Past Events/ UNA-GP History

Events on this page are in REVERSE calendar order – the most recent are on top.

March 13, 2017, Wednesday International Women’s Day Activity
International House, UPenn, 6 pm
Watch Shalini Kantayya’s award winning film, A Drop of Life, and discuss the global water crisis’ unique impact on women.
Intl Women’s Day is March 8, but we’re celebrating a few days later!
February 17, 2017, Friday:  Members’ Day at the UN
February 4, 2017, Saturday: UNA-GP board meeting
10 a.m. at the Friends Center
January 16, 2017, Monday: Model UN on Water

10 – 3. U Penn.

Water Model UN 2017

Water Model UN on MLK Day, January 2017

December 8, 2016 (Thursday) Celebration of Human Rights Day
Human Rights Day is Dec 10, but that’s a Saturday, so we are meeting on the 8th
5:30-8 pm, Ethical Society of Philadelphia
Education as a human right.

Human Rights Day Celebration 12-8-2016 at the Ethical Society

In honor of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Association-Greater Philadelphia Chapter (UNA-GP) placed a special focus this year on Article 26— our Right to Education. On December 8 over 60 persons gathered at The Ethical Society of Philadelphia to engage with an outstanding group of panelists who provided both global and local perspectives. Andrea Townrow, Executive Director of Women’s Campaign International (http://www.womenscampaigninternational.org) provided a compelling overview of her group’s work educating women for leadership roles in Liberia, Afghanistan and Timor Leste as well a special initiative with high school girls in Philadelphia. The grass roots interfaith group POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild— http://powerinterfaith.org) combined passionate oratory and passionate data on the need for a much improved public school fair-funding formula in Pennsylvania. The presentations of Sheila Armstrong and David Mosenkis made it crystal clear that the educational resources a child has or does not have in Pennsylvania are linked most closely with the level of poverty and racial composition of their community. Philadelphia City Councilwoman Helen Gym spoke eloquently about the tremendous importance of community organizing and engagement to achieve justice and equity for all in public education. She made it clear that far more is needed than online petitions in today’s world. Ms. Gym inspired the attendees to help create a groundswell of citizen demands for the basic right to education so Philadelphia City Council and other legislative bodies have no choice but to make policies that serve all equally.
Bob Groves
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Oct 24, 2016 (Monday) Membership and Board Meeting. UN Day Celebration.
UN Day 2016

UN Day 2016

Christiaan’s PowerPoint presentation on UN Peacekeeping and Global Health is available Here:
A summary of his key points is included in the December Newsletter, here:
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October 17-20, 2016 Habitat III In Quito, Ecuador
The nations met. According to this report they agreed on a “new urban development agenda creating sustainable, equitable cities for all”. See http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=55360#.WAt_Q8mS-Vs
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September 9 through Oct 21, 2016 (Weekends only) Unity Cup
On April 15, 2016, City of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced the inaugural Philadelphia International Unity Cup, a soccer tournament that celebrates the rich cultural diversity of the “City of Brotherly Love” through the worldwide appeal of soccer.
The 32-team World Cup-style soccer tournament will be composed mainly of diverse immigrant groups across Philadelphia.
See the Unity Cup home page for more information. Volunteers are needed! Or just come out and support the teams.
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Sept 18-24, 2016 Official Peace Day Philly Events
Full calendar at http://www.peacedayphilly.org/events/
Some examples:
Sept 18 (Sunday): Yoga for peace, an Interfaith Peace dialog, a jazz festival, and more!
Sept 19 (Monday): Film screening, “The same heart”
Sept 20 (Tuesday): Meditation for peace
Sept 21 (Wednesday) — The International Day of Peace itself. Welcoming event, 6th annual sing along, film screening.
Sept 22 (Thursday): Grassroots Peacemaking, Empathy
Sept 24 (Saturday): Soccer Day for Peace and Play, Peace Day Philly Celebration

Sept 17, 2016 (Saturday) International Peace Day Concert

Door 5 pm, curtain 5:30 pm Verizon Hall, Kimmel CenterTickets $28 – $28.
Many different choral groups, several different performers. Sure to be a wonderful evening!
See details on the Harmony for Peace web site: http://harmonyforpeace.org/content/peace-day-concert-2016
Finale

Finale: Whole group singing the Ode to Joy.

August 16, 2016 (Tuesday) Film Screening – Limbo
       6-8 pm Paul Robeson House. See flier here. Link to the original press release for the April showing: Here.

