The Field Practice of Medicine

The Experience of a “Doctors Without Borders” Volunteer
by Dr. Marc Levin, MD
Monday, November 9th — 12 Noon to 1pm
at the Samis Family Education Center in OKC

Dr. Levin’s talk will take place in the Rainbolt Auditorium of the Samis Family Education Center, 1200 Children’s Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73104. The talk is being presented in cooperation with OU Physicians.

There is no cost to attend, but please sign up in advance. There are two ways to RSVP:

(1) Register online using Eventbrite …

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-experience-of-a-doctors-without-borders-volunteer-tickets-19307297647

or (2) Call Jacklyn, (405) 250-6263.

Marc Levin, MD, a family physician, has completed three field assignments with Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

On his first assignment with MSF in Dogdoré, Chad, Dr. Levin was the only doctor for 30,000 people in a conflict zone. Working seven miles from the Darfur border, Levin delivered basic health care to internally displaced people who had fled from violence near their homes.

Following that assignment, Dr. Levin participated in a large-scale response to malnutrition in Maradi, Niger, in 2008. While in Niger he worked in a referring center and intensive care unit for severely malnourished children younger than five. His work involved treating malnutrition and secondary diagnoses such as malaria and respiratory infections, rehydrating patients, and starting them on nutrient-rich therapeutic foods that enabled over 90 percent of them to return home within weeks.

His third mission, ending in June 2011, was a six-month placement in Batangafo, in the Central African Republic, where he was the medical director of a seven-site project which provided health services to populations affected by conflict, neglected diseases, and recurrent epidemics.

While not on assignment with MSF, Dr. Levin works as Coordinator of Obstetrics, Maternity Care and Community Health for the Beth Israel Residency in Urban Family Medicine in New York City, where he teaches and supervises residents and medical students, leads inpatient rounds, delivers babies, and gives lectures. He holds a faculty position with the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Social Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. He received his bachelor’s degree in History from Brandeis University and received his MD from SUNY-Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. He completed his residency training at the Ramsey Family and Community Medicine Residency Program in St. Paul, Minnesota.

About the Samis Education Center. The center is located adjacent to Children’s Hospital (NE 13th & Phillips, basically). The auditorium is beautifully designed for large meetings, educational sessions and other events. It features both conference-style and theatre-style seating as well as state-of-the-art video and communications technology. The auditorium will easily accommodate the crowd we are expecting. It will seat 278 people comfortably — with 74 seats at the front in a tabletop, conference-style setting. There is additional theatre-style seating at back.

Why RSVP? Parking is an issue at Samis because of patient traffic. Attendees who RSVP in advance will receive additional instructions about getting to Samis, including the best parking options. Please be sure to give yourself plenty of time to arrive.

RSVP now, online …
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-experience-of-a-doctors-without-borders-volunteer-tickets-19307297647

A Message from UNA-OKC President Priya Desai

“As a part of our chapter’s commitment to assisting with the realization of the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development, UNA-OKC is delighted to sponsor Dr. Levin in an effort to share his vast knowledge and unique field experiences with those now entering the health sciences professions. As a Doctors Without Borders’ physician, Dr. Levin provided care to primarily children in the most dire circumstances.

“For the first time in history, recent data indicates that we are gaining in our quest to end the world’s worst aspects of global hunger, poverty, and disease. Much of the credit for these achievements goes to groups like Doctors Without Borders, working in concert with the many entities of the United Nations, being supported by local UNA chapters such as ours.”

–Priya Desai
United Nations Association of the USA
Oklahoma City Chapter
www.una-okc.org

An Encore Presentation

Dr. Levin will deliver a second presentation about his experiences in Doctors Without Borders at the University of Central Oklahoma on Monday, November 9th, at 4pm. For more information about the program at UCO’s International House, please see our blog entry, “Doctors Without Borders.”

