Climate Change in Our Community

originally published in Mount Pleasant Community Association’s newsletter, The Pulse.

The Paris Climate Change Conference was held this year from November 30 to December 11.[1] The United Nation’s goal for the conference is to reach a new international binding agreement on climate change for the first time in 20 years.[2] A binding, universal agreement is an important step for the countries of the world to work together to reduce future climate change. In recent conferences our government has been non-committal, but both our provincial and federal governments have promised increased action on climate change. (more…)

Cycle of Abuse in Canada

Back when I was in high school in 2008, I had come across an interesting poem. I was developing and growing my love for literature and poetry back then, so I was very intrigued by this poem. The poem was titled: “The White Man’s Burden.” It was a poem by the English poet Rudyard Kipling, who was a pro-Imperialist writer who had won many awards, including the Nobel Prize for writing. The poem was about how the United States should help the Philippines by serving their “need.” The speaker in the poem speaks of the white man’s burden, which is to send the best men abroad into exile to serve their captives. The “newly-caught” people who are wild, angry, and both devilish and childish.

The "White Man's Burden"

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Calgary Family Grapples with Kidnapping of Father in Yemen

A Calgary family wants to raise awareness of the crisis in Yemen after their Father, Dr. Abdulkader Al-Guneid, was kidnapped on August 5th.

It is easy to forget the situation in Yemen because it is a crisis 12,000 kilometers away from Calgary. But it has hit too close to home for Calgarian Nagwan Al-Guneid. Nagwan’s father, Dr. Abdulkader Al-Guneid, a prominent physician and a media voice of Taiz, the third largest city of Yemen, was abducted by eight Houthi armed militants. The militants looted the house and dragged out Al-Guneid barefoot in front of his wife. To this date, his whereabouts remain unknown.

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#UN70YYC Fundraiser

Join us on September 23rd for an evening of good food, good conversation, and good cause!

Tickets for this fundraiser are $15, and include 1 plate of chicken wings (1lb, assorted flavors) and 1 Domestic drink (highball or beer).

Proceeds from ticket sales, raffle prizes and the 50/50 draw go towards the United Nations Association in Canada, Calgary Branch’s UN70YYC Event.

Date: Wednesday, September 23rd
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: Ceili’s on 8th: 803 8 Ave SW

For tickets visit un70yycfundraiser.eventbrite.ca (more…)

#ShareHumanity Campaign – United Nations World Humanitarian Day

On August 19th 2003, the United Nations Headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq was bombed. This attack claimed the lives of 22 people and is considered one of the deadliest attacks ever directed at the UN. In 2008, the UN General Assembly designated August 19th as World Humanitarian Day in honor of the people who risk their lives providing humanitarian assistance worldwide.

The theme for World Humanitarian Day 2015 is ‘Inspiring The World’s Humanity’. The United Nations invites individuals around the world to join any humanitarian organization near them and promote the message of humanity by taking a social action and sharing it on social networks using the hashtag #ShareHumanity.

“In a world that is ever more digitally connected, each of us has the power and responsibility to inspire our fellow human beings to act to help others and create a more humane world.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Share your stories and become a Messenger of Humanity on August 19th!

http://www.worldhumanitarianday.org/

UN70

For 70 years, the United Nations has been promoting international cooperation, and we want to celebrate that!
On October 24, 2015, the United Nations Association in Canada, Calgary Branch will be joining in on the global celebration of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.

Keep checking back or follow us on Facebook to for the latest information about this event.

Save the date, and we hope to see you there!

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Integrated Mentorship Program Helps Immigrants and Refugees Build Rewarding Careers in YYC

Every year thousands of immigrants and refugees leave their homes due to human rights violations and come to Canada to rebuild their lives. But coming to a new country is just the beginning; many individuals are faced with the challenge of restabilising their careers in Canada. Every immigrant and refugee in Calgary has the right to work in the field of their expertise, and every one of them has the right to make Canada their home. These are just two of the many rights that the UN and Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) believes every immigrant and refugee living in Calgary should have. In 2014, ISC supported over 25,000 beneficiaries to make Canada their homes.

ISC’s Settlement Coordinator, Margaryta Marion, is intimately familiar with the challenges most immigrants face: (more…)

Open Volunteer Opportunities

UNAC-Calgary is currently looking for a Director of Event Planning and Youth Volunteer Coordinator.

To apply, send your cover letter and resume quoting the position name to [email protected].

Application deadline for both positions is May 29, 2014. (more…)

Temporary Position – On-Site Activity Coordinator

UNAC-Calgary is seeking to hire a temporary On-Site Activity Coordinator who will be responsible for the planning and execution of UNAC-Calgary’s “FIFA Women’s World Cup – Calgary Youth Activity”, which will take place in Calgary at the end of June 2015. This is a temporary, paid position. We are seeking an individual with expertise in recreational program coordination for youth who can assist with the planning and lead the execution of a sports-themed youth activity. The On-Site Coordinator will work very closely with UNAC-Calgary’s Director of Events for the planning and execution of this event.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 4, 2015

Journalism is not a crime

Calgary, May 4, 2015. Quality journalism exposes injustices and enables citizens to make informed decisions about their society. Yet, journalists continue to face danger for reporting objectively and standing up against censorship. So far in 2015, 44 journalists have died and there are at least 158 journalists imprisoned throughout the world.

To mark the importance of World Press Freedom Day, the United Nation Association in Canada—Calgary Branch (UNAC-Calgary) is opening their annual general meeting (AGM) with a panel discussion on freedom of expression in the media today. The panel includes media experts such as Francis Silvaggio, Former National Correspondent for Global News; Bill Graveland, Senior Reporter for the Canadian Press; and Sean Holman, Assistant Professor at Mount Royal University. The panel discussion will be moderated by Susanne Fox, Communications & Media Specialist.

Date: Monday May 11

Time: 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Place: The Kahanoff Centre, 105 12th Avenue SE, Suite 200, Room 201

RSVP: https://unaccalgaryagm.eventbrite.ca/

Admission to the event is free | Refreshments will be served | Seating is limited, so register early

Contact Rosalinda Hernandez at 403-681-6833 or [email protected] for more information

UNAC-Calgary’s mandate is to engage and educate Calgarians in the work of the United Nations with a particular focus on environmental and human rights issues. In 2014, UNAC-Calgary contributed $13,000 to help fund projects that contributed to the betterment of our community, raised awareness about the United Nations, and inspired Calgarians to act.



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