Limbo is a short documentary that explores the lives of West African migrants who survived the perilous journey from their homes to Italy, seeking the same opportunities that you and I have the privilege of enjoying, only to meet new obstacles when they arrive that leave them waiting in limbo for permission to start a new life.

Produced by the student-run Crosscurrent Pictures, our film aims to promote conversation and encourage contemporary thinking about the topic of migration.
To commemorate International Youth Day 2016 (Aug 12) and World Humanitarian Day (August 19), The Paul Robeson House in Philadelphia – an initiative of the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance – will host the film screening.
Through this two-hour screening and discussion engagement, we are:
*Embracing and showcasing the work of young people addressing the issue of immigration
*Acknowledging the International Decade for People of African Descent
*Creating social activism through theatre
*Utilizing multimedia communication platforms
August 11, 2016 (Thursday) UNA GP Board meeting
     5:30-7:30 p.m.
July 17, 2016 (Sunday) Annual Garden Party.
Late afternoon and evening in northwest Philly. We will have 3 refugees to speak to us of their experiences. They are:
  • Matilda Issata Sawie from Liberia. In 1991, her father was killed during the Liberian civil war. In 1992, Matilda, with her mother and siblings, fled to Guinea—walking 5 days with little food. In Guinea, Ms. Sawie and her family lived in Macenta until 1995, and then moved to a UN refugee camp where they lived until 2006.  Matilda completed elementary and high school in the camp.  After being denied family resettlement by the UN, Matilda came to the US in 2006, when she won the US State Department sponsored Diversity Visa Lottery. In 2013, Matilda graduated from Delaware County Community College and in 2016 received her bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Temple University.
  • Youssef Abbara from the city of Homs in Syria.  He has been in the United States for 22 months. He left Syria to get away from the war and to avoid going into the military. He came here to find safety and a new future.His goals are to make a good impact in America and to reflect a good image of Syria to Americans. He is now working at the Nationalities Services Center and volunteers at Catholic Charities in New Jersey. He is very concerned about the labor and illiteracy problems of Syrian children living as refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey as well as in Syria. He also wants to complete his human service education. He hopes to meet and share interests with people from many backgrounds. Youssef lives in Philadelphia.
  • Adama Bangura was born in Sierra Leone. In 1999, when she was 13, rebels attacked Freetown where she lived causing massive destruction. In 2001, Adama and her family were forced to flee to Guinea and began living in a UN refugee camp. With the help of her brother who was living in the United States, Adama’s family filed to immigrate to the US as refugees. After constant effort, Adama and her family came to the US in 2004 and experienced peace, joy and freedom they had not known before. Adama graduated from Delaware County Community College in 2014 and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Temple University.
Speakers at Garden Party

Bob Groves, UNA-GP board member (second from left), with our three refugee speakers.

See more pictures at Diana Larisgoitia’s slide show: https://www.facebook.com/larisgoitia/videos/10153669254311821/  Thanks to Diana for taking pictures!

Read an article about the Garden Party by board member Louis Bolling: http://www.phillytrib.com/metros/garden-party-fundraiser-recognizes-plight-of-refugees/article_d830c7fe-b5e1-5f00-9697-4003531917ee.html

June 23, 2016 (Thursday) UNA-GP Membership Meeting

5:30-8:30 p.m.  Friends Center 1501 Cherry Street
Topic: Nuclear disarmament/ nuclear arms race.
See flier.
UNA-GP Membership Meeting 6-23-16
May 12, 2016 (Thursday) UNA GP Board meeting
     5:30-7:30 p.m.
May 17, 2016 (Tuesday) Habitat III Convening
     “The City We Want & Need”
9 am – 3:30 pm
Michael A. Fitts Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 3501 Sansom Street, Philadelphia
April 6, 2016 (Wednesday):  9th Annual Conference of the Global Water Alliance
Temple Fox School of Business

 Web site of the GWA: Here

 

GWA conference

See more pictures on our Facebook page for this event: here.