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Doctors Without Borders

You’re Invited to Hear Dr. Marc Levin Speak
About His Work with Doctors Without Borders
on Monday, November 9th, at UCO in Edmond

Your OKC Chapter of the United Nations Association is proud to announce an appearance by Marc Levin, MD, a family physician, who has completed three field assignments with Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). While not on assignment with MSF, Dr. Levin works as Coordinator of Obstetrics, Maternity Care and Community Health for the Beth Israel Residency in Urban Family Medicine in New York City.

Dr. Marc Levin

Dr. Levin will present a talk about his field experience as it relates to the Global Goals that were recently adopted by the United Nations. He is also expected to address the refugee crisis that presently confronts our global community. The talk is being co-sponsored by the Model UN program at the University of Central Oklahoma, and it will be generously hosted by the International House at UCO.

Date: Monday, November 9, 2015
Time: 4 – 6pm
Location: The UCO International House, 912 Chowning Avenue, Edmond, Oklahoma

*There is limited parking at the International House. Additional parking is available across the street at the football stadium.
For more information about the International House, please see their website, http://www.uco.edu/student-affairs/international-house/index.asp.

The International House at UCO

This event is FREE and open to the public. At 4pm, there will be a “meet & greet” with Dr. Levin. Light refreshments will be provided. Then, at 5pm, his formal presentation will begin. The title of Dr. Levin’s talk is “Compassion Knows No Boundaries.”

Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization working in dozens of countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe. The organization received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999 “…in recognition of the organization’s pioneering humanitarian work on several continents.”

The Nobel Prize Committee describes MSF in this way:

“Médecins Sans Frontières is an independent, neutral and impartial emergency aid organization that was founded in France in 1971. It demands full and unimpeded freedom to carry out its work in accordance with medical ethics and the rights of human beings to humanitarian aid. The organization is a frequent critic of violence and violations of human rights in areas of conflict where it has stationed doctors and aid workers.” 

In accepting the Nobel Prize, James Orbinski, president of the MSF International Council, commented:

“Our volunteers and staff live and work among people whose dignity is violated every day. These volunteers choose freely to use their liberty to make the world a more bearable place. Despite grand debates on world order, the act of humanitarianism comes down to one thing: individual human beings reaching out to their counterparts who find themselves in the most difficult circumstances. One bandage at a time, one suture at a time, one vaccination at a time. And, uniquely for Médecins Sans Frontières, working in around 80 countries, over 20 of which are in conflict, telling the world what they have seen. All this in the hope that the cycles of violence and destruction will not continue endlessly.”

Christopher Stokes, general director of MSF, inspects
the hospital in Afghanistan that was destroyed by U.S.
bombs earlier this month. 

Earlier this month, an MSF hospital was bombed by American airplanes in Kunduz, Afghanistan. President Obama apologized for the attack, and the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan said it was a mistake. Christopher Stokes, the general director of MSF, says the bombing should be investigated as a possible war crime.

For more information about MSF, please visit www.doctorswithoutborders.org.

We are so grateful for the members of our UNA-OKC chapter who make it possible for us to bring Dr. Levin to Oklahoma in cooperation with our friends at the University of Central Oklahoma.

The United Nations Association is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization that supports the work of the United Nations and encourages active civic participation in the most important social and economic issues facing the world today. As a local chapter of the nation’s largest grassroots foreign policy organization, your UN Association of Greater OKC offers Oklahomans the opportunity to connect with issues confronted by the UN — from global health and human rights to the spread of democracy, equitable development, and international justice.


Are You a Member Yet?

www.unausa.org/membership

The Silent Auction

Got Your Ticket for “UN70” on Saturday?
Bring Your Checkbook and/or Extra Cash …
We’re Having a Silent Auction! 

When you arrive at the CHK | Central Boathouse on Saturday, please be sure to take a look at our Silent Auction items. You can start browsing as early as 11:30am.

There will be a variety of items — including the attractive novelty hat shown above. Perfect for Halloween! Frighten your co-workers! 

Other auction items have been contributed by our friends at:

.. The Oklahoma City Dodgers
.. Arbonne (Thank you, Mina Ryan Morgan!)
.. The MakeUp Bar
.. Saturn Grill
.. Taj Cuisine of India

and More! 

