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.
SAVE THE DATE:
Sunday, March 8th, 2020
International Women's Day 2020
“An Equal World is an Enabled World”
Marking 25 years since the Beijing Fourth World Conference on Women
Yonkers Riverfront Library
1 Larkin Center Yonkers NY 10701
2:00 to 4:00 (Registration begins 1:30)
Gülden Türköz-Cosslett, United Nations Developement Program (UNDP) Deputy Assistant Administrator
Shawyn Patterson Howard, Mayor,
City of Mount Vernon
Mary Calvi, CBS news anchor and author
Shirley Vaughn Jackson, educator and author Danielle Kohn, student Poet Laureate
UNA’s program will feature a panel highlighting three generations of prominent Westchester women devoted to women’s equal rights and a Q and A discussion. A networking reception will follow the program. All members of the Westchester community are invited. Don’t miss this excellent program!
The program is free and open to the public.
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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.
Next Chapter Board Meeting
7:30 pm, Monday, February 3, 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.
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: