Is the United Nations Relevant?

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Saturday June 27 12:30 to 3:45 United Nations Creation Celebration
“Is the United Nations still relevant? Remembering the UN Charter and evaluating its future”
Truman Library 500 W US Hwy 24, Independence, MO 64050
Keynote: James H. Williams, PhD CFWC FRSA
Executive Director, National Churchill Museum and
Sandra L. and Monroe E. Trout Professor of Churchill Studies, Westminster College
In addition: Michael Eaton Executive Director of the National Model United Nations Conference and Council of Chapters and Regions of the UNA-USA 
Michael is staying in Overland Park with Brian and we will be going to Joe's Baroque in Olathe June 26th about 7:00 p.m. 

 Event Description: 
In June 1945, 50 countries signed a charter which pledged the pursuit of peace, tolerance, and the economic and social advancement of all peoples. Seventy years after its founding, though its numbers have grown to 193 and its missions have multiplied, the United Nations remains in search of these founding principles. Its history has not been without challenges, and there are many who would question the need for such an organization at a time when globalization, technology, and hybridized cultures have changed the global landscape. This program will examine the roots of the United Nations and trace its development to today while keeping in mind what role, if any, the UN ought to have in our collective future.
12:30-1:00 PM Registration and reception
1:00 PM Welcome
1:05 PM Keynote: Jim Williams provides historical overview of United Nations
1:30 PM Q&A
1:40 PM Break
1:50 PM Break outs (4 topic areas)
3:00 PM Reporting
3:45 PM Closing
Topic areas:
·         Access to Health Care & Nutrition (Maybe Anna Lambertson, medical schools, Pakistani physicians, Harvesters, KC Food Policy, Kansas Action for Children, Eat Local KC, Farmers groups)
·         Gender equality (UN Women + examples: Women’s Empowerment Network: UNA Women breakout)
·         Human settlement (Primary facilitator, refugees – JVS, Catholic Charities)
·         Education (Michael Eaton from UNA-USA and National Model UN; in partnership with PTPI)
In addition: Kirk Doan UN stamp collection that he is going to display along with additional Truman material. 
 James H. Williams, PhD CFWC FRSA
Executive Director,
National Churchill Museum
Sandra L. and Monroe E. Trout Professor of Churchill Studies, Westminster College
Fulton, Missouri
As a student at Westminster College thirty years ago, Jim Williams developed an interest in Harry S Truman and his relationship with Winston Churchill. First as a park ranger at Harry S Truman National Historic Site in Independence, Missouri, then as a history major writing a senior thesis, Williams explored the two statesmen from the vantage point of the site of Churchill’s “iron curtain” speech in 1946.
While he turned his attention in graduate school at the College of William and Mary and Vanderbilt University to colonial American history, Williams continued to pursue research on Truman and Churchill. He has conducted an oral history project at the Truman home for the National Park Service since 1990, interviewing about 100 people who knew the Trumans. He has also compiled the complete correspondence between Truman and Churchill, which has never been published in its entirety. Through this correspondence we see a relationship blossoming from virtual anonymity for Vice President Truman to a close friendship that developed during the train trip from Washington to Fulton for the “iron curtain” speech. He plans to publish this correspondence in the next few years, closing the gap in the published record of Churchill’s correspondence with allied leaders Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Stalin.
It was in Fulton on March 5, 1946, that Churchill—with Truman seated behind him—defined the “special relationship” that existed between the United States and the United Kingdom. Churchill had planted the seeds of that relationship during World War II with the Atlantic Charter and, after V-E Day, the creation of the United Nations in 1945. In Fulton he spoke of workmen of all nations uniting together to build a “temple of peace” in the postwar world. In many ways, the so-called “iron curtain” speech, which Churchill titled “The Sinews of Peace,” was the culmination of the first chapter of Churchill’s efforts to shape the postwar world with a United States of Europe closely bound with the United States of America.
Michael Eaton has served as full-time Executive Director of the National Collegiate Conference Association since 2004 and has helped expand National Model UN programming to include more than 6,000 college participants.  Prior to his current position, he was the Director of Enrollment Services and Marketing for the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (, an educational nonprofit offering social justice-based off-campus study programs.  He began his undergraduate studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and ultimately received his B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and his M.A. in Nonprofit Management and the scholar award from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.  Additional honors include being named a Truman Scholar.  Mr. Eaton has served as an adjunct faculty member at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, a Trustee of the Center for UN Reform Education and board member and past-President of the United Nations Association of Minnesota.  He is a current member of the Council of Chapters and Regions of UNA-USA and is pursuing a doctorate in international education at the University of Minnesota.  He resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.







