Announcing the annual UNA-USA Global Engagement Summit for 2019! The Global Engagement Summit allows UN advocates to participate in a day of dynamic and informative discussions on the most pressing issues facing the United Nations. This event unites world leaders with our nation’s top grassroots change-makers. The Summit will take place on Friday, February 22, 2019 at United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Register now and get in early!
We’re calling out to all local GenUN student members of UNA — here’s another chance for you to shine — by taking your place at the UN!
The ECOSOC Youth Forum will bring youth leaders from around the world to the United Nations Headquarters. It will give them the opportunity to engage with government representatives, youth delegates, policymakers and other relevant stakeholders in civil society and the private sector.
The Forum will take place on April 8-9, 2019 in New York City. Register now to take your place and be heard!
UN Adopts First Resolution Aimed At Curbing Sexual Harassment
The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution on sexual harassment, the first of its kind at the world body, on November 19. It serves as a normative framework on work against sexual harassment, urging member states to condemn violence against women and girls, including sexual harassment, and pursue a policy of eliminating such violence, Xinhua news agency reported. It reaffirms that states should not invoke any custom, tradition or religious consideration to avoid their obligations with regard to the elimination of violence against women and girls.
2018 UN Day Humanitarian Awards Dinner
Commemorates 73rd UN Anniversary
From left: Deputy Secretary-General of the UN Amina J. Mohammed looks on as 2018 honoree Bill McDermott, the Chief Executive of SAP, exchanges warm greetings with fellow honoree Madame Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the former President of the Republic of Liberia. | All photos: Melanie Quinn Photography
On Tuesday, the 2nd of October, the United Nations Association of New York announced the honorees for its annual Humanitarian of the Year Awards, during the celebratory UN Day Gala Dinner commemorating the 73rd Anniversary of the United Nations.
The honorees this year were: Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, spouse of the Prime Minister of Canada; Bill McDermott, Chief Executive Officer of SAP; and Madame Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the former president of the Republic of Liberia.
Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 Seeks to End Sexual Violence
Nadia Murad, a Yazidi rights activist and the first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist who helps victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), were awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize on October 5th.
“By honoring these defenders of human dignity, this prize also recognizes countless victims around the world who have too often been stigmatized, hidden and forgotten,” stated UN chief António Guterres.
DSM Named on Fortune Magazine’s ‘Change the World’ List for Third Consecutive Year
Our warmest congratulations to Royal DSM, our 2010 UNA-NY Humanitarian Award Honoree, for continued good governance and fulfilling United Nations Sustainability Goals
In April, Feike Sijbesma, Chief Executive Officer of Royal DSM, was named among the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders in Fortune Magazine’s annual list.
And now, in the past week, DSM, the global science-based company active in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, again made Fortune Magazine’s 2018 Change the World list, an annual recognition of companies that have a positive social impact through their core business strategy. DSM was featured for the third consecutive year. And Sustainalytics also recognized DSM when it named the company the leader in ESG (environmental, social and governance) within the chemicals industry for the second year in a row. DSM’s approach as a purpose led company is now widely recognized.
"Pioneering" Michelle Bachelet Officially Appointed
New UN Human Rights Chief
After a vote by the United Nations General Assembly in New York, former two-time President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, hailed a “pioneer” by the UN Secretary-General, has officially been appointed as High Commissioner for Human Rights, effective from September 1st.
Minutes after she was voted in, UN chief Antonio Guterres told reporters he was “delighted” by the news of her official appointment as Michelle Bachelet “has been as formidable a figure in her native Chile, as she has at the United Nations.”
2018 Summer Soirée Breezes Through with Another Hot Time on the Old Town
Our seventh annual Summer Soirée brought out UNA’s own New York host chapter in a delightful romp at the Hudson Terrace on July 27th, when chapter members came out despite the changeable weather pattern, bringing friends and associates to have a blast in the cool ambience. In the photo (left to right): UNA-NY Executive Vice President Robin van Puyenbroeck, UNA-NY President Abid Qureshi, UN Foundation’s Max Antman, and UNA-NY Board Member Nemanja Babic. Check out some of the ambience here.
Photograph by Travis Feldman
Snakebite: The Biggest Public Health Crisis You’ve Never Heard Of
June 28, 2018 | Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary-General
A few years ago, a local doctor in Ghana drew my wife Nane’s and my attention to the devastating impact that snakebites were having on his community. We were shocked to learn that snakebite kills between 81,000 and 138,000 people globally every year, with many more suffering lasting mental and physical impairments. By comparison, the mosquito-borne Dengue fever claims roughly 20,000 lives annually worldwide. Despite its huge impact, snakebite is the biggest public health crisis you have likely never heard of.
U.S. Must Stand Up for Principles in Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Reunite Families
United Nations leaders call for families to be reunited
Washington, D.C. | As parents, sisters and brothers, and children, we have followed with great distress the reports of children from Mexico and Central America being separated from their parents at the U.S. border. The United Nations Foundation, the Better World Campaign, and the United Nations Association of the United States (UNA-USA) believe strongly that such separations risk deep and lasting damage to the physical and emotional well-being of the children and their parents and are inconsistent with fundamental human rights norms and values.
New York State Legislature Passes Bill to
Crack Down on Child Sex Trafficking
New York State lawmakers on June 13 passed a bill to crack down on those who sell children for sex.
The bill passed by the Assembly and Senate creates a new felony charge of “sex trafficking of a child” and would make it easier for prosecutors to win convictions by removing the current requirement that they prove suspected traffickers used force, fraud or coercion to ensnare victims in the sex trade.
“It will give prosecutors the tools they need to put the most heinous of sex traffickers in jail,” said Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Westchester County), who sponsored the Assembly version of the bill.
The United Nations Association of New York salutes our Summer Scholar 2018 fellowship winners: Cori Fain, Ji-Young Kim, Justine LaVoye and Erick Regalado. We offer all of them our warm congratulations and wish them all the best during their time abroad!
New Report from OCHA:
World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2017
The World Humanitarian Data and
Trends is an annual flagship report from the
United Nations Office for the Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) that presents
global and country-level data and trend analysis about
humanitarian crises and assistance. Its purpose is to
consolidate this information and present it in an
accessible way, providing policy-makers, researchers and
humanitarian practitioners with an evidence base to
support humanitarian policy decisions and provide
context for operational decisions.
Some highlights included: major trends in the nature of
humanitarian crises, their underlying causes and
drivers, and actors that participate in prevention,
response and recovery; an overview of the humanitarian
landscape in terms of funding, capacity, crises and
appeals; and sections on regional perspectives,
challenges and opportunities. Providing statistics and
infographics, the data in the report come from a variety
of sources and partners.
Former UN Chief Takes the Helm of
Global Green Growth Institute
In the face of climate change and growing energy demand
in developing countries, Ban
Ki-moon, the new president and chair
of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI),
unveiled his vision for a more sustainable path by
helping countries in their transition to greener
economies and achieving the Sustainable Development
"We at GGGI need a much greater capacity to help member
states in their transition to sustainable development
and also to adapt to climate change," said Ban Ki-moon,
who previously served as the eighth secretary-general of
the United Nations, in his first press conference as the
President of the Assembly and Chair of the Council of
GGGI on March 27 in Seoul.
UNA-NY Panel at CSW62 on
America's Maternal Death Rate
On March 21, UNA-NY participated in this year's CSW
series of conferences, presenting the session America's Maternal Death Rate:
What's Behind it and How to Prevent It. Aligned with this year's conference theme, the presenting
panel's discussion addressed the general lack of
awareness about life-threatening pregnancy-related
complications facing women in various areas in the
U.S. Although spring had just officially begun, many attendees braved the snowy NYC
weather to attend the conference.
Turning Refugee Camps Into Sustainable Cities in
the Ethiopian Desert
UN agencies, NGOs and private
companies work together to help refugees have an
Melkadida, Ethiopia | In a remote
corner of Ethiopia cluster five refugee camps, filled
with Somalis who over the last 10 years have been driven
from across the border by extremist Islamic violence and
several years of punishing drought. Now Ethiopia, with
the help of UN agencies, NGOs, and private corporations,
is looking to turn these refugees into citizens, to help
them become self-reliant, rather than dependent, and to
transform their camps into cities — sustainable cities.
UN Global Dispatch:
Meet the U.S. Youth Observer to the UN
Munira Khalif is the U.S.
Youth Observer to the United Nations. This is
a position created in partnership between the State
Department and UNA-USA to help give youth a voice in
official and semi-official diplomatic settings. Khalif
is a student at Harvard, though she is taking some time
off to focus on this new role, in which she will serve
for a year.
2017 UN Day Humanitarian Awards Dinner
Commemorates 72nd UN Anniversary and
Honors VP Biden and Elsevier
On Friday, November 3, the United
Nations Association of New York
announced the honorees for its annual Humanitarian
of the Year awards, during the celebratory UN
Day gala dinner commemorating the 72nd Anniversary of
the United Nations.
Receiving the award this year was Joseph
R. Biden Jr., the 47th Vice
President of the United States, and Youngsuk
Chi, Chairman of Elsevier and
Director of Corporate Affairs of
For the First Time, Women Outnumber Men in
Senior Posts at a UN Agency
Something looked very different when the Director
General of the World Health Organization introduced his
senior leadership team this week: nine out of
the fourteen posts will be filled by women.
In the announcement, the head of the World Health
Program Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated that
"The team represents 14 countries, including all WHO
regions, and is more than 60% women, reflecting my
deep-held belief that we need top talent, gender equity
and a geographically diverse set of perspectives to
fulfill our mission to keep the world safe."
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IRC's David Miliband Gives TED Talk on
Global Refugee Crisis
In his brief talk, David Miliband of the International
Rescue Committee shares his personal understanding of
the plight of refugees: through the lens of his own
parents, who as children were forced to flee their homes
during World War II. He argues that the current global
refugee crisis is indeed solvable — and further, that it
is a test of our humanity, the values we stand for, and
the lessons we've learned from history.
U.S. Leadership Role is Very Important:
UN Refugee Chief on 5 Things Which Mandate U.S. Support
President Trump's pledge to cut U.S. foreign aid and
support for emergency humanitarian assistance around the
world loomed large over recent meetings the United
Nations' refugee chief held with economic development
"I'm worried about possible reductions," Filippo
Grandi, the UN's high commissioner for refugees, told
USA TODAY. "If one government cuts back, I'll have to
cut back programs that help millions of people," said
Grandi, who is responsible for serving people fleeing
conflicts in places like Syria, Yemen, South Sudan and
Grandi listed five things for Americans to keep in mind
as they decide their role in the world.
At Security Council, UN Chief Guterres Makes
New Case for Peace Efforts
Delivering his first formal briefing to the Security
Council, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres
underlined the need for new, strengthened efforts to
build and sustain peace ranging from prevention,
conflict resolution and peacekeeping to peacebuilding
and sustainable development.
"We spend far more time and resources responding to
crises rather than preventing them. People are paying
too high a price... We need a whole new approach," Mr.
Guterres stressed at a Security Council debate on
conflict prevention and sustaining peace.
Led by Eleanor Roosevelt, the United Nations
Association was created to bolster American support
for the work of the United Nations. Chapters across the
country educate US citizens about the important global
programs of the UN, and encourage American support for
Miranda Thomas often creates gallery
pieces for the United
Nations Association of New York to
assist in their fundraising efforts. This year, she has
also collaborated with Archivie Scarves
to create a limited edition silk scarf to benefit
the UNA, showcasing her renowned dove of peace
This lovely scarf is printed on silk and available in
four sizes, including a pocket square. 20% of each
sale supports UNA-NY. Visit Archivie Scarves to purchase.