March 19, 2016 (Saturday) Model UN on Disarmament
10AM-3.30PM University of Pennsylvania
Topic: Small Arms Trade Treaty and its impact
March 19, 2016 (Saturday) UNA GP Board meeting
     11 am – 1 pm  THIS IS A NEW TIME!
March 15, 2016 (Tuesday): Observation of International Women’s Day
6:30 p.m.
International House, U Penn.
Topic: Global Perspectives on Women, Food Security and Agriculture
International House and Event Page: Here
Womens Day 2016
Feb 29, 2016 (Monday) Contest Submission Deadline!
“IMAGINING WATER, SANITATION, AND HYGIENE [WASH] SOLUTIONS IN THE YEAR 2030”: A Student Competition  by the Global Water Alliance
See flier here

Feb 21, 2016 Peace Concert and Dinner

Organized by Harmony for Peace Foundation

Rotwitt Theatre 1400 Montgomery Ave. Rosemont PA
Door 3 p.m., Concert 3:30 pm
See fliers: Invitation    Tickets    Menu

Feb 27, 2016 Model UN on the Rule of Law
Terrace Room, Cohen Hall, University of Pennsylvania (10-3.30PM)
Topic: Labor and Globalization
January 18, 2016: MLK DAY.
Model UN on Water Management, All day event. UPenn.
Read the letter the students wrote to Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney here.
Model UN pictures
December 10, 2015 (Thursday): The Global Refugee Crisis — Philadelphia’s Response
Panel Discussion for International Human Rights Day.
Location:
Ethical Society of Philadelphia
1906 Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
6:00-8:30PM
Keynote speaker: Jana Mason
Senior Advisor for Government Relations and External Affairs at the Office of
the UN High Commissioner for Refugees
See flier here.
 Also join us for an interfaith prayer vigil that will honor all refugees. This will
take place from 5-5:45PM in the south west corner of Rittenhouse Square.
See more pictures on our Facebook page (scroll down):  http://www.facebook.com/UNAGP
Learn more about human rights and see the history of human rights video shown  at the meeting: http://www.humanrights.com/#/home
November 19, 2015 (Thursday): International Toilet Day.
Panel discussion on:
“We can’t wait while 1 in 3 people worldwide lacks access to a basic toilet!”Thursday, Nov 19, 5:30 – 8 p.m. Fagin Hall Auditorium UPenn nursing school, 418 Curie BlvdAdmission is free. Suggested professional donation: $30.Please RSVP at tinyURL.com/WTDPenn2015

Nov 14, 2015 (Sat) UNA-GP Board Meeting,

10 – 12 (noon) — Location UPenn, Van Pelt library, Room 402 — 3420 Walnut Street.

October 24 (Saturday): UN DAY.

Forum (1 p.m.) and Concert (3 p.m.) about Peace and the UN’s 70’s birthday, both at the Kimmel Center. The dinner afterwards (5:30).

Flier with all 3 but especially the concert:  here

Flier mainly about the Peace Forum at 1: here

Concert Tickets – here.     Peace Forum Pass Reservation (email request) – here.

If you plan to attend the Peace Forum, see guidelines on how to register and get a pass here. It’s a bit tricky (more than you might think) because there are two events — one free (the forum) and one ticketed (the concert). So attendees need to follow the rules.

Many more pictures here.

October 16 (Friday): World Food Day

5:20 pm Panel on Fighting Hunger in Philadelphia. International House 3703, Chestnut Street (U Penn)

                 4 excellent speakers. See flier here.

7:00 pm Young UNA members (GenUN) social event. Same location. Flier here.

October 6, 2015 (Tuesday). Flood mitigation speaker and contest launch

5:30-8:15 pm, Friends Center 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia PA

Speaker on Flood Mitigation and Global Warming.

Then the launch of a contest for flood prevention at the Waterworks.

Then a reception.  See flier here.

This is all a part ofadvance preparations for participation in Habitat III in October 2016.

 

Sept 21, 2015 (Monday): International Day of Peace

Many events, Sept 14-21. Check out the list of early events here and in particular the events on Peace Day itself here, starting with a march for peace and against gun violence in Mt. Airy Philadelphia.

Peace Day collage

Sept 19, 2015 (Saturday): Soccer Day of Peace and Play

9 am – 3 pm at the Beverly Hills Recreation Area (Marshall Road Field), 1747 East Marshall Road Lansdowne, PA 19050.

See more information regarding the event here.

Sept 17, 2015 (Thursday): Engineers Without Borders Fundraiser

6 – 9 pm at the Philadelphia Waterworks.

See their web site and information here.

Sept 16, 2015 (Wednesday): Talk on the Iran Nuclear Deal

12- 1:30 pm at the Friends Center 1501 Cherry Street Philadelphia, “Cherry Street Room”.

 See flier here.

Sept 16, 2015 (Wednesday): Finding our Place in the World (Immigrant and Refugee Experiences)

5 -7 pm at Arcadia University. This is an opening meeting for Peace Day Philly.

See flier here.

Aug 20, 2015  (Th)  UNA-GP Board Meeting

5:30 -7 pm.  Friends Center 15th abd Cherry, Philadelphia.

