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2016 LEAGUE DAY AT THE UNITED NATIONS

November 17, 2016
Briefing on Refugee Crisis/Migration & Anti-Terrorism

Over 90 League members and friends convened at the United Nations on Thursday, November 17th, for the annual League’s Day at the UN. Attendees toured the newly renovated facilities, seeing the updated Security Council Chambers, various gifted art pieces from member states, and the Human Rights wall. Lunch in the Delegates’ Dining Room was beautiful and delicious as usual. The briefing in the afternoon on the topics of the Refugee Crisis and Anti-terrorism were presented by two speakers: Bela Hovy, Head of the Migration Section within the Department of Economic and Social Affairs at the United Nations, and Mattias Sundholm, Communications Adviser to the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate.

Mr. Bela Hovy, Refugee Crisis/Migration
Bela Hovy | Chief, Migration Section
Population Division | Department of Economic and Social Affairs
United Nations | Email: hovy@un.orgwww.unmigration.org

Bela Hovy heads the Migration Section within the Department of Economic and Social Affairs at the United Nations in New York. In that capacity, he oversees the analysis of global migration trends and the preparation of migration reports for the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council. His team coordinates inputs from the UN system, organizes expert meetings and holds regional trainings on migration.

From 1993 to 2005, Mr. Hovy was responsible for statistics at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, Switzerland. Before that, he worked at the Population Division in New York (1989-1993) and at the Institut de Formation de Recherches Demographiques (IFORD), a United Nations population training institute based in Yaoundé, Cameroun (1988-1989). 

Mr. Hovy holds an advanced degree in human geography of developing countries from Utrecht University and obtained a certificate in development economics from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He has authored numerous reports on international migration, refugees and asylum.
Mr. Hovy is regularly invited to make presentations at conferences, meetings and workshops. Mr. Hovy has served on various expert committees, including of the US National Academy of Sciences.

Population Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Migration Section
International migration is a global phenomenon that is growing in scope, complexity and impact. Migration is both a cause and effect of broader development processes and an intrinsic feature of our ever globalizing world. While no substitute for development, migration can be a positive force for development when supported by the right set of policies. The rise in global mobility, the growing complexity of migratory patterns and its impact on countries, migrants, families and communities have all contributed to international migration becoming a priority for the international community.

The Population Division provides guidance and support to the United Nations General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), including its Commission on Population and Development, on issues related to migration and its implications for development. Specifically, it prepares global migration estimates, undertakes studies on migration levels, trends and dynamics, documents migration policies, and monitors the implementation of the United Nations Development Agenda in this regard. In addition, the Division’s work focuses on strengthening United Nations system-wide coordination and on developing capacities.

One of the key activities of the Division in this field is to produce estimates of the international migrant stock for all countries and areas of the world, disaggregated by age and sex and country of birth or citizenship, at regular intervals.

Notes from Presentation        Powerpoint presentation

Mr. Mattias Sundholm, Anti-Terrorism
Mattias Sundholm, Communications Adviser
United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED)
Email: sundholm@un.org

Mattias Sundholm is currently working as Communications Adviser to the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), advising the Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of CTED. Previous to this, Sundholm helped establish two new UN offices; one under the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, and one under the Department of Public Information. In addition to being Communications Adviser to the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Sundholm from 2010 to 2013 served as Special Adviser on Communications and Advocacy to the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Before joining the UN, Sundholm had communication roles with the European Union to the US in Washington DC; the EU Commission in Brussels; and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Stockholm, with postings to Sarajevo and Harare.

A Consultant for French consultancy firm FI System, based in Brussels and focusing on European Affairs and public relations, Sundholm for three years worked as a journalist for Scandinavia's biggest daily in print and on the web, Aftonbladet.

He has a M.Sc. and a B.A. in Political Science and Government from Uppsala University and the Institut d'études politiques (Sciences-Po) in Paris, and an M.A. degree in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium).

Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED)
Under resolution 1535 (2004), the Security Council established the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) to assist the work of the CTC and coordinate the process of monitoring the implementation of resolution 1373 (2001). The Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) was established by Security Council resolution 1373 (2001), which was adopted unanimously on 28 September 2001 in the wake of the 11 September terrorist attacks in the United States.