Our luncheon will be served buffet style — with Salad, Chicken Parmesan and Rice Pilaf, Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna, Garlic Bread, and Orange Blossom Cake. We think you will enjoy it!

We’re also having some spectacular cultural entertainment, arranged by our friends at the World Experiences Foundation.

We can’t thank you enough for choosing to be part of our UN70 Celebration.

See you on Saturday! 

Our Venue on Saturday

Our UN70 Celebration will be Held
at the CHK | Central Boathouse
on the Oklahoma River. 

It’s a new location in Oklahoma City, and it’s easy to find. It’s in the Boathouse District on the Oklahoma River, right next to the Devon Boathouse. The address is:

732 RIVERSPORT Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK 73129

The Boathouse District.

The CHK | Central Boathouse serves as the home of UCO Women’s Rowing Team. It was constructed with generous gifts from Chesapeake Energy company, MidFirst Bank, and other donors. It opened its doors to the public in April of this year.

The CHK | Central venue shouldn’t be confused with the Chesapeake Boathouse which is located close-by, just west of the Lincoln Avenue bridge.

Our venue is on Riversport Drive, which lies east of Lincoln. The following map gives you a sense of where the Boathouse District is located.

You can reach Lincoln Avenue from either Reno (to the north) or Southeast 15th Street (to the south).

The CHK | Central Boathouse isn’t just for boating. The building features the Martha Burger Art Gallery, the C. Hubert Gragg Shell Gallery, and the MidFirst Bank Performance Hall. It also includes space for office areas, reception areas, concessions, a green room, a conference space, and an indoor rowing space.

The multi-functional nature of the building establishes it as a unique presence “where art meets the river.” (That’s from the website of the CHK | Central Boathouse … http://boathousedistrict.org/boathouse-district-about/chkcentral-boathouse/)

We think you will enjoy the architecture and athleticism of the entire Boathouse District.

Our program will begin promptly at 12 Noon on Saturday, October 24th. You can begin checking in as early as 11:30am.

A Note about Navigation

We love Google Maps. We love the convenience of onboard GPS systems. But, here’s something we have learned from experience. You can’t always rely on Google Maps to be accurate — particularly when you’re looking for an address that wasn’t in existence 12 months ago.

We noticed that EventBrite (our automated online ticket agent) sent out a map that was just plain wrong. If you bought your ticket online, don’t try to follow the map on the message you got from Eventbrite. You will be disappointed in the results.

Rather, refer to the map above. It is guaranteed to be correct!

In case of directional challenges, you can call the Boathouse District office for guidance: 405-552-4040.

The Power of Common Vision

UCO President Don Betz has called the construction of the CHK|Central Boathouse the next step in a fulfillment of a dream and a demonstration of the power of common vision, collaboration and generosity. Hmmm … Those sound like UN values, don’t they?

“The grand opening of the CHK | Central Boathouse will be a very special day for Central and the metro community,” said UCO President Don Betz when the boathouse opened last April. “UCO is proud and excited to be part of the growing story of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area and we look forward to celebrating the years of work and collaboration that have gone into making the dream of Central’s boathouse a reality.”

The Ticket Window is Closing

In the Next Several Hours, the Limit on Ticket Sales
for “UN70” will be Reached … The Ticket Window
will be Closed … Have You Reserved Your Seat? 

Online Ticket Sales for “UN70” Have Now Closed. 

If you are planning to come to the UN70 Celebration on Saturday at the CHK | Central Boathouse, please make sure to buy your ticket(s) before the ticket window closes. The hours are ticking down. We can’t guarantee that seats will be available after today.

For a short time, a limited numbers of ticket remain at three price levels:

Regular Tickets … $35
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/un70-luncheon-in-okc-tickets-18698591992

Friends of Priya … $25
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/un70-with-priya-desai-tickets-19132160808

Friends of Michelle … $25
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/un70-with-michelle-rodriguez-tickets-19136048436

Student Tickets … $10 (what a bargain!)
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/student-ticket-for-un70-tickets-18707475563

Regardless of the price level you choose, you will enjoy our UN70 event. It will include a nice luncheon, with good food (including a vegetarian option). You’ll be surrounded by nice, friendly people who support the values of the United Nations just like you do. Plus, you’ll hear an inspiring message from Mr. Mike Beard of the UN Foundation and the Better World Campaign. We’ll be helping to launch the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

Model UN promotes problem solving, critical thinking,
teamwork and communication skills.

