Six Decades United Nations Association of the Philippines

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Six Decades United Nations Association of the Philippines


THE United Nations Association of the Philippines (UNAP) came to life in 1947, two years after the founding of the United Nations in 1945. General Carlos P. Romulo, one of the founders of UNAP, represented the Philippines in the UN General Assembly and signed the 1946 UN Charter.

Other members of the UNAP organizing groups were, then DFA Undersecretary Felino Neri, Rafaelita Hilario Soriano, Pura Santillian Castrence, Manuel Gallego, Helena Benitez, Leticia Perez de Guzman, and Dr. Ludivida Senora together with the Department of Education group.

The first UNAP president was Mariano V. delos Santos, an academician and socio-civic leader, president and founder of the University of Manila. Other UNAP presidents were Senator Geronima Pecson, former Education Secretary Narciso Albarracin, Dr. Leticia Perez de Guzman, and former Congresswoman Dr. Minerva Laudico, who passed away last year. It was Dr. Laudico who provided the moral and spiritual leadership in the association during the term of office of the present Board of Trustees.

Judge Aurora Navarrete-Recina, former chairwoman of the Commission on Human Rights and current vice president of UNAP, assumed the president's position after the confirmation of the Board of Trustees.

The UNAP, a non-governmental organization, is a member of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) based in Geneva, Switzerland, which has a consultative status at the United Nations. It strives to encourage understanding, cooperation, and peace among countries of the world and to foster human dignity and universal friendship. Dr. Angelica R. Abella, a member of the board of trustees and officer, was sent by UNAP as its first representative and as delegate together with Roderick Cruz to international conferences sponsored by WFUNA.

The purpose of the association is to help actualize the ideals of the United Nations and promote better understanding and appreciation of UN activities in the pursuit of peace and security, in the acceleration of economic and social development, and in the promotion and harmonious relations among nations of the world for the good of mankind, and strive to involve the Filipino people in the attainment of these ends.

It has a youth sector composed of various youth groups committed to promoting UNAP mission among the youth. The primary activity of the UNAP-Youth Sector is organizing and convening the International Youth Day (IYD) celebration/conference, and is involved in promoting the 10-point world program of action for the youth and actively pursue youth involvement in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. For the past five years it has given recognition to outstanding youth leaders with awarding ceremonies held in Malacanang. …

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