Division and Chapter News
David Stillman Receives Grand Prize Award
Congratulations to David Stillman, board member of UNA-SNY. He has won the Grand Prize for July in the Marigold Ideas for Good Contest. Thank you to all who voted for him! David, a retired United Nations staff member, helped form the Clean Cook Stove and Fuel Initiative. After the earthquake in Haiti, the Public-Private Alliance Foundation, which he heads, is piloting two environmentally-friendly varieties of small cook stoves and fuel for distribution. In Haiti, wood and charcoal is used for cooking and imposes a critical situation for health, deforestation, and environmental damage. The Marigold grant will help purchase ethanol from local farmers and distillers, pay for construction of a briquette press, and cover costs for project monitoring and evaluation.
Hope Miller Receives Arnold Goodman Award
Congratulations to Hope Simon Miller, board member of UNA-SNY and former president of UNA New York, who received the 2012 Arnold Goodman Lifetime Achievement Award at the national annual meeting in Washington on June 10. Her sons Lane and Lloyd joined to watch their mother receive the award. Hope is a lifetime member of UNA-USA, formerly President of the NY Chapter and a long-time board member of the Southern New York State Division. She was a member of what formerly comprised the National Council of UNA.
In 1946, she began working as a UN staff member on what was to become the U. N. Human Rights Commission. She was the Executive Director of the Institute of Comparative Government and Education, Human Rights Division, United Nations, which was then located at Teachers College, Columbia University. That Institute produced the UN Yearbook on Human Rights.
After her marriage to Dr. Arthur Miller, Hope began her lifelong work as a volunteer for United Nations causes. She joined the United Nations Hospitality Committee for UN Delegations, and then became President of the New York Metro Committee of UNICEF. Hope then went on the serve two terms as President of the U.S. Committee for UNIFEM.
Brooklyn Wins Chapter Growth Award
UNA Brooklyn Chapter received an award for increasing its membership by 60% during 2011! Great job Gabriel and all!
Jessica Bangs accepted the award from Patrick Madden on behalf of the Chapter.
National & International News
Social Good Summit - Sept. 22-24 0
http://mashable.com/sgs/ Buy a ticket (UNA members free if you register by 9/21/24), or watch the livestream video starting on Saturday and blog and tweet!
The Social Good Summit is a three-day conference where big ideas meet new media to create innovative solutions. Held during UN Week from September 22-24, the Social Good Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders to discuss a big idea: the power of innovative thinking and technology to solve our greatest challenges. The most innovative technologists, influential minds and passionate activists will come together with one shared goal: to unlock the potential of new media and technology to make the world a better place, and then to translate that potential into action.
Rio+Social and Rio+20
UNA-SNY and UNA-Westchester got together at the Hastings Public Library to blog and tweet on June 19 for Rio+Social. See our Twitter account: @RioPlusSNY and our blog, with a posting by UNA California member June Gorman: http://RioPlusSNY.Wordpress.com
To learn about the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), Rio+Social and follow-up, click Welcome to Rio!, and sign up to learn about and work on upcoming activities on "The Future We Want."
UNA Annual Meeting
UNA's exciting Annual Meeting took place in Washington, DC from June 10 - 12. For information, go to: http://www.unausa.org/annualmeeting
The Council of Chapters and Regions Steering Committee (an advisory body) met on the 9th and again on the 10th.
On the 11th, the Annual Meeting took place at the State Department, with speakers on substantive areas including peace and security, reproductive health, human rights, energy and climate change and others, including US-UN relations. A networking lunch took place in the beautiful Benjamin Franklin Dining Room.
The conference ended on Tuesday, June 12, with meetings on Capital Hill with Senators and Congressional representatives and their staff.