Proceeds from our UN70 event will help to support your OKC Chapter of the UN Association. Our programs and activities are designed to benefit our community right here in Oklahoma. For example, our chapter supports local Model UN simulations, which serve to promote global education, team building, and critical thinking skills. We bring thoughtful panel discussions and special speakers to our community. (Next month, we’re bringing a speaker from Doctors Without Borders — more details on that soon!). Our programs help our community to celebrate peace, human rights, global health, and more.

We inform, inspire, and mobilize the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. (See more at: http://www.unausa.org/about-us)

We hope you can join us on Saturday for UN70. If not, then please plan to attend one of our other events during the year — Human Rights Day, Nelson Mandela Day, etc.

Don’t want to miss out on an upcoming event? Join our email list, managed by Constant Contact.

Thanks! 

Want to Support Your Local United Nations Association, But Can’t Attend our UN Day Luncheon on Saturday? 

If you support the goals of the UN Charter, please consider making a donation to your OKC Chapter of the United Nations Association.

Find out how at our blog post, “Support Your Local Chapter.”

Better yet, please consider becoming a member of the United Nations Association. When you join, a portion of your membership dues support your local OKC chapter. Find out more about the benefits of membership here ….

http://unausa.org/membership

Thank you!

Friends of Michelle Rodriguez

Get Your Advance Ticket for “UN70” at a Special Price
Help to Launch the Global Goals for Sustainable Development
Enjoy a Grand Event on Saturday, October 24th — 12 Noon

Online Ticket Sales for “UN70” Have Now Closed. 

Do you know Michelle Rodriguez, the vice president of programs for your OKC chapter of the United Nations Association?

Michelle speaking at our
annual Nelson Mandela Day
celebration in OKC

Sure, you do. Maybe you saw her at the Nelson Mandela Day celebration at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. Maybe you participated in the International Literacy Day fundraiser last month (which Michelle organized with help from her friends!). Michelle is the advocacy director for our chapter as well as serving as our VP of programs. She knows how to get the job done!

Michelle is looking for a good crowd to enjoy our UN70 Luncheon on Saturday, October 24th. So, in her honor, we’re offering a limited number of specially priced tickets — $25 — that’s $10 off the regular price. But, it’s only for the lucky people who purchase their tickets through this special online ticket portal …

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/un70-with-michelle-rodriguez-tickets-19136048436

… managed by EventBrite.

At our UN70 celebration, you’ll have the chance to share a table with some of the best folks in all of Oklahoma. They’re your kind of people — bright, friendly, and committed to the values of the United Nations. You’ll enjoy good food. You’ll hear an inspiring message from Mr. Mike Beard of the UN Foundation and the Better World Campaign. It’s an event you will not want to miss.

We hope to see you at the CHK | Central Boathouse.

It all takes place at the CHK | Central Boathouse on the Oklahoma River. It’s the home of the University of Central Oklahoma’s women’s rowing team!

People around the world are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. Plus, we’re joining with folks around the world in helping to launch the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The global goals will serve as the world’s to-do list from 2016-2030. They form the world’s shared agenda to end poverty, promote peace and opportunity for all, and protect the planet.

Tickets for UN70 will not be sold at the door. Get yours today. Choose the “Friend of Michelle” option …

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/un70-with-michelle-rodriguez-tickets-19136048436

… and join us on Saturday, October 24th, for an inspring event.

Shakira speaks up for children at the UN

Watch this short ( < 3 mins ) video from UNICEF. It features international pop star (and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador) Shakira speaking as an advocate for children.

“This is not about charity. It’s about human investment,” said Shakira to a room full of early childhood development advocates at the UN General Assembly.

