Director of the Better World Campaign.
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The United States co-sponsored the following statement read by the United Kingdom at the Human Rights Council July 2 on behalf of 66 countries.

July 2, 2012
Women’s Rights, Peace and Security
We recognise women’s vital role in achieving and maintaining international peace and security and as such understand the need for equal political, civic and economic participation in times of peace, conflict and during periods of political transition. We also recognise that failure to respect human  rights impacts on the wider peace and security agenda and reaffirm that women are equally entitled as men to the same rights enshrined in the UDHR and the two international covenants.
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Team UNA

June 28, 2012
It's been a big sports year for cities across the U.S. Some team from New York won the Super Bowl; Kentucky and Baylor won the men's and women's NCAA basketball championships, respectively; LA won the Stanley Cup; and those three stars in Miami won the NBA Championship. For sports fans across the country, there's been some regional parity—a little something for everyone to cheer about. Some champions were expected, while others played the role of the underdog, earning their titles with every game. Now, with the Olympics starting in July, hundreds of American athletes will compete with the backing of millions at home glued to their televisions to see what unexpected feat will be accomplished.
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UN Director Speaks at Student Alliance Group's Global Issues Forum

June 26, 2012
Amir Dossal, former Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships who created the Global Partnerships Forum recently visited the Freehold Township High School.  Mr.  Dossal served as a guest speaker the first Global Issues Forum, at the invitation of Jeremy Zullow, president and founder of the FTHS Ambassadors Club, a Student Alliance Group of UNA-USA.
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A Quick Defense of the UN

June 25, 2012

Verena Borton from the Davis Chapter spotted an editorial extolling a number of misnomers about the work of the UN's International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and its role in Internet regulation. As it turned out, the editorial wasn't even written by staff at the paper, the Davis Enterprise, it was purchased from a national news service. The editorial was published on the final day of the 2012 UNA-USA Annual Meeting, where members received training and materials on how to respond to falsehoods related to the UN's role on different issues that appear in the press.

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UNA Women: Denver Connects Seminar Participants with the Work of UN Women

May 25, 2012
Recently, the Denver Chapter of UNA-USA held our annual UN and You Series Seminar entitled, "The United Nations - Myth and Reality." As part of the seminar, the local UNA Women hosted the panel, "Women's Rights and the UN: Connecting You to UN Women." The purpose of the panel was to share how the UN advocates for women and how to become involved on a local and individual level.
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Birmingham Chapter Celebrates 20th Birthday with Member Honors

May 24, 2012
Fifty UN supporters packed the home of Chapter President Ilse Diasio to celebrate the 20th anniversary of an organization that has brought southern hospitality to supporters of the global community in Alabama. Exchange students from the PAX program of the U.S. Department of State and Alabama students also took part in the 20th anniversary celebration. Since the Chapter was chartered in May 17, 1992, Alabamans have shaped international programs and intercultural community through its activities, monthly meetings and special programs.
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