Join UNA-Tampa Bay April 30 at Take Back The Night!

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Join UNA-Tampa Bay at Take Back The Night on April 30th at 6:00 PM at North Straub park in St. Petersburg. Take Back The Night is an annual event held around the country for survivors of sexual or domestic violence.

UNA-Tampa Bay will be providing information on our CEDAW initiative which is pursuing gender equality initiatives in the greater Tampa Bay area.

Learn more about our CEDAW initiative.

Download a Take Back The Night flyer (PDF).

This event is coordinated by the Sexual Violence Task Force of Tampa Bay, a coalition of organizations and agencies that serve survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Learn more at

If you or someone you know has been assaulted, help is available. Information on your local crisis center is available at:



David Hawk Talk on Documenting Human Rights Violations

Join UNA-Tampa Bay for a talk by David Hawk on documenting human rights violations.The event will be held on Tuesday March 29th at 6:00 pm in the Poynter Room of the USF St. Petersburg Library (140 Harborwalk Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701).

Mr. Hawk previously served as the executive director of Amnesty International USA and as a human rights official with the Cambodia Office of the UN high commissioner for human rights. He has written numerous reports on human rights issues covering the Rwandan Genocide and recent violations in North Korea.

UNA-Tampa Bay Seeks Fundraising Director to Join Board of Directors

March 13, 2015 | Tampa, Florida

The United Nations Association-Tampa Bay Chapter is searching for a fundraising director to join the board of directors. The all-volunteer board  which meets monthly oversees education and advocacy programs that foster an understanding of the United Nations and its goals.  We service Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough and Polk counties.  Our chapter has more than 250 members  and coordinates outreach through a social media network of more than 6,000. Read our chapter mission statement here. The Director serves as the lead on two major annual fundraising initiatives: the ambassador cup golf tournament and the Better World 5K. Review a brief summary of the primary responsibilities below.

Interested in applying? Submit your resume to our chapter president Dr. Mark Amen at amen[AT]

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop an annual strategic fundraising plan for the Chapter.
  • Build, coordinate, and design fundraising initiatives to maintain existing and initiate new fundraising relationships with corporate, community, and individual sponsors.
  • Coordinate major fundraising initiatives including the ambassador cup golf tournament and better world 5k.
  • Identify new and innovative funding sources for the Chapter
  • Coordinate with the Strategic Communications and Publishing directors to ensure effective marketing and communication of our fundraising efforts and their benefit to Chapter programs.

UNA-Tampa Bay Celebrates International Womens Day

March 8, 2016 Tampa, FL

International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on March 8th. The United Nations designates a theme each year with this year’s theme being ‘A Pledge for Parity.’ This year’s theme is based on a 2014 analysis from the World Economic Forum that predicts that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. However, in 2015, the World Economic Forum adjusted their estimate based on the limited progress achieved in gender equality, pushing the year back to 38 years to 2133.

UNA-Tampa Bay is committed to pursuing global gender equality and is currently pursuing local avenues through our CEDAW advocacy campaign. This campaign is part of a larger national campaign called Cities for CEDAW, organized by our national chapter UNA-USA. Learn more about CEDAW and sign our petition today!

Read more at the International Women’s Day 2016 campaign website.

Learn more about IWD 2016 and download a toolkit from the United Nations Foundation.

Gender equality is one of fifteen Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

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2016 Model Arab League Doubles Attendance in Second Year!

March 5, 2016 | Tampa, Florida

UNA-Tampa Bay hosted the 2nd annual Florida Regional Model Arab League conference on February 24 and 25 at the University of South Florida’s Marshall Student Center. The event brought over 80 high school and college students together to participate in mock scenarios during which they represent the interests and foreign policy objectives of other countries.

As a result, students develop first-hand analytical, leadership, and public speaking skills while learning about diplomacy, Arab history, and international relations in a dynamic environment.

Students were paired into teams representing various countries in the Middle East and North Africa. This year the MAL saw attendance grow more than 100%. The number of countries represented grew from 7 to 16.

This year’s conference brought students  from Steinbrenner High School, Middleston High School, St. Leo University, the University of South Florida, the University of Florida, the University of Central Florida, and Stetson University.

One of UNA-Tampa Bay’s core missions is education, learn more about our initiatives and other education programs such as the Model United Nations and our Sustainability programming.

Our student chapter at the University of South Florida assisted with the coordination of this event. Learn more about our USF and UT student chapters.

