WFUNA had the great pleasure of working with the Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) Masters of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy candidates on a group capstone project this past year. The group, led by faculty advisor, Kathleen Callahan, and student managers Rachel Roberts and Alaine Marx, presented the culmination of their research efforts about WFUNA’s Go Beyond Fellowship program on Monday, 30 April 2012 to WFUNA staff and associated consultants.
Mr. Thomas Weiss, Presidential Professor of Political Science and Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, spoke at the Church Center in New York on Wednesday, 18 April, on the topic of UN reform. In a session moderated by Mr. Bonian Golmohammadi, Secretary-General of WFUNA, Prof. Weiss further elaborated on the webinar in which he discussed his article in Acronym, "Can We Fix the United Nations?" and his forthcoming book on the same topic. Prof.
WFUNA would like to congratulate H.E. Jan Eliasson on his appointment as Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.
An ardent advocate and supporter of WFUNA, Mr. Eliasson has always served as a champion of UNA-Sweden and the work of UNAs around the world. He was recently appointed by Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, to his post as Deputy Secretary-General, and will come into office on 1 July 2012.
WFUNA’s Secretary-General Bonian Golmohammadi and Li Yonghui, Executive Director of RCUNIO, met to discuss and sign their strategic partnership between WFUNA and the Research Center of United Nations and International Organizations. The partnership has already achieved great success in hosting the second Dag Hammarskjold Symposium in Beijing.
As part of a three part series, WFUNA hosted its second Dag Hammarskjold Symposium in Beijing, China on 1 December, 2011, in collaboration with the Research Center of the United Nations and International Organizations from Beijing Foreign Studies University, Embassy of Sweden in Beijing, and United Nations Association of China.
As part of WFUNA’s Dag Hammarskjold Symposium Series, WFUNA is collaborating with the Research Centre of the United Nations and International Organizations at the Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), the Embassy of Sweden in Beijing and the United Nations Association of China, to commemorate the death of Dag Hammarskjold (the former Secretary-General of the United Nations – 1953 – 1
On November 1st, WFUNA submitted its contribution to the UNCSD compilation document. In preparation for the Rio +20 conference, the UNCSD put out a call for input from Major Groups as identified in Agenda 21. Major Groups, including nongovernmental organizations, were invited to submit papers on how the world can move towards sustainable development.
WFUNA is proud to celebrate 65 years of commitment to its mission of building a better world by strengthening and improving the United Nations through the engagement UNAs and global citizens.
Just one year after the proclamation of the UN Charter, WFUNA was founded in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, on 2 August 1946 by 22 United Nations Associations. This year marks the 65th anniversary of this historic Plenary Assembly, and the occasion to celebrate the anniversary of WFUNA and its founding members.