UNAC Calgary Member Attends Honorary Canadian Citizenship Ceremony for Malala Yousafzai

UmairMalala2Malala Yousafzai became the youngest honorary Canadian citizen on April 12, 2107 for her commitment to women’s rights and education. Umair Ahad, One of UNAC Calgary’s members had the amazing opportunity of attending this ceremony. He shared some words about the experience:

“Malala Yousafzai’s family invited me to attend her Honorary Citizenship ceremony in Parliament Hill. Malala and I were from the same town in Swat, Pakistan. At that time, religious extremism was rising. Myself and Ziaddun Yousafzai—Malala’s father—raised our voices for peace and education. Malala was a large part of this mission. A few years later, those extremists shot Malala. That was a sad day in my life.

I was very happy to hear Malala’s speech in Ottawa. That day the Pakistan High Commission arranged a beautiful evening for her, where I told her I am a part of the United Nations Association of Canada. She was so happy and told me that we will win this war.

Thank you Malala, for your kind words for me.”

–Umair Ahad (UK)

Speaker Series & Reception Event: MMIW

Is Canada an inclusive nation when some communities suffer more violence than others?

Recent research has established that there are disproportionate rates of violence of crime against Indigenous women and girls. Are we a truly inclusive nation when there are communities that suffer more violence than others?

On Friday, April 21st, join UNAC Calgary  for an evening with courageous leaders who have spent their lives advocating for human rights,  empowering women, and educating people on the importance of inclusion for all regardless of gender, or race. (more…)

Calgary Peace Prize Awards Ceremony 2017

Join us in celebrating the 2017 recipient of the Calgary Peace Prize, the Honourable Douglas Roche, O.C. for his long and sustained efforts towards international peace building and for raising awareness on human security issues and nuclear disarmament.

March 15, 2017
Jack Singer Concert Hall
Arts Commons
205 – 8 Ave SE (more…)

The Global Goals in Calgary with Kathryn White

Join us on Monday, February 6th for a discussion on the Global Goals with Kate White, President and CEO, United Nations Association in Canada.

Tickets: Free admission. $5 donation is requested

RSVP: unac-calgary-katewhite.eventbrite.ca

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United Nations Day 2016

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On UN Day 2014, we invited Calgarians to take part in the post 2015 development agenda dialogue. This year, we invite Calgarians to continue that conversation.

On Monday, October 24th, 2016, UNA-Canada Calgary Branch will be commemorating UN Day by hosting two events focused on raising awareness about the Global Goals. (more…)

Volunteer Opportunity Fund Development

UNAC-Calgary is seeking a new Director, Fund Development to provide a leadership role in raising a source of independent funds for the association. The Director, Fund Development will develop an annual fundraising strategy, organize a minimum of one fundraising event per year and will also lead UNAC-Calgary’s AGLC Casino fundraising event while working closely with other Board members to provide support with other projects and events as required.

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Submit to Zine

We are putting together a zine and are looking for contributions!

Please submit art, poetry, articles– or a combination of all on any of the topics of human rights, the environment, or the work of the United Nations for a chance to have it published in our zine!

Submissions should be scaled to 8.5×5.5 inches (half a letter size paper), and preferably print well in grey scale.

Deadline to submit is Friday, March 18th. Zine will be available for distribution at our AGM in Spring (date to be determined).

To submit a piece, or if you have a question, please email Rosalinda at [email protected].

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We Were Refugees

Blurred cityscape on a rainy evening

I came to Canada as a refugee in 1991 when I was 4 years old, having left Iran when I was a year old because of threats to my father’s life.

When he was 25 years old, a neighbour reported on my father for distributing anti-government propaganda. He was arrested in the middle of the night and dragged out of his home blindfolded while his mother and father wept. (more…)

#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…)

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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