United Nations BannerOCTOBER 24, 2015 is UN DAY


“Life is not about what happens to you; it’s about what you do with what happens to you”.

The UNA Sarasota-Manatee Chapter has maintained the status of being the largest UNA Chapter in Florida. The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to informing, inspiring, and mobilizing the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. The Association accomplishes its mission through its national network of Chapters that engaged the community to support the vital work of the UN, to strengthen its system, and to promote constructive United States leadership in that system and the goals of the UN Charter.

For the sixth year, The UNA USA Young Professionals of the Sarasota-Manatee Chapter will team up with New College International Studies Program to host the sixth annual International Career Development Seminar, October 24, 2015, from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, at Sudakoff Hall on the New College campus. Realizing many students have inadequate exposure to career opportunities in the global market, we initiated this seminar to address this dilemma. The UNA USA Young Professionals designed this program that includes concerned professionals presenting valuable didactic information for developing an international career path for possible future global opportunities. The seminar is open to all college students, high school juniors and seniors, and young professionals.

This year Executives from the United Nations, the US State Department Diplomatic Corps, U.S. and International College Counseling, Human Rights and Social Justice, International Law, Climate Change and Environmental Science, Peace Corps, and International Education will share their expertise and broad experiences in the global market. Seminar speakers will focus on developing a potential career-path for possible opportunities in the global market.

The program opens with a brief message from Presidents and/or Representatives of the four local colleges, Sessions with Expert Presenters, Lunch/International Film, Presenters/Students Informal Breakout Sessions, and at the end of the program a Network Reception for all Presenters and Registered Participants.

The UNA USA Sarasota-Manatee Chapter seeks and appreciates seminar contributions from local Educational Institutions, Business and Community Organizations, and Citizens of the community. Donations will help to defray the cost of a full day meeting for the increasing number concerned students and citizens of Florida. For the first time, all students interested in attending the 2015 full-day seminar admission is FREE. Admission for members of the public is $15.

Donations should be made to: UNA Young Professionals
Send Checks to:
Dr. Florence Jackson, UNA Chapter Treasurer, 5110 Cote Du Rhone Way
Sarasota, Florida 34238-4470 – Ph. 941 927 0826

Dorothy Watson, Seminar Exec. Coordinator/Co-chair, Former UNA Chapter President, Retired Foreign Service
Dr. Barbara Hicks, Dir. of New College of FL International Studies, Seminar Co-chair, 2nd VP UNA Chapter
This program is sponsored by an established not-for-profit 501 C3 organization. Public schools are permitted to make information available to parents regarding student activities offered by not-for-profit organizations. The School Boards of Sarasota and Manatee provide this information as a service to students and their families. Distribution of this information does not constitute an endorsement of these activities.

Dear UNA-USA Colleagues and Members:

October 24th is United Nations Day. UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon recently stated that “the United Nations is needed more than ever at this time of multiple crises.”

As I write this (Oct. 1) the General Assembly is engaged in its annual high-level thematic debate, this year concerning the “Maintenance of international peace and security.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon yesterday called for using all the tools available to the United Nations to help steer the Middle East and North Africa towards a path of freedom, safety and dignity, citing in particular the obligation of the international community to ensure a peaceful solution to the conflict in Syria and accountability for serious crimes committed there. “…Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen are our common concern, and their resolution is our shared responsibility,” He said the region is in the midst of some of the deadliest conflicts and worst humanitarian emergencies ever, with terrorist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Al-Qaida affiliates “elevating the horror and complicating the search for solutions.”

While each is very different, the crises and conflicts in Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen all expose similar horrors, Mr. Ban said. “Syria has proven to be the most intractable,” he stated. “It has generated one peril after another: the use of chemical weapons, the rise of ISIL and other extremist groups, the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War and the displacement of 8 million people inside the country.”

The SG spoke at the Leaders’ Summit Countering Violent Extremism organized by the US, where he said the threat of violent extreme groups, including Da’esh and Boko Haram, is growing. UN Data shows a 70% increase in foreign terrorist fighters from 100 countries and regions in conflict. The SG plans to present a comprehensive Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism to the General Assembly in 2016. At the summit, the SG outlined five priorities: engage all of society, reach young people, build accountable institutions, respect international law and human rights, and not being ruled by fear.

The UN needs the support of all of us to counter this threat to security and prosperity. Our chapter will continue to pursue its advocacy agenda with political leaders and support Model UN clubs in local educational institutions. Please support us.


Jeff Olesen, Former President



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