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U.N. affiliate group forms in mid-Missouri

Thursday, October 25, 2007 | 1:58 p.m. CDT; updated 4:15 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

COLUMBIA — Mid-Missourians are forming a chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America to support the goals of the U.N. on a local level.

“I think it’s important to raise awareness of what the U.. does and what it stands for,” said Casi Lock, chapter secretary and MU graduate student. “For me, the U.N. represents understanding between cultures and non-violence among people.”

MU professor Roy Fox, chapter founder and honorary president, hopes members will work with others through the organization.

“We hope to bring like-minded people together who have a global perspective,” he said. “(The group) gives them a place to pursue issues through the U.N., whether it’s land mines, hunger or poverty.”

The organization plans to provide educational programming, host guest lecturers, and sponsor activities to provide aid for worldwide matters such as HIV/AIDs.

Kangmo Lim, elected president of the mid-Missouri chapter and a doctoral student at MU, said he hopes to work toward improving literacy on global issues, but raising awareness of the group itself is his first task.

“Probably next year we will do more activities,” he said. “This is just the first year so we are publicizing our existence.”

Fox said there are about 25 members so far, although he hopes more people will join soon. “It’s kind of complicated to get a chapter going,” he said.

Vanessa Welbern, a mid-Missouri U.N.A.-U.S.A. member on the MU staff, thinks more involvement is necessary.

“Right now we don’t have enough man power to make a huge difference,” she said.

The group is open to all members of the community. For more information, call Kangmo Lim at 884-5730 or e-mail him at kltwb@missouri.edu.


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