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“Working Together for Peace, Freedom and Justice”

Oct. 2008 Volume XXXIII, No. 8

PLEASE JOIN US AS WE COMMEMORATE
The UN day meeting will be held at the USF Tampa campus.

UNITED NATIONS DAY-OCTOBER 24th
INTERNATIONAL PANEL AND POTLUCK "IMPLEMENTING A SYSTEM OF SUSTAINABILTY"
WHERE: USF-TECO ROOM DATE: FRI. OCT 24th TIME: 7:00-9:00PM
HIGHLIGHTING MILLENIUM DEVELOPMENT GOAL #7 Balancing Limited Water Resources in Coupled Human-Natural Systems: A Case Study on the Costa Alegre, Mexico Presented by Mark Rains, Ph.D. Dept. of Geology Water for Miches: a Patel Center partnership with Engineers Without Borders towards MDG Goal 7

Please join us for this meeting as we commemorate UN day

REGULAR $15 UNA MEMBERS $12 STUDENTS
$10

Target 10 in the Dominican Republic Presented by Daniel H. Yeh, Ph.D., P.E. Assistant Professor and Patel Research Fellow Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering

You may rsvp@unatampabay.org or go to www.unatampabay.org
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THE EARTH CLIMATE CHANGE COMMUNITY SUMMIT
SATURDAY OCT. 11 AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA REGISTER AT10AM
Have a conversation about climate change with a Russian diplomat, a labor activist in Zambia, an energy expert from Denver, and a Nobel Peace Prize Winner in Connecticut – physically and electronically at UT on Sat., Oct. 11.
The Earth Charter Climate Change Community Summit, coordinated by Earth Charter U.S., will highlight sustainability initiatives in business, education and government from more than 25 locations, including Portland, Ore., Honolulu, Hawaii, New York, N.Y., Senegal, Africa, Temagami, Canada, Okinawa, Japan, Hamburg, Germany and Bournemouth, UK. For more information about the summit, visit www.earthcharterus.org. The University community is invited to the day-long summit, which will be held in Falk Theatre and the Vaughn Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration begins at Falk Theatre at 10 a.m. In 2001, UT helped launch Earth Charter U.S., which was striving to create a national movement focusing on sustainability. Its initiatives were broadcast via satellite from UT to 12 U.S. cities. Today Earth Charter U.S. is a volunteer community-building organization based in Tampa. Con’t. on page 2
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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
Dear Members and friends,

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THE BETTER WORLD CAMPAIGN
Government Affairs & Advocacy The Better World Campaign and our sister organization, the United Nations Foundation, are working together on an ad for Tuesday‘s New York Times. With all eyes on New York next week during the General Assembly, this is a unique opportunity to help encourage a renewed U.S. leadership role at the UN and to foster international cooperation in support of a better, safer world.

Our luncheon at the Columbia Restaurant was a wonderful success. Dr.Roach gave an informative talk on the International Criminal Court followed by an engaging question and answer discussion. Thank you to Dr. Mark Amen and fellow board members for your help in putting together this event. I look forward to seeing you all at our United Nations Day Celebration on Friday evening, October 24th This event will be at the University of South Florida, College of Education, TECO room. Board members will be providing a smorgesboard of food from around the world. The theme for UN Day is Sustainability, Millenium goal 7: Environmental Sustainability as an Essential Tool for Poverty Alleviation. This is an issue that has profound implications on environmental, health, and economic conditions in countries and regions across the globe. Visit our website to RSVP for this event. Kind Regards, Kelly Miliziano Tampa Bay Chapter President .

The all-day event at UT will feature videoconferences, workshops and lectures. Highlights include: · Alexander Likhotal, president and CEO of Green Cross International and advisor to Mikhail Gorbachev, will speak at UT at 11:05 a.m. Lunch and “Webcast Global RoundRobin,” in which each city will give a two-minute presentation on its commitment to addressing climate change, will run from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. children can participate in Earth Scouts, a scouting program for boys and girls ages 3-13. The festival features children’s handson activities in human rights, respect for nature, economic justice and a culture of peace. For more information, go to www.earthscouts.org.

