Past Events


Keynote Speaker, Panel discussion, Reports, and Action  

“How is the UN Doing under the Trump Administration?”

Featuring Herb Behrstock, President of the Northern California Division of the UNA-USA. Herb has held leadership positions affiliated with the UN for more than 45 years. Our panel will include longtime UN agency veterans Gary Davis and Mary Fisk, and former UNA-USA Chapter president Larry Levine. 


Saturday, February 24, 2018; 5:30 – 8:00pm

First Presbyterian Church – 501 El Dorado Street, Monterey


This is a free event. All are welcome!

Bring an international dish to share, enough for eight people please!

RSVP here:

or call 831-275-0781



 The Intergenerational Model United Nations event IGMUN VII is on January 27, 2018. Please check flyer below for times and place.

Online registration is over, but walk-ins are welcome!


The members of the Monterey Bay Chapter of the United Nations Association & the Bahá’í Faith Communities of Monterey County warmly invite you to join us for the

2017 Human Rights Day Luncheon

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Registration & Displays open at 11 am;

Luncheon & program noon to 2 pm


2017 Bahá’í Human Rights Award Recipient

Mr. Larry Levine

With Special Guest Speaker – Senator Bill Monning

California 17th Senate District

Rancho Canada, Carmel Valley CA

Ticket information
Advance reservations – received by December 1st

 Regular: $35.00         Full time students: $15.00

After December 1st or at the door (limited number of seats available at the door): Regular: $40.00         Full time students: $20.00



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Join UNA in celebrating International Women’s Day at our annual potluck dinner and speaker program!

Saturday, March 12th – 6-9 pm

Unitarian Church of the Monterey Peninsula

click the link below for more details!

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Check out the glowing review our 16th Annual International Documentary Film Festival received from Ivan Garcia at the Cedar Street Times. Thank you to everyone who helped make our film festival happen once again.

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Wednesday, September 30th – 6 – 7:30 pm – UNAMB Open House!

Enjoy an informal event to learn more about the United Nations in its 70th year, critical upcoming events like the Climate Change Conference, the national UN Association, and our local Chapter’s work. Meet the board & committee leaders – enjoy refreshments – learn how you can help!

Monterey Public Library Community Room – 625 Pacific Street, Monterey

Saturday, October 10th Inter-Generational Model UN – UC Berkeley

Join our team of UNA members and local students for this engaging, all ages event that replicates the UN in action. No experience necessary!

See for more info.

Ebola to Malaria: Global Progress and Challenges in the Fight against Deadly Diseases

Please join us for our spring program, Ebola to Malaria: Global Progress and Challenges in the Fight against Deadly Diseases. This event is co-hosted by the MIIS Global Majority Club and will take place in Irvine Auditorium at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies on Tuesday, April 28th at 7 p.m. A reception will follow the event, where food and beverages will be provided. Please see the flyer below for more details.


International Women’s Day Celebration and Potluck Dinner 2015

Please join us for our International Women’s Day Celebration and Potluck Dinner, Saturday, March 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church Ministry Center, 800 Cass Street, Monterey. Rufaro Kangai will speak about advocating for improved reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health in the face of the terrorism that has stricken Nigeria. We encourage everyone to wear international clothing and bring an international dish or beverage to share. This event is FREE and no reservations are necessary!


Local members of the United Nations Association and the Baha’i Faith invite you and your friends to join us at the

 2014 Human Rights Day Luncheon

Commemorating the 66th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Sunday, December 7, 2014

at the Elks Lodge of Monterey

150 Mar Vista Drive, Monterey 

Displays at 12:30 pm, Luncheon and Program at 1:00 pm



Community activist, worker for human rights, social action and international peace; and tireless community volunteer, who will be presented the 35th annual Baha’i Human Rights Award

Speaker: Medea Benjamin

Cofounder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK

“How to Become a Successful Human Rights Activist”


Luncheon Tickets Advance reservation and purchase by December 1: $30.00
Full-time students – tickets purchased by December 1: $15.00

Send RSVP and ticket payments with check made out to UNA Monterey Bay Chapter, and mail to Human Rights Day Luncheon, 26411 Lucie Lane, Salinas CA 93908

Information call 831-484-5640 – But no phone reservations please

Directions: From Munras Avenue in Monterey turn onto Soledad Avenue (across from Del Monte Shopping Center), go approximately two blocks, turn left uphill on Monte Vista, take the first left and then turn right into the Elks Lodge parking lot.



