President's Message

Welcome Message from
Southern California Division President
Judith Harris

Welcome to the So. Cal UNA-USA website and to a new year with endless possibilities.  I am honored to serve as your Judithnew President and am looking forward to building on our successes and strengths, achieved by working together with the most capable leadership of our immediate past President, Mel Boynton.  Thank you Mel for your outstanding service these past 4 years.  Please visit this site often for updated resources and Chapter and Division events.  This is a very important year, as the Millennium Development Goals timeline is nearing conclusion.  Your So. Cal. Division culminated 2013 by hosting a Post-2015 meeting to discuss the successor plan to the Millennium Development Goals.  Our UNA-USA Executive Director, Chris Whatley came from Washington DC and spoke to the 120 people in attendance.  There is still an opportunity to participate in the formation of this agenda by going to, if you haven’t already voted for your priorities for the new development agenda.  Your opinion counts.
With great momentum we began 2014 by welcoming two more distinguished guests from Washington, DC, Mary-Frances Wain, Deputy Executive Director of UNA and Karen Mulhauser, Chair of the Council of Chapters and Regions – Steering Committee, who were our Keynote speakers.  Their presentations and the discussion that followed were outstanding, offering new insights and opportunities for participation and collaboration. 
While all media sources provide a continuing report of injustices and disasters worldwide, it is challenging to not be overwhelmed by a feeling of helplessness.  Participating in the UNA offers us a place to work with others and to make a difference.  While we hear about the challenges facing the UN, know that the UN provides food to 90 million people in 75 countries, keeps peace with 120,000 peacekeepers in 16 operations on 4 continents, and promotes maternal health, saving the lives of 30 million women a year.  And these are only a few of the many UN programs in operation all over the world every day.  Your participation in your own chapter is supporting the UN – so, think of the difference you are making. 

SoCal Division Meeting - May 3rd

On behalf of Division President Judith Harris, I’m pleased to invite you to the next SoCal Division Board Meeting (where all members and guests are welcome).

Time & Place: 11 AM to 3 PM on Saturday, May 3rd at Angelo’s and Vinci’s Restorante, Romeo and Juliet Room, 550 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92832, 
Cost: Tickets just $25. Hosted by the Orange County Chapter. 
Please RSVP with Joy Adams or 949-235-3603. Checks payable to SoCal UNA can be mailed ℅ Joy Adams, 26351 Marsala Way, Mission Viejo CA 92692
Our Program will feature speaker John Beynon, and segue to breakout groups and discussion on communication, chapter development, advocacy, and more (depending on attendees). Each chapter will update the group on your current events. 

Join your fellow SoCal members and friends on May 3rd.  See you there!


Recent Articles by David Tuckman, San Fernando Valley Co-Chair

Read both articles on the UNA-USA San Fernando Valley Chapter website:

"Should Ratify Disabilities Treaty Immediately" by David Tuckman

"Red Cross Fundamental Principles are embraced & Shared with the world: Red Cross joins United States/United Nations Consultative Session with delegation representing America." by David Tuckman


ANNUAL MEETING of the UNA-USA Southern California Division - Save the Date!

Women's City Club of Pasadena

Stephane Dujarric

Photos of the Annual meeting are posted on Facebook.
Many thanks to Leyth Ahmed Swidan who photographed the event.


Photo from the meeting:

from left Keynote Speaker - Mr. Stephané Dujarric, Director, News and Media Division, Department of Public Information, UNITED NATIONS; Mel Boynton, outgoing president; and Judith Harris, president-elect.





The ByLaws were revised at the Annual Meeting, November 9, 2013 and are posted on this website.

Election Results from Division Annual Meeting - Nov 9, 2013

















The 6th Annual West Coast Global Forum - Sept 25, 2013 - was a great success!

The 6th Annual West Coast Global Forum - Held at the California Endowment, LA - Sept 25, 2013
•••Photo Gallery of Event Now on View•••



Global Citizen Award Recipients

(From left to right)

Sylvia Whitlock, Mayor Bill Bogaard and Alden E Stoner on behalf of Participant Media

Article and Photography by RACHEL YOUNG

Click here to view article and photos of event


Download PDF of article


Recipients 2013 Global Forum



(From left to right)

UNA-USA Southern California Division President Mel Boynton, 2013 Global Citizen Award recipient Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, Congressman Adam Schiff, and UNA-USA Southern California Division Vice President and event chair Barry Simon.

Global Forum 2013
Global Forum 2012

The sold-out 6th Annual West Coast Global Forum was a great sucess. Many thanks to Barry Simon for his amazing hard work in creating this event. The 2013 Global Citizen Award recipients were:

The Honorable Bill Bogaard
Mayor of Pasadena

Sylvia Whitlock
Rotary International District Governor

Participant Media
Providing Entertainment that Inspires Social change

Keynote Speaker:
Peter Yeo, UN Foundation
Vice President for Public Policy
Executive Director, The Better World Campaign



Download Forum Program (PDF)


Chris Whatley announced as new UNA-USA Executive Director

Washington (PRWEB) August 13, 2013

Chris WhatleyThe United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA), a program of the United Nations Foundation, today announced that Chris Whatley will join the organization as Executive Director. In this role, he will lead UNA-USA's nationwide membership, educational, and human rights programs, at the heart of the movement of Americans who support the important work of the United Nations.

"Chris is joining us at a pivotal time in the history of UNA-USA and the UN Foundation, when the opportunities to actively support the UN are greater than ever," said UN Foundation President & CEO Kathy Calvin. "His years of experience in international affairs and dedication to powerful grassroots advocacy will help take UNA-USA to even higher levels of engagement and effectiveness in the years to come."

Whatley will lead UNA-USA’s national staff in Washington, D.C. and New York, and will head up the Association’s efforts to increase membership, advocate on behalf of the UN and UN causes, and educate the next generation of UN supporters in the U.S. through UNA-USA’s Global Classrooms Model UN program. He will also be responsible for the close coordination of UNA-USA with other programs, initiatives and activities of the United Nations Foundation and its sister organization, the Better World Campaign.

"As someone who has experienced the critical importance of UN peacekeeping and the work of the specialized agencies firsthand, I look forward to working with UNA-USA members and staff to continue the Association’s strong legacy and further build the UNA-USA network to help ensure a positive U.S.-UN relationship for the future," said Whatley.
Before joining UNA-USA, Whatley served as Deputy Executive Director and Washington Office Director of The Council of State Governments where he served as a voice for U.S. states in Washington, D.C. and oversaw the Council’s federal advocacy and international outreach. He began his career as a field-based program officer for the International Republican Institute running democracy assistance projects in Liberia, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Whatley holds a B.A. in Government from Angelo State University and an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

View Photo Gallery of the SoCal 2012 DivisionAnnual Meeting

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The 2012 UNA-USA Annual National Meeting - June 10-12 - Washington, D.C.

National Meeting 2011

Over thirty California UNA-USA leaders came to the national meeting.  Here we prepare to lobby the Hill. 

See SoCal Photos from the Event

Pictures from the meeting on flickr
Program book from the meeting


Dr. Margaret Soderberg and her committee organized another very successful
Global Health Initiative Conference in 2012!

Global Health ConferencePhotos from the conference

UN Achievements

Most people know that United Nations agencies have contributed to the eradication of smallpox, immunized 80% of the world's children against deadly diseases, provided food aid, coordinated emergency relief in the face of disasters. natural and otherwise, and helped to avert or end wars and maintain international peace and stability. But few are aware that the United Nations. . . more

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