Two speakers representing the United Nations will present a program on Thursday, October 25, at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel Auditorium at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant. The program is free and open to the public.
United Nations Day is October 24.
Yashar Vasef, executive director of the Iowa United Nations Association, will present a program on the various UN Foundation and UN humanitarian campaigns around the world. Robert Skinner, associate director of the New York office of the United Nations Foundation, will then speak about the role of the United States in the United Nations.
The United Nations Foundation humanitarian campaigns include work in the areas of malaria, clean water, and polio and measles prevention.
The Iowa United Nations Association is a statewide non-profit organization founded in 1953 with a mission of engaging Iowans globally through UN programming and humanitarian fundraising. It has a strong southeast Iowa connection.
It began when Eleanor Roosevelt visited Des Moines in 1953 to speak for the American Association for the United Nations. Under the leadership of Dorothy Schramm of Burlington, the Iowa United Nations Association was then established. Schramm was chosen as the second president of the organization and served in that capacity from 1954-1957.
Vasef has served as the executive director of the Iowa UN Association for the past year. He was previously with the University of Iowa Foundation. He has interned at the political think tank, The Stanley Foundation, and the Brooklyn-based BoomGen Studios, an entertainment studio that provides Middle Eastern media content to a Western audience. Vasef is a native of Iran who, along with family, fled the country in the midst of the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980’s. He currently resides in Iowa City.
Skinner rejoined the UN Foundation in April 2008 after a brief tenure working in international corporate law. Previously, he was the Director of External Relations in UNF’s New York Office. Before originally joining UNF, he spent nearly nine years as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State, serving in U.S. Embassies in Trinidad & Tobago, El Salvador, and Cote d’Ivoire, as well as at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York.
The program is presented as part of the Iowa Wesleyan College Forum series.