Welcome to the Greater Chicago Chapter of the United Nations Association of Chicago
The United Nations Association (UNA USA) is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization that supports the work of the United Nations and encourages active civic participation in some of the most important issues facing the world today.
Recent UN News:
The UNA USA Greater Chicago Chapter hosted a Post-Millennium Development Goals Consultation on United Nations Day, October 24, 2013. The first of ten one-day events held by UNA Chapters throughout the United States, this consultation focused on identifying the development agenda that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015. Ninety attendees were treated to a luncheon held at Reza’s Restaurant in downtown Chicago as part of the event. Congressman Mike Quigley addressed participants, and lauded the important role of the United Nations Association in Chicago and beyond. Dr. Marco Tavanti of DePaul University Graduate School of Public Policy discussed both progress made and challenges faced since the MDGs were created in 2000.
The United Nations Association’s new Executive Director, Chris Whatley, flew in from Washington, D.C. for the event. In his spirited opening remarks to participants, Mr. Whatley noted that specific policy recommendations from the consultations will be incorporated into the Secretary General’s Post-2015 Development Strategy report to the UN General Assembly. Ten subject-matter experts led participants through breakout sessions designed to provide input on the following themes: Environment, Fair Work Opportunities, Infrastructure, Access to Clean Water and Sanitation, Better Healthcare, Good Education, Just Representation, Affordable and Nutritious Food, Protection Against Crime and Violence, Freedom from Discrimination and Gender Equality.
This consultation was carried out in conjunction with The World We Want initiative, which is a platform created by the United Nations and civil society to amplify people's voices in the process of building a global agenda for sustainable development. Through their participation in this UNA Chicago-hosted consultation, members of Chicago’s vibrant international human rights community had the opportunity to play a meaningful role in influencing the work of the United Nations.
By Brittany Brown, UN Women Lead, UNA USA Greater Chicago Chapter
Two Different Speeches, One Common Thread
Two important speeches were given over the past two weeks. One captured the world’s attention at home and abroad, and the other enjoyed less fanfare, but wove together a picture of the world’s future. One was marking the beginning of a second U.S. presidential term and one was delivered by the world’s top diplomat.
A study on behalf of The United Nations Foundation was released on May 3rd, 2012, found that more than eight out of ten voters believe it is important to maintain an active role within the United Nations. It also found there was no particular bias given what political affiliation the voter represented. (The study was conducted by Hart Research Associates.) For more information refer to: Details of the Study from UNA USA
Quote from Ban Ki-moon:" As Secretary-General of the United Nations, I cannot be loyal to any one or another country or any group of countries. I have to be loyal to the people whom we serve. I have to be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations. Some people say that we have 193 bosses. The board members are composed of 193. It seems to be almost impossible to deal with all these people because they are all coming from different countries with different backgrounds and different interests. But I believe that they are united also and they all believe in the United Nations Charter. We are able to carry out many important and difficult challenges when the Member States are united. That’s what I’m going to ask the Member States. There is a diversity which can be fully utilized to the best purpose of the Charter." (Source)
Do you know the U.N. Millenium Development Goals (MDGs)?
We've been working hard to make them a reality. Check out this video and help us countdown.
UNA USA and The UN Foundation - Strategic Alliance and Partnership:
The United Nations Association of the USA has a partnership with the UN Foundation. This partnership provides new momentum to strengthen and deepen American support for the UN. Working together, UNA-USA and the UN Foundation will increase public education and advocacy on the work of the UN.