United Nations Association-Monterey Bay Chapter Celebrates Human Rights with Discussion on UN Women by CEO of United Nations Foundation

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Chapter Joins a Host of UNA-USA Programs Across the Country Celebrating Human Rights Day

The UNA-Monterey Bay Chapter is continuing its strong support for the UN and for human rights by engaging members in the global conversation.

The Monterey Bay Chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) celebrates Human Rights Day today with a presentation on The Creation of an Important New UN Agency: UN Women. The talk will be given by UN Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin.

“Human Rights Day gives us all the opportunity to take a step back and recognize the importance of a world that respects everyone regardless of race, color, religion, gender, or sexual orientation,” said UNA-USA Executive Director Patrick Madden. “The UNA-Monterey Bay Chapter is continuing its strong support for the UN and for human rights by engaging members in the global conversation.”

Calvin’s presentation will highlight a UN agency, created in 2010, that represented a significant victory for the international women’s rights movement. The discussion will also cover the importance of technology in advancing human rights for women, and ongoing challenges in achieving these rights across the globe.
The Chapter will also honor Monterey’s own Judy Karas, a lifelong champion of numerous peace and human rights groups and causes. She will be presented with the 32nd annual Baha’i Human Rights Award at the event.

UNA-USA chapters are hosting Human Rights Day celebrations across the country, featuring speakers, luncheons, film screenings, and other presentations conveying how the UN helps advance and uphold human rights around the world, and engaging participants in supporting the advancements of human rights. Information on all UNA-USA human rights day events can be found at http://www.unausa.org/humanrightsday.

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the first global articulation of human rights and is regarded as the international bill of rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is considered the most translated document in modern history; available in more than 300 languages. The Declaration was adopted in 1948 as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and nations; the first Human Rights Day was celebrated in 1950.

The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), a program of the UN Foundation, is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire and mobilize the American people to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations. UNA-USA works to accomplish its mission through its national network of chapters, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA and the UN Foundation create the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world. For more information on UNA-USA, visit http://www.unausa.org/.

The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. These campaigns focus on reducing child mortality, empowering women and girls, creating a new energy future, securing peace and human rights, and promoting technology innovation to improve health outcomes. These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information, visit http://www.unfoundation.org.


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