This event was conducted as part of the Florida Regional Model Arab League, a regional organization that is coordinated through the national governing organization the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (NCUSAR). The Model Arab League was founded in 1983. This year was the second Florida Regional Model Arab League Conference.

Related: USF Student Chapter Featured for Work on Upcoming Model Arab League Conference

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In Memoriam: Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Former UN Secretary-General

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February 16, 2016

UNA-Tampa Bay mourns the loss of Boutros Boutros-Ghali who passed away today at the age of 93. Boutros-Ghali, an Egyptian diplomat, served as the sixth United Nations Secretary-General from 1992 to 1996.

Mr. Boutros-Ghali served as an Egyptian politician and diplomat and was a key negotiator and architect of the Camp David Accords. Although a renowned diplomat, Boutros-Ghali was a lawyer and scholar, teaching at Cairo University for almost 30 years.

While serving as Secretary-General, Boutros-Ghali led the United Nations through a tumultous period that saw conflicts span the globe, including those in Somalia and Rwanda. He authored a key report titled “An Agenda for Peace” that analyzed ways to strengthen the UN’s diplomacy and peacekeeping capabilities.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described Boutros-Ghali as a “memorable leader who rendered invaluable services to world peace and international order” whose commitment to the United Nations “unmistakable.”

Tampa & St. Petersburg City Councils Pass CEDAW Resolutions!

December 17, 2016 | Tampa, FL

Since launching our gender equality initiative in late fall, UNA-Tampa Bay has pursued local support from Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and local political leaders. As part of a broader, national movement called Cities for CEDAW led by the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA, our national organization), UNA-Tampa Bay launched a local initiative in August 2015.

Phase I of our initiative involved pursuing local political support through City Councils. With the help of our Advocacy Director, Noelle Clark, an attorney, Chapter President, Dr. Mark Amen, along with our Board of Directors and multiple interns, we are happy to announce that the city councils of Tampa & St. Petersburg have passed resolutions in support of CEDAW!

On December 3, 2015, Tampa City Council passed a resolution in support of our initiative. View a copy of Tampa City Council’s Resolution.

On December 17, 2015, St. Petersburg City Council passed a resolution in support of our initiative.

Read more about our initiative, learn how you can help, sign our petition, and join our team today!

Be sure to thank our local City Councils for their support!

We are aggressively pursuing other local government entities, NGOs, businesses, and others to find partners for our growing initiative.

Related: UNA-Tampa Bay receives support from Betty Castor (former USF President) and three NGOs!

UNA-TB Board of Directors Vacancies

Our Board of Directors currently has two vacancies: Publishing Director and Membership Director. Board Members serve one-year terms and do not receive compensation for their service. Those interested should prepare a resume/cv and contact us.

The Publishing Director is responsible for overseeing our Chapter’s print and digital communications and is responsible for the design, implementation, and editing of our marketing materials. A primary responsibility of the Publishing Director is drafting our newsletter. The Publishing Director will work closely with our Strategic Communications Director, as well as the Board at large, to ensure a consistent brand is represented throughout our various print and digital/social media marketing.

The Membership Director is responsible for managing our membership, which includes student members, general members, and advisers. A primary responsibility of the Membership Director is coordinating with our national chapter to ensure accurate records are cross-checked and updated. The Membership Director will work closely with the Treasurer to ensure accuracy in chapter dues. The Membership Director will also develop and oversee initiatives aimed at improving membership retention and renewal.

UNA-TB Hosts Human Rights Talk With David Hawk

October 22, 2015 | University of Tampa, Sykes Chapel

In coordination with the University of Tampa, the UN Student Alliance at the University of South Florida, and the University of Tampa Honors Program, UNA-Tampa Bay hosted a human rights talk with David Hawk, entitled “When the United Nations Works to Promote and Protect Human Rights.

Mr. Hawk previously served as the executive director of Amnesty International USA and as a human rights official with the Cambodia Office of the UN high commissioner for human rights. He has written numerous reports on human rights issues covering the Rwandan Genocide and recent violations in North Korea.

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Better World 5K Fundraiser!

February 5, 2016 | Tampa, FL

UNA-Tampa Bay hosted a 5K fundraiser in partnership with Gaspar’s Patio bar & Grille to support our education programs! The run was held in Temple Terrace and received great reception from our local community.

Be sure to check out Gaspar’s Patio Bar & Grill (8448 N. 56th St.) and thank them for their support!

Learn more about our upcoming local events and sign-up for our newsletter to keep connected!

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