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The Ambassador’s Luncheon .... 1


Government & Advocacy ........... 2
UNA-USA United Nations Association
UNA Events ................................ 3
Tampa Bay Chapter
Information ................................. 4
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“Working Together for Peace, Freedom and Justice” Volume XXXII, No. 4 April 2008

JOIN US FOR THE ANNUAL MODEL UN GLOBAL CLASSROOMS &


TICKETS FOR THE
THE AMBASSADOR LUNCHEON with
AMBASSADOR
LUNCHEON ARE H.E. AMBASSADOR DON LEIDEL
STILL AVAILABLE: DATE: WEDNESDAY APRIL 16th 2008 TIME: 11:00 AM-1:00PM
AT THE TAMPA CONVENTION CENTER (ROOMS: 20 & 21) 333 S. FRANKLIN ST. TAMPA, FL 33602
$30
TICKET COST: $30 TO RSVP PLEASE at rsvp@unatampabay.org or go to www.unatampa.org

Ambassador Leidel spent 41 years in government service with the Central Intelligence Agency, the
United States Air Force and the Department of State. The countries he served include Austria,
Germany, Argentina, Mexico and Bahrain. He served in Washington as executive director in the
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and European Affairs, deputy director of Management
Operations and Dean of the School of Professional Studies at the Foreign Service Institute
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Dear Members,
Our monthly programs are designed to educate both our membership and the public about the
work of the United Nations. The Tampa Bay Chapter also believes that educating our young children is vital
to the UNA-USA’s mission. The UNA-USA’s Global Classrooms Curriculum, in its 4th year in Hillsborough,
Pinellas and Pasco counties, is an excellent program for teaching our middle and high school students
about the world, through the work of the United Nations. On April 16th, 900 of these students will converge
The 2007 Ambassadors
on the Tampa Convention Center to simulate the United Nations. Our Ambassador’s luncheon on April 16th
luncheon had International
Dignitaries, various coincides with this event. It promises to be a wonderful occasion for our UNA-USA Chapter to have a lovely

Consulates and nearly 1000 lunch at the beautiful Tampa Convention Center, and connect with the students that directly benefit from
students in attendance at the Global Classroom curriculum. We are fortunate to have Ambassador Donald Leidel as our guest
the Tampa Convention speaker. I hope you will all attend. Many of our members visit or plan to visit the United Nations in New York.
Center. If you have recently visited or plan to visit the U.N., we would love for you to tell us about your
experience. The board also welcomes your input on how we can strengthen/improve our Chapter.
As always, I look forward to seeing you at our Chapter events.
- Kelly Miliziano, President
Tampa Bay Chapter

THE U.S. DUES, UNITED NATIONS SOME MORE THOUGHTS


LONG OVERDUE! DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM Jill Isaac, VP of Education
Bill McReynolds,
AND LITERACY
VP of Advocacy &
Government Affairs

The Tampa Bay Chapter


No matter what challenge we face —
Board encourages you to be There is cause for concern for the
HIV/Aids, conflict, poverty, environment, and
active in advocating for the Global Classrooms for 2009. As this program
governance— basic education invariably appears
United Nations at the level of takes place again this year, many students and
as a core element of any solution. Yet, the sad
parents are unaware that this may be the last
the U.S. government. truth is that global progress during the 1990s fell far
time this program will run in the United States.
Accordingly, we encourage short of the rate required to meet the goal of
UNA headquarters in New York recently
you to respond to the call for ‘Education for All’ by 2015.
announced “the Global Classrooms program
action that comes from UNA- Nearly 60 per cent of the estimated 113
has reached the end of the grant funding
USA: million children who do not attend primary school
cycle in the US after this year”.
worldwide are girls. On average, nearly one in
“The United States is
For thousands of students in Tampa
three children does not complete 5 years of
accumulating substantial new
Bay, words can’t express the disappointment.
primary education, the minimum required for
arrears to the United Nations, Some of our Tampa Bay students are from
acquiring basic literacy. They are likely to join the
a situation that threatens the homes that can’t provide the basic essentials,
nearly one billion adults who cannot read or write,
UN’s valuable work and sends which in some cases include a bus ticket to
the majority of whom are women.
the wrong message to the rest school. With this being the case, Global
At the United Nations Development
of the world about the value Classrooms is the only program that provides an
Programme, literacy is a fundamental human right;
we place on international perhaps the most human of all human rights
imaginary ticket to another country through
cooperation. because reading and writing are fundamental
simulations with other student from a variety of

As of February 1st, the United characteristics of being human. UNDP fully nations.

