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"The UN at 70" Blog Contest
The NNJ Chapter of UNA-USA is commemorating United Nations Day and the UN's 70th Anniversary with a blog contest. This is a great chance for students to build their online presence and their resume, and win some money too!
Topic: The UN at 70: Where would we be without the United Nations?
Students are asked to pick a specific historic event in which the UN played a key role, and
submit a blog imagining how the event might have played out if there were no United
Nations. The event can be a conflict, humanitarian crisis, political situation, epidemic, etc.
A history of the United Nations may be found at
Students are encouraged to thoroughly research the selected event and be creative in
describing the circumstances without benefit of UN intervention.
Eligibility: Participants must be matriculating students at a New Jersey college or university
and members of the NNJ chapter. Undergraduates and graduate students age 25 and
under are welcome to submit. Student who are not chapter members can join for FREE at
http://www.unausa.org/join. Be sure to select Northern New Jersey in the drop-down box.
Length: 500 words maximum
Content: originality; supporting information well thought and researched
Presentation: quality of writing – style, clarity, flow, vocabulary, information organization,
Correctness: grammar, syntax, spelling and punctuation
Prize: $100 gift certificate and a featured guest blog on the NNJ chapter website,
www.unausannj.com. The piece will also be promoted through the chapter and National
UNA-USA social media, and submitted to various local newspapers for possible publication.
Submission: Blogs are to be submitted via an email attachment in Word or pdf to
email@example.com with the subject line “UNA-USA NNJ Blog Contest Submission – (last
name of blogger). Please include your full name, email address and phone number.
Questions may also be submitted to this email address.
Deadline for Submissions: Midnight, October 2, 2015
Advertise this contest to NJ universities and students with the flyer below!
Adopt-A-UPR Recommendation SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR), is a tool the UN Human Rights Council uses to assess the human rights records of all 193 UN member states once every 4 years.
As the Human Rights Council of the United Nations prepares to review the United States' Universal Periodic Review (UPR), now is the time to advocate for the adoption of some key recommendations concerning human rights in the United States.
Participate in our short social media campaign and tell the State Department's International Organization Affairs Bureau (@State_IO) and the US Ambassador to the Human Rights Council (@USAmbHRC) to adopt these key recommendations. Follow the steps below:
STEP 1: Select a recommendation that you believe the US government should adopt from this list.
Ten UPR Recommendations to the U.S. You Can “Adopt"
#162. Heighten efforts to promote non-discrimination of any kind, including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity
#163 Keep promoting progress in LGBTI issues, especially in preventing discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation
#40 Ratify CEDAW [Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women]
#115. Ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work so as to close the gender pay gap
#255 Promote actions to eradicate sexual and domestic violence
#272. Establish, where appropriate, specialized services required for children and women who have been trafficked or sold for sexual exploitation
#270 An increase in resources for nationwide anti-trafficking awareness programmes, including law enforcement training
#35 Urgently move to ratify CRPD [Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities], CRC [Convention on the Rights of the Child] and CEDAW [Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women]
#236 Take further steps to improve the current conditions of its prisons
#277 Conduct in-depth examinations into how race-related issues were affecting law enforcement and the administration of justice, both at the federal and state levels
STEP 2: Print the sheet below and write/type the number of your recommendation along with an optional short message why you support the recommendation.
STEP 3: Post your picture with the sheet and your message on Twitter or Facebook using one of the optional messages below OR feel free to draft your own message.
For more info on the US UPR recommendations, click here.
These suggested tweets can accompany your “Adopt-A-UPR-Recommendation” photo, but it is 100% okay to post without a photo! Use relevant hashtags such as #LGBTIRights, #CEDAW, #CRC, #CRPD, #GenderEquality and others in your post. Don't forget to tag @unausannj on Twitter as well.
US @State_IO & @USAmbHRC: Pls accept #UPR recommendation #[INSERT UPR RECOMMENDATION NUMBER HERE] at #HRC30 http://bit.ly/1H7dpbU
At US #UPR, @State_IO + @USAmbHRC should accept recommendation #[INSERT UPR RECOMMENDATION NUMBER HERE] #HRC30 http://bit.ly/1H7dpbU
Human rights start @ home so hope @State_IO + @USAmbHRC accepts #UPR rec #[INSERT UPR RECOMMENDATION NUMBER HERE] at #HRC30 http://bit.ly/1H7dpbU
NEW BLOG POST!
Agenda 21: Falsehoods that Threaten an Environmental Action Plan
By: Michael Curtin, August 2015
Sit back, take a deep breath and repeat after me: Agenda 21 will not eliminate golf courses or paved roads (let it be known that presidential hopeful Ted Cruz was responsible for this hysteria); it will not create a tyrannical government or threaten our sovereignty nor do anything else remotely similar to these things. What it does do is provide a set of guidelines for local communities to follow when implementing their development plans.
For far too long there has been a campaign of misinformation, half-truths, distortions and outright lies perpetrated upon any plan set forth by the United Nations. The time has come to set the record straight. This must end here and now! I plan to counter these inaccuracies today.
READ MORE HERE.
The UN in the News! World Food Programme on CBS
PHOTO CREDIT: Chris Erbach / Wikipedia CC
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Blog Post Archive:
August 2015 | Agenda 21: Falsehoods that Threaten an Environmental Action Plan
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