2012 Members' Day at the UN

Friday, February, 10 2012

United Nations Headquarters

More than 850 members and guests joined UNA-USA for Members’ Day at the UN last Friday. The program featured keynote speeches from Dr. Jeffrey Sachs and Congresswoman Nita Lowey, as well as prominent panelists who discussed topics ranging from the Security Council and UN Peacekeeping, to Sustainable Development and the MDGs.

The day provided an opportunity for UNA-USA members to attend special briefings and panel discussions regarding the most pressing issues on the UN’s agenda. The event is a great benefit to members, as they were able to gain full access to the UN and see the importance of their commitment, support and work toward a strong U.S.-UN relationship.

Conference attendees had the opportunity to meet with high ranking UN officials and engage in topical discussions with some of the most prominent foreign policy shapers of our time. The conference also offered a unique preview into: Rio+20 (The UN Conference on Sustainable Development) before the conference in June; the evolution of UN Peacekeeping operations globally; a discussion of what comes after 2015 in relation to the MDGs; and the growing assertiveness of the Security Council in dealing with peace and security in the 21st century.

Guest speakers shed light on the challenges and opportunities faced by Americans and the United Nations system in today’s increasingly interconnected world.

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