On Sunday November 23, we held a film screening of The 11th Hour via our collaboration with Orange County for Climate Action, of which our chapter is a co-founder. The film gave a perspective on the cultural misconceptions that have led to humanity's plundering the biosphere, and strongly gave the message that while we are the problem, we can also be the solution. On Saturday November 22nd our Coffee Talk featured Dr. Bill Honigman, who showed how the healthcare system in our United States lags behind those of other countries, and discussed possible solutions. On UN Day, October 24, 2014 our chapter had a presence as a sponsor at the anti-human exploitation and trafficking symposium and rally, "Keep Calm and Beat H.E.A.T." program jointly organized by the Orange County District Attorney at Chapman University, Orange. On October 11th some of our members participated in the Healthy Earth Conference put on by OCICE, one of our Council of Organization member, in Irvine. September 17th, six of our members enjoyed the Global Forum luncheon held annually by the Southern California Division of UNA-USA in Los Angeles September 27th, our international flags were a hit at the Irvine Global Village Festival.
UNA COFFEE TALK heldSaturday, October 4, 2014 Understanding Current Developments in the Middle East Dr. Nubar Hovsepian gave us much food for thought about conflicts involving ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and the between Israelis and Palestinians.
Opportunity to Advocate for Environmental Protection Impelled by our chapter's March Coffee Talk with Chris Roth on the Climate Crisis, our chapter is participating in advocacy activities for the climate: Co-founding Orange County for Climate Action with Living Ubuntu (see our first event here) and keeping you informed on the events around the Climate Summit on September 23rd. Find out in our Advocacy and our UN News pages.
The Red Cross, NGO partner with the UN
Our July 26, 2014 Coffee Talk celebrated UN World Humanitarian Day held August 19 of each year to honor those who have lost their lives or been injured in the course of their work and to acknowledge all who have worked for humanitarian causes.
The Red Cross partners with the UN in humanitarian work around the world. Matilde Gabriela, International Service Manager, American Red Cross Orange County, presented their history, mission, and systems for humanitarian assistance. She stressed the importance of public awareness about humanitarian assistance and of international cooperation. There is a need to improve systems to better anticipate, prevent and manage crisis.
UN World Humanitarian Day gives us an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world. HUMANITARIAN PRINCIPLES: Humanity – Neutrality – Impartiality - Independence
We invite you to continue the conversation we started at our last UN COFFEE TALK on May 31st. We heard Chris Roth, of the Sierra Club and the Citizen's Climate Lobby, speak about the “CLIMATE CRISIS: An Opportunity for Change” His urgent and timely message was a practical and hopeful one about how our environment is changing and what can we do about it. Let's continue the conversation and move to action. Here is a link to his Climate Awareness Playbook. It provides action steps to help us make a personal impact and a list of resources to help us along in our efforts.
Our chapter hosted the UNA-USA Southern California Division meeting on May 3, 2014. All but two of the eleven Southern California chapters were well represented. Division President Judith Harris held a most efficient business meeting, after which a delicious lunch followed. John Beynon spoke about his interesting experiences working for UNESCO. Finally three breakout groups explored strategies for advocacy, chapter development and communication.
Other Events We Have Enjoyed This Year
The UNA-OC Annual Meeting and Champagne Brunch, held January 26, 2014, was a successful start for the year.
The chapter officers for this year were sworn in by Past-President Barbara Tye: Carl Mariz, President for a second 2-year term; Samila Amany as Vice-president of Programs; Virginia Bernal as Treasurer; Rebecca Snyder as Secretary; and Kathy O'Neil as Vice-president of Membership (listed as appear in picture). The speaker, Dr. Fred Smoller, professor of Political Science at Chapman University, gave an informative and motivating message on Why Orange County should lead the way in combating climate change, connecting OC actions to UN goals. Jane Barboza delighted the participants during a musical interlude. Long-time and new members mingled and participated in the silent auction which raised funds for our chapter's events in 2014. (Thanks to Veronika Knight for taking the photos in the slide show below.)
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