Once again, our chapters and staff continue to work tirelessly to provide you with a unique slate of programs covering an array of global issues.  I hope you can find the time to reward them by gracing us with your presence.

Also, I encourage you to join the ranks of Iowans advocating for strong U.S. leadership in the United Nations by becoming a member of Iowa UNA.  Students join free!  Details on membership can be found at the bottom of this message. 

As always, thanks so much for your continued support and I hope to catch you at a future event! 


Yashar Vasef
Executive Director
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Iowa UNA Hosts Historic Consultation
Iowa City Community Convenes to Provide U.N. with Feedback

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 Ambassador Ron McMullen addresses participants at our historic November 5 partnership with the
United Nations and U.N. Foundation.  Iowa City is the smallest of eleven national locations selected
 for a consultation seeking civic feedback for the post-Millennium Development Goals agenda.
USA Today College highlighted youth participation at the Iowa City consultation.


Iowa UNA Wins National Contest
Iowans Contribute to Thank A Peacekeeper Campaign

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Iowa UNA has been named one of three winning chapters of the Thank A Peacekeeper Campaign. 
Thanks to the resounding support of Iowans who filled thank you cards designated for peacekeepers,
Emily Harmon has won an expenses paid visit to New York to personally present thank you cards to
Peacekeeping Operations on behalf of Iowa UNA.  The event will feature distinguished guests:
Herv� Ladsous
United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Peacekeeping Operations
Victoria K. Holt
Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of State

Peter Yeo
Executive Director, Better World Campaign

The Better World Campaign (BWC), United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA), and United
Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) are honored to highlight the crucial work of
UN peacekeepers serving in 15 missions around the world promoting global peace and security.

To further highlight Iowa's support of peacekeeping, please take part in our appeal to ensure
our congressional representatives support peacekeeping operations at full funding levels.


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The Case for the Ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

  November 18, 7:00pm-8:30pm 
Where:  Large Conference Room, Cedar Falls Public Library, 524 Main St, Cedar Falls

The Cedar Valley UNA monthly program will focus on American ratification of the U.N. disabilities treaty.  Ms. Tamara Milton from Senator Harkin's Cedar Rapids Office and Dr. Augustina Naami, native of Ghana and Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Northern Iowa. Ms. Milton will provide an update on the issues associated with the Treaty and an outline of what actions could be taken to support ratification. Professor Naami will discuss what ratification of the treaty means for her native country, Ghana, and why she sees U.S. ratification as important.    

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The United Nations and Palestine 

  November 19, 7:00pm  
Where:  Pomerantz Stage in Olmsted Center, Drake University, Des Moines

Behind the headlines, the politics, and the conflict are the Palestinian people. On this November day, the Des Moines American Friends Services Committee will celebrate the UN Declaration of Nov. 29 as a Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.


Yashar Vasef, Iowa UNA Executive Director will discuss the work of the United Nations in supporting the Palestinian people both inside and outside Palestine.


The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) provides education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance to 5 million Palestinians refugees scattered in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria.


Yashar will share a little of their story, how UNRWA helps, and what the United Nations International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People means.


Gift made by Palestinian artisans and Zatoun Palestinian fair trade, organic olive will be available for purchase from Pal Craftaid and AFSC. 


Sponsors: Middle East Peace Education Project, Middle East Peace and Prosperity Alliance, Methodist Federation for Social Action, and the Des Moines Area Ecumenical Committee for Peace.    


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Dine to Support UNICEF Efforts in the Philippines  

  November 19, all day 
Where:  Buffalo Wild Wings, Old Capitol Mall, 201 S. Clinton Street, Iowa City

Dine at Buffalo Wild Wings at the Old Capitol Mall this Tuesday, November 19 and a portion of the proceeds will go towards helping Typhoon Haiyan survivors recover from the tragic disaster in the Philippines.  Mention "Circle K Fundraiser" when you pay, and 10% of your bill will go towards the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) relief efforts in the Philippines!  Circle K is a University of Iowa student organization and a collaborative partner of Iowa UNA's UNICEF efforts.  


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Iowa Senator Rob Hogg: Climate Change - The Defining Historical Challenge of the 21st Century     

  November 21, 7:00pm 
Where:  Cedar Rapids Public Library Beems Meeting Room A, 450 Fifth Ave SE, Cedar Rapids

The monthly program of the Linn County United Nations Association will highlight the challenges presented by a shifting climate.  Presenter Rob Hogg is currently serving his second term as state representative from House District 38 in parts of southeast and northeast Cedar Rapids.  He was first elected in 2002, and was reelected  in 2004.  He has served on the education, public safety, environment, and ways and means committees, and the economic development budget subcommittee.  In 2005, he was selected as the Legislator of the Year by the Older Iowans Legislature.

Rob  attended the University of Iowa, graduating with a degree in history in 1988. In 1991, Rob earned a master's degree in energy policy from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. In 1995, Rob earned a law degree from the University of Minnesota.



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Voices End Violence - 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence     

  December 3, 7:00pm-9:00pm, $3 cover   
Where:  The Mill (venue room), 120 E. Burlington Street, Iowa City

Come celebrate women's empowerment and the fight against gender violence at Voices End Violence.  There will be performances by local musicians Dana T, Speedyhead, and Ruthless Ruth, as well as speakers with various perspectives on the issue of gender violence.

Globally, 35% of women have experience some form of gender violence. This statistic ranges from 15% of women in Japan to 71% of women in Ethiopia. In the United States, a women is assaulted or beaten every 9 seconds. This event is in support of the annual "16 Days Against Gender Violence" campaign , which runs from November 25-December 10.

