Raising alarm on Palestinian Israeli conflict
The United Nations Assocation in Canada (UNA-Canada) feels compelled to comment on the recent fighting between Israelis and Palestinians and the horrific devastation it has left in its wake. It is reliably reported to have left at least 243 people killed, including too many women and children. While there was destruction in Israel as well, the fighting has left thousands of Palestinians homeless, inflicted heavy infra-structure damages on an already challenged community, and is likely to leave a lasting psychological impact on children.
“If there is a hell on earth, it is the lives of children in Gaza”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said, expressing deep shock at the continued air and artillery bombardment by the Israeli Defence Forces in Gaza that had, at that point, already claimed the lives of more than 200 Palestinians, including 60 children,
and injured thousands more.
Thanks to our volunteers
Remerciements à nos bénévoles
As we come together to celebrate National Volunteer Week, I'd like to take this opportunity to send a warm and heart-felt shout-out of thanks to all of UNA-Canada's dedicated volunteers in our national office, at our Board level and in our regional Branches. Volunteers are the foundation and engine that drive our impactful work.
The fruits of your labour at the community level and across this great country, are reflected in the determination of Canadians from coast to coast to coast to overcome challenges, to lean on one another in
difficult times such as the one we are all
living in, and to enhance social cohesion
Long-serving President & CEO, Kate White, steps down
Kathryn White has announced that she is moving on after serving for seventeen years as President and CEO of the United Nations Association of Canada (UNA-Canada). She will remain as Vice President of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA), having served previously as the elected Chair of the WFUNA Board.
"Leading this Association has been a privilege. It has been enormously rewarding, both professionally and personally. I have had the pleasure to meet, build friendships and work with some of the leading thinkers, actors and committed global citizens across Canada and around the world..."
UNA-Canada's 2020 Global Citizen Laureate
UNA-Canada is pleased to announce Mark Carney, UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance, as its 2020 Global Citizen Laureate.
UNA-Canada will hold a virtual Global Citizens Award presentation with remarks from national Conversation with our 2020 laureate and financial industry leaders, in an exclusive webcast.
UNACTO UN75 Virtual Celebration
Join the UNA-Canada Toronto Branch for their UN Day digital event that will discuss Canada’s most challenging issues, from climate change to racial inequality to the COVID-19 pandemic, and solutions for building a more sustainable world.
Hear from Canadian leaders and diverse public stakeholders on Canada’s role in achieving the UN’s Global Goals and the importance of international cooperation.
In Solidarity with Indian Residential School Survivors
En solidarité avec les survivant.es des pensionnats autochtones
At this time of immense grieving and loss for indigenous communities across Turtle Island, we at the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) extend our sincerest condolences to Indian Residential School Survivors, their families and communities. The recent devastating news of the discovery of 215 bodies of children in unmarked graves on the grounds of a former residential school in Kamloops is heart-breaking. It has also rekindled Indigenous demands for justice and action.
“We had a knowing in our community that we were able to verify. To our knowledge, these missing children are undocumented deaths. Some were as young as three years old. We sought a way to confirm that knowing out of deepest respect and love for those lost children and their families, understanding that Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc is the final resting place of these children.” - The Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Chief, Rosanne Casimir, Thursday, May 27, 2021.
We remember – always.
Nous nous souviendrons - toujours.
Two years ago the United nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) lost four remarkable youth in the tragic crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302 bound for Nairobi, Kenya. A wonderful UNA-Canada staffer and three young delegates who had volunteered in their communities with Ocean Wise and with the Canadian Wildlife Federation were heading to Nairobi under our banner to represent Canada at sessions of the UN Environment Assembly.
On March 10th we will pause to remember and to honour UNA-Canada staffer and delegation head Stéphanie Lacroix, along with Micah Messent, Danielle Moore and Angela Rehhorn - all fine young Canadians, who shared the excitement and optimism of working to improve our world by making their lives serve as an inspiration to their peers.
The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin to Receive 2020 Pearson Peace Medal
UNA-Canada is pleased to announce the 2020 recipient of our Pearson Peace Medal, The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin. She is the 32nd recipient of this Medal, which honours a Canadian who has made an outstanding contribution, in a professional capacity or through volunteer work, to those causes for which Lester B. Pearson is remembered: aid to the developing world; mediation where conflicts arise; assistance to refugees and those in need; equal rights and justice for all; peaceful change through international law and multilateralism.
2021 Pearson Peace Medal
Ms. McLaughlin is the 32nd recipient of this Medal, which honours a Canadian who has made an outstanding contribution, in a professional capacity or through volunteer work, to those causes for which Lester B. Pearson is remembered: aid to the developing world; mediation where conflicts arise; assistance to refugees and those in need; equal rights and justice for all; peaceful change through international law and multilateralism.
For over a decade and a half, Beverley McLachlin, first as a Justice and later as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada (2000-2017), led with measured and collegial strength through a series of land-mark decisions. These decisions, under her leadership, have contributed to shape and elevate the recognition and respect of essential human rights in Canada. In this regard her Court played a central role in giving effect to our Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Closing Out the 75th Anniversary of the UN
So many of our celebrations in 2020 have been muted or just ignored as we grappled with the everyday mental, social and economic burdens of life in a global health pandemic.
As the year closes, an anniversary worth a last hurrah is the 75 years since the founding of the United Nations. The founding was a desperate and enlightened response, crafted in the closing days of the deadliest war in human history. Perhaps there is a lesson here for us as pundits attempt to paint a picture of our future. Together, peoples and countries can imagine and plan a path forward from calamity, knowing what we do not want to confront again.
UNA-Canada Announces the Winner of its Inaugural Youth Global Citizen Prize
United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) is proud to mark Human Rights Day with the announcement of the winner of its inaugural Youth Global Citizen Prize. UNA-Canada invited young Canadians between the ages of 18 and 30 to share their perspectives on what qualities, for them, makes a Global Citizen. UNA-Canada received an abundance of thoughtful, inspiring, and innovative submissions, in a spectrum of creative formats, for jury consideration.