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October 2015 Newsletter

Davis United Nations Association

Later this month we will be celebrating the UN’s 70th anniversary (see logo above) right here in our community. Celebrations have taken place in San Francisco (June 26th commemoration of the signing of the UN Charter with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and other dignitaries), at the UN and in numerous places around the world. Please join us for our version of honoring seven decades of the UN’s accomplishments on Sunday, October 25, from 3-5 p.m. at International House. 

Associate Director of the UCD World Food Center Dr. Josette Lewis will focus her talk on the second of seventeen newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals, dealing with poverty, hunger, nutrition and the environment. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs – you might as well get used to the  acronym that will be the world’s roadmap from 2015 to 2030, replacing the Millennium Development Goals) will be introduced by Micah Spangler, Deputy Legislative Director of the UN Foundation’s  Better World Campaign. He is coming from Washington, DC to share with us his passion for these  new Global Goals with suggestions for the U.S. role in taking action. A flyer with details is enclosed – please note that the event is free and open to the public and will include a reception with refreshments.

In early June three of us attended the UNA-USA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, always an energizing experience culminating in visits to congressional offices of Congressman John Garamendi  and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer to advocate for UN support. One of our members was able to attend the above-referenced festivities on June 26th in San Francisco.

On September 19th we attended an all-day conference of the NorCal UNA Division in Palo Alto (our chapter hosted the previous Division meeting at I-House in February with lots of volunteer help). These meetings bring together members of eleven chapters for discussion of best practices and  common challenges, plans for collaborative projects, and sharing information about chapter activities.  Anyone is welcome to attend and I would be more than pleased to have volunteers to go along to the  next meeting to be held early in the year in San Francisco.

September also was marked by the resumption of the International Film Series, meeting 1st and 3rd Fridays at I-House (7:30 p.m. refreshments, 8 p.m. program). We’re in our 19th year!

This past Saturday the fifth Inter-Generational Model UN (IGMUN V) was held on the Berkeley campus. Our chapter was able to sponsor nine students by paying their registration fees to attend.

The annual UNICEF campaign that takes place throughout the community under the umbrella of our chapter is gearing up as school coordinators get busy organizing the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF activities and the City Council gets ready to issue a UN Day and UNICEF week Proclamation. The orange slip enclosed shows you what an impact these campaigns have had, as well giving you the address of the bank where you can send checks to be deposited into the UNICEF account.  

Our last event of the year is Human Rights Day to be observed on Wednesday, December 9, from 7-9 p.m. at International House. As ever, I am seeking new participants for the reading of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 30 languages plus English. If you wish to volunteer, please contact Verena Borton at rvborton@comcast.net (preferably) or (530)756-0632.


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