1,600 Students to Take On Global Issues At International Middle School Model UN

March 26, 2015
NEW YORK (March 26, 2015) – Today, 1,600 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 it is the largest middle school Model UN in the world.
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A Different Kind of March Madness

March 24, 2015
From March 9-20, 2015, 1,100 organizations and nearly 9,000 individuals from across the globe will have descended upon the United Nations Headquarters in New York City for the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). During this time, 188 UN side events and hundreds of parallel events will be hosted in and near the UN to discuss the past, present, and future implementation and challenges of achieving gender equality and women's empowerment around the world.
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Ending Honor Based Violence

March 23, 2015
At the UNCSW 59, an event organized by BASIRA (British Arabs Supporting Universal Women’s Rights) and UN Women UK covered the issues of honor based violence (HBV) as a form of abuse which is at the discretion of cultural and societal norms that perpetuate violence through systemized and institutionalized misogyny.
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CSW 2015 – Beijing Plus 20

March 19, 2015
This was my fifth year participating in the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), held each year in March at the United Nations. This year was particularly important as it not only is a review of progress made over the past 20 years in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action developed in 1995 at the historic Fourth World Conference on Women, but also focuses on opportunities for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women in the post-2015 development agenda. 2015 is quite a milestone year for women since it is also the 15th anniversary of UN SCR 1325 that urges the increased participation of women in all aspects of peacebuilding and incorporation of gender perspectives in all peace and security efforts.
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CSW59: The What and Why

March 19, 2015
This year, I have the privilege of attending the 59th UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York. Here, I am a delegate representing the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire, and mobilize Americans to support the work and ideals of the UN. As such, I wanted to first write a post shedding some light on what CSW actually is, why it is important, and some of the challenges.
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Engaging Men: Good or Bad for Women’s Rights?

March 13, 2015
Quite a few attendees of the 59th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York this week are questioning the number of panels revolving around Men and Boys. Each day of the commission so far has had several official side events about how to engage men and boys in the fight for gender equality, and explanations are varied. Responses to them have been quite controversial.
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The World Must Change, Not the Women

March 11, 2015
The past few days have been inspiring. On Sunday, International Women’s Day, my sister and I went to the NGO Forum Consultation Day, where speakers including UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka set the stage for CSW59 by pointing to the problems left behind 20 years after Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. I especially loved Mlambo-Ngcuka’s point that we cannot create gender equality by teaching women to live within our patriarchal society.
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The #Hashtag and #Selfie Generation at CSW59

March 10, 2015
On Saturday, 7 March, a day before International Women’s Day, a group of young women under the age of 30 woke up early in the morning, braved the New York City winter cold and met at the Armenian Center for the first ever Young Women and Girls Forum at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) organized by the World YWCA and sponsored by UN Women, Packard Foundation, Christian Aid, NORAD, DFAT, Bread for the World, and WAGGGS. What motivated these young women to spend their Saturday in a conference room instead of exploring New York City? Their commitment to women rights, gender equality, and justice. 
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UNA Mourns the Passing of a True UN Champion

February 9, 2015
To John Whitehead (1922-2015), the words “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war” were more than just a passage from the UN Charter.  Whitehead, who would later serve as Chair of the United Nations Association of the United States (UNA-USA), learned the importance of those words while piloting a landing craft on D-Day at Omaha Beach.
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Former UNA-NY Chapter President Passes Away

January 7, 2015
Richard Diesing, former UNA-NY Chapter President, passed away on Tuesday December 16, 2014. Born in Springfield, IL, May 7, 1925, he passed away peacefully from Alzheimer's at Jewish Home Lifecare, Manhattan. Educated at Concordia Lutheran High School, St. Paul, MN; Concordia Lutheran Seminary, St. Louis; University of Chicago.
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Task Force to President Obama: Follow-Up on Senate Report

December 19, 2014
On December 19, 2014 the UNA-USA Leo Nevas Human Rights Task Force sent a letter to President Obama concerning the release of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program.
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Congress Fully Funds the UN and UN Peacekeping for FY'15

December 19, 2014
Exciting news — just in time for the holidays! Over the past month, more than 25,000 Americans, including UNA-USA members like you, urged their members of Congress to take swift action and pay our UN and UN Peacekeeping dues for FY'15 before the end of the year. Guess what: Congress listened!
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Using Free Email Tools to Lure New Members and Identify Future Leaders

December 4, 2014
Join UNA-USA's first in a series of webinars this Sunday, December 7, from 5 - 6 pm EST. Learn how to use free tools to create professional-looking emails with vibrant graphics and interactive links. Besides making a strong impression with your chapter's supporters, these tools will also help you easily identify the interests of your members and see who could be tapped to help run your next event. 
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UNA-USA, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Embark on Partnership to Bring Globally-Focused Education to High School Youth

October 20, 2014
The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA), Inc. have embarked on a new partnership with the aim of creating global citizens and fostering new audiences to better support the United Nations. The partnership, set to last until mid-2016, will engage a new generation of “ambassadors” in the vital work of the UN, through globally-focused workshops and activities, including Model UN simulations.
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UNA-USA and PwC Launch New Curriculum To Foster Financial Literacy for a Global Generation

September 29, 2014
New York -- Today, the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) and PwC US together launched an innovative curriculum called Economics of Globalization. Through this curriculum, students and teachers engage in activities that address financial management and economics to gain skills and knowledge to make responsible financial decisions, be productive citizens, promote prosperity, and contribute to a healthier global economy.
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UNA-USA Submits Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Report

September 19, 2014
On September 12, 2014 UNA-USA officially submitted its completed Universal Periodic Review (UPR) stakeholder report on human rights in the U.S to both the UN’s human rights office and the U.S. State Department. The UPR is a new tool of the UN Human Rights Council, the UN’s top human rights organ, that reviews the human rights situation of all 193 UN members. Civil society organizations like UNA-USA have a strong role to play in the reviews by submitting accompanying reports detailing human rights related challenges and progress in each country.  To date, 100% of all UN member-states have participated in the UPR.
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The Ebola Crisis: What You Can Do To Help

September 15, 2014
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa – the worst in the history of the disease – has claimed more than 2,400 lives and continues to spread. Countries hit by this disease need more resources: more health care workers, more beds, more protective equipment, and more ambulances.
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Oregon Native Selected as New U.S. Youth Observer to UN

August 26, 2014
The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) and the U.S. Department of State today named Jackson Dougan the next U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations. As Youth Observer, Dougan will be the third American to represent a youth voice at the United Nations General Assembly and other UN events throughout the next year. He was selected from more than 600 applicants to the program, and will engage with peers and report on his experiences over the year.  
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UNA-USA Hosts YALI Fellows

August 20, 2014
For August and September, UNA-USA is excited to host a Fellow with President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative.
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New Online Hub Gives Youth a Connection to the UN

August 12, 2014
New York -- Today, on International Youth Day, the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) launched its new GenUN online hub, genun.unausa.org, an action-oriented platform designed to empower young people to join with the United Nations in solving some of the world’s most important challenges. GenUN provides resources and opportunities for young people to get involved in the global issues that they care most about.
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