July 19, 2015 (Sunday): Garden Party

5 – 8 p.m. at a member’s house,  in northwest Philly — See flier here.

Topic — can Philadelphia become a “City for CEDAW” by officially supporting the Convention to End all forms of Discrimination Against Women?

        Read Christiaan’s report on the Garden Party  HERE.

Read talking points on Philadelphia and women’s rights, as well as Cities for CEDAW:  HERE

Garden party 2015

 

June 25, 2015 (Thursday) — 5:30 – 8 Annual membership meeting.

New date! Now Thursday.  See flier HERE.

Carriage House at Penn.
Guest speaker Sherif Mansour from the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Topic: Terrorism & the Free Press: Can Democracy Survive?

For more information on threats to press freedom see Bob Groves’ helpful slide show here.

April 9, 2015 (Thursday) Shots for Shots

6 – 9 pm Tavern on Broad (200 S Broad St., Philadelphia, PA)

Happy hour fundraiser to help children in developing countries get vaccinations.

See flier HERE.

Mar 28, 2015 (Saturday) UNA-GP board meeting

10-12 at the Friends Center

Mar 26, 2015 (Thursday) Global Water Alliance event:

       Water, Sanitation and Health (WASH) projects in developing countries — lessons learned

Wharton School, U Penn, 3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia  8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

See flier for the entire event here.  Flier for scholarly submissions is here.

WASH

WASH Projects Symposium

More pictures on our Facebook page:  Click here.

 

Mar 4, 2015 (Wednesday) International Women’s Day

Int'l Women's Day

Mary Day Kent in Colombia

President Mary Day Kent, “International women’s day in the plaza of Villa de Leyva, Colombia. We marched for peace, life, and equality.” The sign says, “No war in our name. Women of the Villa de Leyva”

Feb 28, 2015 (Saturday) Model UN on the Rule of Law at U Penn

Feb 20, 2015 (Friday)  UNA Member Day at the UN

Jan 19, 2015 (Monday) – Several MLK Day activities.

Model UN at U Penn

Model UN 2015 January

Youth Building Roots

Shot@Life Presentation from the UN Foundation

Girls Up (also from the UN Foundation).

The last 3 are all at Girard College.

Jan 9, 2015 (Friday)

Rally in Love Park in support of journalistic freedom.  The UNA-GP sent a contingent. We are Charlie!

We are Charlie!

UNA-GP participated in the rally at Love Park on Jan 9, 2015 in support of journalistic freedom.

Dec 10, 2014 (Wednesday)

Human Rights and Press Freedom: Global and Domestic Challenges 6 pm to 8:30 PM

Ethical Society of Philadelphia, 1906 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Cost:  Free.

Program:

Keynote Speaker: Courtney Radsch, Advocacy Director, Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/press/courtney-radsch.php;

Moderator: Peter Chawaga, Editor of Global Philadelphia’s Emerging International Journalists Program.

Responder panel:

Michael Matza, Staff Writer and former foreign correspondent, Philadelphia Inquirer
Signe Wilkinson, Editorial Cartoonist, The Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Inquirer

Objectives of Human Rights Day: Celebrate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and inform the public concerning the many threats, global and domestic, to journalists trying to report on matters that impact human rights. In addition, to offer ideas on how journalists can be better protected to carry out their jobs.

A key element of protecting and promoting human rights is the work of journalists who are free to report on the activities of public and private institutions and individuals; in particular, there is a link between the free flow of information and the human right of democracy that can hold public and private institutions and individuals accountable for their actions.

Cosponsored by the Global Philadelphia Association. The Global Philadelphia Association spotlights Philadelphia as an international hub of business, education, culture & innovation, showcasing the Region’s global character. www.globalphiladelphia.org

 See flier here: http://una-gp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/HR-Day-flyer-12-10-14.pdf

Human Rights Day Collage

Human Rights Day 2014 – Collage

Nov 19, 2014 (Wednesday)

World Toilet Day Celebration. 6 – 9 p.m.

Where: Mosholu 401 South Columbus Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19106

When: Wednesday, November 19th

Time: 6 P.M. – 9 P.M.

Please join Global Water Alliance and our partners as we celebrate World Toilet Day on board the world’s oldest four masted ship, the Moshulu, located on Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River in historic Philadelphia. Enjoy live chamber jazz, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dinner as we celebrate World Toilet Day and raise awareness for global sanitation.

