October 2016 marks the 71st Anniversary
of the founding of
the United Nations
in San Francisco and its vital mission promoting global peace and progress.
Every day, in every part of the world, the UN is working to solve pressing challenges and improve lives. By supporting the UN, each of us can help strengthen its work and build a more peaceful, just world.
See photos of some big achievements.
No ‘Shutdown’ on
Americans' Support for the UN
Americans still care about foreign policy. They care a lot. Read more...
For those who were not able to attend UNA-OCC's UN Day Celebration Dinner, featured above is a video of our keynote speaker, Andi Gitow, Dep. Director of United Nations Information Center (UNIC). Ms. Gitow shared with the audience her personal insights on the ongoing refugee crisis based on years of experience with the UN and in journalism. Her speech also highlighted the UN and UNA's initiatives in addressing this very important issue.
Backpack Giveaway to Refugee Children- Oct. 1, 2016
In our efforts to support refugees living in Orange County, the UNA-OCC and Young Professionals Group partnered with the Tiyya Foundation in organizing a "Back to School" community outreach event. Our Chapter distributed UNA sponsored backpacks stuffed with school supplies to local refugee children participating in the Tiyya youth soccer program. Besides cheering for the kids during their soccer games and serving pizza to the teams, we also had the opportunity to teach the children about the UN's Sustainable Development Goals
through games and crafts.
Annual Summer Social - July 17, 2016
The Chapter hosted its first annual Summer Social gathering, with an open invitation to members of the UNA-OC, Young Professionals, Committee Chairs, and their guests. The conversations were lively, entertaining, and thought provoking as the event brought together a unique blend of people, careers, backgrounds, and worldviews. Many stories were shared and new connections made amongst those in attendance! The Social also served as the perfect occasion to introduce upcoming projects and events of the OC Chapter. One of these important initiatives is the Adopt-A-Future Campaign-- an opportunity to “adopt” an overseas refugee serving school in order to support the education and empowerment of refugee children. Attendees had the chance to experience, through virtual-reality headsets, a day in the life of a young Syrian girl living at a refugee camp. The virtual tour of the refugee site was a powerful resource that visually revealed the necessity of the UNA’s Adopt-A-Future Campaign.
Special thanks to Joy Adams, Council of Organizations Coordinator, for hosting this successful event!