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Mayor’s UN Day Dinner Monday Oct. 27

The United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City invites everyone to join Mayor Sly James for the annual Mayor's UN Day Dinner October 27, 2014 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. reception at 6:15 p.m.
We are celebrating the work of the United Nations.
The event will be held at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza located at 401 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64112.

Join the Mayors of Kansas City on the occasion of the 69th Anniversary of the United Nations and the 44th Anniversary of the Mayor’s UN Day Dinner as they welcome to K.C. Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo, former U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

Individual tickets for the event can be purchased for $60 each.
Table Host for ten (10) @$600
Dinner Sponsor: tables for ten (10) $700 each and acknowledged as a sponsor in the dinner program.

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MayorJames“Our city’s support for the United Nations goes back to the organization’s founding in 1945, when resident Harry S. Truman, a Kansas City-area native, signed the UN Charter.

To this day, Kansas City has a special relationship with the United Nations. It is in Kansas City that America buys the food we donate abroad through our government, charities and the UN World Food Program. And we are home to Hallmark Cards, which is the exclusive supplier of all United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) cards and gifts sold in the United States.

Our City’s collective vision for peace and hope is highlighted at the Mayor’s UN Day Dinner, where we celebrate the mission of the UN and welcome accomplished speakers such as Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo.We welcome Ambassador DiCarlo and appreciate the time she has taken to share her experiences with us.”

– Mayor Sylvester James, Jr.


Keynote by Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo

dicarlo newAmbassador Rosemary A. DiCarlo retired in September from the State Department after an exemplary career in the service of her country. Ambassador DiCarlo most recently was the U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, a position she assumed in July 2010 and held until she retired in September 2014. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, she previously served as U.S. Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs to the U.N., and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. Ambassador DiCarlo also served as the Director for United Nations Affairs at the National Security Council and as Washington Deputy to the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

Ambassador DiCarlo’s overseas assignments included tours at the U.S. Embassies in Moscow and Oslo. She also held the positions of U.S. Coordinator for Stability Pact Implementation (Southeast Europe) and Director for Democratic Initiatives for the New Independent States at the Department of State. Earlier in her career, she served as Coordinator for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. Information Agency.

Ambassador DiCarlo is a recipient of the State Department’s Sustained Superior Achievement, Superior Honor and Meritorious Honor Awards. Before joining the Foreign Service, she was a member of the Secretariat of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).


World Citizen Award 2014

jayphoto copyMayor James will present this year's KC World Citizen of the Year award to Jay Sjerven, president emeritus of the United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City. Jay also is a member of the Steering Committee of the Council of Chapters and Regions of the United Nations Association of the United States of America. He served 10 years as the Greater Kansas City chapter’s president, from January 2004 until December 2013. In January 2014, he was named president emeritus, the first in the chapter’s history. Jay joined the UNA in 2002 at the urging of his parents, Mel and Ione Sjerven, who were charter members of the Greater Kansas City chapter.

Jay helped carry forward the tradition of the Kansas City Mayor’s UN Day Dinner, the longest-standing official city observance of UN Day in the United States. He helped establish the annual UN Peacekeepers Round Table, where international military officers share their experiences as peacekeepers. In collaboration with the Harry S Truman Library, the UNA chapter, under Jay’s leadership, helped organize Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s visit to the UN Peace Plaza and the Truman Library. Jay convened several UNA Round Tables on International Food and Agriculture Assistance.

He paid particular attention to developing a younger and more diverse chapter leadership, a new generation of UN advocates. Professionally, Jay is senior editor, markets, at Sosland Publishing Company, where he has worked since 1982.

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