United Nations Association-USA
A Little Known History of Advocacy & Action
You're invited to a free community program to find out more about the United Nations Association-USA. Co-hosted by MidPeninsula and Silicon Valley UNA chapters.
More than ever we need advocates for the United Nations international humanitarian, human rights and peace efforts. Find out more about us at this event.
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
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month in the USA
UN Office on Drugs & Crime focuses on human trafficking
and migrant smuggling. View website at UNODC.org
Human trafficking is the acquisition of people by improper means such as force, fraud or
deception, with the aim of exploiting them.
Smuggling of migrants involves the procurement for financial or other material benefit of
illegal entry of a person into a State of which that person is not a national or resident.
Virtually every country in the world is affected by these crimes.
You're invited to our UN Day event.
United Nations Day Celebration
Saturday, October 24, 2015, 2 pm
St. Jude's Episcopal Church -Classroom 5
20920 McClellan Rd., Cupertino CA
Speaker: Micah Spangler
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
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.
World Refugee Day
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Portrait of a Refugee: Khaled Hosseini
Khaled Hosseini, Afghan-American author, physician and UN Goodwill Envoy, was born in 1965 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Hosseini is the son of an Afghani diplomat father and a high school teacher mother. In 1976, following a Paris diplomatic assignment, the family sought to return to Kabul in 1980, but by then their homeland had witnessed a bloody communist coup and the invasion of the Soviet Army. The Hosseinis sought and were granted political asylum in the United States, and in September 1980 moved to San Jose, California.
Middle and High Schoolers and College Students
You're invited to our GenUN Youth Launch Party
Saturday, March 28, 2015, 10 am
SVUNA President's home:
20644 Nancy Ct. Cupertino CA
Help make your world a better place for all. Support the United Nations for a just and livable world. First project: 7th Annual Cupertino Earth Day.
Contact: SVUNA Shirley Kinoshita email@example.com or Pinky Mukherjee firstname.lastname@example.org
with Maja Marjanovic & Erin Keeley
International Women's Day
Saturday, March 7, 2015, 2 pm
St. Jude's Episcopal Church
20920 McClellan Rd. Cupertino CA
International Women's Day is a United Nations Observance and a national holiday in many couinties, but not in the USA. UN Women was created in 2011 from four separate women's agencies, and headed by an Undersecretary-General. This program celebrates the role of women and highlights issues and future possibilities.
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