The Committee, comprising all 15 Security Council members, was tasked with monitoring implementation of resolution 1373 (2001), which requested countries to implement a number of measures intended to enhance their legal and institutional ability to counter terrorist activities at home, in their regions and around the world, including taking steps to:

  • Criminalize the financing of terrorism
  • Freeze without delay any funds related to persons involved in acts of terrorism
  • Deny all forms of financial support for terrorist groups
  • Suppress the provision of safe haven, sustenance or support for terrorists
  • Share information with other governments on any groups practicing or planning terrorist acts
  • Cooperate with other governments in the investigation, detection, arrest, extradition and prosecution of those involved in such acts; and
  • Criminalize active and passive assistance for terrorism in domestic law and bring violators
  • Notes from Presentation

Rosalee Keech, UN Observer, LWVUS
Rosalee has been a League member for more than 10 years. She serves on the UN's NGO Working Group on Girls and as co-chair for its task force to prevent violence against women and girls. Her focus at the UN is to promote the democratic process and the prevention of violence. Rosalee is a member of the League of Women Voters of the Montville Area (New Jersey) and is a past member on the Board of Directors of LWVUS. Rosalee provided comments for participants on how the League is directly involved in UN operations.

THANKS TO OUR CO-SPONSORS FOR THIS EVENT
We’d like to thank our co-sponsors for the day – they provide great support for the League, but also encourage attendance by their own members and friends to enlarge the participation at the UN. Their members add greatly to our discussions at the UN.

  • United Nations Department of Public Information
  • Zonta International District 4
  • Women’s Bar Association of the State of NY

Womens Bar Association of New York  Zonta International District 4


LEAGUE DAY AT THE UNITED NATIONS GALLERY
2016
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2015 League Day at the United Nations

December 3, 2015
Briefing on Educating Girls Overseas and Counter Terrorism

Over 100 League members and friends convened at the United Nations on Thursday, December 3rd, for the annual League’s Day at the UN. Attendees toured the newly renovated facilities, seeing the updated Security Council Chambers, various gifted art pieces from member states, and the Human Rights wall. Lunch in the Delegates’ Dining Room was beautiful and delicious as usual. The briefing in the afternoon on the topics of education and counter terrorism were presented by two speakers: La Neice Collins, speech writer and communications adviser for the United Nations in New York City, and Jean-Victor Nkolo, spokesperson and former manager on many UN Peace Keeping Missions. (12/8/2015)

La Neice Collins is a speechwriter and communications adviser for the United Nations in New York where she crafts compelling messages that move the international community to act on issues related to the rule of law, protection of civilians, women’s rights and conflict and humanitarian crises. She has also worked for the United Nations in Geneva and Bangkok, focusing on multilingual and cross cultural communication on issues of international human rights law, climate change, economic development and social inclusion. Prior to joining the UN, she was an award winning television producer who worked for international broadcasters in New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Berlin, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Jean-Victor Nkolo has worked at the United Nations for over 20 years. He held managerial positions in 10 United Nations peacekeeping missions. Moreover, he has previously served as Spokesperson for two Presidents of the United Nations General Assembly, namely during the 64th and 65th sessions. He has also served as Spokesperson for the Security Council during some of the Council’s missions outside New York. Before joining the UN, Mr. Nkolo worked for 13 years as an international broadcaster mainly covering conflicts for Radio Canada International, Radio Quebec Television in Montreal, the BBC World Service in London and Radio Netherlands International in Hilversum. A music and film critic, Mr. Nkolo is a member of several cultural foundations and was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to serve as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations International School. In 2006 he received an International Peace Award for his contribution to peace, justice and development in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mr. Nkolo graduated in cinema and audio-visual studies in France, and studied communications sciences in Canada. He is a national of Cameroon.

Rosalee Keech, LWVUS Observer to the United Nations, read the speech she presented at the United Nations in October of 2015 when the UN celebrated its 70th anniversary. Her speech outlined the important role the League has played in building the United Nations and the relationship which we maintain today. Rosalee reminded the audience how important it is that we keep these partnerships strong so that we can continue working together to make a better life for girls and women worldwide.

THANKS TO OUR CO-SPONSORS FOR THIS EVENT
We’d like to thank our co-sponsors for the day – they provide great support for the League, but also encourage attendance by their own members and friends to enlarge the participation at the UN. Their members add greatly to our discussions at the UN.

  • United Nations Department of Public Information
  • Zonta International District 4
  • Women’s Bar Association of the State of NY
  • General Federation of Women’s Clubs
  • The National Council of Jewish Women


LEAGUE DAY AT THE UNITED NATIONS GALLERY
2015
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