The Monterey Bay Chapter of the

United Nations Association of the USA


A World in Turmoil:

The Role of the UN and the US

A Conversation with

Congressman Sam Farr,

Local UNA Leaders & the Audience

Hosted by the Monterey Institute of International Studies

Wednesday evening, October 8, 7:00 pm

Irvine Auditorium of the

Monterey Institute of International Studies

499 Pierce at Jefferson Streets in downtown Monterey

A “Membership-Raising” Event

For everyone interested in International Affairs

Join UNA-USA and you will be recognized

Free Admission, bring your friends, everyone is welcome!

An informal meet-the-speaker reception will follow the program, everyone in the audience is invited to take part.


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International Womens’ Day

The Monterey Bay Chapter of the United Nations Association

Invites you and your friends to its

International Womens’ Day

Celebration & International Potluck Dinner

Saturday, March 12, 2016, 6 to 9 pm

at the Unitarian Universalist Church —490 Aguajito Road, between Carmel and Monterey


How are Women faring
in the Changing Muslim World?

Reports from Iraq and Turkey

Speakers: Prof. Nükhet Kardam – Prof. of Development Practice and Policy at MIIS

Dr. Mishkat Al Moumin – Chairperson of Modern Std. Arabic Dpmt., DLI

Directions: Hwy 1 at Hwy 68 to Pacific Grove. The exit is located south of Monterey, north of Carmel. On Hwy 68, don’t go toward PG or Pebble Beach, go EAST, take Aguajito Rd. up the hill for about 1/4 mile. The Church is on the left. Look for their solar panels.

  • If you can, bring an international dish or a beverage by 6:00 PM, enough to serve 8 people please
  • everyone is encouraged to wear some international or ethnic clothing
  • Admission is FREE!   no reservations necessary 


Russia & Ukraine: Roots and Ramifications of the Current Crisis

Are you wondering what is going on in Ukraine and why? Is the world heading to a new Cold War between Russia and the West? What does Putin want? What is the West afraid of? If you want answers to these questions and more, attend our program on April 29. Local expert speakers will present the historical, cultural, and political background in Russia and Ukraine as well as the security implications as seen by NATO and its different members.

Speakers: Professor Anna Vassilieva, Director Russian Studies at MIIS

Bryan Lee, Director Eurasia Program at Center for Nonproliferation Studies, MIIS

When: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 7:00PM

Where: Irvine Auditorium of the Monterey Institute of International Studies,499 Pierce Street, at Jefferson, Monterey (in the McCone building)

Cost: Free – everyone is welcome!

Contact: Gabriele Simbriger-Williams, 831-594-6696

More information about the speakers at

International Women’s Day

una-usa-logoThe Monterey Bay Chapter of the United Nations Association
invites you and your friends to its
International Women’s Day
Celebration & International Potluck Dinner
Back by Popular Demand
Friday, March 7, 2014, 6:00 to 9:00 pm
at the Unitarian Universalist Church
490 Aguajito Road, between Carmel and Monterey

Directions: Hwy 1 at Hwy 68 to Pacific Grove. The exit is located south of Monterey, north of Carmel. At this exit, don’t go toward PG or Pebble Beach, go EAST, take Aguajito up the hill for about 1/4 mile. The Church is on the left. Look for their solar panels.

  • If you can, bring an international dish or a beverage by 6:00 PM, enough to serve 8 people please
  • everyone is encouraged to wear some international or ethnic clothing
  • Admission is FREE! no reservations necessary

The short documentary ¡Poder!
about the Power of Girls for Change in Guatemala
Changing the World – by Investing in Girls Globally
Lecture and discussion
Speaker: Dr. Denise Dunning
Executive Director of LET GIRLS LEAD, a UN Foundation-funded initiative
to Improve Girls’ Education, Health, and Livelihoods Globally

