Southern New York Division
October 2016 Newsletter

From the President
George Garland

It is October and we are delighted to announce the many UN Day celebrations planned by chapters around the division-- exciting, provocative, edu cational experiences for members and friends.  We look forward to attending and participating in robust New York area activities to ce lebrate the United Nations' birthday around the theme: " One Humanity, Shared Responsibility: Responding Locally to the Refugee Crisis ." 

Celebrating UN Day  
Around the Division 

SNY Division Events

Wednesdat, Oct. 5
Publication Launch
UNA-USA Council of Orgnizations on Civil Society and Development

United Nations Church Center
777 United Nations Plaza, 2nd Floor Conference Room, New York
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Speakers include--
Dr. Vinay Bhargava , Chief Technical Adviser and Board Member, Partnership for Transparency Fund
Ed Elmendorf, Former President and Chief Executive of UNA-USA
Jeery Hunes, CIVICUS UN Representative New York

Friday, Oct. 28
Panel Discussion
"Shared Humanity, One Responsibility: Responding Locally to the Refugee Crisis"
Bringing Awareness to the Worst Refugee Crisis Since World War II

SUNY Global Center
116 East 55th St., New York
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Speakers include--
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge Robert Weisel, DOJ  
Associate Professor Rey Koslowski, SUNY, Albany
Troy Wolfe, Director of Education, UNA-USA
Moderator: Ilgu Osler, SUNY Global Center

For more information and to RSVP e-mail

Brooklyn Chapter and SNY Young Professionals

Wednesday,  Oct. 26
2ND Annual UN DAY Celebration
At this year's event you'll find UN experts, live music, a buffet, refreshments, and opportunities to network--to celebrate the birth of the United Nations and learn about the UN's work to address Climate Change!
Like last year, we're expecting Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams to address the event!

Free admission!
4:30 pm Networking with local and international NGOs
6:00 pm Expert Panel on the UN in combatting climate change
7:15 pm Reception and music by French Algerian Ourida
Speakers include--
Yasmine Sherif--Human rights lawyer with 25 years UN experience in Afghanistan, Balkans, Cambodia, Sudan, and Middle East, and author of "The Case for Humanity: An Extraordinary Session"
George Garland--President of UNA-USA Southern New York Division, with extensive experience at the US-EPA, World Health Organization, and World Bank
Juan Elias Chebly--lead advisor, United Nations Environment Programme, founder, and
Please RSVP by email  and  Facebook
UNA Brooklyn is pleased to partner with Delta Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the United Nations Association Young Professionals/Southern New York Division.

For more information on these events click here

Manhattan Chapter

Wednesday, Oct. 19
UNA-NY Ambassador Series
The Future of International Cooperation on Migration

Permanent Representative of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan  to the UN
Permanent Representative of Ireland to the UN
Permanent Observer of the International Organization for  Migration (IOM) to the UN

6:00-6:30 p.m. Registration
6:30-7:30 p.m. Discussion
7:30-8:30 p.m. Reception

Columbia University Club of New York
15 West 43rd Street 
New York, New York

UNA Members and UNA Student Members: FREE    Guests and Non-Members: $15

Wednesday, Oct. 26
UN Day Humanitarian Awards Gala DINNER 
JW Marriott Essex House, New York

See website for ticket information

Westchester Chapter

Sunday, Oc tober 23
UN Day Program 
"One Humanity, Shared Responsibility:  Responding Locally to the Refugee Crisis"

YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester
515 North St., White Plains, NY
3:00-5:30 pm  (registration 2:30 pm)

Welcome from the cosponsors and local political leaders
Keynote address related to the refugee experience 
Q&A discussion 
Mini-simulation of Model UN--workshop for all--students and adults
Reception with refreshments

UNA-USA, Westchester Chapter,  Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Zeta Nu Omega, Xi Chi Omega, Pi Iota Omega chapters),  YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester,  The Links, Inc.

More information at

Advocacy Updates

As our Members of Congress head into their pre-election recess, in-district meetings will be put off until after the November elections. We will have at least three new representatives due to the retirement of Steve Israel, Charles Rangel, and Chris Gibson.
When bills related to the Sustainable Development Goals are proposed in the next session of Congress, we will inform our representatives about UNA-USA's positions. One issue, criminal justice reform, that is related to SDG 16, Peace and Justice, seems to have bipartisan support. Currently, Senator Cory Booker is urging Senator Mitch McConnell to have the Senate vote on the Redeem Act, a bill that proposes a number of reforms including sealing the criminal records of nonviolent offenders who have served their prison terms.
Discussions at the Southern NY Division's event, "Race, Criminal Justice and Human Rights," will produce a package of reforms that will be presented to Governor Andrew Cuomo for incorporation into proposed NY State legislation. In 2017, we will be visiting our State Senators and Members of the Assembly to urge passage of those bills.
We expect that many UNA-USA members will want to join groups that visit both their national and state legislators to advocate for our issues.

--submitted by Peg Shannon, UNA-SNY Division Vice President for Advocacy

United Nations Association / Southern New York Division 
The United Nations Association is 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.

The Southern New York Division includes the New York (Manhattan), Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Nassau, Hudson Valley, and Westchester UNA Chapters and Young Professionals. 

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