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UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION MEMBERS' DAY: A RECAP
By: Michael Curtin, March/April 2016
February 19, 2016, saw the annual gathering of over 800 U.N. advocates meet at the United
Nations Headquarters to hear an assortment of panel discussions from elite list of guest speakers sharing their thoughts on this year’s theme: “From Road Blocks to Building Blocks: Global Crises and the Role of the UN.”
Following remarks from UNA’s Executive Director, Chris Whatley, the day officially began
with a formal welcome to the U.N. from Cristina Gallach, Under-Secretary-General,
Communications & Public Information. Under-Secretary-General Gallach highlighted many of the successes achieved by the world body during the past year that included the passing of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris climate change accord. Moreover, she added, how 193 nations came together with the “energy to transform the world.”
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MEMBERS' DAY 2016
Friday, February 19, 2016 (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM)
UNA-USA members and UN supporters met at UN Headquarters in New York to participate in Members' Day, a day of dynamic and informative discussion on the most pressing issues facing the United Nations. UNA-USA members got exclusive access to the UN, where they heard from experts on topics like refugees and sustainable development, and networked with community leaders, academics and students, and representatives from think tanks and like-minded organizations.
We were live-tweeting from this event on our Twitter @UNAUSANNJ and it was a terrific event!
THE UN AT 70: BLOG CONTEST WINNER
To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, the Northern New Jersey Chapter held a blog contest for college students in the state. The task was to pick a significant issue from the past 70 years and imagine what might have happened if the UN didn't exist. Nathaniel Moses of Princeton University wrote the winning piece about smallpox (which the UN helped eradicate) becoming a Cold War issue.
Way to go and congrats, Nathaniel!
Here is an excerpt of his post:
"If the UN Didn’t Exist, the Cold War May Have Spread Smallpox."
by Nathaniel Moses, Princeton University
The year is 1948 and the vaccine for smallpox has been discovered 152 years ago. Nevertheless, fifty million humans are being infected with the disease annually in over ninety countries. The threat of this ancient disease is potent enough for the newly chartered World Health Organization (WHO) to be summoned to action to create a global push to eradicate the disease. An idea previously thought impossible, the total eradication of this disease was completed by 1980 in perhaps the greatest accomplishment of the United Nations (UN). Under an unprecedented coordination spearheaded by the UN, developing and developed nations alike vaccinate citizens en masse. The Smallpox Eradication Programme uses innovative vaccinating techniques such as cheaper more widely accessible needles, and surveillance efforts on an international scale. The legacy of this early WHO team remains today in vaccination and disease outbreak work. By the time the disease was finally quashed, 100 million lives were lost that century. An untold amount more were saved.
Read the winning blog post, "If the UN Didn’t Exist, the Cold War May Have Spread Smallpox."
PHOTO CREDIT: Chris Erbach / Wikipedia CC
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