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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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58th Commission on the Status of Women: An Amazing, Inspiring and Empowering Opportunity

March 28, 2014
This was my first experience as a delegate attending the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The commission took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from March 10-21. The theme of this commission was implementing the Millennium Development Goals. Around 6,000 leaders from around the world shared their talent, passion, and expertise on matters including: ensuring gender equality, human rights, and education; improving health conditions; eradicating poverty; ending violence against women; and stopping human trafficking. During the commission I participated in official events sponsored by UN Country Missions and also in side events organized by the UN Women, NGOs, and other civil organizations.  
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1,500 Students to Take On Global Issues At International Middle School Model UN

March 27, 2014
NEW YORK -- Today, 1,500 middle school students from around the world will join together at UN Headquarters for the United Nations Association of the USA’s (UNA-USA) Global Classrooms® International Middle School Model UN Conference. This three-day conference is the only international Model UN conference designed specifically for students in grades 5-8, and is the largest middle school Model UN in the world.
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Achieving Progress for All: Youth, Women and the Post-2015 Landscape

March 26, 2014
Last Friday, the 58th Session on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) ended, and the results of the “Youth, Women and the Post-2015 Landscape” survey are in! This survey was distributed in order to help me gain a better understanding of how youth feels about the issues being discussed in CSW and then relay this understanding back to as many people as I could. During the past two weeks of CSW, discussions focused on problems including extreme poverty and hunger, environmental policy, human trafficking, and the role of culture and arts in sustainable development. Also important were the discussions pertaining to the disproportionately large amount of women facing the world’s problems when compared to men. Everyone I met, spoke to, and learned from at CSW realized the ways in which gender inequality and discrimination not only hurt women but all groups.
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My Experience at the 58th Commission on the Status of Women

March 25, 2014
Over the last couple weeks, and during my first delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations, I participated in official events sponsored by country missions and UN agencies on diverse matters, including ending child marriage; empowering women in politics; ending modern-day slavery; closing the gender gap in agriculture; encouraging women for greater participation in Afghan justice; harnessing the benefits of clean cook stoves to reduce smoke-related illnesses and environmental degradation; ending all forms of violence and discrimination against women; the urgent need to mitigate climate change; the role of the data revolution and need for gender disaggregated data; and much, much more.
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CSW: Implementing the MDGs for Women and Girls

March 21, 2014
As always, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), held each year in March at the United Nations, was breathtaking in the breadth and depth of issues explored as well as the commitment, passion and talent of 6,000 community leaders meeting together from all over the world. CSW is the lead event of the global campaign for women’s equality and empowerment, and it includes both government ministers reporting on progress in women’s advancement in their own countries and NGO leaders sharing challenges and lessons learned in their respective countries. It was an honor to be there with such remarkable women.
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Linking the Millennium Development Goals and Human Trafficking: A Youthful Perspective

March 20, 2014
Despite more than a dozen international conventions banning slavery in the past 150 years, there are more slaves today than at any point in human history. Slaves are those forced to perform services for no pay beyond subsistence and for the profit of others who hold them through fraud and violence. While most are held in debt bondage in the poorest regions of South Asia, some are trafficked in the midst of thriving development.[1]

– Time Magazine
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The Global Divide: Health Inequalities Among Women and Children

March 18, 2014
The first week of the Commission on the Status of Women has recently ended and I have been bombarded with information ranging from the most effective strategies to economically empower women to learning more about the He for She initiative, which focuses on the voices of men by encouraging them to speak out against the discrimination and inequalities experienced by women and girls globally.
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UNA-USA Sails The World with Semester at Sea

March 14, 2014
The UN has 554 new pairs of eyes and ears this spring as Semester at Sea’s ship sails around the globe, visiting 12 countries from January through May. As a co-curricular activity in the study abroad program, the first ever on-board UNA-USA club is empowering undergraduate students to take an up-close look at the results of the Millennium Development Goals and to brainstorm solutions to ending poverty within their generation.
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DAY 2: The Importance of Amplifying the Female Voice

March 13, 2014
I have witnessed young women leaders advocating on behalf of women’s economic, social and political equality. Overall, it is clear that women globally are coming together and achieving greatness despite experiencing significant obstacles.
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An American Conversation On the Post-2015 Development Agenda

March 13, 2014
In the closing months of 2013, over 1,000 Americans gathered in communities large and small to discuss the world they want in 2030. They came together to answer a call to action from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for every UN member state to seek public input for a new and ambitious development agenda to replace the Millennium Development Goals when they expire in 2015.
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DAY 1: Youth and the Global Advancement of Disabled Women’s Rights

March 12, 2014
I have been given the incredible opportunity to attend the 58th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58),held at the United Nations from March 10 until March 21. This year’s theme is “Challenges and Achievements in the Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for Women and Girls.” 
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Ukraine Demonstrates the UN’s Enduring Importance

March 11, 2014
As UNA’s members fan out in communities large and small to meet with House and Senate district offices this week, the ongoing Ukraine crisis offers an urgent and tangible reminder of the enduring importance of the United Nations.  That is, as Ukraine endures one of most volatile crises the world has seen in a decade, the UN is proving itself vital to advancing not only our own national interests but also those of the world.
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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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Schedule Your In-district Meeting Today

February 12, 2014
We need your help in making this a banner month for U.S.-UN advocacy.

2014 will be a challenging year for both the United Nations and the United States, but with your help we can address these pressing issues. Between the turmoil in places like Syria and South Sudan and ensuring an FY 2015 budget that includes vital UN funding, we need to make sure Congress knows a strong U.S.-UN relationship is more important than ever.
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Sustainable Development: A Prerequisite for a Life of Dignity

February 10, 2014
“248. We resolve to establish an inclusive and transparent intergovernmental process on sustainable development goals that is open to all stakeholders, with a view to developing global sustainable development goals to be agreed by the General Assembly. [...]”

— Quote from the report The Future We Want
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United Nations Association of the USA and United Nations Federal Credit Union Partner, Strengthening Support and Member Benefits

February 7, 2014
UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK -- United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) and the United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU) today 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 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.
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Task Force U.S. Olympic Delegation: Prioritize Human Rights and Respect for Diversity in Sochi

February 6, 2014
In a letter addressed to head of the U.S. Presidential Winter Olympic Delegation to Sochi Secretary Janet Napolitano and other members of the U.S. Olympic delegation, the Task Force invited the group to prioritize a human rights message focused on diversity, tolerance, and universal values as well as the urgency of protecting the human rights of LGBT persons. The Task Force further observed that the composition delegation reflected America’s commitment to respecting diversity and public service.
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Task Force to UN: Keep Leading on LGBT Rights

February 4, 2014
Acknowledging the exceptional and courageous leadership of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in advancing LGBT rights, the Task Force invited the secretary-general to address violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in his February 2014 address to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
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