United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomes resettled refugee families to Los Angeles area

August 10, 2016

On Wednesday, August 10, 2016, the United Nations Association, in partnership with the Annenberg Foundation, the International Rescue Committee and Yoobi, hosted a back-to-school event welcoming refugee families to the Los Angeles community.

The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA), in partnership with the Annenberg Foundation, International Rescue Committee and Yoobi, hosted a back-to-school event at the Annenberg Space for Photography welcoming resettled refugee families to the community. The backdrop for the event was the compelling photography exhibit, Refugee, which reveals the unfiltered realities of individual refugees across the globe that are often ignored. This occasion brought together resettled refugee families with UN leaders, resettlement agency representatives, private sector leaders, and community members for a conversation on the experiences of the families, and an opportunity to be welcomed by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. At the event, donated backpacks and school supplies were distributed to resettled refugee families.

View photos from the event.

WHAT:     Back-to-school event welcoming refugees into the community. A tour of Refugee, a photography exhibit that celebrates the resilience of refugees as they struggle to build new homes and maintain peaceful lives while in flight from dehumanizing and life-threatening persecution and deprivation.


WHO:     UNA-USA Los Angeles

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations

Congresswoman Judy Chu, California’s 27 congressional district (invited)

Congressman Lieu,  California’s 33rd congressional district 

Cinny Kennard, Executive Director, Annenberg Foundation

Martin Zogg, Executive Director, International Rescue Committee

Teta Banks, National Chair, United Nations Association of the USA

Ido Laffler, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Yoobi


WHEN:    August 10, 2016, 4:30pm PST


WHERE:  The Annenberg Space for Photography

    2000 Avenue of the Stars

    Los Angeles, CA

The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a membership organization dedicated to informing, inspiring, and mobilizing the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. For 70 years, UNA-USA has worked to accomplish its mission through its national network of Chapters, youth engagement, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA is a program of the United Nations Foundation. UNA-USA and its sister organization the Better World Campaign represent the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world. Learn more about UNA-USA’s programs and initiatives at www.unausa.org.