United Nations of Chicago https://unachicago.org UN of Chicago Fri, 29 Nov 2019 22:43:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3 Vote for UNA-Chicago’s 2020 Leadership Positions! https://unachicago.org/vote-for-una-chicagos-2020-leadership-positions/ https://unachicago.org/vote-for-una-chicagos-2020-leadership-positions/#respond Mon, 25 Nov 2019 19:19:59 +0000 https://unachicago.org/?p=929 After a long and thorough selection process, we have narrowed the applicants for our open positions down to the following individuals. As a member of UNA-Chicago, you have the opportunity to vote for who you believe will forward the ideals of the United Nations best in our organization.

You can learn more about the open positions HERE

Polls are open to cast your member vote for the candidates for the United Nations Association’s open director positions for 2020.

The deadline to cast your vote is our December 10 Volunteer Day event, during which the winning candidates for each position will be announced. (Get your FREE tickets HERE)

We hope to see you there!

Vote HERE

Applicants for President


Magi

Why do you want to be a part of UNA- Chicago? 

I’ve been a part of this chapter for almost four years now. I’ve loved being able to shape the mission thus far, and I’m excited to hopefully bring some of my ideas to life in 2020-2021.

Why do you believe you will be a good fit for the specific position you are applying to? 

As I mentioned, I’ve been a part of the organization for a few years now, and I understand how to keep the chapter running. With that being said, I also have the bandwidth to focus on some of our newer initiatives, as well as revamp some of our existing ones, such as the Global Goals committee. I believe that we can be more intentional with our planning of this committee, as well as planning of events as a whole. However, no matter what my position, I’m excited to work with all of our volunteers next year, and my main goal will be to make sure that they feel they are contributing in a way that they believe is meaningful.

Applicants for Vice President


Adon

Why do you want to be a part of UNA- Chicago? 

My values of paying it forward, helping those that can’t help themselves and the idea of leaving a world in a better place than when I entered it aligns perfectly with UNA-Chicago!

Why do you believe you will be a good fit for the specific position you are applying to? 

I believe that with that my corporate and entrepreneurial background would add a lot of value to this role.

Amanda

Why do you want to be a part of UNA- Chicago? 

I’m passionate about a variety of issues – equality for all, education, poverty, just to name a few – and finding an organization that impacts all of these issues has been challenging. When I saw this opening, I realized this is the opportunity I’ve been searching for! Joining the UN-Chicago is my way of fulfilling all of my passions and on a global scale. And I can do it without engaging in cutthroat politics. More importantly, I want to be a part of a team that works hard and collaboratively to get things done.

Why do you believe you will be a good fit for the specific position you are applying to? 

It’s not just what I can gain from being the VP, it’s also about how I can best serve the UN-Chicago and its members. Having spent almost 14 years in development and marketing for the nonprofit sector, I can help with fundraising efforts and with organizational growth and oversight. I have staffed many boards and understand how boards can operate effectively and efficiently. I would be honored to employ these skills to help the UN-Chicago make an even greater impact.

Applicants for Advocacy


Ben

Why do you want to be a part of UNA- Chicago? 

I’ve had the pleasure of being advocacy director for UNA-Chicago since 7/2018. I believe that the UNA is incredibly important because it continues to build support for the United States’ leading role at the UN, where our nation works to prevent war, resolve conflicts, protect our planet, and defend human rights. With the current status of our political affairs, where the U.S. has pulled out of UNESCO, the Paris Climate Agreement, Iran Nuclear Deal, and threatening to leave NATO; it is incredibly important to educate U.S. citizens on the importance of the US’s role in the UN and motivate people to take action projecting support for it. UNA-Chicago is taking real action on important issues throughout Chicagoland.

Why do you believe you will be a good fit for the specific position you are applying to? 

