United Nations Day 2016
One Humanity, Shared Responsibility
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Ismaili Jamatkhana, 6704 Alma Drive, Plano, TX 75023
Doors Open at 11:00 a.m.
Learn more about the Adopt-a-Future Campaign: Empowering a Generation of Refugee Children
Visit the Refugee Agency Information Booths
Experience a Virtual Reality Syrian refugee camp
Lunch served at 11:45 a.m.
The Dallas Chapter of United Nations Association invites you to join us for the 71st Anniversary Celebration of the United Nations. This year’s UN Day theme is One Humanity, Shared Responsibility which brings awareness to the worst refugee crisis since World War II. This is especially relevant for our Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, which has graciously received many migrants and refugees in recent times, with the result that this area is home to people of all faiths, cultures, and at least 239 languages.
Keynote Speaker: Ambassador Tracey Ann Jacobson, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State. She is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, and previously served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republics of Kosovo, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. Some of her other overseas assignments include Seoul, South Korea; Nassau, Bahamas; and Moscow, Russia. She is the recipient of the Presidential Meritorious Service Award.
Adopt-a-Future Campaign Kickoff: This year’s event will serve as the kickoff of our Adopt-a-Future campaign. The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), in tandem with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and its fundraising arm USA for UNHCR, is working to prevent a lost generation by giving refugee children the education they need to build a better future.
Special Recognition: We will also recognize the recent collaboration of Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Faith Forward Dallas, an initiative of Thanks-Giving Square. Their partnership offered the opportunity for millions in the nation and the world to witness a community come together to seek healing and understanding when Dallas was struck by violence in early July.
Global Goal #10 – Reduced Inequalities
(intersecting many other Global Goals)
Welcoming Week 2016, Fri 9/16 – Sun 9/25
Momentum is building in the welcoming movement, and more and more communities across the United States and the world are recognizing that immigrants and refugees make our communities stronger economically, socially, and culturally. During this annual series of events, communities bring together immigrants and U.S.-born residents in a spirit of unity to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone – including new Americans. Last year, there were 245 events in over 80 communities during Welcoming Week, with more than 22,000 people participating.
Click here to take the pledge to Welcome Refugees to Texas.
Will you stand #WithRefugees? The #WithRefugees petition will be delivered to UN headquarters in New York ahead of the UN General Assembly high-level summit to address large movements of refugees and migrants, on September 19. The petition asks governments to:
- Ensure every refugee child gets an education.
- Ensure every refugee family has somewhere safe to live.
- Ensure every refugee can work or learn new skills to make a positive contribution to their community.
n upcoming October programs:
UNA-Dallas will co-sponsor
The Dallas Chapter of UNA-USA was recognized with two awards at the Leadership Summit in Washington, DC on June 12-14.
Bill and Norma Matthews received the Arnold Goodman Lifetime Achievement Award at a reception at the U.S. Institute of Peace.
Bill and Norma have been the backbone of our chapter for a quarter of a century. They have educated others about the UN and been strong advocates in support of the UN. They have served in local, state, and national UNA leadership roles. They have planned and/or attended hundreds of events on behalf of UNA-Dallas. They have recruited and mentored new members. They are true ambassadors for the United Nations Association, and we are so pleased that they will be recognized. Congratulations Norma and Bill!
Dallas Chapter received the Earl W. Eames, Jr. Communications Award
The Earl W. Eames, Jr. award is a recognition award for our entire Dallas chapter. This award is presented to the Chapter or Division that has demonstrated innovation in communications. Many on our Board and in our chapter have contributed to the success of our overall communication strategy.
For more information about these awards, please check the unausa.org website link: