President's Message

Welcome Message from Southern California Division President Judith Harris

UNA-USA Members Day at the United Nations
This year is the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations. The charter was signed in San Francisco in 1945, by 51 member states. Today the United Nations is comprised of 193 member states. It has grown in complexity and scope, along with the times since its founding. While the challenges of our world are great, the opportunities for solutions are even greater. The United Nations created the Millennium Development Goals 15 years ago and due to their accomplishments, all 193 member states have agreed to a new Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals Agenda, which will be in effect from 2016 through 2030. Our Southern California Division UNA-USA held two Post 2015 Agenda Consultations which were well attended and contributed to the discussion of the development of the new Post 2015 SDG’s and will be actively involved in promoting and supporting them. Our 11 chapters provide a wide variety of events in their local areas which support the current goals and will support the new ones. The events can be found on the Calendar on this website. Visit us here frequently, as upcoming events are constantly being added. In addition to Chapter events, the Southern California Division, which includes all 11 chapters in Southern California, will be hosting our 8 th Annual West Coast Global Forum on Sept. 30 th and our Annual Meeting on Nov. 14 th. Plan to attend these outstanding events and join us in our efforts to make the world a better place for all. Each of us can make a difference, which increases when we work together.
Newest SoCal Regional Representative Isabel Treidl


Isabel Treidl is Chair of Young Professional at the Southern California Division. She is also chair of Education of the United Nations Association - Orange County Chapter Young Professionals. Isabel works with developmentally disabled people at NALAS ARF. In 2015, she attended the UNA annual meeting in Washington D.C where she represented the Orange County Chapter.

Since she was young, Isabel has been motivated by social issues and has worked to improve the quality of people’s lives. During college, she participated in several conferences, seminars and national publications that spearheaded the development of cheaper prosthetics to replace the knee. She worked with the Colombian Army to help veterans who had lost their limbs due to land mines. She won local and national awards for biomedical research and entrepreneurship. In 2008 she received a scholarship from the Inter-American Development Bank National Young Entrepreneurs Award for a cultural mission to China in order to enhance her entrepreneurial skills. In 2009 she started working as a consultant and developed projects for the Colombian Government and private companies, and became a member of In-Nove, a Latin American consulting firm.

Isabel Treidl has a Bachelor’s degree in Product Design Engineering, a Master’s in Business Administration, and currently is an administrator certified by the Community Care Licensing Division to work with developmentally disabled people in California.

Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals Resources
Sixty Post 2015 participants Joy Adams and her Post 2015 committee
Environment team report Gender Equity team report
Education team report Accountable Institutions team report
2000 Millennium Development Goals to Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals
Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals
Four Post 2015 Discussion Reports
From November 1, 2015 in Orange County, Southern California
Gender Equity
Accountable Institutions
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.

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