There will be a $3 cover at the entrance, and all proceeds will be donated to the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women and the Women's Resource and Action Center here in Iowa City. Co-sponsoring this event are University of Iowa Women's Health and the Women's Resource and Action Center.



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Adrien Wing: Women's Rights in the Arab World  

  December 5, 7:00pm  
Where:  Cedar Rapids Public Library Beems Meeting Room B, 450 Fifth Ave SE, Cedar Rapids

The Cedar Rapids community will convene to commemorate International Human Rights Day (Dec 10) with a December 5 program on women's rights.  Adrien Wing, Director of the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights and Professor of Law, will share her expertise on women's rights in the Arab world. 


Professor Wing has advised the founding fathers and mothers of three constitutions: South Africa, Palestine, and Rwanda. She organized an election-observer delegation to South Africa, and taught at the University of Western Cape for six summers. She also advised the Eritrean Ministry of Justice on human rights treaties.  An accomplished public speaker, Wing has lectured all over the world, including  New Zealand, Australia, Egypt, and Indonesia. 

This program is hosted by Amnesty International Group 181 and the Linn County United Nations Association. 

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Nothing but Nets Basketball Tournament 

  Saturday, December 7, Noon-2:00pm
Where:  University of Iowa Field House, 225 South Grand, Iowa City

Every 60 seconds a child dies of malaria leading to 600,000 annual deaths from this preventable and treatable disease. A 3-on-3 basketball tournament will be held in support of Nothing but Nets, a U.N. Foundation campaign aiming to help end malaria by providing life-saving bed nets to sub-Saharan Africa. All proceeds from the tournament will go to the Nothing but Nets campaign to purchase, distribute and educate on long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets for families in Sub-Saharan Africa. The National Basketball Association is a principal partner of Nothing but Nets, and encourages community basketball events to support this humanitarian campaign.

There will be a separate division for men and women.  If you are interested in playing please contact,
registration will be on a first come basis, but we want as many teams as possible! The fee for registration will be just $5 per player, half the cost of a bed net. Teams will also be asked to seek donations from family, friends, or anyone willing for the fundraising competition. The team to raise the most money for the Nothing but Nets campaign will receive an award, as will the champions of the tournament.


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"Genocide" at 65: Looking Back, Looking Forward   

  December 9, 7:00pm-8:30pm   
Where:  Cedar Falls Public Library Large Meeting Room, 524 Main St, Cedar Falls

The December meeting of the Cedar Valley United Nations Association will feature a presentation on genocide by Dr. Stephen Gaies, Director, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education at the University of Northern Iowa.   


Some items Dr. Gaies will address: Sixty five years ago, the UN General Assembly passed Resolution 260, the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. What are the origins of "genocide" as a specific set of crimes? Why did "genocide" (as a legal term) lay dormant for more than forty years after the UN Convention on Genocide went into effect in 1951? Why has the word "genocide" become so prominent in the past two decades? What is the future of "genocide"?


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Human Rights Day: Public Reading of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights    

  December 10, Noon   
Where:  Iowa City Public Library Event Room A, 123 N. Linn Street, Iowa City

Local non-profits, student organizations, and community members will gather for a public reading of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).  The UDHR is the most translated document in written history, and was adopted by the U.N. assembly in 1948 as a direct response to the horrors of World War II.   


Attendees will receive a free pocket size copy of the UDHR courtesy of Iowa UNA.  If you would like your non-profit or student group represented at this program, please email       


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Act it  l  Rap it  l  Recite it   

  December 10, 6:00pm-8:00pm    
Where:  Iowa Imagination Station, Iowa City Marketplace (formerly Sycamore Mall), 1660 Sycamore Street, Iowa City

In celebration of Human Rights Day, the Iowa United Nations Association and the Iowa Imagination Station are excited to announce a contest to creatively express the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).   


We welcome youth as individuals or groups to portray the values of the UDHR through poetry, acting, rapping or any other expression.  Each act will have 5 minutes to perform.  A $100 prize will be awarded to the winner of each the elementary, middle and high school categories.  Participants or their guardians can register as performers by contacting   


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Human Rights Day Photo Contest   

  Begins now. Photo entry deadline is December 6.        

The Iowa United Nations Association is excited to announce a photo contest for the upcoming 2013 Human Rights Day on December 10! Human Rights Day celebrates human dignity and advocates for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone, everywhere. We invite you to help us honor the freedoms inherent to all human beings by sharing your images depicting the respect of human rights, the lack of acknowledgement of human rights, or a glimpse into lives we are not all familiar with.


The contest opens today! Start sorting through your photos to make a day that improves the world all the more dynamic. You can find more on contest details and photo guidelines by clicking here.  


We look forward to seeing your images!


Getting Involved with Iowa UNA


Don't miss out on your chance to take part in an instrumental grassroots effort to connect with the critical issues confronted by the U.S. and the U.N. - from global health and human rights, to the spread of democracy, equitable sustainable development, and international justice.  UNA provides a bipartisan forum for dialogue on a myriad of global issues important to America's role in the world. These unique programs position UNA as an incubator of new ideas and approaches for a more effective United Nations.


Members of Iowa UNA receive "behind-the-scenes" news and information about the U.N. and global issues as well as a complimentary pocket copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Members are also invited to join exclusive phone conversations hosted by our national headquarters with some of the leading global experts on pressing international topics. All Iowa UNA members also receive a physical or digital copy of our quarterly newsletter known as The Forum, in circulation since 1964.  


By joining and supporting your local chapter, you are also simultaneously a member of the national UNA-USA campaign connecting you to local and national programming and advocacy. The world is more interconnected than ever, so please join us in our efforts to engage Iowans globally by becoming a member today!


 Click here to become a member today! 

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