As Advocacy Director for UNA-Chicago, I’ve built a 20+ organization coalition to support our Chicago/Cook County for CEDAW (convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women) campaign. We successfully earned a proclamation of support for CEDAW from the Chicago Mayor’s Office and are in the process of working to pass a CEDAW ordinance in Cook County. Our coalition has met with several members of the Cook County Board and hope to speak before the Women’s Caucus in the next few months. I have a strong interest in politics, international affairs, and current events. I frequently read major publications that report on those topics. I’m also a seasoned community organizer who has worked for advocacy organizations, non-profits, government offices, and political campaigns. I’ve specialized in developing and executing field engagement plans and growing grassroots movements. I’ve recruited, trained, and managed volunteers and staff members to gain organizing skills and achieve structured goals. I’ve gained field experience in local, state, federal, and national political campaigns. Additionally, I’ve worked on behalf of issues such as marriage equality, health care expansion, and obesity prevention with duties including coordinating days of action. Alternatively, I have worked in both state and federal government offices, where I built strategic partnerships and conducted outreach to neighborhood associations, community organizations, local schools, elected officials, faith groups, non-profits, and advocacy organizations. It was also my responsibility to coordinate constituency outreach events such as an Affordable Care Act enrollment seminar, temporary visitor driver’s license forum, property tax workshop, diabetes screening, blood drive, financial literacy course, and women’s health fair. I also led initiatives that formed coalitions to propose and pass new legislation and assisted at all levels of the legislative process. I believe that the diversity of my experience would allow me to be successful in this role.

Eric

Why do you want to be a part of UNA- Chicago? 

I want to extend my career and professional network into those in the Chicago area who have worked or are working with the United Nations. I also wish to engage with others who are interested in the issues and promote the work of the UN and its global goals, especially at a time like this in our country.

Why do you believe you will be a good fit for the specific position you are applying to? 

My résumé is a partial overview of some past work experiences. I have practiced law domestically in New York and have some international law practice with the UN. One of the past accomplishments that I believe is relevant is an internship at one of the former UN ad hoc war crimes tribunals in The Hague. This is also the tribunal which set the most historical legal precedent and an experience I wish to draw upon in my future career.

Teresa

Why do you want to be a part of UNA- Chicago? 

I want to be a part of UNA-Chicago because I want to be affiliated with a group of people that is dedicated to making a difference. The work of the United Nations is critical to achieving global change, and global change is rooted in local action.

Why do you believe you will be a good fit for the specific position you are applying to? 

I first became passionate about the work of the United Nations as an undergraduate, when I became involved in competitive Model United Nations. I also volunteered as an assistant chair and a chair for three years for a non-profit organization that ran a Model United Nations conference for high school students. Now, as an attorney, I advocate for my clients on a daily basis, so I understand how to take complex issues, break them down, and deliver information in a persuasive manner, which is an important skill to have as the Advocacy Director. I am also particularly passionate about connecting people with opportunities to engage with the work of the United Nations, as I was fortunate enough to work for three months for a UN criminal tribunal in The Hague.

Applicants for Education


Felipe

Why do you want to be a part of UNA- Chicago? 

I’m looking to join a mission-driven organization that will allow me to feel a sense of fulfillment. I am also very inspired and motivated when working in training and education as I did at the National Safety Council.

Why do you believe you will be a good fit for the specific position you are applying to? 
I have extensive experience in training and education at a nonprofit that I can leverage to achieve UNA’s educational goals.

 

Applicants for Membership


Nisha

Why do you want to be a part of UNA- Chicago? 

Advocating for the global goals of the UN for peace, security, human rights, and development, is evermore vital at present. In efforts to become a sustainable city, Chicagoan’s must align toward a global platform through collective local action. I hope to be part of an organization that is part of a larger mission, inspiring citizens to become advocates for 17 global goals. All local groups can unquestionably benefit with proper information and directives on pertinent issues.

Why do you believe you will be a good fit for the specific position you are applying to? 

Throughout my collegiate career, I was involved in organizations affiliated or mission-aligned to the United Nations. One of the most difficult aspects of a non-profit organization, is member engagement. In AIESEC, a student run not-for-profit that advocated for the 2030 UN goals, membership retention was a vital and strategic goal for the executive board. Through planned guidelines, in one-year, member retention jumped 42%. Additionally, it is also important to ensure UNA’s advocacy efforts attract and convert new members, not only to achieve the 2020 goal of 1,000 members, but to expand the reach of the Chicago chapter. I strongly believe the success of any organization is in its members.

