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UNA-USA West Triangle Chapter Commemorates UN with October Events

September 20, 2011
The UNA-USA West Triangle Chapter (NC) will celebrate the 66th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations with a series of events throughout October. The first event will be a conference on October 4 called “Fragile States, Global Consequences.”

Open to the public, the conference is based on a video prepared by the Stanley Foundation which focuses on The Democratic Republic of the Congo, East Timor, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Haiti. Break-out discussion groups will be led by teams of discussion facilitators consisting of Chapter members as well as faculty and students from Duke University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC). Seven local organizations are co-sponsoring the event.

Later in the month the Chapter’s monthly Lunch and Learn event for members and guests will feature Minh-Thu Pham, director of Public Policy at the United Nations Foundation.  Her experience also includes serving in Bosnia-Herzegovina implementing the Dayton Peace Accord and working on refugee issues in Africa with the UN and several humanitarian and advocacy organizations. Her talk will focus on the UNA's UN Day theme for this year, The United Nations -- In Everyone's Interest.

Towards the end of October, the Chapter and student organizations at Duke University and UNC will conduct “Trick or Treat for UNICEF,” fund-raising drives throughout the West Triangle area, which includes the cities of Durham, Chapel Hill, and their surrounding counties.

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