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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

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

Peace Forum 2014

Peace Forum 2014
Forging Peace & Human Security: 
From Aspiration to Action
"How Can Love, Compassion & Empathy Transform 
Values & Behavior to Achieve Peace?"

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 1:30 pm-5:00 pm
St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley
Speakers:Victor Kazanjian, Exec. Director, United Religious Initiatives
Kazu Haga, East Point Peace Academy, 
Riess Potterveld, Press. Graduate Theological Union, 
Samina Sundas, Exec. Director, American Muslim Voice

UN Peace Day Brunch Program with Dr. Sharat G. Lin

Celebrate United Nations International Day of Peace 

Dr. Sharat G. Lin
"Global Peace & Social Justice: The Future of the UN"

Brunch Program: 
Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 
9:45 am-noon
Church of the Valley, 400 N. Winchester Blvd, Santa Clara CA

Free & open to the Public. 
Suggested Donation $5-20
San Jose Peace & Justice Ctr
Silicon Valley UNA-USA

Contact: Shirley 408 255-6559 svuna2012@gmail.

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

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

Seeking Peace and Security at Home and Abroad

Today, we have news about another mass killing in the United States, this time at a Newton, Connecticut elementary school. So many of my friends and our leaders  are in tears at the horror and loss of so many innocent children and adults who worked or volunteered there. Such acts seems imcomprehensible, yet they happen. 

After hearing of this tragedy, one of my friends post on her Facebook page that Gallup polls showed that 47% of US households own guns.  Gun owners fiercely protect their 2nd Amendement rights to "bear arms" and own these weapons which too often are used not for protection but unintended and intended harm and mayhem.

Coalition Holiday Party, Sat. Dec.15, 2012


Silicon Valley United Nations Association  has joined a Coalition of OWL (Older Women's League) and WILPF (Women's International League for Peace & Freedom). Coalition Meetings take place quarterly.  

EVENT: Sat. Dec. 15, 10 am-noon. Come celebrate the holidays with a Potluck program featuring "Interactive Sharing." What's REALLY important to you? To what do you attribute your longevity? How do you interpret the elections?  Raging Grannies sing-a-long.

SVUNA Speakers Bureau

The SVUNA President and Board of Directors are available to speak to nonprofit groups and other interested in the United Nations and international affairs. 

1. President Shirley Lin Kinoshita spoke on Nov. 15, 2012 to SEIU 521, retired public workers in San Jose on the status of women and girls, locally and world-wide. In 2011, Shirley attended the UN 55th Commission on the Status of Women in NYC as a WILPF delegate. WILPF is world's oldest and largest women's peace and justice organization.

United Nations Day - October 24

October 24 is United Nations Day

Since 1945, the United Nations has worked on global challenges and solutions for a just and livable world for all.

Join the Silicon Valley UNA-USA chapter to help to learn how you can contribute to these goals through the United Nations.  Go to

USA Elections 2012 - Dare to Vote, Care to Vote

I've cast my absentee ballot this week. It's a privilege I don't take for granted as a lifetime member of, founded in 1915 by women suffragettes.
A strong, successful nation and global leader depends upon informed and concerned citizens. Please take the time to vote for the issues and candidates you care about this election year.

SVUNA October 2012 Events

Silicon Valley United Nations Association President Shirley Lin KInoshita is presented with official chapter certificate from Jordie Hannum, Better World Campaign Director, at  October 2012 program.
Mr. Hannum spoke at our Oct 2012 SVUNA program about how the USA economy, and Silicon Valley in particular, benefits from the United Nations. Copies of the accompanying brochure are available on request by sending a note to

More exciting programs will be announced.
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