 

Vote HERE

If you have any questions, please contact UNA-Chicago’s VP at: MZlatkova@unachicago.org

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UN Day Global Goals Awards Press Release https://unachicago.org/un-day-global-goals-awards-press-release/ https://unachicago.org/un-day-global-goals-awards-press-release/#respond Tue, 29 Oct 2019 18:54:06 +0000 https://unachicago.org/?p=777
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Our 2019 Global Leadership Summit Broke TWO Records! https://unachicago.org/our-2019-global-leadership-summit-broke-two-records/ https://unachicago.org/our-2019-global-leadership-summit-broke-two-records/#respond Mon, 08 Jul 2019 21:24:33 +0000 https://unachicago.org/?p=201 We can’t believe it’s been almost two weeks since our Global Leadership Summit kicked off in Washington, D.C. Over the last year, our members have made a big impact—and this summit was no different.

This year’s Global Leadership Summit was a historic success:

Our delegation represented all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

For the very first time, we were excited to welcome UNA members from every state and Washington, D.C. to participate in the summit.

Our members held a record-breaking 322 Congressional meetings!

Let that sink in—in just one day, UNA members met with over 60 percent of Congressional offices to ask their elected officials to support full funding for the UN, its agencies and programs.

Check out more highlights from the summit here. (See if you can find yourself, or if you didn’t get to go, get motivated to go next year. Remember: we have a yearly scholarship for one lucky and engaged member to go!)

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Global Goals & Young Professionals Mixer Aug 2nd https://unachicago.org/global-goals-young-professionals-mixer-aug-2nd/ https://unachicago.org/global-goals-young-professionals-mixer-aug-2nd/#respond Fri, 15 Mar 2019 19:33:01 +0000 https://chicago-eu.c3bn568a-liquidwebsites.com/?p=59 We’re very excited to announce the young professionals and global goals mixer and networking event in August. The idea came about when we realized that a large group of our members were graduating college or have recently done so. Because of this, this event is geared towards young professionals, and how they fit into our organization. Of course, this event is open to all members and allows you an opportunity to hear about some of our initiatives.

Global Goals:

Our Global Goals program is one that supports the United Nations 2030 Global Goals initiative. While it may seem like a huge undertaking, we believe that the key to achieving the 2030 metrics is to think globally, and act locally. We are excited to tell you more about what this means at the event!

Guests speakers:

Not only will members get to hear about our initiatives, they will also get to hear about another local Chicago organization’s initiatives as well. A Better Chicago will be there to speak about their efforts in the city and will tell us what “Smart Philanthropy” means to them, and how to get involved.

Overall, we are excited to have anyone interested in the United Nations Association join us, whether it’s to hear about Global Goals, advocacy, A Better Chicago, or something else- and remember, you don’t have to be a member to join this event! See you then.

More Info:

Mark your calendars and be on the lookout for invite emails coming soon! If you are not signed-up to receive our emails, make sure you do so here.

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National Summit in DC 2018 https://unachicago.org/national-summit-in-dc-2018/ https://unachicago.org/national-summit-in-dc-2018/#respond Fri, 15 Mar 2019 19:31:48 +0000 https://chicago-eu.c3bn568a-liquidwebsites.com/?p=56 Thanks to the UNA-USA network, the 2018 UNA-USA Leadership Summit was a resounding success! With over 500 attendees from 46 states including the District of Columbia, this year’s Summit was the largest convening to date.

For three incredible days, UNA members heard from notable speakers . These speakers included Thomas Pickering, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (1989-1992), Andrew Gilmour, UN Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights, Ambassador Robert King, former special envoy for North Korea human rights issues at the U.S. Department of State (2009-2017), and Munira Khalif, U.S. Youth Observer to the UN, speaking on the importance of a strong U.S.-UN relationship.

All UNA members are encouraged to sign-up and attend the National Summit, held each year.  This year we had a number of UNA Chicago members in attendance. Below in an overview or their experience.

Daily Recap:

Day 1: Welcome to DC!
The Saturday before the Summit isn’t officially a part of the summit, but this year, there was a happy hour hosted, where we got to meet other members of UNA USA, and participants of the conference.