Watch on YouTube … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Z4eFWhoRpQ 

Friends of Priya Desai

Get Your Advance Ticket for “UN70” at a Special Price;
Help to Launch the Global Goals for Sustainable Development;
Enjoy a Grand Event on Saturday, October 24th — 12 Noon

Online Ticket Sales for “UN70” Have Now Closed. 

Do you know Priya Desai, the president of our OKC chapter of the United Nations Association? Sure, you do. Maybe you were at a previous UN Association activity where Priya delivered the welcoming remarks. Maybe you were at the “Support Diplomacy” rally at the State Capitol where she inspired the crowd. Priya is the face of UNA-OKC. She is the sparkplug who ignites our UN Association in Oklahoma City.

Priya represented our chapter at the Earth Walk in
September, 2014. Holding up the other end of our banner
was Jean Farquhar Hubinger. 

Priya is looking for a good crowd to enjoy our UN70 Luncheon on Saturday, October 24th. So, in Priya’s honor, we’re offering a limited number of specially priced tickets — $25 — that’s $10 off the regular ticket price. But, it’s only for the lucky people who purchase their tickets through this special online ticket portal …

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/un70-with-priya-desai-tickets-19132160808

… managed by EventBrite.

At our UN70 celebration, you’ll have the chance to share a table with some of the best folks in all of Oklahoma. They’re your kind of people — bright, friendly, and committed to the values of the United Nations. You’ll enjoy good food. You’ll hear an inspiring message from Mr. Mike Beard of the UN Foundation and the Better World Campaign. And, that’s not all. We’re also paying honor to our special guest, Dr. Don Betz — president of the University of Central Oklahoma. It’s an event you will not want to miss.

The CHK | Central Boathouse on the Oklahoma River

It all takes place at the CHK | Central Boathouse on the Oklahoma River. It’s the home of the University of Central Oklahoma’s women’s rowing team!

People around the world are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. Plus, we’re joining with folks around the world in helping to launch the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The global goals will serve as the world’s to-do list from 2016-2030. They form the world’s shared agenda to end poverty, promote peace and opportunity for all, and protect the planet.

Tickets for UN70 will not be sold at the door. These specially-priced tickets are available only online. Get yours today. Choose the “Friends of Priya” option …

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/un70-with-priya-desai-tickets-19132160808

… and join us on Saturday, October 24th, for an inspiring event.

The Time to Act is Now

Watch this short ( < 2 mins ) video on the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development. 

15 years ago, the United Nations set out 8 Millennium Development Goals to tackle extreme poverty and improve people’s lives around the world. Today, 700 million people have been lifted from extreme poverty and 9 in 10 children are able to go to primary school in developing regions. We have come a long way, but there is still more to be done. Building on the momentum generated by these goals, we are ready to adopt the new Sustainable Development Agenda. The time to act is now.

“Transitioning from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals”
View at … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4FAiI2mdaI

The World is Abuzz

The world is talking about the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
Do you have your ticket for our UN70 Celebration in OKC on October 24th?
Help us to launch the Global Goals! 

Online Ticket Sales for “UN70” Have Now Closed. 

In newspapers, on the internet, and over the airwaves, people are talking about the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

And why shouldn’t they be? The Global Goals are a new, universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN member states will use to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years.

The 17 Global Goals aim to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years. End extreme poverty. Fight inequality & injustice. Fix climate change.

Through the Global Goals, we intend to transform the world by the year 2030.

We are not alone.

Here’s a short list of people who have spoken up for the Global Goals:

Pope Francis, Serena Williams, 193 world leaders, Matt Damon, Malala Yousafzai, Stephen Hawking, Melinda Gates, Robert Redford, Beyonce … the list goes on.

In Oklahoma City, we will help to launch the Global Goals at our UN70 Celebration on Saturday, October 24th. Do you have your ticket yet?

UCO President Don Betz is talking
about the Global Goals.

Buy Your Ticket Now

Our UN70 luncheon is for members and friends of the United Nations Association. Everyone is invited! Our special guest speaker will be Mr. Mike Beard of the UN Foundation and the Better World Campaign. Our special guest of honor will be Dr. Don Betz, President of the University of Central Oklahoma.

