President's Message

Welcome Message from
Southern California Division President
Judith Harris


Welcome to the So. Cal UNA-USA website and to a new year with endless possibilities.  I am honored to serve as your new President and am looking forward to building on our successes and strengths, achieved by working together with the most capable leadership of our immediate past President, Mel Boynton.  Thank you Mel for your outstanding service these past 4 years.  Please visit this site often for updated resources and Chapter and Division events.  This is a very important year, as the Millennium Development Goals timeline is nearing conclusion.  Your So. Cal. Division culminated 2013 by hosting a Post-2015 meeting to discuss the successor plan to the Millennium Development Goals.  Our UNA-USA Executive Director, Chris Whatley came from Washington DC and spoke to the 120 people in attendance.  There is still an opportunity to participate in the formation of this agenda by going to, if you haven’t already voted for your priorities for the new development agenda.  Your opinion counts.

With great momentum we began 2014 by welcoming two more distinguished guests from Washington, DC, Mary-Frances Wain, Deputy Executive Director of UNA and Karen Mulhauser, Chair of the Council of Chapters and Regions – Steering Committee, who were our Keynote speakers.  Their presentations and the discussion that followed were outstanding, offering new insights and opportunities for participation and collaboration. 

While all media sources provide a continuing report of injustices and disasters worldwide, it is challenging to not be overwhelmed by a feeling of helplessness.  Participating in the UNA offers us a place to work with others and to make a difference.  While we hear about the challenges facing the UN, know that the UN provides food to 90 million people in 75 countries, keeps peace with 120,000 peacekeepers in 16 operations on 4 continents, and promotes maternal health, saving the lives of 30 million women a year.  And these are only a few of the many UN programs in operation all over the world every day.  Your participation in your own chapter is supporting the UN – so, think of the difference you are making. 


Eighth Annual West Coast Global Forum in Los Angeles, September 30, 2015
Hausmann Elected to One-Year Term on CCR-SC
SoCal Division National Representatives Judith Harris,
Mel Boynton and Bettina Hausmann

At the division meeting in May 2, 2015, Southern California Region Eleven UNA-USA chapter leaders elected San Diego President Bettina Hausmann as a Regional Representative to the national Council of Chapters and Regions Steering Committee (CCR-SC). In her candidate statement, Bettina promised to “enthusiastically serve not only our San Diego Chapter but Southern California UNA-USA members as your representative while building on our partnership with UNF.“

She joins current CCR-SC representatives Mel Boynton; President of Pomona Valley Chapter and Judith Harris; President of the Southern California Division. All three will serve to 2016, when chapters and the division will again elect three Represenattives.

National UNA-USA Executive Director Chris Whatley has called the CCR-SC representatives his “board of directors”. As regional reps, Mel, Judith, and Bettina serve as liaisons between chapters and the national office; advise the national office; assist development of policies, programs and methods of communication; help SoCal chapters strengthen their effectiveness, compliance, and helping resolve disputes; and promote UNA-USA membership, advocacy, and education programs

Some thirty regional representatives are elected from around the country.  The CCR-SC meets face-to-face twice a year (in Washington, D.C. and New York City) and by email and conference call the rest of the year. Reach out to any of the Regional Represenatives to attend your chapter events and help your chapter thrive. Download Article

National UNA-USA Members Meeting
June 7- 9, 2015 in Washington, DC.

The UNA-USA Annual Meeting is more affordable than ever!

Registration is available now, so we hope you will take advantage of reduced registration fees and join your fellow SoCal leaders in the nation’s capital! The Annual Meeting brings together members from across the country for skills trainings, issue briefings, networking opportunities, and capacity-building. Each year, the meeting culminates with Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. UNA-USA 2013 Annual Meeting Photos: (Click here)

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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