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November 16, 2007

Dear UNA Members and Friends,

Thank you for being a valued member of the United Nations Association family. It is through your interest, commitment and effort that we are moving forward in our mission to create A Better World Now.

With your help, we continue to build on the rich foundation laid by the Pasadena-Foothills Chapter over the last 60 years. For much of that time, the former UNA store on Green Street here in Pasadena, was for many, the heart and soul of the UNA. While the store closed many years ago, many may still remember the store fondly as a place to buy unique gifts, UNICEF cards for the holidays and to learn more about current issues affecting the global community. In this fine tradition, we are pleased to share that we will be opening a new UN Store-online! Our first product featured is The Millennium Development Goals T-shirt, a limited edition designed by Cindy Bennett.  Made with 100% sustainable materials we hope that you will visit our website and buy one, give one to a friend and help to change the world!

2007 has been a banner year for the expansion of United Nations Association Pasadena Foothills Chapter, its programs and advocacy. We have begun to use the phrase “UN Renaissance” to describe the new level of participation in Chapter campaigns and events.

This year, the UN welcomed Secretary General Ban Ki Moon who quickly moved environmental sustainability to the forefront of the UN’s global agenda. Here in Pasadena, we did the same. Many of you attended our environmental awareness event-Going Green in June, where we honored Mayor Bill Bogaard and the City of Pasadena for creating the Green City Action Plan based on the UN Environmental Accords. Last month, our UN Day featured a keynote address by Gillian Sorensen, Senior Advisor for the UN Foundation and former Under Secretary General of the United Nations. Her message underscored that while the UN is in need of reform, it is still our most valuable ally in the fight to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS, to help the economic stability of third world countries, peacekeeping and eradicating world hunger!

Locally, UN Clubs are now thriving at several area schools including McKinley Elementary school, Mayfield Senior School and Pasadena City College. This year also marks the beginning of a new UNA collaboration with Pasadena Unified School District in an effort to expand the Model United Nations in area public schools. The Model UN is a highly successful national program that is an interactive, interdisciplinary simulation which places students in the role of official United Nation delegates. Student participants gain life skills including communication, critical thinking, negotiation and conflict resolution problem solving.

We continue to engage the US public with global issues through our Advocacy and Human Rights work. Many of us participated in Congressman Adam Schiff’s Darfur Forum and thanks to our Advocacy Committee, our website now provides a conduit to reach elected officials, in-a-click, allowing us all to weigh-in on legislation affecting international concerns.

Communication is the key to our UNA community’s growth and participation. We hope that you have been enjoying the monthly newsletter that announces events, UN news locally and globally and other subjects impacting the UN Millennium Development Goals. We encourage you to join a committee, write an article for the newsletter, volunteer at our headquarters, come to an event and bring a friend! There are many opportunities for involvement, including our monthly Coffee Talks speaker’s series, a social evening that brings the community together to hear expert speakers on the subjects you care most about.

We offer thanks to all those who have collaborated to support our work this year including UNA members, our Board of Directors, local schools and colleges, other non profits, local businesses, churches and synagogues and The City of Pasadena.

None of this is possible without your ongoing support. We thank you in advance for your donation to the UNA. Donations can be made online by at unapasadena.org or by check, payable to UNA Pasadena. Check donations may be mailed to our offices at 75 South Grand Avenue, Pasadena CA 91105.

While challenges facing the UN and the world are enormous, one thing is clear; we are living in an interdependent world that is increasingly reliant on the global and local community for cooperation. We thank you for all that you do!


Sherry Simpson Dean  

Executive Director

United Nations Association Pasadena/Foothills Chapter, Inc.

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