United Nations Association Greater Seattle Chapter

Seattle UN Day Event Featured in Seattle Post Globe

October 19th, 2010 by Abdi Sami

“Millennium development goals face new challenges” – by Collin Tong

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Oct 17: UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

October 14th, 2010 by UNA Seattle
United Nations DESA ATD Fourth World NGO Subcommittee for the Eradication of Poverty
NGO Subcommittee for the Eradication of Poverty

Through resolution A/RES/47/196 adopted on 22 December 1992, the General Assembly declared 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and invited all States to devote the Day to presenting and promoting, as appropriate in the national context, concrete activities with regard to the eradication of poverty and destitution.

The theme this year is “From Poverty to Decent Work: bridging the gap”.

The 2010 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty comes at a time when people living in poverty and informal sector workers are even more uncertain about employment stability, working conditions, training opportunities and the availability of social protection. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), the share of workers in vulnerable employment worldwide is estimated to reach more than 1.5 billion, equivalent to over half (50.6%) of the world’s working population. With attention focused on the start of the International Year of Youth, young people are known to be particularly affected. The ILO found that the global unemployment rate reached 6.6% in 2009, up 0.9% from 2007, while the global youth unemployment rate rose from 11.8% in 2007 to 13.4% in 2009, with wide regional variations. The Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008-2017), with the theme of “Full employment and decent work for all”, is an important framework for action through which Member States and the United Nations system can effectively address the global priorities of employment and decent work for poverty eradication.

The main observance will endeavour to illustrate ways in which access to decent work and opportunities for learning and training can be developed with people in poverty, taking into account the existing efforts and experiences of youth, their families, and those working in the informal sector. Testimonies will highlight the need to support initiatives and programmes which are participatory and rights-based, creating a dialogue among different partners (families, workers, social services and employers). New approaches which overcome exclusion and are environmentally, socially and economically advantageous will be highlighted.

The 2010 commemoration will take place on Monday, 18 October at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Read more about International Day for the Eradication of Poverty here.

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2010 UNA Greater Seattle Chapter annual meeting review

October 11th, 2010 by UNA Seattle

The annual meeting of the Greater Seattle Chapter convened on Saturday, September 25 at 10:00 am in the Fireside Room of the University Temple Methodist Church.  By way of acknowledging sixty-five years of support for the United Nations, we reminisced about seven decades of that effort.

The morning began with a panel, four people with stories to tell about the life of the organization, starting with long time activists, Pat Baillargeon, who traveled with Eleanor Roosevelt organizing citizen support for the nascent United Nations, and Kay Bullitt, who remembers joining the UNA sixty years ago.  Our other panelists, Sahar Fathi and Amanda Lazarone, are associated with the Young Professionals for International Cooperation (YPIC).  Further, Sahar clerked for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and Amanda served as research associate and coordinator for the Kofi Annan Papers Project.

The day was a true tribute to the legacy of the United Nations Association. Long-time and new members joined together to celebrate a great year for the Greater Seattle Chapter. We were very pleased to welcome two new board members Collin Tong and Atenu “Danny” Janka, and to thank those who have supported our chapter financially in this past year:

Life members: Eugene Coan, Richard J Elkinton, Juliet Harding, Esther Instebo, Joan Lawson, Mary Lines, Wayne Metsker, Al Rasmussen, Agnes Schmoe, Ron L Smith, Sheree Wen

Other donors: Anonymous, Theodor Schuchat, Karlene Anne Cecil-Arguinchona, Lowell Ericsson, George Wallerstein, Frank Jones, Gwendolyn L Langley, Richard Blakney, Jan Bush, Budd Dickinson, Daniel Anderson, Helen Anderson, Joe Baxter, Geraldine Haynes, Dorothy Lipsky, Richard Lipsky, Wilda Luttermoser, Jane Olson, Lorraine Toly, Fabric of Life Foundation, Sharon Bjeletich, Drucilla Briggs, Ann Bruno, Sally Davis, Dorothy Eley, Lynn Engelking, Anthony Fairbank, Gayle Knoepfler, Malcolm McWhorter, Matthew Metz/Metz Law Group, Ian Moncaster/World Affairs Council, Gordon H Orians, Alan Rabinowitz, David Rosenbaum, Janet Rosenberg, Ellen Savett, Joachim Schneider, Johanna Singh, Jennifer Slack, Kirstin Warriner, Rebecca Wolfe

Greater Seattle Chapter Year in Review:

9/19/09 Annual Meeting – “Give Peace a Chance – Peacekeeping by the United Nations” Congressman Jim McDermott spoke about the realities and possibilities of the healthcare reform bill and status of Iran and Afghanistan.

