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“Working Together for Peace, Freedom and Justice”

Volume XXXII, No. 6 June 2008

THE UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION PUBLIC SERVICE DAY
DATE: MONDAY JUNE 23rd 2008 TIME: 6:00PM
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA FLETCHER HALL, GRAND BALLROOM 401 W. KENNEDY BLVD. TAMPA, FL 33603 TO RSVP PLEASE at rsvp@unatampabay.org or go to www.unatampa.org APPETIZERS WILL BE PROVIDED –THE COST IS FREE
MAYOR PAM IORIO WILL BE ADDRESSING THIS EVENT

An international day to commend and to encourage exemplary public service will be marked for the first time by the United Nations Association in Tampa Bay.
Declaring that improvements in governance require courage, curiosity and innovation from the public sector. The United Nations Tampa Bay Chapter will recognize international and local organizations that have pioneered ways to make services more efficient and accessible to all members of society-and engage active participation in their design. In an address to mark UN Public Service Day 2008, The Day recognizes that democracy and successful governance are built on the foundation of a competent civil service. The ability of a society to maintain safety and essential public services, protect human rights, maintain an efficient framework for market activities and to hold free and fair elections draws on the skills and sense of purpose of public servants working as a team. Without an effective civil administration, democracy and prosperity are virtually unattainable.” The idea of an international day to commend public service was first proposed by the Committee of Experts on Public Administration, an independent panel of experts from both government and academic institutions. The General Assembly established the Day in 2002, by means of resolution A/RES/57/227. Source: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2003/note5797.doc.htm

PUBLIC SERVICE DAY TAKES PLACE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA Monday June 23rd 2008

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THE SPREAD OF NUCLEAR CAPABILITY FEARED
At least 40 developing countries from the Persian Gulf region to Latin America have recently approached U.N. officials here to signal interest in starting nuclear power programs, a trend that concerned proliferation experts say could provide the building blocks of nuclear arsenals in some of those nations. At least half a dozen countries have also said in the past four years that they are specifically planning to conduct enrichment or reprocessing of nuclear fuel, a prospect that could dramatically expand the global supply of plutonium and enriched uranium, according to U.S. and international nuclear officials and arms-control experts. Much of the new interest is driven by economic considerations, particularly the soaring cost of fossil fuels. But for some Middle Eastern states with ready access to huge stocks of oil or natural gas, such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the investment in nuclear power appears to be linked partly to concerns about a future regional arms race stoked in part by Iran's alleged interest in such an arsenal, the officials said.

WORDS TO LIVE BY…

THE IMPORTANCE OF PUBLIC SERVICE

“When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?” -Eleanor Roosevelt

Recognizing Public Service is important in order to revitalize our local governments by inspiring a new generation to serve. Public Service day helps in embracing the community by

“Reverence for Life affords me my fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, assisting, and enhancing life and that to destroy, harm, or to hinder life is evil. Affirmation of the world -- that is affirmation of the will to live, which appears in phenomenal forms all around me -- is only possible for me in that I give myself out for other life”. -Albert Schweitzer

helping transform the way government works for the welfare of the public. Public services tend to be those considered so essential to life that for moral reasons their universal provision should be guaranteed, and they may be associated with fundamental human rights (such as the right to water). Historically, the widespread provision of public services in developed countries usually began in the late nineteenth century, often with the municipal development of gas and water services. Later, other services such as electricity and healthcare began to be

“Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity”. -Horace Mann

provided by governments. In most developed countries such services are still provided by local or national government, the biggest exceptions being the U.S and U.K. where private provision is more significant In developing countries public services tend to be much less well developed. Water services, for example, may only be available to the wealthy middle class. For political reasons the service is often subsidized, which reduces the finance available for expansion to

Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24572 974/

poorer communities.
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UNA Events & Dates

SIGNATURE REQUIRED FOR FIFTY-FOUR BAHÁ'ÍS ARRESTED IN IRAN
NEW YORK (24 May 06) –Iranian officials have arrested 54 Baha’is in the city of Shiraz, the Baha’i International Community has learned. They are mostly youth and were all engaged in humanitarian service when they were arrested. It is one of the largest number of Baha’is taken at once since the 1980s. The specific charges are not clear, though in the past, Baha’is have been arrested summarily on false charges. The arrests occurred on Friday, 19 May, while the Baha’is, along with several other volunteers who were not Baha’is, were teaching classes to underprivileged children in a school as part of a community service activity conducted by a local non-governmental organization. At the time of the arrests, they had in their possession a letter of permission from the Islamic Council of Shíráz. They also carried the letter of permission in each of their classes. The nature of the charges against the Baha’is is unknown at this time. The day following the arrests, a judge told family members that the detainees would be freed soon. As of today, it appears that all of the non-Baha’is and one Baha’i junior youth have been released without having to post bail. “These new arrests in Shiraz, coming after more than a year of ‘revolving door’ detentions, bring to a total of more than 125 Baha’is who have been arrested without cause since the beginning of 2005,” said Bani Dugal, principal representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations. In the 1980s, some 200 Baha’is were killed or executed. Thousands were arrested and hundreds were imprisoned, many for long periods. In recent years, in the face of international monitoring, the executions and long-term imprisonments have stopped. Since 1948, the Baha’i International Community has been accredited as an international nongovernmental organization of the United Nations. It was granted special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council in 1970.

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