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Empowering Women and Girls: CSW62 at the United Nations

March 30, 2018
By Weruche Uzoka George

Hamden, Connecticut – The exhibition Women Artists: Creative Energy for Peace ushered me into an amazing CSW62 experience. Organized by the country of Andorra, this exhibition showcased wonderful artwork by female artists from around the globe. On the first day of CSW62 I had the privilege of viewing these women’s artwork. These talented women came from five continents – united by a unique desire “to see, to speak and to create.” To them, gender equality and gender parity can be achieved by sharing their view of the world through their creativity allowing them to create a space where women are at par with men.
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African Suffragettes, Me Too: Now What?

March 30, 2018
By Weruche Uzoka George, United Nations Association of South Western Connecticut

Hamden, Connecticut CSW62 side event African Suffragettes: A Journey of Africa’s Hidden Figures through the Decades was organized by the Justina Mutale Foundation and hosted at the African Union Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations on March 15, 2018. The need to empower and retell the stories of African women was reiterated in the Global Forum on Women’s Leadership and Change. A few of the notable speakers were the Vice President of the Gambia, Hon. Fatoumata Tambajang and Macdella Cooper, the only female to run for President last year in Liberia.
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CSW62: Through the Lens of Arts and Cultures

March 30, 2018

By Rachel Carillo

What do Pakistan, Japan, Nigeria, South Africa, South Korea, Afghanistan, The Netherlands, Bhutan, the NGO CSW Forum and the World Federation of United Nations Associations have in common?

Art. Dance. Song. Poetry. Weavings. Basketry. Fashion. Culinary masterpieces. Our cultures and cultural identities – this is what makes the human family and We the People connect and engage. Art is peace-building.
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The Role of Women and Youth in Peace and Security

March 30, 2018
By Jordan Hibbs & Belgica Cucalon

During the United Nations 62nd Commission on the Status of Women, at the high-level side event, “The Role of Parliaments in Women, Peace, and Security,” contributor and co-founder of The International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) Sanam Naraghi Anderlini expressed a passionate albeit frustrated account of how 18 years ago she and fellow women’s civil society organizations had urged for the inclusion of women in peacebuilding and security responses. Throughout CSW62 it became clear that often the voices most systematically removed and ignored in security measures continue to be of those most affected by conflict. As UNA-USA Delegates at the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women, we recognize the importance of information-sharing for empowering communities and creating partnerships.  Ensuring inclusion and representation for women and youth at decision-making tables related to peace and security must be a top priority if sustainable peace is to ever be more than an aspirational agenda.
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Men's Roles in the Fight for Gender Equality at CSW62

March 30, 2018
By Weruche Uzoka George

At the Digital Gender Violence and Hate speech: The role of men, the legislator and implications for democracy side event organized by the Icelandic Parliament, Icelandic National Committee of UN Women and the Icelandic Women Rights Association, speakers shared their knowledge and experience about the effects of digital violence and hate speech on women, as well as the impactful reach of social media and how to work towards legislation to prevent digital gender violence.
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10 Powerful Moments from the 2018 Global Engagement Summit

March 2, 2018
They say New York City is the city that never sleeps, and over 1,500  grassroots change-makers from across the nation joined forces on February 23 at UN Headquarters in New York City for UNA-USA’s Global Engagement Summit to prove it.

It’s no secret there is division in our country and in Washington right now, but you would never know it by looking out at the attendees of all ages, races, genders, and political affiliations brought together by one common cause: to tell the world that the U.S. stands with the UN.

These 10 moments from the 2018 Global Engagement Summit are a reflection of the day’s magnitude.
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Over 1,800 Americans to Show Support for the United Nations at Historic Gathering at Its Headquarters in New York City

February 23, 2018
New York, NY (February 23, 2018)A historic number of Americans will show their support for the United Nations today at the United Nations Association of the United States of America’s (UNA-USA) Global Engagement Summit (previously known as Members’ Day) at UN Headquarters in New York City.
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Making Local Connections to Global Issues

February 5, 2018
By: Katrina Finch, Senior Associate, Chapter Development, UNA-USA
One powerful way to inspire Americans to support the critical work of the United Nations is by connecting local communities with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Iowa UNA has done just that through their EmpowerHer campaign, which connects the lack of access to feminine hygiene products worldwide to issues being faced by girls and women at home in Iowa. The campaign was started in fall 2017 and promotes the wellbeing of women and girls, a priority encompassed in several of the SDGs.
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2018 UNA-USA National Council Nominations Announcement

January 8, 2018
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Dear UNA-USA Member:

We hope you have had a good and safe holiday season. As we begin this new year, we are proud of the impact we have made through our UNA-USA membership and leadership, and the progress we made in continuing to grow and expand our membership and programs. Key in this progress is our UNA-USA National Council, which represents the nationwide membership of the Chapters, Divisions, and national members, and will be the source of new ideas, initiatives, and productivity for our association and the UN. Our bi-annual nomination and election process for Regional Representatives to serve on the National Council is officially open. 
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World-Renowned Chef and TV Host Lidia Bastianich Becomes UNA-USA’s First Celebrity Champion for Refugee Youth Education

January 4, 2018
Washington, DC (January 4, 2018) – The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) today announced Emmy award-winning public television host, best‐selling cookbook author, restaurateur, and former refugee Lidia Bastianich as its first celebrity champion for refugee youth education.
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Nearly 7,000 Americans Urge Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to use the Sustainable Development Goals to protect and promote human rights worldwide

November 16, 2017
Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, November 16, the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA), in partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA), sent a letter on behalf of nearly 7,000 Americans to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, asking him to continue working with the United Nations to protect and promote human rights, both at home and abroad, by fighting human trafficking and advancing the principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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Trump Voters and Millennials Agree on the Importance of the UN, New Poll Finds

October 19, 2017
Washington, D.C. (October 19, 2017) — Exactly one month after President Trump and Ambassador Nikki Haley’s first appearance at the United Nations General Assembly, a new bipartisan poll released today by the Better World Campaign finds that 65 percent of Republicans and specifically 58 percent of Trump voters agree the UN is still needed today. Similarly, among millennial voters, 86 percent also agreed with that sentiment, making support for the UN one area that millennials and Trump voters agree on.
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4 Ways to Get Involved During UN General Assembly

September 15, 2017
The 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has started at UN Headquarters in New York City, bringing world leaders together to peacefully discuss the most critical issues of our time. Here are 4 ways you can participate from home:
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UNA-USA and U.S. Department of State Announce Advocate for Women and Girls as 2017-18 U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations

July 25, 2017
Ms. Munira Khalif, Harvard University student and co-founder of girls’ education nonprofit “Lighting the Way,” will advance youth engagement at the UN as sixth annual U.S. Youth Observer

Washington, DC (July 25, 2017) – The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, announced today Ms. Munira Khalif as the sixth annual U.S. Youth Observer to the UN. Khalif, a Minnesota-native and rising junior at Harvard University, was chosen from a competitive pool of nearly 350 applicants that included top-ranked university students and young professionals from across the United States. In her role as U.S. Youth Observer to the UN, Khalif will represent a youth voice at the United Nations General Assembly and other UN events throughout the year.
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Historic Number of Americans Mobilize on Capitol Hill to Urge Congress to Support Full U.S. Funding for the United Nations

June 13, 2017
With the future of America’s international engagement in the spotlight, a historic number of Americans are gathered in the nation’s capital to collectively call on Congress for full U.S. funding for the United Nations. More than 300 Americans from across the country are taking part in this landmark advocacy mobilization, which occurs on the final day of the United Nations Association of the United States of America’s (UNA-USA) Leadership Summit in Washington, DC. 
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UNA-USA, Key Environmental Organizations, and 65,000 Americans Urge Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to keep U.S. in Paris Agreement

May 4, 2017
Washington, DC – On Thursday, May 4, the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) joined key environmental organizations in sending a letter, on behalf of 65,000 Americans, to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, urging him to keep the U.S. in the Paris Agreement on climate change.
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Better World Campaign and UNA-USA Warn Against Proposed Cuts to U.S. Funding for the United Nations

March 16, 2017
U.S. Office of Management and Budget proposal released today “would severely jeopardize U.S. national security interests and compromise American leadership,” cautions Better World Campaign President Peter Yeo
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UNA-USA and More Than 100 Civil Society Organizations Urge Congressional Leaders to Support Strong U.S. Leadership at the United Nations

February 28, 2017
Washington, DC – On Tuesday, February 28, UNA-USA and more than 100 other civil society organizations sent a letter to Congressional Leaders—Senators Mitch McConnell and Charles Schumer and Representatives Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi—urging them to support strong U.S. leadership at the United Nations, including by fully meeting our nation’s financial obligations to the organization.
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More Than 1,200 Americans Expected at Historic Gathering in Support of the United Nations at the Institution's Headquarters in New York City

February 17, 2017
New York, NY – The largest assembly ever of Americans gathered in support of the United Nations will take place today at the organization’s headquarters in New York City. More than 1,200 Americans from across the country are expected to attend the annual Members’ Day at the United Nations event, hosted by the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), a 50-state grassroots membership organization that is part of the United Nations Foundation.
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Key Human Rights Organizations Urge Secretary of State Rex Tillerson To Maintain U.S. Engagement with The UN Human Rights Council

February 10, 2017
Washington, DC On Friday, February 10, senior representatives from key human rights organizations sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging him to maintain U.S. engagement with the UN Human Rights Council.
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