Our celebration will take place at the CHK | Central Boathouse on the Oklahoma River. It’s the home of the University of Central Oklahoma’s women’s rowing team.

Here are 3 reasons why you should join us on October 24th: 

Pope Francis is talking
about the Global Goals. 

(1) Join the global conversation about the Global Goals. You will be better prepared to chat with the Pope the next time he drops in for a visit.

(2) Enjoy good food and excellent company. You won’t find a better group of folks in all of Oklahoma. They’re your kind of people — bright, friendly, and committed to the values of the United Nations Charter.

(3) You’ll help to sustain the educational and advocacy missions of your OKC chapter of the United Nations Association. Proceeds from the luncheon will go toward our efforts to support special speaking appearances, panel discussions, Model UN simulations, etc. We inform, inspire, and mobilize our neighbors to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations.

Buy Your Ticket Now

Shakira is talking about the Global Goals.

If our efforts to transform the world are going to be successful, it is essential that everyone learns about the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

As Professor Stephen Hawking says, “The more people who know about them, the more likely our leaders are to stick to them…. People cannot fight for their rights if they do not know what they are.”

Shakira — our favorite Colombian singer and UN goodwill ambassador — says this:

“It is up to us to be the first society to eradicate poverty and bring justice and equality to the most disenfranchised people on earth. Our children have the right to equal opportunities; to thrive, to be happy, healthy, and safe.”

We agree completely.

We hope you will join us on Saturday, October 24th, at the CHK | Central Boathouse on the Oklahoma River.

You’ll need to purchase your tickets in advance .. Buy Tickets Now. 

Regular Tickets, $35 … 
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/un70-luncheon-in-okc-tickets-18698591992

Student Tickets, $10 (what a bargain!) …
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/student-ticket-for-un70-tickets-18707475563

Here’s What People are Saying about the Global Goals

“At its essence, sustainability means ensuring prosperity and environmental protection without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. A sustainable world is one where people can escape poverty and enjoy decent work without harming the earth’s essential ecosystems and resources; where people can stay healthy and get the food and water they need; where everyone can access clean energy that doesn’t contribute to climate change; where women and girls are afforded equal rights and equal opportunities.”
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

“The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the World Summit, which opens today, is an important sign of hope….
“Our world demands of all government leaders a will which is effective, practical and constant, concrete steps and immediate measures for preserving and improving the natural environment and thus putting an end as quickly as possible to the phenomenon of social and economic exclusion, with its baneful consequences….”
Pope Francis
Speech to the United Nations, 9/25/2015

“Today we are 193 young people representing billions more. Each lantern we hold represents the hope we have for our future because of the commitment you have made to the Global Goals….
“Education is not a privilege, education is a right. Education is peace….
“The world needs a change; it cannot change itself. It’s me, it’s you, it’s all of us, who have to bring that change.”
Malala Yousafzai
Speaking to the United Nations, 9/25/2015

“2015 is a year world leaders sign up to the global goals. They are an ambitious list to eradicate poverty, save the environment, and make the world a fairer place for everyone — where every woman and every man has a chance to live a healthy, secure life full of opportunity and love. 
“The more people who know about them, the more likely our leaders are to stick to them. So this is our attempt to let every person in the world know what is at stake. People cannot fight for their rights if they do not know what they are.”

Professor Stephen Hawking
“Global Citizen” video

“We the People” For the Global Goals

See a 3-minute video featuring Ashton Kutcher, Cate Blanchett, UN Messenger of Peace Charlize Theron, Colin Firth, Daniel Craig, Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Kate Winslet, Kid President, UNDP Champion Michelle Yeoh, Malala Yousafzai, Matt Damon, Meryl Streep, Natalia Vodianova, One Direction, Pink, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, and Many More.

How many of these global figures do you recognize?

See the video on YouTube, here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpqVmvMCmp0

Support Your Local Chapter

If you support the goals of the UN Charter, please consider making a donation to your OKC Chapter of the United Nations Association.