Day 2: Speakers & breakout sessions
Day 2 is really when the summit begins. This year, we got to hear speakers that ranged from Hilary Corna – a bestselling author, to Munira Kalif – the US Youth Observer to the UN to Tracy Roosevelt- great granddaughter of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. It was also filled with breakout sessions such as: UN 101, Chapter Best Practices, Model UN and Global Classrooms, and UN Advocacy, to name a few. As you can tell, the day is all about learning, listening, and networking.

Day 3: More speakers & More breakout sessions
Day three was very much a continuation of day two. This time, we heard Thomas Pickering – Former US Ambassador to the UN, Ed Royce – Chairman, US House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Ambassador Robert R. King – Ambassador of the US on North Korea Human Rights Issues. The breakout sessions consisted of topics such as: Action on Climate Change, Global Health, Human Rights Close to Home, Careers at the UN, and Global Refugee Crisis Beyond Syria.
The day ended with a dinner and cocktail hour at the Institute of Peace. Here we where we were able to hear Andrew Gilmour, the UN Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights speak.

Day 4: Lobby day!
Lobby day is the final day of the summit and the day that you get to turn all you’ve learned from the past two days into action. Though this may sound daunting, most states are represented by at least 10 people- some are represented by over 50- so we were never alone. To prep for this  groups gathered to conduct research on the representatives. This allowed us to be prepared to discuss the more important topics with them. Overall, it was truly an empowering experience.

 

In Short:

Our impact was felt beyond the in-person Congressional meetings and dynamic panels. UNA-USA members sent over 500 emails to Congress, at least 200 UNA members tweeted at their elected officials, and #USAforUN earned over 13 million impressions and reached nearly 2.5 million users.

That sounds like a lot, but the time flies by! When you leave you’re left with a better understanding of not only what the United Nations does, but also what the United Nations Association does, and how your chapter can help its mission. We hope to see you at the next one!

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UNA-Chicago World Refugee Day https://unachicago.org/una-chicago-world-refugee-day/ https://unachicago.org/una-chicago-world-refugee-day/#respond Fri, 15 Mar 2019 19:30:31 +0000 https://chicago-eu.c3bn568a-liquidwebsites.com/?p=53 In 2017 alone, every 2 seconds someone was forced to flee their home due to war, violence, or persecution. That equals 68.5 million people. To put that number in terms that might be easier to grasp, that means 44,000 people per day –ordinary people like you and me – were forced to leave everything behind in order to escape violence.

What might be even harder to swallow is the fact that half of the world’s refugees are children.

This World Refugee Day, UNA Chicago hosted a fundraising event featuring Peter Magai Bul, a former refugee from the Kakuma Refugee Camp.

Kakuma Refugee Camp is one of the oldest refugee camps in Kenya. Kenya’s Kakuma camp serves an estimated 190,000 refugees from neighboring countries –far surpassing its capacity of 100,000 refugees. Within Kakuma, there are 19 primary schools funded by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to serve young refugees, which make up 55 percent of the camp’s population.

“I lived in Kakuma Refugee Camp from 1992 to 2001. Living in Kakuma for about 10 years was very painful and troubling in so many ways,” explains Peter Magai Bul, “Insecurity was among the problems we had to face. We couldn’t travel far outside the camp for a fear of being killed by the local Kenyans, who considered us their enemies.”

Living in fear is just one of the daily challenges for refugees like Peter. Many refugees lack basic necessities such as shelter, access to food and water, the ability to seek medical assistance, and opportunities for education.

“We were encouraged to go to school, but we lacked teachers and school supplies. Diseases such cholera, malaria, and anemia, among others, would take lives every day and there were few clinics that lacked doctors,” reflects Peter.

Even through these daily perils that refugees experience during this international crisis, there is hope. In 2016, UNA-USA, in partnership with USA for UNHCR, launched Adopt-A-Future campaign, an initiative dedicated to helping refugee children build a brighter future by providing them with quality education. Through this event we were able to raise over $1200 dollars to support the Adopt-A-Future campaign.

As for Peter, he plans to continue spreading the word to anyone willing to help fight the refugee crisis: “I promised myself that I would always be their voice and do whatever it takes to advocate for their dignity, rights, and freedom, among other basic needs such as shelter, food, education, and health.”

