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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January
20

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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January
18

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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January
8

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. Read More

December
17

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. Read More