Tickets are $75 per person, $20 for students. UNA-GP is a sponsor of this event and is coordinating the participation of its members and friends. Members are invited to buy tickets at a discounted price of $50.00, paying on line by going to www.una-gp.org. Tickets may also be purchased by sending a check, payable to UNA-GP, to Treasurer UNA-GP, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102. Payments should be received by the 12th of November.

 

On the Moshulu World Toilet Day

 

 

Nov 22, 2014 (Saturday) — **New date **

UNA-GP Board meeting. 10 am – 12 p.m.  Philadelphia Friends Center Cherry Street, Room 136

Oct 24, 2014 (Friday)

UN Day (69th Anniversary). All day

Events around the city to bring faith communities together to embrace the work of the UN

UN Day collage -- from the UNA-GP 11-2014 Newsletter

UN Day collage — from the UNA-GP 11-2014 Newsletter

Oct 19, 2014 (Sunday)

UN Sunday Celebrated by Unitarians. Speaker at 11 am — Panel at 1 p.m.

Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive, Philadelphia, Pa. 19119. 

The distinguished author and teacher, Jan Dash, PhD, will speak on Climate Change for the UN Sunday service at the Unitarian Society of Germantown. The service will be followed at 1 p.m. by three panels: One by Dr. Dash on the carbon cycle, another on water and global warming, with Christiaan Morssink and students from the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative, and the third on women’s issues and climate change with Lyn Dash, activist and wife of the main speaker. 

Students from local colleges and universities are invited to attend.

See event flier here.

Oct 16, 2014 (Thursday)

World Food Day Event  11:30 am – 1:30 pm 

American Friends Service Center
1501 Cherry Street

First Food is Good Food; the worldwide quest to promote breastfeeding holistically.

Kimberly Seals Allers, breastfeeding expert and advocate, and her team will present details of their upcoming community-based pilot project, The First Food Friendly Community Initiative, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, in Philadelphia on World Food Day 2014.

UNA-GP is using this occasion to place her work and advocacy in a global context. Good breastfeeding, the optimal first food worldwide, is a cornerstone for a healthy life anywhere. This lunchtime presentation will be of two parts: a) understanding the global scope of first food in terms of population dynamics, and b) a team introduction and overview of the First Food Friendly Community Initiative (3FCI) research project and a call for collaboration for the planned Philadelphia pilot.

Speakers:
Christiaan Morssink, PhD, Executive Director, United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia on:
Breastfeeding and Bathtubs, measuring the importance of breastfeeding, vaccinations and good food

Kimberly Seals Allers on:
Communities Matter: 3FCI and Communities as the Next Frontier in Shifting Cultural Norms in Breastfeeding

JOIN US! REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED
PLEASE RSVP by October 14th to MMCAssistant@gmail.com

See flier here.

Oct 6, 2014 (Monday)

World Habitat Day event 5:30-8 p.m.

At the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center behind the Philadelphia Art Museum near the water’s edge.

There will be a showing of “Urbanized”, which is a film about new city designs around the world. Then a report on the first preparatory meeting for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development. Plus networking!

See flier here.

Join us this World Habitat Day!

The United Nations designates the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day.

For 70 years, the United Nations has been the one global organization with the vision and reach to address the world’s most pressing challenges.

World Habitat Day provides an excellent opportunity to highlight human settlement challenges from around the globe.

The purpose of World Habitat Day is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter.  It is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.

The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development will be the first UN global summit after the adoption of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda.

Habitat III will be held in 2016, to reinvigorate member nations of their global commitment to sustainable urbanization and to focus on the implementation of a “New Urban Agenda”. It will offer a unique opportunity to discuss the important challenge of how cities, towns and villages are planned and managed, in order to fulfill their role as drivers of sustainable development, and hence shape the implementation of new global development and climate change goals.

The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), a program of the United Nations Foundation, is a non-profit nongovernmental organization dedicated to ensuring strong national participation in support of the ideals and vital work of the United Nations.

The United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia (UNA- GP) serves communities in Philadelphia as a member of the network of national chapters. It mission is to inform, inspire and mobilize local grassroots support through public forums and other special events, to become more knowledgeable of the many global challenges which transcend national boundaries.

The UNA-GP Committee for Habitat III is hosting a screening of “Urbanized” at the Fairmont Waterworks Interpretive Center on Monday October 6, 2014 at 5:30PM.  The film will start at 6:00.  This event will launch the Committee’s initiative for the 2016 Habitat III – Local Innovations: Transforming the Next Global Urban Agenda. Please read the attached flier for more details.

