The United Nations Association is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire, and mobilize the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. For 70 years UNA-USA has worked to accomplish its mission through its national network of Chapters, youth engagement, advocacy efforts, education process, and public events. UNA-USA is a program of the United Nations Foundation. Learn more about UNA-USA’s programs and initiatives at www.unausa.org.
Our Mission: We are dedicated to educating, inspiring and mobilizing Americans to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations, strengthening the United Nations system, promoting constructive United States leadership in that system and achieving the goals of the United Nations Charter.
UN Day, October 20th: "Our Planet, Our Future"
The United Nations Association of Westchester held an inspiring UN Day event on October 20th that highlighted student projects and campaigns that respond to the climate crisis. The program was led off by Youth Climate Activist (see her keynote address in the clip above).
The Climate Action Dialogue with students who are taking action was led by Peter McCartt, Nina Orville, and Paul Presendieu. Student projects that were highlighted in a hands-on exhibit were:
This UN Day celebration was a follow-up to our Annual Meeting which featured Westchester leaders who are successfully taking action on the climate crisis.
UNA-Westchester Annual Meeting, May 19th
Fantastic UNA Westchester Annual Meeting held on May 19th at Harrison Public Library, led by Program Chair, Marcia Brewster and moderated by Patrick Sciarratta, Communications Chair: “Climate Crisis: Westchester Takes Action!”
Tremendous talk and songs by Singer Songwriter Sophia Angelica; great presentation by Dan Shepard from the UN on the situation between the US and the world after the Climate Accord in Paris; followed by a real discussion with Nina Orville (Co-chair, Energy Committee, Westcheseter Climate Crisis Task Force) and Peter McCartt (Director, Sustainable Westchester and Chair, Climate Crisis Task Force); on what Westchester residents can do to help slow climate change, right here at home. Excellent suggestions from all and lovely Q&A!! Awards were presented to our Model UN exemplars from the Mercy College Model UN Team. A wonderful zero-waste reception was organized by Elisa Zazzera. Bravo.
Please Join Us!
Annual Human Rights Breakfast
Friday, December 6, 2019
YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester
515 North Street
White Plains, NY
Click here for more information.
Next Chapter Board Meeting
7:30 pm, Monday, January 6, 2020
YMCA White Plains
250 Mamaroneck Ave.
White Plains, NY 10605
All members welcome!
Consultation on Election Integrity
Hastings Public Library
September 05, 2019, 9:30 to 12:30
UPR Consultation on Election Integrity
Hastings on Hudson Public Library
UNA-Westchester had an excellent review of human rights in the U.S. related to election integrity. The topics covered were:
1. Partisan election administration leading to: Voter suppression; Gerrymandering; Ballot verification
2. Difficulty of accessing poll sites: people with disabilities, lack of convenient polling places, difficulty in getting time off from work, etc.;
3. Problems with electronic registration and voting machines – hacking, manipulation, lack of paper trail.
4. Disenfranchisement of incarcerated and previously-incarcerated people.
The report of the consultation will be submitted to UNA-USA headquarters and included in UNA's review of the human rights record of the U.S. It will be submitted to the Human Rights Council for review in May 2020.
The draft report from the consultation will be completed by 09/11/19.
UNA-USA Announces New
National Council Members
UNA-USA is proud to welcome the new 2018-2020 National Council Members! The National Council operates as the elected volunteer leadership for UNA-USA. It consists of representatives elected by and from the membership from each of the eleven regions around the country and is the democratic voice of the UNA membership in making decisions for UNA-USA. The National Council is governed by a chair, vice chair, and secretary elected from its membership. The Executive Committee of UNA-USA for 2018-2020 is currently represented by Hon. Teta Banks, Chair, Ralph "RJ" Johnson, Vice Chair, and Judith Harris, Secretary.
Westchester Chapter is represented by Marcia Brewster, our Immediate Past President.
To learn more about the UNA-USA National Council, click here.
We are extremely grateful to our New York Senators for their unwavering support of the United Nations. We urge all supporters of the UN and UNA in New York to make a phone call to thank them and assure them that their constituents want to solidify this support. Let us each make just one phone call to each senator and thereby do our part to ensure their continued support for the United Nations and all its important projects.
Senator Gillibrand: 202-224-4451
Senator Schumer 202-224-6542
October 2019 Newsletter: