2010 October | UNA Greater Seattle Chapter

United Nations Association Greater Seattle Chapter

Former Seattle PI reporter Tom Paulson blogs about UN Day event

October 26th, 2010 by UNA Seattle

How did you celebrate UN Day?

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UNA Seattle UN Day celebration event featured in Crosscut

October 26th, 2010 by UNA Seattle

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Seattle UN Day Event Featured in Seattle Post Globe

October 19th, 2010 by UNA Seattle

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

Time is running out to purchase your tickets to the October 24th celebration of 65 years of the UN! Order yours today before they sell out!

Buy tickets at Brown Paper Tickets.com

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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 Lanzarone, 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)

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