Pete Cowley has been the administrator for UNA NZ for the last five years, and has contributed to UNA NZ for vastly more than that. His role consisted of responding to emails, facilitating numerous events, creating documents and collating valuable information. Highlights of his time at UNA NZ were the events on UN Day, Peace Day and Human Rights Day. Pete will be leaving us so that he is able to fully care for his flatemate suffering from dementia, and campaign on the right to voluntary euthanasia. Unfortunately, with this and many other organisations he’s involved in, he feels he does not have the time or energy that is deserving of the UNA NZ role.
Members farewelled Dr Graham Hassall and his family at a dinner before his departure to Europe in early August.
UNA Canterbury member Mary McGiven shares her account with Dame Grace: “I was privileged to know Grace was the daughter of post WW1 Jewish Migrants from the UK who raised their family to serve the community. She dedicated much of her adult life to fulfilling these commitments locally, nationally, and internationally.”
On 12 May, WebEx briefings were held, in English and French, on the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit.
The English briefing was conducted by Mr. Stephen O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief, and Mr. Hervé Verhoosel, Spokesperson for the World Humanitarian Summit.
The French briefing was conducted by Mr. Antoine Gérard, Chief of the World Humanitarian Summit Secretariat, and Mr. Hervé Verhoosel, Spokesperson for the World Humanitarian Summit.
https://youtu.be/O9zTtwixhlU (English, approximately 63 minutes)
https://youtu.be/Wrso5-SmOcg (French, approximately 30 minutes)
The United Nations Association NZ has lost a former National President Sir James Belich and a former President of the World Federation of United Nations Association Maurice Strong in the last few months …
1 for 7 Billion is a global campaign supported by organisations and individuals from all corners of the globe committed to getting the best UN Secretary-General. Over 750 organisations have signed up to the campaign with a combined reach of more than 170 million people worldwide.
Read full article on stuff atL: http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/72046703/former-wellington-mayor-sir-james-belich-dies-at-age-88
Members of the United Nations Association of New Zealand are gathering in Wellington on 5-6 June, for our Annual Conference on New Zealand’s role as a ‘global citizen’ – both at home and abroad. The Conference will consider New Zealand’s global and domestic roles in peace and security, human rights, and sustainability.