United Nations Day 2018: Human Rights, Close to Home

United Nations Day 2018: Human Rights, Close to Home


On October 26th, the United Nations Association (UNA) Silicon Valley Chapter and Mid Peninsula Chapter in partnership with the Pacifica Institute held a celebration commemorating United Nations Day. The Theme of this night was Human Rights, Close to Home: Achieving the Global Goals … One Neighborhood at a Time. The event was very successfully attended having exceeded the RSVP count by 25 individuals! Needless to say, the event was a full house!


As per tradition, the UNA chapters select individuals, NGOs, organizations, and public entities that embody fulfilling the goals of thinking Global but acting Local on the UN Sustainable Development Goals otherwise known as Global Goals. This year, the Local UNA chapters selected three Awardees. This was the first time this chapter had selected Awardees. The awardees were the County of Santa Clara, The City of San Jose, and Helen Young, an individual who spent over 30 years dedicating her life towards achieving Women’s Rights, more importantly, working towards having cities sign up for Cities for CEDAW.


During the evening, there were two Keynote Speakers, Katrina Finch, the Senior Associate of Membership in the UNA, who spoke about the commemoration of 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document that was pioneered by Elenor Roosevelt, the wife of Former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, otherwise known as FDR. Our Second Speaker was Tyler Pullen, from the Stanford Sustainable Urban Systems Initiative, who spoke about how the global goals were being measured on a city to city level.


The evening closed with many questions about how to engage in activities that would work towards these goals and people inspired to want to “Think Globally but Act Locally.”


When : Friday, October 26, 2018 at 6:30PM

Where: Pacifica Institute Silicon Valley Branch, 1257 Tasman Dr. Unit B&C, Sunnyvale, CA 94089


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