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!

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

January 26, 2016 | Tampa, FL

The USF student chapter of UNA-Tampa Bay, United Nations Association Student Alliance (UNASA), was recently featured in the USF Oracle for their work in coordinating the upcoming Model Arab League Conference (MAL). The MAL will be held at the University of South Florida’s Marshall Student Center on February 25 and 26, 2016.

Learn more about our USF or UT student chapters.

Read the full story from the USF Oracle.

UNA-TB Attends International Holocaust Remembrance Event

January 24, 2016 | Tampa, FL

UNA-Tampa Bay attended an international holocaust remembrance ceremony hosted by the Italian Club of Tampa. This local event is held and coordinated annually by the Consular Corps of Tampa Bay. This year, UNA-Tampa Bay was joined in support of this ceremony, along with Tampa Sister Cities International and the Florida Holocaust Museum.

January 27th was designed by the United Nations as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. We would like to thank the Italian Club of Tampa for the invitation and the Consular Corps of Tampa Bay for hosting the event. It was a day of remembrance and reflection.

“Memories are the key not to the past, but to the future”
-Cornelia “Corrie” Ten Boon

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Three NGOs Join UNA-Tampa Bay CEDAW Coalition!

December 4, 2015 | Tampa, FL

UNA-Tampa Bay is proud to announce that three prominent non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have joined our grassroots coalition to promote CEDAW in the Tampa Bay Area!

Our new partners are the Tampa Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), Zonta Club of Pinellas, and the St. Petersburg chapter of Business and Professional Women!

We look forward to future collaborations with these three prominent partners that have served as advocates for women throughout our local community for decades!

Betty Castor Speaks in Support of UNA-Tampa Bay’s CEDAW Efforts!

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October 12, 2015 | Tampa, FL

Betty Castor, a path breaking figure in Florida Politics, joined UNA-Tampa Bay’s efforts to promote women’s rights in the U.S. and globally through CEDAW (The Convention on the Elimination Against all forms of Discrimination Against Women). As the first woman elected to the Florida State cabinet, the first woman President Pro Tempore of the Florida Senate, and the first woman President of the University of South Florida, Ms. Castor has long been a trailblazer and strong advocate for equality. She continues these efforts by supporting CEDAW.

Currently, Ms. Castor serves as chair of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, first appointed by President Barack Obama in 2011.

Ms. Castor, addressing the theme of global women’s rights, endorsed UNA-Tampa Bay’s CEDAW efforts at the Tampa Museum of Art at the  the International Studies Association-South (ISA-South) 2015 conference. The ISA-South conference brought together more than 200 scholars from around the United States and the world to present their current research.

UNA-Tampa Bay is honored to have Betty Castor join the growing list of our supporters!