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Human Rights Day Thursday, Dec. 8, 206, 7 pm

Keith Hiatt is Benetech’s new Vice President of Human Rights Program. He leads Benetech’s efforts to empower human rights defenders around the world by providing technology solutions and “Benetech has long been the leader in providing the world’s human rights defenders with the tools and solutions they need to do their work.”—Keith Hiatt 

5th Intergenerational Model United Nations - Oct. 10

You're Invited!

5th Intergenerational 
Model United Nations
Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015
9 am-6 pm
Univ. of California, Berkeley CA




LOCATION: University of California, Berkeley Ca (exact location pending)
REGISTRATION: Pre-Registerfor $30 until Sept. 25
After Sept. 25, $35
Price includes: fees, materials, breakfast, lunch
REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE AT: www.igmun.org

COMMITTEE TOPICS: Peace & Security,  Global Health, Human Rights, Women's Rights, Climate Change, Internet Security, Post2015 Development, Security Council.

UN World Refugee Day Part 2 of 2

UN World Refugee Day

Refugees: United Nations, United States and You

The 1952United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugeesadopted the following definition of a refugee (in Article 1.A.2)


"Any person who: owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.

United Nations Day Celebration Oct. 24, 2013

You are invited to celebration United Nations Day! Thursday, October 24, 2013, 7 pm.
Teresa Cox, Trade Advisor to the Obama Administration, with extensive community and business experience, speaks about International Trade, Current Issues and Trends. Cupertino Community Hall, 10350 Torre Ave., Cupertino CA 95014. Free and open to the public. 


SVUNA Youth Program: Microfinance to China villagers

SVUNA Youth presents Claire Lu, a junior at Monta Vista High School, who talks about her summer spent offering micro-finance loans to Hui villagers in China. The Hui are a Muslim ethnic minority there.  Claire is is a SVUNA Youth leader, a Model UN officer at her school, and a student ambassador with the San Francisco World Affairs Council. 

Second half of program is a discussion of youth activities and plans,led by Tony Pan.

Event takes place Saturday, September 28, 2013, 2:30-4:30 pm at Raynor Park Christian Church, 1515 Partridge Ave.

Are Corporations People?

OWL/WILPF/SVUNA  Coalition Meeting
9:45 a.m. Saturday,  July 20th, 2013 at Church of the Valley, 400 N. Winchester Blvd., Santa Clara.

 
...Are Corporations People?  How Corporate "Personhood" Impacts Our Lives, What Can We Do About It?   

Learn about Move to Amend's IRATE Project.   The 1886 Supreme Court set a dangerous precedent (Santa Clara County vs SP Railroad)  with "Corporate personhood" ,( a topic of previous Coalition programs).

UN International Mother Earth Day -April 22

Our local chapter supported and celebrated Earth Day at local Earth Day events. Thank you to our volunteers at the 2013 Cupertino Earth & Arbor Day festival. 

Our membership is growing daily as we share the mission of the United Nations among our fellow Americans to end the scourge of war and work for harmony among nations. Volunteers at events like this and programs make our efforts possible. 

To join Silicon Valley UNA-USA online and pay by credit card, go to www.unausa.org/join

To join SVUNA-USA by mail, ask us for a membership form and pay by check.

Tourism and a Sustainable Economy

Tourism for a Sustainable Economic Future 

 I just returned from a wonderful vacation with 3 generations of my family at the Royal Sea Cliff Resort in Kailua-Kona Hawaii. Recreation, relaxation and exploring new vistas are part of the joys of travel. Just consider this.  Those who are able to afford and enjoy travel can help those who need an economic uplift through the travel. How does this work? According to the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), China has become the largest spender in international tourism globally in 2012.

Water: Essential to Life


"Billions of people are vulnerable to water scarcity and deteriorating water quality. What's the solution? Step up water cooperation! 

2013 is the International Year of Water Cooperation. See the full infographic created by our United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) colleagues here:http://ow.ly/hBMYY"

This winter of February 2013 a record snowstorm hit much of the Northeast region of North America. It reminded me of the 1979 blizzard that paralyzed much of the middle of this continent.

Toxics in the Electronics Industry


Toxics in the Electronics Industry

Speaker: Ted Smith, Environmental Activist
 
Monday, February 19, 2013
7-8:30 pm
Saratoga Library
13650 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga CA
 
Ted Smith has been the pre-eminent pioneer in working for toxics reduction and pollution prevention, first locally, and now in the global electronics industry. Today, Smith is co-founder and coordinator for the International Campaign for Responsible Technology (ICRT) and is implementing a long-term strategy to promote sustainability within the global high-tech industry.
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