Inside this issue

The Ambassador’s Luncheon .... 1

UNA-USA United Nations Association
Tampa Bay Chapter
www.unatampabay.org

Government & Advocacy ........... 2 UNA Events ................................ 3 Information ................................. 4

“Working Together for Peace, Freedom and Justice”

Volume XXXII, No. 4 April 2008

JOIN US FOR THE ANNUAL MODEL UN GLOBAL CLASSROOMS &
TICKETS FOR THE AMBASSADOR LUNCHEON ARE STILL AVAILABLE: $30

THE AMBASSADOR LUNCHEON with H.E. AMBASSADOR DON LEIDEL
DATE: WEDNESDAY APRIL 16th 2008 TIME: 11:00 AM-1:00PM
AT THE TAMPA CONVENTION CENTER (ROOMS: 20 & 21) 333 S. FRANKLIN ST. TAMPA, FL 33602 TICKET COST: $30 TO RSVP PLEASE at rsvp@unatampabay.org or go to www.unatampa.org

Ambassador Leidel spent 41 years in government service with the Central Intelligence Agency, the United States Air Force and the Department of State. The countries he served include Austria, Germany, Argentina, Mexico and Bahrain. He served in Washington as executive director in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and European Affairs, deputy director of Management Operations and Dean of the School of Professional Studies at the Foreign Service Institute ---------------------Dear Members, Our monthly programs are designed to educate both our membership and the public about the work of the United Nations. The Tampa Bay Chapter also believes that educating our young children is vital to the UNA-USA’s mission. The UNA-USA’s Global Classrooms Curriculum, in its 4th year in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties, is an excellent program for teaching our middle and high school students The 2007 Ambassadors luncheon had International Dignitaries, various Consulates and nearly 1000 students in attendance at the Tampa Convention Center. about the world, through the work of the United Nations. On April 16th, 900 of these students will converge on the Tampa Convention Center to simulate the United Nations. Our Ambassador’s luncheon on April 16th coincides with this event. It promises to be a wonderful occasion for our UNA-USA Chapter to have a lovely lunch at the beautiful Tampa Convention Center, and connect with the students that directly benefit from the Global Classroom curriculum. We are fortunate to have Ambassador Donald Leidel as our guest speaker. I hope you will all attend. Many of our members visit or plan to visit the United Nations in New York. If you have recently visited or plan to visit the U.N., we would love for you to tell us about your

experience. The board also welcomes your input on how we can strengthen/improve our Chapter. As always, I look forward to seeing you at our Chapter events. - Kelly Miliziano, President

Tampa Bay Chapter

THE U.S. DUES, LONG OVERDUE!
Bill McReynolds, VP of Advocacy & Government Affairs

UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM AND LITERACY

SOME MORE THOUGHTS
Jill Isaac, VP of Education

The Tampa Bay Chapter Board encourages you to be active in advocating for the United Nations at the level of the U.S. government. Accordingly, we encourage you to respond to the call for action that comes from UNAUSA: “The United States is accumulating substantial new arrears to the United Nations, a situation that threatens the UN’s valuable work and sends the wrong message to the rest of the world about the value we place on international cooperation. As of February 1st, the United States owes $2.8 billion to the United Nations, the leading international forum for devising collaborative solutions to the world’s shared challenges. Congress now has before it a fiscal year 2008 supplemental budget request from the President that provides an opportunity to begin paying off our growing UN debt. Failure to pay our share of UN expenses sets the wrong example for others to follow. Act now to help ensure the US takes the lead in promoting international cooperation by meeting the fundamental responsibility of paying our UN dues.

No matter what challenge we face — HIV/Aids, conflict, poverty, environment, and governance— basic education invariably appears as a core element of any solution. Yet, the sad truth is that global progress during the 1990s fell far short of the rate required to meet the goal of ‘Education for All’ by 2015. Nearly 60 per cent of the estimated 113 million children who do not attend primary school worldwide are girls. On average, nearly one in three children does not complete 5 years of primary education, the minimum required for acquiring basic literacy. They are likely to join the nearly one billion adults who cannot read or write, the majority of whom are women. At the United Nations Development Programme, literacy is a fundamental human right; perhaps the most human of all human rights because reading and writing are fundamental characteristics of being human. UNDP fully recognizes that illiteracy deepens poverty, widens inequality, and slows economic growth. On the ground, UNDP works in 166 countries to integrate basic education in national development frameworks, poverty reduction strategies and pro-poor policy reforms. Our global network creates unique opportunities to share knowledge and experience across countries in an effort to develop capacity. In our capacity as UN Coordinator, we lend support to specific initiatives, such as the Secretary-General’s Initiative for Girls' Education, which is spearheaded by UNICEF. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) give the world a bold agenda for human development, through a set of time-bound and measurable targets to combat illiteracy, poverty, hunger, disease, environmental degradation and gender discrimination. Literacy for all is critical to winning the fight against hunger, disease and ignorance. Source: undp.org

