Welcome to the UNA-USA Southern New York State Division
The United Nations Association of the USA is a membership organization, 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.
Join us to:
- Learn about current global issues and how they impact, and are influenced by, the United Nations
- Get involved; volunteer on one of our committees
- Network with other members,
interesting speakers, and other officials
- Help us increase awareness of the UN in the community
- Advocate for the UN among our congressional representatives, other public officials and the public
- Raise funds for key UN-related programs.
Where the Division Works
The UNA Southern New York State Division comprises all chapters, contact groups, and members-at-large in the five boroughs of New York City and in the counties of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester. It. has a unique placement in the New York Metropolitan Area. Click on Chapter websites to learn more.
The Division and its Chapters are within easy reach of the United Nations, as well as several UN System headquarters including UNICEF, UN Women, UN Development Program, UN Population Fund and UN Fund for International Partnerships. We benefit from access to the programs of the United Nations, and enjoy good friendships with many ambassadors and staff members of the 193 member states of the UN who live in our communities.
Join us for the
July 16 Consultation on the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (ICERD)
On Wednesday, May 21, the Division held a consultation to provide an American grassroots voice to the Universal Periodic Review of the U.S. record on Human Rights. The event took place at the UN Foundation Office in Manhattan. The consultation began with introductory remarks by Latanya Mapp Frett, Vice President - Global, Planned Parenthood Federation of America; Sarah Elizabeth Porter, Development Associate at ECPAT USA; and Ryan Kaminski, Leo Nevas Human Rights Fellow of UNA-USA. Jeanne Betsock Stillman, Division President, moderated the session.
Participants then divided into two groups: one, facilitated by Corinne Whitaker, reproductive health consultant, focused on advancing the rights of women and girls. The other, facilitated by Joan Levy, UNA-SNY Board member and board member of ECPAT USA, focused on human trafficking. Each group discussed its specific topic, arriving at recommendations and specifics to include in the final stakeholder’s report.
After about an hour, the participants reconvened to share their findings. Joshua Cooper, Leon Nevas Human Rights Task Force member, coordinated those discussions and also provided his insights into the Human Rights Council UPR processes. The meeting was a great success with almost 30 participants working hard for the 2 ½ hours of the consultation to brainstorm on these two prominent issues.
Organizing Group meets to form New UNA Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter
We are happy to announce that an organizing group met on April 8th at SUNY New Paltz to establish a new Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter. In the coming weeks we expect that the group will meet the requirements for a new chapter and hold a first meeting with members from the area, tentatively scheduled for May 19th.
In the photo are: standing, l to r George Garland (Division Treasurer); Richard Kelder, Bruce Sillner, Ilgu Ozler, Stephen Miller, Stephen Pampinella. seated, l to r Sue Books, Jeanne Betsock Stillman (Division President), and Pat Sullivan. Congratulations to all involved!
SUNY New Paltz students consult on the Post-2015 Development Agenda in a class led by Professor S. Ilgu Ozler.
Before the organizational meeting for the new chapter, students from Prof. Ozler's class and nine students from the Oakwood Friends School, along with various faculty and UNA members, discussed these topics from the Report of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda:
Goal 1) End Poverty
Goal 2) Empower Girls and Women and Achieve Gender Equality
Goal 3) Provide Quality Education and Lifelong Learning
Goal 5) Ensure Food Security and Good Nutrition
Goal 10) Ensure Good Governance and Effective Institutions
Students led and reported on the discussions in their groups.
l. l l to r. Yuhanna Edwards, Joan Katen, Congressman Eliot Engel, Marcia Brewster, Oneater Sinclair
Advocating for the United Nations with our Congressional Representatives
The Southern New York State Division Board members Marcia Brewster (President of the Westchester Chapter) and Oneater Sinclaire (Bronx Representative) met in early March with Congressman Eliot J. Engel to talk about UNA's advocacy issues. They reported on an excellent meeting and many common interests.
The Westchester Chapter joined the Westchester Board of Legislators to honor five prominent Westchester women, including Congresswoman Nita Lowey. Chapter leaders met with Congresswoman Lowey at her office and talked about UN priorities including full funding for the UN and UN peacekeepers.
Please join our membership organization! Go to:
www.unausa.org/join and designate the Southern New York State Division (#462) as your affiliation. See more on the Join page.
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