October
20

The UNAC-Calgary Board is seeking a consultant to lead the board through the process of developing a five-year strategic plan. The plan will articulate UNAC-Calgary’s vision/ mission and include the goals, objectives and actions steps that will guide the organization for the next five years.

The consultant will work with UNAC-Calgary’s Executive Team on the details of the strategic planning process, schedule of activities, and selection of background information.

For more information, download the RFP.

Timelines

Proposals due at 5:00 PM MDT, November 24, 2017.

Questions regarding the proposal should be addressed to Rosalinda Hernandez via email at [email protected], no later than 5:00 PM, Friday November 3, 2017.

September
19

In March 2014, unmarked Russian troops entered Crimea – sparking an international diplomatic crisis. The same weekend, Alberta Intercollegiate Model United Nations was being hosted at Mount Royal University. I was representing the Russian Federation and quickly needed to research Crimea and the crisis to defend my position at this conference. After several days of vigorous debate, my co-delegate and I went went on to win best delegation at the award ceremony. This topic continued to be widely discussed worldwide for the next few years as more conflicts arose in Ukraine and the fate of Crimea and its people remained uncertain. Read More

May
14

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)

April
7

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

January
31

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 Read More

September
30

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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. Read More

June
20

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

April
20

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

February
11

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. UNA-CanadaIDDIP Program

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