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2008 Elections Outreach
The Better World Campaign is engaged in a nonpartisan 2008 election initiative helping to build political and public support for international cooperation and the United Nations by educating U.S. citizens, their elected officials, and Republican and Democratic Presidential candidates. BWC’s 2008 election outreach efforts promote candidate and voter understanding of the need to work cooperatively to solve the world’s most pressing challenges and to rebuild America’s reputation in the world. We are putting forward a series of policy papers on the value of international cooperation and partnership with the United Nations. We are also hosting an online platform, On Day One (www.OnDayOne.org), for interactive participation and discussion of America’s role in the world and what the next president can do “on day one” of his or her term to advance international cooperation. Through these two projects and in partnership with other NGO’s, BWC is reaching out to presidential and congressional candidates and offering background information and expertise on global challenges and the role of the

·A post summit party, with live music, food and beverages, will be held at 4:15 p.m. for registered attendees.

"If we are to balance and direct our remarkable

WHAT IS UNITED NATIONS DAY? OCTOBER 24th
"We will be judged in the future on the actions we take today -- on results. On this United Nations Day, let us rededicate ourselves to achieving them." -Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General The anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Charter on 24 October 1945 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. It has traditionally been marked throughout the world by meetings, discussions and exhibits on the achievements and goals of the Organization. In 1971, the General Assembly recommended that Member States observe it as a public holiday. (resolution 2782 (XXV).

technological muscle power, we need to regain some ancient virtues: the humility to acknowledge how much we have yet to learn, the respect that will allow us to protect and restore nature, and the love that can lift our eyes to distant horizons, far beyond the next election, pay cheque or stock dividend. Above all we need to reclaim our faith in ourselves as creatures of the Earth, living in harmony with all other forms of life."

-David Suzuki, Canadian environmental activist

United Nations in meeting them.

DEDICATED TO A STRONG U.S. – U.N. RELATIONSHIP

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MARK THE DATES OF UPCOMING UNA EVENTS….. POLITICAL PERSECUTION UNDER A PRESIDENT
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 10th
LOCATION WILL BE ANNOUNCED

MEMBERSHIP HOLIDAY PARTY
WED. DECEMBER 10th

SAT. NOVEMBER 22ND 10:30 AM
The Tampa Bay Membership is asked to join us at the University of Tampa for these important elections
Coffee and breakfast will be provided.

Please join us for drinks and host d’ouevres as we recognize the Tampa Bay Chapter members in our community.

6:00 PM Drinks/Networking
Pius Nyamora fled Kenya in 1994 after six years of threats from President Daniel Moi's authoritarian government. His crime was to publish the truth about the repressive policies of the government. President Moi had instilled so much fear among Kenyans that many persecuted individuals were too scared to speak. In his presentation, Nyamora shares the stories of those who had the courage to speak and could not be heard because of self-censorship within the news media. He will reflect on those frightening years in Kenya, and what Kenyans went through and how they fought back to be free. Their struggles may and presents the lessons to who are supportive of dictatorships. Nyamora’s story might also help Americans to realize how blessed they are to be free, and why they should defend that freedom and help others to achieve it.

Elections are for only paid UNA members and must have membership, which is kept as a record in the New York UNA headquarters office. For membership, please go to www.unausa.org or fill out the membership and mail the form on pg. 5 of this newsletter. “The highest destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule”. -Albert Einstein THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS WILL BE OPEN AS OF NOVEMBER:

7:00 PM P. Nyamora Presentation 8:00 PM Holiday Party Membership Recognition

-1 UNIVERSITY STUDENT POSITION -2 DIRECTOR POSITIONS -VP OF GOVERNMENT & ADVOCACY Pius Nyamora is an internationally recognized journalist from Kenya and is an Adjunct Faculty Instructor at the University of Tampa in the Communications Department.

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EMERGENCE OF ISLAMIC SINGLE CURRRENCY

Progress was also made on key convergence factors required to underpin the common deficit and public debt to the gross domestic product, target interest rates and reserve requirements. Progress yet remains in reaching a consensus on inflation, the last remaining stumbling block to creating the common currency. International Monetary Fund Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who met with the Gulf