There is cause for concern for the Global Classrooms for 2009. As this program takes place again this year, many students and parents are unaware that this may be the last time this program will run in the United States. UNA headquarters in New York recently announced “the Global Classrooms program has reached the end of the grant funding cycle in the US after this year”. For thousands of students in Tampa Bay, words can’t express the disappointment. Some of our Tampa Bay students are from homes that can’t provide the basic essentials, which in some cases include a bus ticket to school. With this being the case, Global Classrooms is the only program that provides an imaginary ticket to another country through simulations with other student from a variety of nations. It is Global Classrooms that students look to for knowledge about a world that is not yet part of their own lived experience. American students across the United States are made aware of the most important international issues, through Global Classrooms. With a support system and curriculum already put in place, the only challenge at this point is funding. Politicians and leaders in a position of influence need to recognize international education is an important and positive investment in our future - especially during these turbulent times globally.

“I cannot teach anybody anything I can only make them think”. -Socrates

UNA Events & Dates

MARK YOUR CALENDARS………

UNA-USA Council of Chapters and Divisions (CCD) Annual Meeting 2008

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: DR. WILBUR MILHOUS
Associate Dean for Research at the USF College of Public Health Registration Fee: Full 2 Day Registration $70 Saturday Lunch & Keynote Speaker - $25
Convention Location: Eckerd College 4200 54th Ave South St. Petersburg, Fl 33711 Full Registration: May 9 Wine and Cheese Reception, Saturday morning continental breakfast, break for refreshments and a Caribbean buffet lunch (Fish, chicken and vegetarian offerings). For Hotel Info. Make Room Reservations Direct with: Eckerd College Continuing Education Center 4200 54th Ave South St. Petersburg, Fl 33711 Attn: Ms. Joan Karins, Operations Manager Phone: 727-865-7000 Fax 727-864-7766 Rate/Night - $65 plus 12% tax (single or double occupancy) Deadline - April 25, 2008
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Washington, DC June 8-10 For registration & more info. go to: www.unausa.org

THE HONORABLE

MAYOR PAM IORIO
WILL BE SPEAKING MON. JUNE 23rd 2008 AT 6:00PM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF

WE ARE TAKING RESUMES FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS:
VICE-PRESIDENT OF MEMBERSHIPmaintains the membership database & is the liaison with UN headquarters of chapter member numbers and applicants. TREASURER –handles all financial matters for the chapter. If the above positions are of interest and you can provide your skills on a volunteer basis, please contact Roslyn Linnen at tel. no. 727-942-7915 For more information go to www.unatampabay.org

TAMPA’S FLETCHER HALL ADDRESSING INTERNATIONAL SERVICE DAY

Tampa Bay Chapter

THE UNA TAMPA BAY CHAPTER WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS
DIRECTORS
Kelly Miliziano -President Dr. William McReynolds-1st VP VP Gov’t. & Advocacy Rajeev Ratra –VP Technology Jill Isaac - VP Education (interm) Kimberley Williams-VP Programs VACANT -VP Membership Suja Chetty-Treasurer Kelly Reynolds-Secretary Dr. Mark Amen Susan James Dr. Tim Kennedy Maja Lacevic-University Rep. Ryan Nevel – YPIC Chair Paul Yingst-Former President Yes! I want to make a donation of $________ to help the work of UNA-USA. All dues and donations are tax deductible. Please make checks payable to: UNA-USA and send to: UNA-USA, 801 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017-4706. Membership Application/ Renewal Name: ___________________________________ Address:________________________________ City:_________________ State:__________ Zip:__________ Telephone: _________________ Email: _______________________ Annual Membership (select one) Introductory Individual ___ $ 25 Individual Renewal ___ $ 35 Family ___ $ 40
The Tampa Bay chapter is ranked one of the top three chapters in terms of membership in the U.S. Our programs such as Global Classrooms, the prestigious Ambassadors Luncheon and our monthly UN Speakers Series has made our chapter one of the most outstanding chapters in the country. The following members have recently joined our chapter: Ms. Mariam Ahmedani, Miss Nayana Boutsomsy, Ms. Diana M. Durango, Mr. Nicholas A. Durango, Ms. Jennifer Thayer. Renewed: Ms. Susan James & Mr. Jorge Nef, Mrs. Jean S. Johnson Dr. Harvey Nelson, Joanne Shrewsbury

Student Organization Sponsor

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Patron ___ $500

Non-Profit Organization

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