Middle East Report - Rizek presented a first-hand report from his recent visit to Israel, Palestine and Jordan. He included an informative history of the region. Questions and discussions followed.
Mel Boynton, PVUNA Member and Division President, presented an informative overall view of the United Nations.
Gerald Rivers - The Voice of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a moving presentation featuring excerpts from Dr. King's speeches.
George Prather reports on Rio +20 2012 environmental conference
Bob served many years in Congo and teaches the Claremont Adult School Africa Class. He gave a very informative speech.
The attendees shared their experiences and information gained at the National Conference in regard to the UN Foundation and our continuing support of the United Nations. Q & A followed. June 19, 2012
YouTube video Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
POST 2015 UNA Event - "The World We Want" - December 7
Everyone is invited to attend a dialogue, “The World We Want”, on December 7 during which plans for a UNA-USA agenda post-2015 will be made. (2015 is when the Millennium Development Goals will expire.)
The event, at Hillcrest Congregational Church in La Habra Heights, is from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM and free with lunch provided. Chris Whatley, Executive Director of UNA-USA, and Margaret Bond, a Deputy Director at the US State Department, will also be in attendance. RSVP by November 30th at http://www.una-socal.org/Post2015Event/index.html.
PVUNA ANNUAL MEETING & POTLUCK - January 19, 2014 - 5:30pm
The annual meeting consisting of a potluck dinner, election of officers and guest speaker will be held Sunday, January 19, 2014 in Decker Hall in Pilgrim Place. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thomas Ilgen, Professor Emeritus of Political Studies at Pitzer College will describe the United Nations agency responsible for disposing of chemical weapons.
Upcoming Pomona Valley UNA Chapter Meetings
Note: Due to holiday schedules, no "Third Tuesday of the Month" Chapter meetings
Meetings are held at 5:30 pm at Porter Hall, Pilgrim Place
At the November 19th PVUNA Chapter Meeting . . .
"An Intern at the White House"
Leyth Ahmed Swidan, shared his experience working as an intern in the White House this summer. Photo above with "Bo" the Obama family dog.
Leyth, from Jordan, is a student at Pomona College and leads the Muslim Student Association. He has been the Pomona Valley Chapter UNA intern this fall and also has been assisting in the Southern California Division of the UNA.
Oct 17th UN Day at International Place was a big success.
Fifty-five people participated in the PVUNA UN Day celebrations. (Photo above left) New student members gather with Intern Leyth Swidan, Speaker Bertil Lindblad, and IP Director Donald Delgado.
UNA Statement on Crisis in Syria
Katie Gerecke mentioned that the following statement from UNA-USA was being circulated.
"The United Nations Association of the USA issued the following statement regarding the current crisis in Syria and the potential for U.S. military intervention."
SPECIAL PRESENTATION AT POMONA COLLEGE - Bertil Lindblad
April Chapter Meeting - Refugees from Syria
Final negotiations over a first ever UN international arms trade treaty began one week ago—a huge first step in regulating the global industry. On Saturday, March 23rd, however, the Senate voted on and passed an amendment to keep the United States out of the treaty.
For years, the United States of America has been the biggest arms dealer in the industry and it is of utmost importance that they be a part of the treaty. The UN should work to negotiate a suitable compromise that does not jeopardize the sovereignty of American citizens (or citizens of any nation, for that matter) or their second amendment rights, while still remaining faithful to the basic premise of the treaty.
According to an article published in the New American, the two points of contention within the treaty are that: it would mean the creation of a registry of gun owners, manufacturers, and traders; it would also make it “nearly impossible” for civilians to purchase ammunition.
Feb 19, 2013: Update on situation in the Greater Kurdistan
Speakers from the Kurdish American Information Society
At the February 19, 2013 meeting of the PVUNA, Ardi Rashidi led a group from the Kurdish American Information Society (KAES) Education Committee who presented to the UNA-USA members a program on the latest developments in the Middle East, particularly events affecting Kurdistan.
Ardi, a member of our UNA-USA Directors, was president of the Pomona Valley Chapter UNA, Southern California Division UNA and heavily involved in the recent merger of UNA-USA with the Better World Foundation led the group presenting a program on the latest developments in the Middle East, particularly events affecting Kurdistan.
Eastern Kurdistan: Mr. Hiwa Nezhadian addressed the Human Rights situation in the region and the recent alliance of the Kurdish Democratic forces to promote and advocate the rights of Kurds in Eastern Kurdistan.
Southern Kurdistan: Mr. Sardar Zuhdi addressed the social and economic progress made in the region and will urge the United Nations to peacefully resolve the status of the disputed territories without resort to arm conflict.
Northern Kurdistan: Mr. Luqman Barwari addressed on the advance of meetings and talks between the Kurdish leadership with their Turkish counterparts to resolve the Kurdish issue peacefully in Turkey.
Western Kurdistan: Dr. Amir Sharifi presented the plight of the Kurds in Syria and that country’s bleak hope for survival without ending the deep, chronic and gross violation of rights of all its citizens and recognition of the full autonomy for the Kurdish population in Western Kurdistan.
A couple of photos from the Pomona Valley UNA Annual Meeting & Potluck - January 27, 2013
Veterinary Professor and parasitologist Dr. Malika Kachani recognized on international stage
Update on our Pomona Valley UNA member Dr. Malika Kachani
Pomona, Calif. - 01/14/2013 -- Veterinary Professor and parasitologist Dr. Malika Kachani has been recognized on an international stage through several invitations to participate in the following:
News source: Western University of Health Sciences
Library Display by Katie Gerecke featured at October 16, 2012 Meeting.
Download the presentation given by UNA-USA Southern California Division President Mel Boynton at the Annual Meeting held January 23. (Download PDF)