The United Nations Association Greater Seattle Chapter

United Nations Association Greater Seattle Chapter

The United Nations Association - Greater Seattle Chapter

Seattle, WA The United Nations Association - Greater Seattle Chapter is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that supports the work of the United Nations as one of a number of local chapters of the United Nations Association of the United States (UNA-USA). UNA Seattle encourages active civic participation in the most important social and economic issues facing the world today, from global health and human rights to the spread of democracy to equitable and sustainable development.

Our Mission: UNA-GSC is dedicated to educating, inspiring and mobilizing members of the Greater Seattle community to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations and to advocate for full engagement by the United States in the United Nations.

UNA-Seattle is a chapter of the UNA-USA. We are a 501(c)(3) organization according to US regulations and all contributions are tax deductible.

The Epidemic of Birth Defects in Iraq: Conversations with an Iraqi Doctor

UNA Seattle is pleased to be a co-sponsor of this event held on October 27, 2014 at the University Temple United Methodist Church in the University District.

Dr. Muhsin Al-Sabbak, head of the Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Basra Maternity Hospital is coming from Iraq, and will be joined by Iraqi environmental toxicologist Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, University of Michigan/Ann Arbor. This team will be speaking at a number of other U.S. universities, e.g., Harvard, Boston University and Columbia University.

This is the video of the event. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4N_KZmdlDM

UN Day 2014

On October 25, 2014, UNA Seattle hosted a celebration at City University. We were honored to have David Korten, author of "Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth" as our keynote speaker.

Thank you to all the participants who took time out on a windy, blustery day to join us in discussing these very important stories that affect not only us here in Seattle, but people all around the country and the world. Our opinions and comments will be summarized and submitted to UNA-USA, which is in the process of gathering up the various discourse from at least 33 other Chapters. Our thoughts and concerns will be part of the larger program, the Sustainable Development Goals.

A very special thank you to the UNA Seattle Board Members; our new Executive Director, Mike Beard; Heather Jarvis of City University; Kat Gjovik of Great Turning; Stacy Barmuta; Maureen Mullen and Kaitlyn Crawford. This event would not have been the great success without you.

Dr. Korten's speech is in the link below. An article by David Lampert ("Universal Development Goals For This Millennium") is also linked. This article recently appeared in Columbia University's sustainable development journal, Consilience. Both are fascinating reads, and we encourage continued thoughtful discussions among yourselves, and at Club UN.

David Korten UN Day 2014 Presentation

David Lempert Universal Development Goals Final Consilience

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UNA Greater Seattle Chapter presents Club UN

club unJoin us on the last Wednesday of each month for Club UN, a social event where individuals interested in the work of the United Nations, human rights, and other social issues can gather and discuss.

Join our Meetup group: http://www.meetup.com/Club-UN/ for more information.

On October 29, 2014, we are meeting at the Trophy Cupcakes at Wallingford Center. The address is 1815 N 45th Street, Seattle, WA. Free parking available at the Wallingford Center.

The topic: Follow up of David Korten's speech at UN Day 2014.

The World We Want 2015

Stay engaged with The World We Want 2015.

http://www.worldwewant2015.org/

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Follow the proceedings and happenings. http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/

Watch Seattle In Action At The World We Want

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/40510029

Now this is what we're talking about!

Today Was Seattle’s Turn!

logo[2] On November 2, 2013, passionate and caring people from all over Seattle gathered at City University to talk about the many pressing issues facing our world today and into the next 30 years. Questions were asked and spirited debate ensued. 12 breakout groups talked and recorded the issues, comments and perspectives ranging from climate change, immigrant/refugee rights, education, land rights, health, and human trafficking. The goal was to let the Secretary General and the General Assembly know what we here in Seattle consider important and critical issues that we want for our world and that of our children. When the video of the proceedings is ready, it will be posted here and on Facebook. Please check back here often. In the meantime, please consider joining us in this incredible journey. Become a member of the UNA Seattle. Be informed. Be inspired. Together, we can do a lot of good. group pic

The World We Want: Consultations for Post 2015 MDGs

On November 2, UNA Seattle will be holding one of the many global conversations taking place around the world with the purpose of creating a shared vision of 'the world we want.' Participants gathering together at Seattle's City University will engage in meaningful discussions on how to move forward post 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Poised to be the first United Nations grassroots consultation initiative performed in the United States, "The World We Want" - UNA-USA Consultations on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda will be setting a precedence on how communities across the world engage with the UN. The initiative was developed from a request by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon for a grassroots consultation process to be conducted in each UN member state. The goal is to hold unique conversations in each participating city to outline the world we want in 2030. Results from the US consultations, including interesting stories, ideas and emergent themes, will be assembled and presented to UNDP to support goals for the post-2015 development agenda.
The program's objective is to invite wider participation in the UN's development agenda and foster a community actively engaged in sharing in a global mission. The consultations provide the bridge to connect grassroots communities to the work of the United Nations, which might have seemed too far removed for citizens to have an impact on shaping.
This Saturday, it is our turn to convene participants from various communities and groups around the greater Seattle area to exchange ideas and stories in order to add to the growing collective of meaningful global conversations. Our chapter intends to nurture this process into an ongoing dialogue. Please keep tuned forĀ future programming launched from this important process. In meantime, we encourage more people to submit their views on the survey atĀ www.myworld2015.org.
Registration is required in advance, and the deadline to register is Thursday October 31st - no walk-ins please. For more information and to register, go to:
 
The 10 chapters/regions participating in consultation are the following: Chicago (Oct. 24) Seattle (Nov. 2) New York (Nov. 8) Kansas City (Nov. 16) Tampa Bay (Nov. 19) North Carolina, (Nov. 23) Southern California (Dec. 7) Denver (first week in Dec) Iowa (TBD) Northern California (TBD)
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