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UNA Seattle Annual Meeting Will Be Held On January 23, 2016

December 22nd, 2015 by unaseattle

We hope that this holiday season brings warmth, light and love. As we head into the new year, the United Nations Association would like to demonstrate our gratitude with our Annual Membership Luncheon. We are still finalizing details, but we know that we will be celebrating our members on January 23rd.

At this important meeting we will review 2015, look forward to 2016 and officially nominate and elect board members for the coming year. We still have board positions available, so if you or anyone you know is interested in contributing a little time and a lot of expertise please reach out to us at :

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Club UN

December 22nd, 2015 by unaseattle

club un

Club UN will resume lively debate on world issues in January 2016!  Please check back often for updates on location and topic.


Join 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: for more information.

On October 28, 2015, at 6:00 pm, we are meeting at the Café Allegro in the University District.

The topic: Transition from MDG to SDG.

This month we will be discussing the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals.  We will seek to identify how and where the MDGs were successful, how and where they failed , and how to improve upon them for the next steps of implementing the SDGs.  Of particular concern: Are the SDGs, now expanded to 17 goals, too ambitious?  How will individual nations react to what will likely be labeled as an infringement on their sovereignty?  What assurances can the UN promote to assuage such concerns?

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UN Day 2015 – October 23rd @ 7PM, UW HUB 332

October 7th, 2015 by unaseattle

sus devCome celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, where we will be discussing the Sustainable Development Goals and how local organizations are supporting them. Featuring panelists from Landesa, VillageReach, Water1st, and UNICEF, as well as a speaker from our National Bureau. See below for speaker bios and organization information.

This is a free event. Donations gladly accepted at the door or by clicking here.

Location:  University of Washington HUB 332, 4001 E Stevens Way NE, Seattle, WA 98195

Diana Fletschner, Landesa

Landesa, a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Seattle, works to secure land rights for the world’s poorest people – those 2.47 billion chiefly rural people who live on less than two dollars a day.  Landesa has historically partnered with developing country governments to design and implement land-related laws, policies, and programs that provide opportunity, further economic growth, and promote social justice.

Diana Fletschner is the Senior Gender Expert and Director of Research at Landesa in Seattle. She has over 15 years of experience researching how behavioral attributes, intra-household dynamics, and social conditions shape rural women’s access to productive assets and the economic choices they make.  More specifically, Diana has examined factors that affect whether rural women demand entrepreneurial capital or engage in economic activities that, while expected to offer higher returns, can be riskier, take place in a competitive environment, conflict with their husbands’ preferences, or contravene well-established norms of behavior.  She has also studied women’s access to information and the extent to which spouses share their financial knowledge. In parallel work, Diana has assessed the loss of economic efficiency associated with women’s constraints.

Emily Bancroft, VillageReach 

VillageReach is a non-profit global health innovator that develops, tests, implements and scales new solutions to critical health system challenges in low-resource environments, with an emphasis on strengthening the “last mile” of healthcare delivery.  VillageReach combines expertise across public systems, programs and technologies – to scale and sustainability in the world’s most underserved communities.

Emily Bancroft is Vice President of VillageReach, located in Seattle. She is responsible for the strategy, oversight, and management of all VillageReach programs across our three key areas of work :  health systems, information systems, and social business.  Emily is also responsible for building new relationships and opportunities to help bring VillageReach innovations to scale and sustainability through strategic partnerships and relationships with governments, donors and implementing partners.  Emily joined VillageReach in 2010, leading the design and development of VillageReach innovations for the health systems team.  Emily has fifteen years of experience in building successful health systems interventions both domestically and in sub-Saharan Africa, including specific expertise in program development, assessment and management, monitoring and evaluation, health informatics, advocacy, and human resources for health.

Prior to joining VillageReach, Emily worked with the International Training and Education Center on Health (I-TECH), Physicians for Human Rights, and NPower.  In January of 2012, Emily was appointed as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Health Services of the School of Public Health at the University of Washington. Emily holds an MPH from the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine, and a BA from Princeton University.

Zoe Barker-Aderem, Water1st 

In 10 years, the Water1st community has given over $11 million to fund 1,426 water projects, transforming the lives of 134,632 people. Addressing the water and sanitation needs of the world’s poorest is the one activity that, when done properly, generates benefits that can lift a community out of extreme poverty. There is no exaggeration in the statement: supporting and implementing water and sanitation projects properly is the best investment and best hope for the world’s poorest.

Water1st was created to support water projects that would last. Our vision was to support local, on-the-ground organizations (our partners in this work) with a proven track record of implementing effective, long-lasting water and sanitation projects. Today, we are a grassroots organization of more than 4,000 supporters across the country, each doing what we can in our individual lives and communities to bring clean water and toilets to the world’s poorest people.

Zoe Barker-Aderem has a B.A. in International Studies and Creative Writing from the University of Washington. Zoe works with Water1st in development, outreach, and youth programs. She previously worked with a nonprofit providing workshops in the performing arts to youth in foster care and is happy to continue working with youth through the Water1st’s various youth education programs. Zoe deeply believes in the Water1st mission and vision, and is thankful everyday to work at an organization that listens to the world’s poorest people with empathy and

Sylvia Stellmacher, US Fund for UNICEF

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports United Nation’s Children’s Fund’s work, as well as other efforts in support of the world’s children, through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Through its work with governments, civic leaders, celebrities, corporations, campus groups, churches, teachers and global citizens, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF advocates for the survival and well-being of every child.

Sylvia Stellmacher is a second year Global Citizenship Fellow with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in Seattle.  She acts as an educator and advocate to promote children’s rights globally.

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Mission EDU Senegal Open House on April 17, 2015

March 30th, 2015 by unaseattle

We are very excited to announce that Mission EDU Senegal is gearing up for its Open House. It will be on April 17, 2015 from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Eritrean Community Center in the Rainier Valley.

Come join us on this lovely Spring evening to learn about what Mission EDU Senegal has accomplished in the past years and what its plans are for the future. Specifically, we are happy to announce three new initiatives: Connections, Equal Chances and Focus2020. Come meet the Connection program’s Youth Ambassadors, who are already at work on a fundraising event.

Peinda plans to cook Yassa Poulet, a traditional chicken dish from Senegal. Octavia is prepared to make a big pot of chicken adobo, the ultimate comfort food from the Philippines. Sides are rice and couscous.

To help us kickstart this new phase, we are asking for a $20 donation from everyone at the door. Octavia will also have a limited number of handmade soaps for sale, the proceeds of which will all go to Mission EDU. $50 will buy a backpack and school supplies for one girl for a year, giving her an Equal Chance in the future. $20 provides 4 hours of Math and Science tutoring to girls in the Focus2020 program. So please open your hearts and wallets!

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

October 29th, 2014 by unaseattle

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.

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