Martin Okpareke is the Volunteer and Out Reach Manager at the Jewish Vocational Service (JVS), Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Okpareke, through his many positions at both Don Bosco and JVS, has assisted thousands of refugee and immigrants from over nine countries become self-sufficient through employment, relationship skills training and financial literacy training and matching them with American mentors.  Originally from Nigeria, he obtained political asylum status in the United States in 1997. He worked for Don Bosco as a refugee job placement specialist for four years and for the past fourteen years has been with JVS changing one life at a time and building strong relationship amongst immigrant communities and the local Kansas City community. He is actively involved in community organizing; serving on several boards and advisory councils like the Kansas City Police Department Office of Community Complaints (advisory), Synergy Services (board member), Reconciliation Services (board member), Kansas City Worker Justice (board member), Jackson County Mental Health Fund Cultural Competency Advisory Council and many other local community organizations. Mr. Okpareke holds a Public Administration degree from Park University.

Inspiring Change for Women

The International Women's Day event will be in the evening on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in downtown Kansas City.  International Women’s day is celebrated all over the world.  It is a day when we celebrate the many social, economic, and political achievements of women, while also focusing attention on the many areas that still need further action.The evening will include food, entertainment, and a speaker.  We will also have UNAWomen IWD 2015 (4)a raffle and silent auction sponsored by the Zonta International Club of Kansas City, MO II.  Proceeds will be split equally between MOCSA, the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, and "Voices Against Violence: Non-Formal Education Curriculum for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts on Ending Violence against Women and Girls" a program in partnership with Zonta International and UN Women. Advance tickets will be $20 for the general public and $5 for students. 
See this link for online payment


A. H. Monjurul KABIR, a legal expert and human rights lawyer, is the Programme Adviser and Head of Section, Asia and the Pacific at UN Women HQ in New York. Prior to this, he was the Practice Team Leader and Policy Adviser for Governance, Rule of Law, Human Rights, and Justice for UNDP Europe and Central Asia. Mr. Kabir served as the Democratic Governance and Knowledge Management Specialist with UNDP HQ in New York.  Previously, he served as the Legislative Adviser to the Afghan National Assembly and contributed to the establishment of the Afghan Parliament. He headed the Governance Portfolio for UNDP Bangladesh. In both these capacities in Afghanistan and Bangladesh, Mr. Kabir championed women’s political participation in Parliament and justice institutions.

Mr. Kabir's technical expertise includes, among others, Democracy and Governance, Development, Programming, and Policy Advocacy with specialization in Legislative Strengthening, Rule of Law and Constitutional Reforms, Human Rights, Gender Equality, and Social Inclusion, Security Sector Reform, Access to Justice, Legal and Women’s Empowerment, Public Accountability and Public Service/Sector Management. Mr. Kabir authored numerous research articles, blogs, and OP-ED pieces in international journals, newspapers and portals on a range of issues including, among others,  Political Science, Rule of Law and Post-2015 Development Agenda, Gender Equality, Aid Effectiveness, Parliamentary Oversight, Innovation and Leadership in Governance. 

Monjurul Kabir, a former British Chevening Scholar, holds a Masters in International Human Rights Law with University of Essex (distinction). Mr. Kabir, a law graduate, is currently a Ph.D (Politics and Parliamentary Studies) candidate with the University of Hull, UK. He can be contacted at monjurul.kabir@unwomen.og, and followed at

UNA-USA 2014 Annual Conference in Washington, DC


The UNA-USA Annual Conference was held June 7-10 in Washington, DC. Representatives from the 180 chapters nationally participated in forums, workshops, consultations, meetings and receptions. Executive Director of the UNA-USA Chris Whatley presented the Annual Report which reflected the growth of membership and programs. In the last 3 years, the membership has doubled to 18,000, with 9,000 GenUN (youth) members. Some of the workshops this year included "Securing resources for UNA Chapters", "Pursuing an International Career", "The Value of Partners and Members at Chapter Events", "Actionable Advocacy", "Beyond Model UN: Reaching and Teaching Students,"  and "Post- 2015 Development Agenda."   UNA Houston President and newly-elected National Steering Committee member, Hon. Teta Banks, was a presenter along with Mary-Frances Wain, the UNA-USA Deputy Executive Director, at the resource development session. Among the keynote speakers were  Hon. Samantha Power, US Ambassador to the UN (via video); Peter Yeo, VP for Public Policy at the UN Foundation; Will Davis, Director of UN Development Programme (UNDP);  and  Hon. Thomas Pickering, Former Ambassador to the UN, Russian Federation, Israel, Nigeria and Jordan. UNA members held pre-conference sessions on advocacy to prepare for the "Day on the Hill" which was on June 10. Members met with U.S. Congressional House and Senate representatives to discuss the critical issues advocated by the UN.  The Hon. Barbara Lee of the US Congress was presented an award at the Capitol Hill breakfast. The various meetings during the conference were held at the National Education Headquarters, the UN Foundation Headquarters, and the U.S. Capitol.   

UN Peacekeepers Round Table

Place: Community of Christ Temple, 201 S. River Blvd., Independence, MO 64050
Date and Time: Saturday, May 10. 1:30 to 2:30 reception, 2:30-4:00 program, and 4:15 wreath-laying at the UN Peace Plaza

Sponsors are: United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City, the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, The Community of Christ Church, and the Harry S. Truman Center for Governmental Affairs.
In cooperation with the International Student Division of the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College.
Featuring: International military officers with UN peacekeeping experience.
Thank you,

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