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Houston Area Chapter

Skyline of the city of HoustonThe United Nations Association-Houston Chapter (UNA-HOU) is proud to be one of the oldest chapters in the nation. In 1955, Eleanor Roosevelt traveled to Houston to speak on behalf of the U.N. to the newly-formed chapter. She also presented the U.N. flag to the City of Houston.


UNA-HOU is the local chapter of the national non-profit organization UNA-USA. It is a membership organization dedicated to building understanding of and support for the ideals and vital work of the United Nations among the American people. Its educational and humanitarian campaigns include teaching students about international affairs through Model UN and Global Classrooms programs, addressing the UN Millennium Development Goals through the UNA International Film Festival (UNAFF Traveling Film Festival), engaging young professionals in humanitarian outreach projects (YPIC), offering cultural educational events to bridge diversity understanding, and providing information sessions on critical humanitarian issues and actions. These programs allow people to make a global impact at the local level. In addition, its policy and advocacy programs stress the importance of nations working together and the need for United States leadership in the United Nations.




Recent Events


Wines Around The World-Humanitarian Social




The UNA-Houston's annual "Wines Around The World" Humanitarian Social was held on Friday, Nov. 15 at the New Gallery located at 3225 Milam Street in Houston, TX.. Attendees enjoyed wines from over 30 countries, art work of contemporary national and international professional artists in one of Houston's unique art galleries. Some of the previous projects have been the support of an orphanage in Haiti and the building of a water well in Zambia. This year's program is to raise funding for to assist schoolchildren in Oaxaca, Mexico. Our 2013 partner is AMIGOS, a non-profit organization that supports key sustainable development projects for poor communities in Mexico. Contributions can be made for the 2013  humanitarian project on this website or by direct mail to the UNA office.  For more information, please send query to info@unahouston.org.








UNA Citizenship Month Programs



The UNA-Houston  sponsored several programs during November as part of the City of Houston's "Citizenship Month", celebrating the rich diversity of our great city. These included  "World Cafe: Town Hall Meeting on Immigration", " Consular Corps Reception", and "Wines Around the World" Humanitarian Project that assists organizations in alleviating global problems. Several of the programs were in partnership with the Houston Central Library. Check the UNA-Houston website periodically for future programs.

Image of Model UN Session with students in Houston, Texas


 




UN Day Gala 2013 - October 24
Theme: "Partnerships for Global Progress"




The 2013 UN Day celebration was significant because it reflected the global diversity of Houston, the unique international educational programs of the UNA, and the importance and need of the UN to continue its mission of fostering global peace," stated Hon. Teta V. Banks, President, UNA Houston.


Special acknowledgements of the work of the UNA-Houston were given by Dr. Noelle Bezzette-Flores of the Office of the Mayor, Ambassador Cynthia Perry of The Consular Corps of Houston,Mr. Sam Merchant of the office of U.S. Congressman Al Green, and Mr. Josh Randle, USA Director of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.


Special performances were by the UNA International Choir, Anjali Performing Arts Center-Samscriti dancers, and the Abatarutwa Traditional Rwandan and Burundi Dance Group.


Donations can still be made for support of the event and the UNA Houston educational programs. The UNA-Houston is a 501(c)93) non-profit organization and donations are tax-deductible.




Mission Statement


Our Chapter’s mission is to educate people about the UN’s role in international affairs, how it impacts individuals and communities, and to strengthen US support for this institution whose purpose is to promote social justice the foundation for universal peace. UNA Houston achieves this through its various programs including Global Classrooms, UNA Film Festival (UNAFF Traveling Film Festival in conjunction with Stanford University), Know Your UN series, Cultural Dinners series, Young Professionals for International Cooperation (YPIC) programs, Advocacy Alerts and training, outreach lectures and programs.


Its distinguished Board of Directors and volunteers are dedicated to the work of the UN. Many of the members have served in some capacity with the U.S. government, international governments, the United Nations, the UN Foundation, and international businesses.






Other Events


UNA-USA National Conference, Washington, DC- June 2-4,2013




Members of UNA -USA attended the UNA-USA National Conference in Washington, DC, June 2-4. The conference included UNA-Houston's Education Director Sara Timms presenting on Global Classrooms and UNA-Houston's President Hon. Teta Banks presenting on the topic Effective Advocacy Communications. There were advocacy workshops, receptions at embassies and the U.S. Department of State, and a "Day on Capitol Hill" for meetings with congressional representatives to promote the UN mission and issues. UNA-Houston is regarded as one of the largest and oldest of the chapters and among the 17,000 national members.



Image of Model UN Session with students in Houston, Texas


Global Classrooms 2013-


Students from across the Houston area participated in the Annual Global Classrooms Conference. Middle school and high students studied a year-long curriculum emphasizing international issues and the work of the United Nations. The culmination was the Model UN session where they debated, developed resolutions and solutions to global crises.(See more details on the Global Classrooms tab and the UNA-Houston newsletter.)


HAMUN38-


The UNA-Houston sponsored the 38th session of the Houston Area Model United Nations (HAMUN), the largest session in the southern United States. More than 1,000 students attended. UNA-Houston former president and Legacy Member Mrs. Delores Goble addressed the session and shared her personal history and recollections of the forming of the United Nations. Students held UN Committee discussions, developed resolutions, and addressed global crises amidst the session.


World Water Day 2013-


The UNA -Houston partnered with Houston Community College and sponsored a one-day forum in recognition of World Water Day and the UN International Year of Water Cooperation. UNA-Houston Board member and Advocacy Chair, Dr. Frank Elvin, presented a lecture on Global Climate Change. UNA-Houston President Teta Banks made a presentation on the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the initiatives of the UNA-Houston Water project in Zambia, directed by Board member Terry Stierman, Chair of the "Wines Around the World" Humanitarian Project of UNA-HOU.






Ongoing Programs


NothingButNets


Nothing But Nets and UNA-Houston Partnership-


The Houston Dynamo Soccer Team partnered with the UNA Houston and UN Foundation to advocate for the "NothingButNets" anti-malaria project. Donations from ticket sales went to support the purchase of bed-nets to save lives in malaria-stricken countries in Africa. Visit Houston Dynamo website.


Know Your UN-


The UNA-Houston sponsors the series "Know Your UN" under the direction of former UNA-HOU president and Legacy Member Dr. Anna Louise Bruner. The series is an informal round-table community discussion of issues related to the United Nations, its structure, programs, offices, and actions.


UNA-NASA Girl Up Program-


This program is a partnership between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Education Division and the UNA Houston. The purpose of the program is to provide mentoring, academic enrichment, leadership development, and Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) studies development. Students are able to participate in local, national, and international projects, all with the goal of empowering students for development as future global leaders.


 


World Cafe


The "World Cafe" series is an issues and advocacy program  in partnership with the Houston Public Library. Expert panelists discuss critical topical issues and  engage the audience in a dialog forum. The program venue is a cafe setting in the international section of the library. 


 


 


 

 

 



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