RSVP at  info@una-gp.org

 

Sept 21, 2014 (Sunday)

Philly Peace Day! Many events around the city.  P3 Soccer (UNA-GP activity) and lots more.

Visit the Peace Day Philly web site: http://www.peacedayphilly.org/

Visit the Philly Plays for Peace (P3) soccer Facebook page: here

P3 2014 collage from the 9-2014 UNA-GP Newsletter

P3 2014 collage from the 9-2014 UNA-GP Newsletter

Sept 20, 2014 (Saturday)

Harmony for Peace Foundation’s Peace Day Concert

7 p.m. Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

The Harmony for Peace Foundation will be having their Second Annual International Peace Day Concert on Saturday, Sept. 20th. The UNA-GP is sponsoring the event and we encourage all members to attend. Learn more and Buy your tickets now!

July 24, 2014 (Thursday)

Unaccompanied Minors Forum at the Bar Association  8:30-10 a.m.

Philadelphia Bar Association’s Chancellor’s Forum
1101 Market St, 10th Fl Conference Room
Learn more about unaccompanied minors coming to the United States at this panel discussion by local and national advocates. Co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association, HIAS Pennsylvania and many others. Register here.  See flier with event details here.

Read more about unaccompanied children immigrants in the UNHCR flier (pdf) here.

July 13, 2014 (Sunday)

Annual UNA-GP Garden Party, 4 – 8 p.m.  (Rain date 7-20-14)

At a member’s house (contact us for location), Northwest Philadelphia. Our Fundraising event and commemoration of World Day for International Justice (July 17).  See flier here.

Program:
Guest speaker Kay Chernush, Founder/Director of Artworks for Freedom will discuss how her organization uses art to advance human rights and social justice.

How can we bring Artworks for Freedom’s human trafficking campaign to Philadelphia?

Here are some pictures from the event. The woman with a microphone, center low, is our guest speaker.

See lots more Garden Party pictures on our Facebook page thanks to Manisha Patel:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.800413633326187.1073741831.200685803298976&type=3

UNA-GP garden party collage

July 2, 2014 (Wednesday)

Diplomacy Not War — Conference for Patriotic Peace Action  5:30-8:30 (Registration at 5).

Friends Center
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Keynote Speaker: Moving Iran Talks Forward

Kate Gould

For more information, visit the event web page here.   The UNA-GP is a co-sponsor.

June 19, 2014 (Thursday)

UNA-GP Annual Members meeting. 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the  Penn Carriage House, 3907 Spruce Street in Philadelphia.

Join us for good fellowship and a chance to vote on budget and leadership of the UNA-GP.

See flier here.

Program:

  • Welcoming reception
  • Zabeth Teelucksingh, CEO of Global Philadelphia Association: Philadelphia  as a UNESCO World Heritage City
  • Keynote address:  Chris Whatley, CEO of UNA-USA: On UN Reform and UNA advocacy
  • Mary Day Kent: President’s Report 2013-14
  • Nick Sanders: Treasurer’s Report 13-14 and budget 14-15
  • Christiaan Morssink: Plans for 2014-2015
  • Nominating Committee: report and votes
  • Networking

The image below shows our keynote speakers across the top (Zabeth Teelucksingh from Global Philadelphia explaining why Philly should be a UNESCO World Heritage city and Ryan Kaminski, from the UNA-USA talking about UN reform. He also talked about the post 2015 development goals, emphasizing that setting them would be a much more inclusive process than the one used for the Millennium Development Goals. Chris Watley was unable to attend due to UNA urgent business.

Bottom row: Two new board members Bob (L) and Ron (R).  Then Marietta Tanner presenting two new members and letting them introduce themselves.

Collage from annual meeting

See more pictures from our Annual Meeting here.

June 7, 8, 9 2014  (Saturday – Monday)

UNAUSA Annual Membership Meeting, Washington DC

May 31, 2014 (Saturday)

Marian Anderson Historical Society 75th Anniversary Gala. 11-2 p.m. African American Museum, 701 Arch St. Philadelphia.

UNA-GP Board Member Enid Adler to be among the honorees.  See details on the Society’s events page: http://marianandersonhistoricalsociety.weebly.com/special-events.html

May 8, 2014 (Thursday)

International Red Cross/Red Crescent Day  5:30-7:30 p.m.

Location: College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 South 22nd Street.The Green Line (Subway — trolleys) has a stop at 22nd Street. The College is less than a block south of there. It’s also about an 8 minute walk from 30th Street Station (Regional Rail, Blue Line) by way of Market Street.