About the film and our speaker:
Let Girls Lead presents ¡PODER!, a documentary film that tells this powerful story of girl-led change in Guatemala. Produced by Emmy Award winning filmmaker Lisa Russell, the movie highlights how Elba, Emelin, and their friends overcame tremendous obstacles to transform their own lives, their families, and their community. Filmed in an innovative narrative, participatory style, the film features Elba and Emelin (13 and 16) as actors portraying themselves. ¡PODER! premieres worldwide in March 2014 for International Women’s Day.
Dr. Denise Dunning is the founder and Executive Director of Let Girls Lead at the Public Health Institute in Oakland. Since 2009, Let Girls Lead has contributed to improving the lives of more than 3 million girls globally through laws, programs, and funding that protect girls from violence, ensure they can go to school and see a doctor when they need one, and learn skills to escape poverty. The main countries of LGL’s activities are Guatemala, Honduras, Liberia, and Malawi. Dr. Dunning is also the executive producer of ¡PODER!, a documentary that highlights the power of investing in girls.
She is a globally recognized thought leader who has spoken at the Social Good Summit, the UN Commission on the Status of Women, and numerous global conferences, in addition to writing for international media outlets, including The Guardian and The Huffington Post. Dr. Dunning also teaches courses on Women’s Health & Empowerment for the UCSF Masters in Global Health Program.
Previously, Dr. Dunning worked at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation on grant-making in Mexico, India, Ethiopia, and the Philippines. She also served as a Fulbright Scholar in Honduras, working with the United Nations Development Program on hurricane relief efforts following Hurricane Mitch. Dr. Dunning has a PhD in Sociology from the University of California Berkeley, where she conducted path-breaking research on youth HIV prevention. With a Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, Dr. Dunning also graduated Summa Cum Laude from Duke University. Dr. Dunning is a native Spanish speaker, avid scuba diver, and mother of two young daughters.

UNA Women's Day Investing in Girls photo flyer

for more Information check, or call 831-594-6696


Cooking Shouldn’t Kill!

Date, Time, and Location:
Wednesday, April 17 2013 at 7 p.m.
Center for Spiritual Living (also known as Carleton Hall)
400 W. Franklin
Monterey, CA

Cost:  Free and open to all.

Keynote Speaker:  Ms. Leslie Cordes

Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Advocacy

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Hosted by the United Nations Foundation

About our speaker and the panel:

Leslie Cordes held various positions at the following organizations before joining the UN Foundation and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves: EPA’s Energy Supply Branch, the non-profit Alliance to Save Energy, USAID’s Energy Efficiency Program, and US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Gireesh Shrimali is Assistant Professor of Energy Economics and Business at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. His research focus is on policy for renewable energy, innovation in the energy sector, and climate change. His previous work has included business models for sustainable cookstoves in India.

Andrée Sosler is the Executive Director of Potential Energy, a Berkeley nonprofit brining life-improving technologies to people in developing countries. Potential Energy’s flagship program, the Darfur Stoves Project has helped mainly women and children in Darfur, Sudan to build assets and live healthier lives through the distribution of clean cookstoves.

Julie Greene is the executive director of Solar Cookers International (SCI) in Sacramento, which promotes solar thermal cooking technology through advocacy, direct service and worldwide partnerships to improve health, economies and the environment.

Topic:  Cooking Shouldn’t Kill!

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and its efforts to save lives, empower women, and battle climate change.

Did you know nearly three billion people in the developing world cook food and heat their homes with traditional cookstoves or open fires using solid biomass (wood, charcoal, dung, or crop residues) as fuel?

Starting out with video clips from Africa, Asia, and South America, the UNA program first analyses the issues that are part of this under-reported fact.  The UNA program will then focus on the solutions to these regional and global problems such as clean cookstove technologies, clean cookstove fuels, and behavioral and structural changes.

Three other stove experts will participate in a panel question and answer session at the event.  The short film “ Black Inside,” and an exhibit of different clean cookstove models will be included. The film shows vignettes of three women, one each from Kenya, Peru, and India who tell how their lives changed due to better stoves. The film represents high quality cinematography, 11 minutes plus two minutes of an announcement by actress Julia Roberts who is an Ambassador for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

Key words you will hear about in this presentation:

black carbon, climate change, children, clean cookstoves, fuels, desertification, environmental impact, gender-based violence, household air pollution, public health, market-based approach, pneumonia, poverty reduction, public-private partnership, stove technology, empowerment of women

For more information please visit the Alliance’s web site:

Sponsors:  The United Nations Association appreciates the collaboration of these groups in presenting the program: American Red Cross Monterey Bay Area Chapter, Communities for Sustainable Monterey County, and The Women’s International Perspective (The WIP)

Monterey Bay UNA Leaders Meet with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Location: Monterey Institute of International Studies

UNA_BanKI Moon_MIISOn January 18, 2013 the Board of Directors of the Monterey Bay Chapter of UNA-USA was privileged to have a private meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his wife, Yoo Soon-taek. This took place immediately following the Secretary-General’s major address on nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation in Monterey.

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