The SoCal Post-2015 development workshops were held 12/7/2013 in La Habra Heights. Participants grouped themselves in order to discuss one of themes: * Freedom from discrimination and persecution * Equality between men and women * Better healthcare * An honest and responsive government * Affordable and nutritious food * Action taken on climate change * Access to clean water and sanitation * A good education
On the day of the event representatives from each group reported about their discussions to the full assembly. The concerns and recommendations were taken down by scribes who later sent reports back to UNA-USA for compilation nationally before submitting the US grassroots suggestions to the UN for further, international work on the post-2015 development goals.
Words worth echoing: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s tribute to Nelson Mandela, 10 Dec 2013
“Nelson Mandela was more than one of the greatest leaders of our time. He was one of the greatest teachers. And he taught by example...”
“His compassion stands out most. He was angry at injustice, not at individuals. He hated hatred, not the people caught in its grip. He showed the awesome power of forgiveness – and of connecting people with each other and with the true meaning of peace. That was his unique gift – and that was the lesson he shared with all humankind.” “But it was also a triumph for the ideals of the United Nations – and for anyone, anywhere, who has ever faced the poison of prejudice.” “The United Nations stood side by side with Nelson Mandela and the people of South Africa in the fight against apartheid. We used every tool we had: sanctions, an arms embargo, a sports boycott, diplomatic isolation. We spoke up loud and clear across the world. “Apartheid was vanquished…but as he would be the first to say, our struggle continues – against inequality and intolerance, and for prosperity and peace. “It is the duty of all of us who loved him to keep his memory alive in our hearts, and to embody his example in our lives.” (More complete report here.)
What will follow the Millennium Development Goals? People across the world are discussing how successful the efforts to reach the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will be by their conclusion in 2015, and what global plans will follow them.
UNA-USA is partnering with the UN on leading U.S. consultations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, in response to the Secretary General’s request for grassroots input from all member states. American citizens and UNA-USA Chapters are important grassroots participants in this discussion.
UNA-USA selected our Southern California UNA Division (comprising 11 chapters) to host one of the ten consultations nation-wide. The Division-level discussions successfully took place on December 7, 2013 (see below). Prior to that, our Chapter dedicated our November 2013 Coffee Talk to the theme.
Our Chapter Honorees for 2013
On November 9, 2013 we honored our past co-presidents Ken and Barbara Tye at the Annual Meeting of the South California UNA-USA Division for the fantastic work they did in the years 2008 and 2009 to lead and revive our UNA-USA Orange County chapter and for their continued support. Read more about their achievements
Seen in the photo from left to right: Ken Tye (honoree), Judith Harris (Division President elect), Barbara Tye (honoree), Carl Mariz (current President of our chapter), and Mel Boyton (outgoing Division President).
Some of our events in 2013 (Use your cursor on the photos for information on the events.)