The Recent Rosemary Brown Symposium

The Vancouver Branch of the UN Association in Canada was pleased to partner with SFU in hosting the successful 6th annual Rosemary Brown Symposium on the evening of Thursday, September 26th. 

A large public audience in the Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue was able to listen and learn from the keynote speaker, Joy Johnson, Vice President, Research and International, SFU. Additionally, Marion Buller, as the recipient of the Rosemary Brown Award for Women, spoke on “Reclaiming Power and Place”. The theme of the evening was “Women & Social Justice”. 

Thanks to Dariel Filwood for contributing the event photos. 

Nominations Closed for Gibbard Award

Thank you to all of those who nominated a youth or youth group in the metro #Vancouver area working to make positive changes in the world globally or locally with a global focus. Nominations are now closed.

Each year on the occasion of United Nations Day, the United Nations Association of Canada, Vancouver Branch recognizes the work of a young student or group of students for their dedication and commitment to working towards a better world.

The John Gibbard Memorial Award is presented in memory of John Gibbard, who was a supporter of the League of Nations from its creation in 1919, in the wake of the First World War.

The Award is given to youth up to 25 years of age in recognition of their dedication and commitment to working for humanity and a better world locally or internationally.

Previous winners include Andrew Sheroubi, Red Cross Student Movement,  Gurkiran Mann, founder of Youth Transforming Society (2016), Anjali Katta, CEO of Girlsco. (2015) and Ta’kaiya Blaney, indigenous and environmental activist/singer & songwriter (2014).

See our website for details and the nomination form: https://unavancouver.wordpress.com/john-gibbard-memorial-a…/

Thank you for your support

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The Vancouver Branch of the UN Association in Canada held their Annual General Meeting to review their achievements of 2018. The branch welcomed long-time and new members and supportive guests as well as inducting Jeff Brooks to a co-President position alongside continuing co-President Deirdre Moore, and Rhiannon Dominy-Pergentile as Secretary. Dedicated board members Jessica Steele and Jessie Sunner (co-Vice Presidents), Rosio Godomar (Treasurer), George Somerwill (Past President), Greg Neumann (Past President) and Directors Karen Truscott, Melanie Walker, Greg Doudican, Jocelyn Pittel (Giving), and Shirin Yadegiri with Honorary Director Dr. Patsy George will continue to inspire and advocate for United Nations ideals and related events as board members in 2019-20.

The meeting took place inside the inspirational LuluLemon offices in Kitsilano. Thank you to Safeway and Starbucks; both companies donated refreshments for our meeting.

The Vancouver Branch is run entirely on volunteer efforts and is funded through your donations, memberships and partnerships. All members of the public who wish to see more public engagement on global issues are encouraged to become members. Visit unac.org, click the “Get Involved” tab, “How to Donate or Join”, then scroll down to “Become a Member”. Under “Messages” indicate you wish to join the Vancouver Branch. Additionally, you may “Donate” to by specifically indicating “Vancouver Branch”. We thank you for your support as always. Please contact unacvancouver@gmail.com for more information.

Annual General Meeting: April 1st

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The Vancouver Branch of the UN Association in Canada (UNAC-V) welcomes all local members to attend the Annual General Meeting taking place Monday, April 1st from 7pm until 8pm with refreshments at 6:45pm. The meeting will convene in the office space of Lululemon’s Vancouver headquarters located at 1818 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver. Please RSVP to unacvancouver@gmail.com. 

The UN Sustainable Development Goals provide the framework for the continued work we do in the areas of gender equality, peacekeeping, development, poverty reduction, and reducing inequalities to name a few. We would like to share with you these successes as well as the challenges we face moving forward.

We believe that the work of UNAC-V is very important: ensuring Canadians understand and support the goals and ideals of the United Nations.

The UN Association in Canada, Vancouver Branch, is a volunteer-run organization. All membership fees and donations go towards the hosting of public events and advocacy work. We welcome you to join our organization as a member; to become a member visit the website of our national organization and be sure to indicate under messages that you are joining the Vancouver Branch.  

Announcement from UNAC Vancouver

It is with great regret that UNAC Vancouver acknowledges that four members of the UNA Canada family died earlier this morning in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 en route from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Nairobi, Kenya. There were no survivors among the passengers or crew.

Our condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with the families of these four talented young Canadians. One was a UNAC staffer and the other three had volunteered in their communities. They were heading to Nairobi to represent Canada at a conference as part of Canada’s Service Corps.

UNA Canada CEO Kate White remembered the four for “their compassion, leadership, and dedication to making the world a better place.”

We will share more details as they become publicly available.

From Denmark to Rwanda: Celebrating International Women’s Day 2019

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Source: https://canadiandimension.com/articles/view/international-womens-day-2018-iwd2018

The United Nations Association in Canada joins the world today in celebrating International Women’s Day, a holiday established to draw attention to the economic, political, social and cultural inequalities between women and men. The Socialist International first established this holiday at its 1910 meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark. On March 19th, 1911, the first International Women’s Day was celebrated with demonstrations and rallies in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Denmark. Thirty-four years later, at the San Francisco Conference, four women delegates helped establish what would become the largest intergovernmental organization ever, the United Nations. These founding women pushed for the inclusion of Article 8 in the Charter of the United Nations, i.e., for women’s equal opportunity to participate in the UN. Notable women within the U.N. system include Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit (first female president of the General Assembly), Canada’s own Louise Frechette (the first Deputy Secretary-General), and the current President of the General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces.

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Splane Lecture on Social Policy, 2019

Please join us for our annual Splane Lecture in Social Policy entitled, “What’s Canada’s Climate Plan? Fairness, Safety, Justice and Resiliency in a World on Fire”. This year’s lecture features noted environmental activist and author, Tzeporah Berman and takes place:

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
5:30 PM- 7:00 PM, followed by a reception with refreshments
*Venue:  Asian Centre Auditorium, 1871 West Mall, Vancouver
The building is just steps away from the Liu Institute, located between C.K. Choi and Nitobe Gardens. The auditorium is located on the main floor. The main entrance to the Asian Centre is located on the east side of the building. Please click here for a map.

Please register: https://splane2019.eventbrite.ca

The lecture will explore the social policy implications of climate change and fossil fuel conflicts in Canada. In particular, the lecture will discuss the implications of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports for Canadian policy and explore what it will take to create a plan in Canada that aligns our policies and planning with global equity considerations, indigenous rights and the social policy implications of both mitigation and adaptation. Weaving stories from the frontlines of the pipeline campaigns, and her experiences meetings with the CEO’s of major oil companies and advising both the Alberta and BC governments on climate policy, Tzeporah will reflect on the pathway forward to a just and equitable approach to building resiliency and safety in Canada in the climate era.

Screen Shot 2019-03-05 at 11.00.29 PMTzeporah Berman is a Canadian environmental activist, writer, and Adjunct Professor of York University, Faculty of Environmental Studies.

This event will be live streamed on SPPGA’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ubcSPPGA/

Hosted by: The UBC School of Social Work, the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, and the United Nations Association in Canada, Vancouver Branch

About the Splane Lecture: Each year, various partners co-organize a presentation in the field of Canadian public policy to honour the work of Dr. Richard Splane, Professor Emeritus at UBC’s School of Social Work. The lecture is held in the spirit of Article 25 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states that “everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”