10/24/09 UN Day Program – With the topic of Food Security and Climate Change: The Agenda at Copenhagen, with Sarah van Gelder (YES! Magazine Editor) as moderator, three panelists presented – Prof. David Battisti (UW Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences, Dr. Monika B. Zurek (Agricultural Development Program/Gates Foundation), and Dick Nelson (Puget Sound Millennium Goals Project).

10/26/09 – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon visits Seattle to speak and receive UW Honorary Doctor of Laws degree with UNA Seattle directors in attendance. Board members were treated to a ‘meet and greet’ session with Mr. Ban.

11/14/09 – Board Retreat – Guest Ray McGovern (former CIA)

2/26/10 – Assisted UN Fund for Population Activities’ (UNFPA) Health and Dignity of Women luncheon program at The Westin Hotel.

3/11/10 – Young Professionals for International Cooperation (YPIC) panel of speakers at the University Heights facility.

3/17/10 – Media in Haiti and Chile – three speakers panel and presentation, Communications Bldg, UW

4/4 – 17/10 – Second tour to Iran with 17 attendees, led by Abdi Sami

6/6 – 8/10 – UNA-USA Washington DC Convention – “Opportunities, Advocacy and the Way Ahead” at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Attended by UNA Greater Seattle Board members.

6/26 – 7/11/10 – Vietnam Peace and Justice Tour – jointly with PeaceTress Vietnam

9/25/10 – Chapter annual meeting

Speakers Bureau formed

10 programs given by UNA Seattle Speakers

10 programs sponsored by UNA of Greater Seattle

2 very successful interns

Newsletters pioneered into online/email format

Network promoting peace with Iran – held monthly meetings to promote peaceful negotiations by the United States and Iran: www.nppi.us.

United Nations Association
Greater Seattle Chapter
PO Box 85682
Seattle WA 98145-5682
www.unaseattle.org (calendar, newsletters, donate/join/renew)

Please become a member of UNA Seattle (the United Nations Association-USA, Greater Seattle Chapter) and join a movement of Americans who  support responsible global leadership and a strong UN! www.unaseattle.org

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UNA-USA and United Nations Foundation to establish historic alliance

October 11th, 2010 by UNA Seattle

The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) and the UN Foundation are planning the establishment of a new alliance. Under the alliance the management of UNA-USA programs will be transferred to the UN Foundation, under the leadership of an Executive Director.  Final approval of the alliance is virtually certain to be obtained in the coming weeks.

United Nations Association forms alliance to survive – Jeremy Smerd, Crain’s New York Business.com

First annual UNA-USA/UN Foundation dinner

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Honoring Human Rights Leaders in Seattle

September 28th, 2010 by UNA Seattle

Human Rights Day 2010 provides an opportunity to honor a Seattle area organization or individual who has advanced human rights locally, nationally, or internationally.

Take a few minutes to think about our local human rights leaders. Is there someone you would like to see honored? Please submit the nomination forms linked below via mail, fax, or email by October 4, 2010. Your participation is vital to the success of this award process.

The Seattle Human Rights Award will be presented at the 15th annual Seattle Human Rights Day celebration on Thursday, December 9, 2010 in City Hall. this ceremony is a powerful way to acknowledge the work of outstanding people who inspire us all.

Past award recipients have included Magdaleno Rose-Avila, Joe Martin, Legal Voice, Northwest Immigrants Rights Project, Casa Latina, Pride Foundation, Somali Community Services of Seattle, YWCA Girls First, Trans Jail Policy Group, the Wing Luke Asian Museum and many others.

HR Leaders in Seattle

HR Leaders in your School

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