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October 30, 2012 > United Nations Association launches Silicon Valley Chapter

United Nations Association launches Silicon Valley Chapter

Submitted By Joseph Catapano

The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) launched its newest Chapter on October 20, the Silicon Valley Chapter, during an event honoring the 67th Year of the United Nations. The event was a discussion on U.S.-UN relations, and was one of more than 170 events in 100 communities led by UNA-USA in cities around the country in celebration of UN Day.

"The launch of the Silicon Valley Chapter gives a strong voice to the UN in the area. Citizens care about the UN's effort to secure peace, promote human rights, build economic prosperity and advance global health," said Patrick Madden, executive director, UNA-USA. "The UN is a leader in addressing the world's urgent global conversations and crises, and the Silicon Valley Chapter will play an integral role in telling the UN's story in its community."

This year's national UN Day theme was "Solutions for a Prosperous World." Over the next two weeks, more than 170 events will take place across the country. Events will feature discussions, presentations, lectures, and festivals conveying the message of how the UN delivers support and relief to all corners of the globe.

In 1947, two years after ratifying the UN Charter, the UN General Assembly adopted a U.S.-sponsored resolution declaring October 24 United Nations Day. Since then, UN Day has been observed in countries large and small around the world. From that time forward, each U.S. president has issued an annual proclamation asking citizens to observe UN Day, and to reflect upon the importance of the UN to America's national interest.

The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire, and mobilize the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. For 70 years UNA-USA has worked to accomplish its mission through its national network of Chapters, youth engagement, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA is a program of the United Nations Foundation. UNA-USA and its sister organization the Better World Campaign represent the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world. Learn more about UNA-USA's programs and initiatives at www.unausa.org.

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