The United Nations Association - Greater Seattle ChapterThe 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
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
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
UNA Greater Seattle Chapter presents Club UN
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
UN Sustainable Development Goals
Watch Seattle In Action At The World We Want
Now this is what we're talking about!
Today Was Seattle’s Turn!
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.
The World We Want: Consultations for Post 2015 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 for future programming launched from this important process. In meantime, we encourage more people to submit their views on the survey at 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)