The UN's Next Top Diplomat:
Visionary Leader António Guterres
The UN General Assembly appointed by acclamation the former Prime Minister of Portugal, António Guterres, as the next United Nations Secretary-General, to succeed Ban Ki-moon when he steps down on 31 December. Mr. Guterres, aged 67, was Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015. He will become the world's top diplomat on 1 January 2017, and hold that post for the next five years.
UNA-NY Special Panel of Extraordinary Women Offer
Passionate Perspectives on Ending Child Marriage
On September 19, UNA-NY held a special panel on ending child marriages, at the Netherlands Mission to the UN. Joining us that evening were five passionate and extraordinary women who each contributed her own vital perspectives on ending child marriage globally.
We are saddened by the passing of Ambassador Joseph Verner Reed. He was a close friend to UNA-NY, as well as a Lifetime member of UNA. He received our 2008 Distinguished Service Award for his tireless support of our chapter and his lifelong dedication to the United Nations. Ambassador Reed was also the MC at many of our annual dinners over the years.
A Day of Art and Joy for Refugee Children in New York
On August 31, the United Nations Association of New York partnered with several organizations to host a group of recently resettled refugee children and their parents at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Originally from Syria and Eritrea, the families that participated in the day are now resettled in Connecticut and New Jersey.
UNA-NY's 2016 Summer Soirée:
The More the Merrier!
This year our ever popular Summer Soirée, hosted at The Hudson Terrace on July 15, attracted even more UNA-NY members, and even more of their friends and guests, than ever before — this fun-filled evening of relaxed networking and camaraderie collected a cool head-count of 500-plus reservations, our strongest attendance yet.
Tomorrow's Decision Makers:
Youth at the UN DPI/NGO Conference
In June, a delegation of youth representatives travelled to Gyeongju in the Republic of Korea to attend the 66th UN Department of Information/Non-Governmental Organizations Conference. The conference organizers invited youth representing different regions around the world to promote and participate in all conference events, including on-line and off-line youth activities. The young participants undertook a process of knowledge sharing, consultation and drafting, in order to develop a Youth Declaration to disseminate their united perspective and recommendations to the Gyeongju Action Plan, to support global education and implementation of the SDGs worldwide.
Participants, including a very young guest, during the commemoration of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers by the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG).
"On this International Day of International Day of UN Peacekeepers, we honor our heroes: the more than one million men and women who have served under the UN flag with pride, distinction and courage since the first deployment in 1948. And we pay our highest tribute to the more than 3,400 peacekeepers who have lost their lives while in service during that period," remarked Ban Ki-moon during the occasion.
2016 UN DPI/NGO Conference
The dynamic UN DPI/NGO Conference brings together many actors on global issues. Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the SDGs Together is the theme of this year's conference, to be held in Korea from 30 May–1 June.
Youth are directly impacted by decisions made regarding education around the globe. As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, the presence of youth voices is needed now more than ever.
Conference organizers are calling on youth representing different regions around the world to promote and participate in all conference events, including on-line and off-line youth activities. It is important to raise the voice of young people from around the world in global conferences tackling pressing issues on the international agenda.
Governments Made a Covenant with the Future, as World Leaders Sign Landmark Climate Accord
With their signatures of the landmark Paris climate accord, "governments made a covenant with the future," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the end of a United Nations ceremony that saw the largest single-day turn-out for such an event, and which puts the world on a path towards low-carbon growth and a more sustainable future.
Yet, while the signing is a "vote of confidence" in a new approach to climate change, it is imperative that the strong political momentum continues to grow, the UN chief stressed, in concluding remarks to the Ceremony for the Paris Agreement.
UN Commission on the Status of Women
Urges Gender-Responsive Implementation of Agenda 2030
New York | The 60th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women concluded with UN Member States committing to the gender-responsive implementation of Agenda 2030. A set of agreed conclusions called for enhancing the basis for rapid progress, including stronger laws, policies and institutions, better data and scaled-up financing.
The Commission recognized women's vital role as agents of development. It acknowledged that progress on the Sustainable Development Goals at the heart of Agenda 2030 will not be possible without gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.
UN Honors Memory of Former Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali
The 193-member United Nations General Assembly honored the memory of former Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, who passed away on February 16 at the age of 93, recalling his legacy in helping the world body find its footing in a new global landscape during the tumultuous early 1990s.
Addressing the Assembly's special tribute at UN Headquarters in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Mr. Boutros-Ghali had both the fortune and the misfortune to serve as the first post-Cold-War UN chief.
"While the United Nations was never as paralyzed during the Cold War as many have portrayed, the new dynamic gave the Organization new leeway to act. This brought promise and peril — and Mr. Boutros-Ghali experienced both," Mr. Ban said.
UN: Bees Help Boost Food Security of Two Billion Small Farmers
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) highlighted the publication of a new study that quantifies, for the first time, how much crop yields depend on the work of bees that unknowingly fertilize plants as they move from flower to flower.
In doing so, the agency says bees may have a key role to play in improving the production of some two billion smallholder farmers worldwide and ensuring the food security and nutrition of the world's growing population.
Quality Education in Mother Languages Vital to Success of 2030 Agenda
21 February | Mother languages are essential to providing quality education, which in turn supports the achievement of the new global development agenda, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said on the International Day established to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world.
Marking International Mother Language Day, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova emphasized that "mother languages in a multilingual approach are essential components of quality education, which is itself the foundation for empowering women and men and their societies." She underscored the need to recognize and nurture this power, in order to "leave no one behind" and "craft a more just and sustainable future for all."
Historic New Sustainable Development Agenda Unanimously Adopted by 193 UN Members
A bold new global agenda to end poverty by 2030 and pursue a sustainable future was unanimously adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations at the start of the Summit on Sustainable Development.
Jeffrey Sachs | The United Nations will mark its 70th anniversary when world leaders assemble next month at its headquarters in New York. Though there will be plenty of fanfare, it will inadequately reflect the UN's value, not only as the most important political innovation of the twentieth century, but also as the best bargain on the planet. But if the UN is to continue to fulfill its unique and vital global role in the twenty-first century, it must be upgraded in three key ways.
The UNA-USA and UNFCU Alliance:
Strengthening Support and Member Benefits
United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) and the United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU) recently 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 good 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.