States owes $2.8 billion to the recognizes that illiteracy deepens poverty, widens It is Global Classrooms that students

inequality, and slows economic growth. look to for knowledge about a world that is not
United Nations, the leading
On the ground, UNDP works in 166 countries yet part of their own lived experience.
international forum for
to integrate basic education in national American students across the United States are
devising collaborative
development frameworks, poverty reduction made aware of the most important
solutions to the world’s shared
strategies and pro-poor policy reforms. Our global international issues, through Global Classrooms.
challenges.
network creates unique opportunities to share With a support system and curriculum
Congress now has before it a
knowledge and experience across countries in an already put in place, the only challenge at this
fiscal year 2008 supplemental
effort to develop capacity. In our capacity as UN point is funding. Politicians and leaders in a
budget request from the position of influence need to recognize
Coordinator, we lend support to specific initiatives,
President that provides an international education is an important and
such as the Secretary-General’s Initiative for Girls'
opportunity to begin paying Education, which is spearheaded by UNICEF. positive investment in our future - especially
off our growing UN debt. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) during these turbulent times globally.
Failure to pay our share of UN give the world a bold agenda for human
expenses sets the wrong development, through a set of time-bound and
example for others to follow. “I cannot teach anybody anything I
measurable targets to combat illiteracy, poverty,
Act now to help ensure the US can only make them think”.
hunger, disease, environmental degradation and
takes the lead in promoting -Socrates
gender discrimination. Literacy for all is critical to
international cooperation by winning the fight against hunger, disease and
meeting the fundamental ignorance.
responsibility of paying our UN Source: undp.org

dues.
UNA Events & Dates

MARK YOUR CALENDARS………

UNA-USA Council of
Chapters and Divisions
(CCD) Annual Meeting
2008
Washington, DC
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: DR. WILBUR MILHOUS
June 8-10
Associate Dean for Research at the USF College of Public Health For registration &
Registration Fee: Full 2 Day Registration $70 more info. go to:
Saturday Lunch & Keynote Speaker - $25 www.unausa.org
Convention Location: Eckerd College 4200 54th Ave South St. Petersburg, Fl 33711
th
Full Registration: May 9 Wine and Cheese Reception, Saturday morning continental breakfast, break
for refreshments and a Caribbean buffet lunch (Fish, chicken and vegetarian offerings).

For Hotel Info. Make Room Reservations Direct with: Eckerd College Continuing Education Center THE HONORABLE
4200 54th Ave South St. Petersburg, Fl 33711 MAYOR
Attn: Ms. Joan Karins, Operations Manager Phone: 727-865-7000 Fax 727-864-7766
Rate/Night - $65 plus 12% tax (single or double occupancy) PAM IORIO
Deadline - April 25, 2008 WILL BE SPEAKING
MON. JUNE 23rd 2008
WE ARE TAKING RESUMES FOR
AT 6:00PM
THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS:
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF
VICE-PRESIDENT OF MEMBERSHIP- TAMPA’S FLETCHER
maintains the membership database
HALL
& is the liaison with UN headquarters
of chapter member numbers and ADDRESSING
applicants. INTERNATIONAL
SERVICE DAY
TREASURER –handles all financial
matters for the chapter.

If the above positions are of interest


and you can provide your skills on a
volunteer basis, please contact
Roslyn Linnen at tel. no. 727-942-7915
For more information go to
www.unatampabay.org
Tampa Bay Chapter
THE UNA TAMPA BAY CHAPTER WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS
DIRECTORS
The following members have recently joined our chapter:
Kelly Miliziano -President Ms. Mariam Ahmedani, Miss Nayana Boutsomsy, Ms. Diana M. Durango, Mr. Nicholas A. Durango,
Dr. William McReynolds-1st VP Ms. Jennifer Thayer. Renewed: Ms. Susan James & Mr. Jorge Nef, Mrs. Jean S. Johnson
VP Gov’t. & Advocacy Dr. Harvey Nelson, Joanne Shrewsbury
Rajeev Ratra –VP Technology
Jill Isaac - VP Education (interm) The Tampa Bay chapter is ranked one of the top three chapters in terms of membership in the U.S. Our
Kimberley Williams-VP Programs programs such as Global Classrooms, the prestigious Ambassadors Luncheon and our monthly UN
VACANT -VP Membership Speakers Series has made our chapter one of the most outstanding chapters in the country.
Suja Chetty-Treasurer
Kelly Reynolds-Secretary Membership Application/ Renewal
Name: ___________________________________
Dr. Mark Amen Address:________________________________ City:_________________ State:__________ Zip:__________
Susan James Telephone: _________________ Email: _______________________

Dr. Tim Kennedy Annual Membership (select one)


Maja Lacevic-University Rep. Introductory Individual ___ $ 25 Student ___ $ 10 Patron ___ $500
Individual Renewal ___ $ 35 Organization ___ $ 40
Ryan Nevel – YPIC Chair Family ___ $ 40 Sponsor ___ $ 100
Paul Yingst-Former President
Yes! I want to make a donation of $________ to help the work of UNA-USA.
All dues and donations are tax deductible. Please make checks payable to: UNA-USA and send to:
UNA-USA, 801 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017-4706.

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