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RMU Hunger Banquet https://unachicago.org/rmu-hunger-banquet/ https://unachicago.org/rmu-hunger-banquet/#respond Fri, 15 Mar 2019 19:29:10 +0000 https://chicago-eu.c3bn568a-liquidwebsites.com/?p=50 By Kenia Marreros, UNA-RMU

On January 25, 2017 the Robert Morris University UNA chapter hosted an Oxfam Hunger Banquet. The purpose of the banquet was to raise awareness of hunger around the world. Many of the students were shocked to know that not everyone is fortunate to eat a nutritious meal every day, some students spoke and shared how they were extremely sadden to know that in some parts of the world a child does not have the luxury to eat beans and rice with utensils.

Participants were divided into social classes (low-income, middle-income, and high-income). Each social class received meals according to their class. The banquet was a true success; approximately 130 students attended. The chapter is very proud to have had the opportunity to share the harsh reality of hunger and poverty with the RMU community.

About OxFam Hunger Banquets
The Oxfam Hunger Banquet is a memorable, interactive event that brings hunger and poverty issues to life. After 40 years, this volunteer-led effort is still going strong—and has changed hundreds of thousands of lives. Expand your world by attending an Oxfam Hunger Banquet near you. Want to host your own Hunger Banquet? Please contact our Special Initiatives Director, Sana’a Hussein, for resources.

About RMU-UNA
The UNA-USA chapter at Robert Morris University-IL is an organization involved in service projects that explores diverse cultures and issues of global relevance within the framework of the United Nations mission to educate, inspire, and mobilize support for the principles and vital work of the United Nations.

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Shot@Dance with Resurrection U https://unachicago.org/shotdance-with-resurrection-u/ https://unachicago.org/shotdance-with-resurrection-u/#respond Fri, 15 Mar 2019 19:27:59 +0000 https://chicago-eu.c3bn568a-liquidwebsites.com/?p=47 By Barbara Woodfork, ResU UNA

Shot@Dance was a fundraiser event hosted by the Resurrection University – UNA School Chapter to help bring awareness to the importance of childhood vaccinations within the community. It was held at the Latin Rhythms Dance Studio with food provided by Reel Club in Oak Brook and Grapevine Foods in Orland Park as well as music provided by DJ Michael Ellis. These services were donated in support of our event and the campaign. Through this event, Resurrection University’s UNA School Chapter was able to show their support to the United Nations’ Shot@Life campaign and its efforts to help children have a chance to live a healthy life. Through advocacy and increased awareness, they were able to raise $500 for the campaign to aid in its efforts to vaccinate children around the world.

 

About Shot@Life
Shot@Life, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation, educates, connects and empowers individuals to champion global vaccines as one of the most effective ways to save the lives of children in developing countries.
Learn more at shotatlife.org.
Want to host your own Shot@Life fundraiser?  Please contact our Special Initiatives Director, Sana’a Hussein.
About The ResU-UNA
The Resurrection University – UNA School Chapter started in October, 2016. It is a chapter filled with motivation and determination to become more involved in various campaigns of the United Nations to help advocate, educate, and fundraise for important global issues that need increased awareness. With the combined variety of skills of the students, faculty, and staff of Resurrection University, they will be working together to help make a difference on a global level.
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2017: A New Year for the UN and USA https://unachicago.org/2017-a-new-year-for-the-un-and-usa/ https://unachicago.org/2017-a-new-year-for-the-un-and-usa/#respond Fri, 15 Mar 2019 19:27:03 +0000 https://chicago-eu.c3bn568a-liquidwebsites.com/?p=44 2016 was a landmark year. For the first time in the same year, we saw the selection of both a new U.S. President and a UN Secretary-General, with new shifts in our political leadership nationally and abroad.
You’ve spoken out on human rights. You’ve advocated for strong and smart U.S. leadership in the UN and worked alongside Chicago organizations to highlight efforts on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

What will your 2017 look like?

Join us and show American leadership that you are passionate about the ideals of the UN – take a stand for women’s rights, LGBT rights, climate change and the refugee crisis. Together we can protect the integrity and values of the United Nations.
Now more than ever, if you share in the belief that the world can be a better place, join me and your fellow global citizens in making 2017 count.

Stand up. Take action. Your voice and your support matters.

Best wishes for a productive new year.
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