“Imagine there’s no countries. It isn’t hard to do. Nothing to kill, or die for. And no religion too” – John Lennon, most certainly a dreamer, proposes a romanticised reality where a brotherhood of man shares the world equally in the year 1971. Today, Lennon’s dream has still yet to blossom.
Imagining is hard to do when country borders define your odds of survival based on monotheism of intellectual property (“IP”) rights. The rate at which innovation in health care has developed is undeniably impressive, yet the dispersion of its fruit is anything but. A recent social justice project from São Paulo seized my attention to the subject, as it advocated for a prejudice-free society on behalf of human immunodeficiency virus (“HIV”) positive people. Read More
Malala 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)
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. Read More
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
205 – 8 Ave SE Read More
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
Local Film Makers Explore the Lives of Refugees in Calgary
Asha and Roda Siad are Somali-Canadian documentary filmmakers based in Calgary. Their interests are in human rights issues, migration and using media as a tool for advocacy. Their last project, Living at the Border received an Amnesty International Canada Media Award for online journalism.
The sisters will be screening their National Film Board documentary 19 Days on June 20 2016 which also marks the UN World Refugee Day. The documentary explores the first 19 days of five refugee families from Syria, Burundi, and Sudan as they stay at the Margaret Chisholm Resettlement Centre in Calgary.
One of the gifted filmmakers, Roda, took the time to answer questions we had regarding the inspiration for the film and the message they hoped they film would convey. Read More
Recently, I watched a video by Marlon James that was hosted by the Guardian titled “Are you Racist? No isn’t good enough.” I thought this video demonstrated a vital part of what anti-racism means.
Marlon is correct in saying most of us are non-racist. This is because we have no problem going on with our lives with a clear conscience, even though we know racism is around us. We see and hear about injustices and we shrug it off saying, “it’s not my problem” or “at least I’m not doing it” or “it’s not happening to me.” But this does nothing to help fight injustice in the world. Most of the problems we currently have in this world continue to exist because we have turned a blind eye to them. Read More
The United Nations Association in Canada’s (UNA-Canada) International Development & Diplomacy Internship Programme (IDDIP) provides successful applicants, known as Junior Professional Consultants (JPCs), with invaluable, demanding, deeply meaningful work experience, as well as a proven bridge to employment. The Programme also provides professional development training & support including: job readiness, professional resume preparation; access to our exclusive mentorship programme before, during and after their deployments.