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Slate of Officers Announced

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Friday, 04 September 2009 19:35

At its August 24 meeting, the Southern NYS Division Board's nominating committee, chaired by Joan A. Levy, Vice President, presented its slate of officers for the 2010-2011 term.  They are:  President, Jeanne Betsock Stillman; Vice Presidents - Catherine D. White and Marcia Brewster; Secretary, Margaret Shannon and Treasurer, Lee H. Bloom.  Elections will be held at the annual meeting in October.  The date will be announced and posted.
 

New Board Member

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Thursday, 23 July 2009 12:45

Welcome to Gabriel Levitt, who was elected to the Board of the Southern NY State Division at its June 22 meeting.  Gabriel is organizing the Brooklyn group that is working to become a new Brooklyn Chapter.  

 

   

Brooklyn Chapter Organizational Meeting

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Friday, 19 June 2009 14:05

An organizational meeting to reestablish a Brooklyn Chapter of UNA-USA will take place on Monday, September 29  at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus.  Gabriel Levitt, who lives in Williamsburg/Greenpoint and has a background in international relations and previously worked with UNA-USA,  is volunteering to get the new Chapter started.  All Brooklynites are invited.  If you're a current member, come and bring friends.  Or come prepared to join.  First year's membership is $25.   Let's get 25 people to the first meeting to join and established the revived chapter.  See details under the Events calendar.  

Details:  Long Island University, Library Learning Center, Room 515.  LIU is on the corner of Flatbush and DeKalb Avenues.  The Q, B, R and M trains stop at the corner.  The 2, 3, 4 and 5 trains stop at Nevins Street one block away.
   

UNA-USA Biennial Convention a Success

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Thursday, 18 June 2009 14:11

The National Biennial Convention was a great success.  Organized by outgoing Council of Chapters and Divisions Chair Larry Levine and a committee of CCD members, it took place from June 12-14 at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC.  The program introduced Ambassador Tom Miller, UNA-USA's new President, who spoke on his priorities.  He told the participants "You are the heart and soul of this organization."  His priorities are to (1) get the funds UNA-USA into better shape; (2) improve relations with chapters and divisions; and (3) work where we can have greatest impact.  This includes highlighting work on Model UN and Global Classrooms and, in Policy and Advocacy, using the strength of UNA Members who have enormous experience in this area.   

Plenary Speakers included

  • Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, who spoke on "The Obama Administration and the United Nations";
  • Gillian Sorensen and Peter Yeo, of the UN Foundation, on "The United Nations Foundation and the Better World Campaign: UNA-USA's Partners in Engaging the American Public; and
  • Kemal Dervie, former Administrator of the UN Development Program, currently with the Brookings Institution, on the "Global Economic Crisis: Its Impact on Poverty and the MDGs".

Key agenda items included election or announcement of CCD Steering Committee members for 2009-2011.  Ed Elmendorff of the UNA National Capital Area was named Chair, with Alma Morrison of Boston as Vice President and Katherine Horvat of Utah as Secretary. 

In its Regional Assembly, the Mid-Atlantic Region elected Catherine White and George Garland as regional representatives for 2009-2011 - Catherine for a second two-year term and George for a first two-year term, replacing Ginger Stillman, who had served two terms.  Jeff Laurenti remains as regional director for another two years.  The Assembly also agreed to plan for a Second Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference - Catherine and George will co-chair preparations.  Peg Shannon, President of the Queens Chapter, took notes that will be reported to the Region. 

Two sessions were devoted to discussing and voting on 23 advocacy resolutions and one business resolution. Discussions were first held in three groupings: human rights and international law; peace, security and disarmament; and development climate change and UN reform.  After discussions and proposals of revised language the Resolutions committee led by Ed Elmendorf, Jeff Laurenti and Katy Hansen revised the resolutions as presented.  On Sunday morning, at the Annual Meeting, those with voting credentials first adopted the 13 resolutions that had emerged without change.  Then the assembly discussed the remaining 11 resolutions, passing all but three.  The resolutions as adopted will be posed on the UNA website.

YPIC held a Saturday afternoon session for its members, while the CCD Annual Meeting reported on elections, reports of its outgoing chair and comments by its incoming chair.  Open discussions took place on building membership and on strengthening chapters, after which Tom Miller addressed the Meeting on his initial impressions and perspectives on the way forward.

The meeting officially ended Sunday afternoon with simultaneous sesions on Policy and Advocacy; Communications Strategies; and Attracting Students and Young Adults to UNA-USA.  Tom Miller again spoke, this time at the Open UNA-USA Board meeting, where new board members including regional representatives took office.

To get a flavor of the Convention, visit UNA-USA's Flickr set of 148 photos.

   

UNA-USA Publishes "A Global Agenda"

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Thursday, 28 May 2009 16:21

UNA-USA has just published the 2009-2010 edition of "A Global Agenda: Issues Before the United Nations."  This is essential reading for Model UN-ers, Diplomats, UNA-USA members and anyone interested in the United Nations and global issues.   Only $26, it's available from UNA-USA.  For more information, click on the link above.
   

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