United Nations Day 2016


The Dallas Chapter of UNA-USA invites you to
“One Humanity, Shared Responsibility
                 Recognizing the 71st Anniversary of the United Nations 
    UN Day Luncheon, October 26, 2016
 Location: Ismaili Jamatkhana
6704 Alma Drive, Plano, TX 75023
Doors open at 11:00 a.m.

Networking: DFW refugee agencies, UNA supporters, and government officials.
Stop by the virtual reality station to experience a refugee camp.

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2016 UN Day theme: 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 welcomed many migrants and refugees for decades, with the result that this area is home to people of all faiths, cultures, and at least 239 languages.

aaf-picAdopt-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.

simon-henshawKeynote Speaker will be Simon Henshaw
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration

Special Recognition:
We will 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:
October 22 – Alpha Kappa Alpha celebrates UN Day – ASCEND Model UN mini-sim at Mountainview College,
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 accept the Arnold Goodman Lifetime Achievement Award

Bill and Norma Matthews accept the Arnold Goodman Lifetime Achievement Award

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!

Nelda Reid accepts the Earl W. Eames, Jr. Communications Award for the Chapter

Nelda Reid accepts the Earl W. Eames, Jr. Communications Award for the Chapter

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: