United Nations: It’s relevance to Global Hot Spots.

Our program, on August 14 at 2 PM in the East Rec Center, will focus on the United Nations, whether and how it’s needed or effective, and how it is relevant to the us in Sonoma, the USA and the world.

The speaker will be Herb Behrstock, a resident of Alameda since he retired in 2003 from a 32 year career working with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Herb had a leadership trajectory that included 16 years in UNDP HQ in New York, with growing responsibilities for development policy and coordination, and overseeing programs in Asia and Africa; as well as 16 years serving in 8 countries culminating as the UN’s Coordinator of Development Assistance and head of the UNDP. His assignments were in all regions: China, Kazakhstan, Haiti, 3 African countries, Bhutan, and Gaza.

Herb will introduce issues pertaining to the UN’s objectives and performance (strengths and shortcomings) since the UN Charter was signed in 1945 in SF. Turning to contemporary global challenges that affect the USA and us, he’ll address how/why the United Nations matters with respect to war/violence/insecurity, the COVID pandemic, the record-setting humanitarian crisis and migration, widespread inequality and human rights abuses. He’ll also touch on the Israel-UN relationship. We anticipate a participatory Q&A.

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