Title: Victimizing Children. War Crimes against the Innocent. Enough Already!

Updates on children in several conflicts, impact of war on polio.

Plus a “Clara Barton” appearance. And entertainment by World Fusion Artist Farah Siraj.

See our Twitter feed on the home page for some pictures (or check out @UNAGP).

“Clara Barton” introduced the Red Cross to us       Fusion artist Farah Siraj singing

Clara BartonSinger

April 26, 2014 (Saturday)

UNA-GP Board meeting. 10:30 am – 12:30  p.m. Chestnut Hill Friends Meetinghouse, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, about a block up from Germantown Avenue. There is a train stop (R7) 2 blocks away or else the 23 bus goes (slowly) all the way from center city to the end of Germantown avenue. There is parking at the Meetinghouse and we can facilitate ride-sharing if that is needed.

April 10 (Thursday)

Philadelphia Global Water Initiative (PGWI) Annual Conference. All Day.

Drexel U. Topic: Water Justice in Urban/Peri-urban settings. See flier here.

March 22   (Saturday)

Walk for Water. All Morning.    West River Drive, Philadelphia.

Organized by Keiyo Soy Ministries. Supports water activities in Africa (like laying pipelines for access).

March 5    (Wednesday)

Women, War and Peace  6 – 8 p.m. I-House at UPenn

In celebration of International  Women’s Day (March 8)

March 1, 2014 (Saturday)

Model UN on the Rule of Law. 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The upcoming Jerry Shestack Model UN on the Rule of law will be held on March 1, 2014 at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (in Philadelphia).

A variety of materials and a handbook with background and specific information about this event is available on our Rule of Law Model UN page, here.

February 23, 2014 (Sunday)

Transforming the United Nations System: Designs for a Workable World. 3 p.m.

Lecture by Dr. Joseph Schwartzberg, author and activist, UNA of Minnesota, World Federalist
Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center (Behind the Art Museum)

Free event. Reception to follow. RSVP to info@una-gp.org or text 267-252-1199

Feb 7, 2014 (Friday

UNA Members Day at the UN – all day event

January 20, 2014 (Monday) – (on MLK Day of Service)

Model United Nations Conference on Managing Our Water at Abington Senior High School.

The school’s H2OforLife club has offered to host us. We will emphasize learning about the United Nations Millennium Development Goal #7, about the important  global career possibilities in water and waste water management, and about becoming engaged with (water) justice issues globally and locally.
 
We are recruiting high school students as individuals, as a full class, or as members of environment clubs, service clubs like interact and key club international, Model UN clubs, and specialty clubs like H2OforLife. Our expectations are that students will pledge to participate in activities in Philadelphia for World Water Day (March 22) and create/join H2OforLife or equivalent clubs at their school.

A wide variety of training materials and documents relevant to this event are available on our water Model UN page, here.

December 9, 2013 (Monday) 

Universal Declaration of Human Rights Event.  5:30 p.m. Ethical Society of Philadelphia

 December 10 is Human Rights Day all over the world. It is the day that, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly passed (with no dissentions) the Universal Declarations of Human Rights.

This year, the 65th anniversary of the UN’s action, the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia hosts the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia on Monday, December 9 featuring a program devoted to the rights of Indigenous Peoples, often ignored in our “sophisticated, modern” world.

Join us at 5:30 PM on Monday, December 9, at the Ethical Society, to celebrate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The society is at 1906 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia PA. Visit their web site at http://www.phillyethics.org/parking.php for directions and parking.

See the event flier here.

Free. Refreshments. Cash bar.

October 24, 2013

UN Day event: DISARMAMENT IN LIGHT OF HUMANITARIAN NEED
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Project for Nuclear Awareness
UN Day Wine Reception and Awards Ceremony
4th and Arch Streets Quaker Meeting House, Philadelphia, PA
Presentation of the The John C. & Chara C. Haas Award for International Peace and Social Justice and the Eisendrath Award for Youth Advocacy

Please note, there is limited seating. Please register early.
RSVP at info@pnausa.org
Free private parking available

October 24, 2013

UN Day event: GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP IN ACTION: PEACE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
3.00 PM-5.00PM
Meeting House 4th and Arch, Philadelphia, PA
Free private parking available
A symposium that will place our own Global Sullivan Principles squarely into the movement for globalized education and fair, sustainable labor and business practices.
To sign up, please send an email to info@una-gp.org
For questions email Morssink@una-gp.org

September 22 (Sunday)

P3 – Philadelphia Plays for Peace  12-8pm
 
University of Penn Campus, 31st St. btwn the Walnut and South St. Bridges
 
This event is being organized by a coalition of Philadelphia-based partners using soccer as a platform for peace, competition, and community engagement. Collaborating organizations include SEAMAAC, Congreso, Palms Solutions and the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Plays for Peace

September 21, 2013 (Saturday)

International Peace Day Concert  7pm
 
The Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Sts., Center City
 
Presented By: The Harmony for Peace Foundation
 
The Harmony for Peace Foundation’s very special event will feature young virtuosos from around the world. The evening will include performances by special guests “Duo Amal”, a piano duo, Israeli Yaron Kohlberg and Palestinian Bishara Haroni, who have been performing together to promote peace and friendship beyond borders.
 
In alignment with this year’s global Peace Day theme “Education for Peace,” the Harmony for Peace Foundation will be seeking corporate and individual sponsors to cover ticket costs so that groups of youth in Philly can attend this event. To learn more about sponsorships, e-mail info@harmonyforpeace.org or call 1-484-885-8539.
 
Visit http://harmonyforpeace.org/content/international-peace-day-concert-2013 to learn more about this concert
 

September 21, 2013 (Saturday)

A New Global Future: Peace Day Philly at the Friends Center  10am – 4pm
 
Friends Center, 15th and Cherry Sts. Philadelphia, PA 19102
 
$10 donation suggested Parking: $10 with validation if you park at the lot on 15th between Race and Cherry Sts.
 
The United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia is one of several co-sponsors of this activity. The UNA-GP will hold a workshop in the afternoon, focusing on the current scope of U.N. peace keeping, and the new dimensions on peace keeping that are unfolding in the DRC with active involvement in that conflict. UNA-GP will involve the participants in the “Thank a Peace Keeper” program of the UN Foundation.
 
The day’s workshops will include skill building related to non-violent action, voting rights, communication skills for peace, 1st and 4th amendment rights, social organizing for social change, honoring UN Peacekeepers and Economy, Education and the Environment.

September 20th (Friday)
 

Sanchez

Poet Sonya Sanchez addresses Peace Day attendees

Peace Day Philly 2013: “What Can You Do For Peace?” 5:30-7:30pm
Kickoff Event for the weekend

Hawthorne Park, 12th and Catherine Streets, Philadelphia (just a few blocks south of 12th and South!)
 
FREE and Family Friendly – Bring your blankets, chairs and food if you wish!
 
Peace Day Philly welcomes you to this community event to kick off a weekend of peace and unity building activities in observance of the U.N. International Day of Peace. Special Guests will include Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez, Jordan’s musical ambassadress Farah Siraj, Guitarist Andreas Arnold, Drummers Marcy Francis and Jan Jeffries from The ArtWell, and voices of youth from the Art Sanctuary’s MLK Project.
 
The Mural Arts Porch Light Program will be there to engage kids in a wellness arts activity, and officers from the 3rd Police District will share community resources. This event is presented in cooperation with the Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition and the 3rd Police District.
 

 Sept 19, 2013 (Thursday)

Shot for Shots! 6 – 9 p.m. A fundraiser benefiting Shot@Life

Tavern on Broad

On behalf of the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia and Shot@Life and Eliminate Maternal/ Neonatal Tetanus – Philly, we want to invite you all to this amazing Happy Hour fundraiser at Tavern on Broad. Come out and drink for a cause, have a good time. For a $5 cover charge, you will get 1/2 priced drinks and appetizers along with raffles, games and access to three special shots for $3.

 

September 17, 2013 (Tuesday)

 
Drexel Teach-in for Peacebuilding
 
1:00pm-6:00pm
 
Drexel University, The James E. Marks Intercultural Center, 33rd St. and Chestnut St.
 
Concurrent workshops will be provided on the following topics: Non-violent conflict resolution, Peace education, Gender and peacebuilding, International organizations and Mediation.
 
UNA-GP President Mary Day Kent is one of the speakers on a panel (repeated 5 times — so multiple opportunities to hear her!)
 

July 21, 2013 (Sunday)

Annual Garden Party 4 – 9 p.m.

With Speaker: Tanisha Dyall, Senior Associate, National Membership, UN Foundation Discussing: “UNA Women: A Platform for Women’s Empowerment and Activism”

June 20, 2013

UNA-GP Membership Day/Annual Meeting

Carriage House building on University of Pennsylvania’s campus.

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Charlene Mires, author of Capital of the World: the Race to Host the United Nations: How Philadelphia Fared.