Thanks to the amazing generosity of our members and friends, your Oklahoma City chapter of the United Nations Association is able to support the goals expressed in the UN Charter:

• To practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours, and 

• To unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and 

• To ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and 

• To employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples….  

For more than 40 years, your OKC chapter of the UN Association has contributed to the strength and vitality of our community by supporting educational programs — speakers, panel discussions, Model UN simulations, etc. We produce an annual celebration of Nelson Mandela Day. We co-sponsor our state’s annual Human Rights award program. We advocate for American leadership in the United Nations.

If you support the goals of the UN Charter, please consider making a donation to your OKC Chapter.

It is easy to make a contribution through PayPal. Here’s the button …


We are an integral part of the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA), a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire, and mobilize the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. We are a recognized non-profit organization.

All funds contributed through the “Donate” link, above, will go directly to your OKC chapter of the UN Association

Thank you for your support!

Are You a Member Yet?

The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) wants all Americans to understand the vital work of the United Nations. Membership to UNA-USA is your connection to the UN. As a member, you receive exclusive web content, invitations to events at the United Nations, and the U.S. Department of State, and special programming through our OKC chapter.

When you join the UN Association, you can sign up for one of our Affinity Networks:

•  UNA Women
•  UNA Young Professionals
•  GenUN (Students)
•  Council of Organizations
•  UNA Veterans

Joining is easy .. Find more information at our Membership page. Thank you!

Our Special Guest Speaker

Mike Beard is the Advocacy Director
for the United Nations Foundation —
including grassroots advocacy, coalition
building, and legislative outreach

He will speak at our UN70 Celebration on Saturday, October 24th.
Do you have your ticket?

Online Ticket Sales for “UN70” Have Now Closed. 

We are pleased to announce that the special guest speaker at our United Nations Day Luncheon (UN70) on October 24th will be Mr. Mike Beard of the United Nations Foundation and the Better World Campaign.

The United Nations Foundation (UNF) was launched in 1998 with a $1 billion gift from Ted Turner to support the humanitarian causes of the United Nations. The Foundation’s main issue areas are child health, climate change & energy, sustainable development, technology, women, girls, and population, and supporting the United Nations.

The Better World Campaign (BWC) is a nonpartisan organization that works to strengthen the relationship between the United States and the United Nations through outreach, communications, and advocacy. The Campaign encourages American leadership to enhance the UN’s ability to carry out its invaluable international work on behalf of peace, progress, freedom, and justice.

In his role as Executive Director of UNF Advocacy and Global Health Director for the Better World Campaign, Mike Beard directs UNF’s overall advocacy portfolio as well as BWC’s global health initiatives, which includes grassroots advocacy, coalition building and legislative outreach.

Beard joined the Better World Campaign in 2009 after a successful career on Capitol Hill working as a legislative aide and congressional committee staffer.

“I am proud to be joining the Better World Campaign in its mission to promote a more robust relationship between the U.S. and the United Nations, particularly at a time when a growing number of the world’s greatest challenges require international cooperation to resolve,” Beard said.

Mike is a frequent speaker before audiences of the United Nations Association. In 2013, he was invited to address the UNA-USA national meeting in a discussion of the UN’s post-2015 development goals.
(See a video on YouTube, here … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQfP31E-CXA)

He also enjoys meeting with local chapters of the UN Association. His recent travels include talks in Utah, North Carolina, and at the University of Maryland.

Mr. Beard holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, San Diego. He began his career in Washington as an intern in the office of Congressman Bob Filner.

We’re honored that Mike has elected to be with us in Oklahoma City for our 70th anniversary celebration of the United Nations. Our program will focus on the UN’s new Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

Do you have your ticket yet?

Regular tickets ($35 each) are on sale now via Event Brite …
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/un70-luncheon-in-okc-tickets-18698591992

If you’re a high school or college student, you can purchase a reduced price ticket ($10) here …
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/student-ticket-for-un70-tickets-18707475563

Tickets are limited in number, and they are moving fast. Get yours today!

We hope you can join us on Saturday, October 24th, at the CHK | Central Boathouse on the Oklahoma River!

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