member states all city currency, including setting the ratio of budget

CHINA PAPER URGES NEW CURRENCY ORDER AFTER “FINANCIAL TSUNAMI”
Threatened by a "financial tsunami," the world must consider building a financial order no longer dependent on the United States, a leading Chinese state newspaper said on Wednesday. The commentary in the overseas edition of the People's Daily said the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc "may augur an even larger impending global 'financial tsunami'." The People's Daily is the official newspaper of China's ruling Communist Party, and the overseas edition is a smaller circulation offshoot of the main paper. Its pronouncements do not necessarily directly reflect leadership views, but this commentary by a professor at Shanghai's Tongji University suggested considerable official alarm at the strains buckling world financial markets. China's central bank earlier this week cut its lending rate for the first time in six years, a move analysts said was aimed at bolstering the economy and the battered stock market. "The eruption of the U.S. sub-prime crisis has exposed massive loopholes in the United States' financial oversight and supervision," writes the commentator, Shi Jianxun. "The world urgently needs to create a diversified currency and financial system and fair and just financial order that is not dependent on the United States." But Vice Premier Wang Qishan, on a visit to the United States, told U.S. trade officials in a meeting on Tuesday that China and the United States needed to maintain close economic ties with global markets going through such turbulence. "The Chinese government is well aware of the fact that the United States, which is the world's largest developed country, and China, which is the world's largest developing country, should have constructive and cooperative economic and trade relations," he said. China is a major buyer of U.S. Treasury bonds, and through its sovereign wealth fund it has taken stakes in two large U.S. financial institutions. In July 2005, China revalued the yuan and freed it from a dollar peg to float within managed bands. But the yuan and China's trade remains tightly linked to the fortunes of the dollar. The commentary suggested China must brace for grave economic fallout and look to alternatives, saying the crisis brings to mind the Great Depression of the 1930s. "Lehman Brothers announced bankruptcy will not only have a domino effect on the global financial world, it will bring a shock to the world economy," the front-page comment stated. Source: Reuters News

Finance chiefs of five of the six-member, oilrich Gulf Cooperation Council approved a proposal to create a monetary union as a move toward adopting a single currency, according to the AFP. The six Islamic states constituting the Gulf Cooperation Council are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Oman pulled out of the agreement last year. Five states in the compact have agreed to set 2010 as the target date for the creation of a monetary union and the adoption of common currency. The emergence of an Islamic single currency among these oil-rich Middle Eastern countries marks a significant step in the emerging worldwide movement to abandon national currencies in favor of regional currencies, along the model where the EU states have abandoned their national currencies in favor of the European Central Bank and the euro. In 2002, the finance ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council states sought out the assistance of the European Central Bank, as the model for their single currency, according to BBC reports. The council was created in 1981 to promote the development of the member countries. The monetary union will entail the creation of a central bank to issue the single currency. Tthe finance and economy ministers reviewed the European Union's response to the council's view on eliminating obstacles that have blocked a long-stalled free trade agreement with the EU.

Cooperation Council finance ministers in Jeddah, hailed the move by the Gulf states toward economic integration, though he continued to express doubts the single currency would be adopted within two years. "Achieving monetary union by 2010 will be a major challenge, as much remains to be done to enable the creation of a single currency within two years," Straus-Kahn. "Overcoming the current inflationary pressures, developing a clear vision of the powers of the future common central bank, choosing an exchange regime of the common currency, and harmonizing financial regulations and structures will be critical in this process." One factor easing the transition toward a single currency is that the six Gulf Cooperation Council member states all currently peg their currencies to the U.S. dollar. Source: http://www.wnd.com

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DIRECTORS Kelly Miliziano -President Dr. William McReynolds Rajeev Ratra -VP Technology Jill Isaac - VP Education Sara McMillan-VP Membership Dr. Carol Zavarella -Treasurer Kelly Reynolds-Secretary Dr. Mark Amen Matthew Johnson, Esq. Dr. Tim Kennedy Paul Yingst-Former President OPEN-University Rep. Annual Membership (select one) Introductory Individual ___ $ 25 Individual Renewal ___ $ 35 Family ___ $ 40 Student Organization Sponsor ___ $ 10 ___ $ 40 ___ $ 100 Patron ___ $500 The YPIC Tampa Chapter will no longer be in effect as of September 2008. All YPIC members are requested to actively join the United Nations Association Tampa Chapter meetings for the upcoming events. While we appreciate supporters of all ages, YPIC members are typically between the ages of 21-40, and are a diverse group of individuals. YPIC has held two community-involved projects each year. We thank YPIC for their efforts and for collaborating in the upcoming UNA programs. Former YPIC members, please contact Kelly Miliziano for further information. Membership Application/ Renewal Name: ___________________________________ Address:________________________________ City:_________________ State:__________ Zip:__________ Telephone: _________________ Email: _______________________

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