If you think that counterfeits are simply a way to get brand name goods at a cheaper price you might be surprised. From exploited labour being used to produce counterfeits, through to the harmful and potentially deadly dangers attached to these goods, and the links that this has in funding other organized criminal activities – this $250 billion a year crime affects us all.

 This new public service announcement from UNODC – ‘Look Behind’ – invites you to consider the often unforeseen range of products across the globe which are faked by criminals and the dire repercussions of counterfeiting.

United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL): A Day in the Life of a UN Military Observer

Lt. William Abbott was driving along a highway southeast of Zwedru when he noticed a woman who had just given birth on the side of the road. She was almost 10km from the nearest clinic and desperately needed assistance. The peacekeeper did not think twice about helping her. For Abbott, a UN Military Observer based in Zwedru, it was all part of a day’s work.

“If you tell me there are problems, we’ll come here and fix them.” That’s what he told one local, and that’s the motto he works by.

Abbott, from the US Navy, is checking out this month after having completed a six-month mission in Zwedru. Read More

Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs Dean Pittman met with UNGA Congressional Delegates Barbara Lee and Mark Meadows this morning.

Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs Dean Pittman met with UNGA Congressional Delegates Barbara Lee and Mark Meadows this morning.

Acting Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs Dean Pittman, the Enough Project’s John Prendergast, UN Dispatch’s Mark Goldberg, and the new U.S. Youth Observer at the UN Tiffany Taylor hosted a Google+ Hangout on the relationship between the United States and the United Nations and why youth, in particular, should care about multilateralism. Full Text» State Department’s Google+ page

Tomorrow at 1pm ET Acting Assistant Secretary Dean Pittman, the Enough Project's John Prendergast, UN Dispatch's Mark Goldberg, and the new US Youth Observer at the UN Tiffany Taylor will host a Google+ Hangout on why the #UNMatters. Post your questions now and tune in tomorrow at http://goo.gl/1wilaj.

Tomorrow at 1pm ET Acting Assistant Secretary Dean Pittman, the Enough Project's John Prendergast, UN Dispatch's Mark Goldberg, and the new US Youth Observer at the UN Tiffany Taylor will host a Google+ Hangout on why the #UNMatters. Post your questions now and tune in tomorrow at http://goo.gl/1wilaj.

Great News: US Youth Observer to the UN General Assembly Selected!

The U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the United Nations Association of the USA, is pleased to announce the selection of this year’s U.S. Youth Observer to the 68th UN General Assembly. The Observer, Ms. Tiffany Taylor, was selected from among more than 700 applicants nationwide. Ms. Taylor graduated from the University of Chicago and is currently pursuing joint Masters Degrees from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the School of Public Health at Columbia University. She originally hails from Mississippi.

Today, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Dean Pittman discussed U.S. goals and priorities for the 68th UN General Assembly. In closing his speech, he said, ”We live in a complex, interconnected world in which power is increasingly diffused. Nonstate actors are more influential than ever, youth voices are finding new amplification, and a number of countries are emerging as centers of influence with aspirations to global leadership. These truths do not, however, diminish the need for American leadership on the global stage, but instead reinforce its crucial importance. We do ourselves no favors by dismissing the United Nations as antiquated or ineffective, or threatening to decapitate an institution we played such a key role in building and continue to play in reforming its bodies to improve effectiveness. Our continued, robust leadership at the UN not only safeguards many of our core interests, it also promotes the living vision of an international gathering place sustained for the benefit of all nations and people.” See What Else he Said HERE

Today, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Dean Pittman discussed U.S. goals and priorities for the 68th UN General Assembly. In closing his speech, he said, We live in a complex, interconnected world in which power is increasingly diffused. Nonstate actors are more influential than ever, youth voices are finding new amplification, and a number of countries are emerging as centers of influence with aspirations to global leadership. These truths do not, however, diminish the need for American leadership on the global stage, but instead reinforce its crucial importance. We do ourselves no favors by dismissing the United Nations as antiquated or ineffective, or threatening to decapitate an institution we played such a key role in building and continue to play in reforming its bodies to improve effectiveness. Our continued, robust leadership at the UN not only safeguards many of our core interests, it also promotes the living vision of an international gathering place sustained for the benefit of all nations and people.” See What Else he Said HERE

Interested in a career on the front lines of today’s most pressing global issues, perhaps at the UN or another international organization?  Such a career could be within your reach, and this week the Department of State is launching a new and improved International Organization Careers website to help U.S. citizens explore exciting and varied opportunities. Learn More: http://1.usa.gov/18nSzUd

Interested in a career on the front lines of today’s most pressing global issues, perhaps at the UN or another international organization?  Such a career could be within your reach, and this week the Department of State is launching a new and improved International Organization Careers website to help U.S. citizens explore exciting and varied opportunities. Learn More: http://1.usa.gov/18nSzUd

Submit Questions on Twitter about the US #YouthObserver at the UN Program

Are you considering applying to become the next US Youth Observer at the UN? Have questions about the program?

Join the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, the UN Association of the USA, and 2012-2013 US-Youth Observer Brooke Loughrin for a twitter Q &A on Tuesday,  August 14, 2013 at 2:00pm EDT.  Use #YouthObserver to submit questions about the program, the application process or to ask Brooke about her experience as US Youth Observer last year.

Apply to Become the Next US Youth Observer at the United Nations

If you are age 18 to 25, and have an interest and passion for international affairs, civic engagement, and youth issues, you could qualify for this once in a lifetime chance to see the United Nations in action — in person.  The U.S. Youth Observer will travel to New York, interact with the U.S. delegation and other youth representatives from around the world — and then share their experiences to their peers and the rest of the world. Read More

Do you have a passion for international affairs? Think the voices of American youth should be heard at theUnited Nations? Apply today to be the next U.S. Youth Observer at the ‪#‎UN‬ General Assembly! Learn more and apply » http://bit.ly/RqEC2s

Do you have a passion for international affairs? Think the voices of American youth should be heard at theUnited Nations? Apply today to be the next U.S. Youth Observer at the ‪#‎UN‬ General Assembly! Learn more and apply » http://bit.ly/RqEC2s

VP Biden swears in Samantha Power as U.S. Ambassador to the UN today at the White House.

VP Biden swears in Samantha Power as U.S. Ambassador to the UN today at the White House.

Highlights: US Security Council Presidency

Check out these cool UN Photos from today’s UN Security Council Minsterial Debate on the Great Lakes Region.

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