Archive of Previous Activities

Our Current (2017)Theme is "World Harmony: Creating a Non-violent World"

The UNA-USA was founded in 1947 to promote stronger U.S. involvement in the United Nations. As one of 170 chapters nationwide, the UNA-USA Santa Barbara County Chapter is the second oldest chapter in the nation established in 1947.

UNA-USA, Santa Barbara & Tri-County chapter's goal is to be an effective catalyst in the local community to educate the public about the U.N. and thereby strengthen U.S. involvement in the United Nations. As a bi-partisan forum, all opinions are welcome. One of the organizations operating under our Chapter's umbrella as a UNA Committee is UNESCO. UNESCO's goal is to decrease worldwide poverty through education, eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, and help countries implement a national strategy for sustainable development thus reversing current trends in the loss of environmental resources. The local chapter has also been working with a number of other non-profit groups to provide solar lighting to impoverished townships globally.

The local chapter of the UNA-USA holds quarterly educational programs with speakers for the benefit of our members and the public. An annual U.N. Day takes place every Fall. This event consists of exhibitors, a well known key note speaker and/or panelists to present timely global topics concerning the welfare of the Global Community. The UNA-USA works closely with other local non-profits in promoting peace and welfare for humanity and all events are co-sponsored by various community non-profit organizations.

The UNA-USA financially supports UNICEF and Model U.N programs. The Model U.N. programs are run almost exclusively by students from local high schools, colleges and universities who organize chapters on their respective campuses. The purpose of these chapters is to promote understanding and appreciation of the United Nations at the student level and to facilitate its work. The Model UN's include local High Schools in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties and colleges including Santa Barbara City College, UCSB, Westmont and Ventura City College.

While our UNA Chapter works with non-profits and other organizations on a local level, our organization has no employees and is operated solely by volunteers. Funding for UNA-USA, Santa Barbara County Chapter is provided by private foundations, corporations, individuals and membership dues. The organization is a 501(c)(3) organization in accordance with U.S. regulations and all contributions are fully tax deductible.

Aug. 22, 2017

United Nations Association Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Unity of San Luis Obispo

1130 Orcutt Road

Register for this free event at

5:30 Pizza

6:00 Welcome (sign in) and Introductions, facilitated by Barbara Gaughen-Muller     

6:15 “Get To Know Your UNA”

Aug. 12, 2017

— Global Climate Change Event, with Dr. Karl Hutterer (past Director ofthe S.B. Museum of Natural History

REMINDER for Saturday-Sunday, Apr. 22-23, 2017, Alameda Park, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm:
See YOU at
Earth Day, where you can join our United nations Association in Booth #336.


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Tune in to TWO UPCOMING RADIO SHOWS THIS WEEK! with our UNA President, Barbara Gaughen-Muller

to learn more about our upcoming Workshop and the UNA : Monday Morning 7/18/16 @ 10am on KZSB 1290 am radio, & Wednesday Morning 7/20/16 @ 9am on KZSB 1290 am radio


UPCOMING EVENTS – Mark your calendars!

Friday, July 22, 2016 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Revolutionary Conversations Workshop

Please join us for a special workshop by your UNA Santa Barbara Chapter. Our goal is to be an effective catalyst in the community and to educate our friends in the Tri-Counties with special programs at the service of peace.


This workshop will introduce you to the tools* to enhance your effectiveness to create powerful changes in your world with every conversation. Based on the book

*Revolutionary Conversations, the Tools You Need for the Success You Want.

WHEN: Friday, July 22, 2016 8:30 a.m.-3:30p.m. $45.00 WHERE: St. Andrews Presbyterian Church 4575 Auhay, Santa Barbara, CA. (free parking) (Hollister, Auhay to Arroyo parking lot) PHONE: 968 8567 Thank you!


2016 May Invit. Youth Ambass lunch


Get to Know Your UNA-USA!

When? Thursday, April 21, 2016, 9:00 AM

What? Pastries, Coffee, and YOU!

Where? The University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara St. Santa Barbara, CA (park in the U-Club lot)

January 15-16, 2016, Ontario, CA

The 2016 Rotary World Peace Conference: A unique peace conference that focuses on the accomplishments of everyday people creating exceptional Peace in all aspects of daily life

The United Nations Association and the UNA of Santa Barbara and Tri-Counties are collaborating with Rotary International on Rotary's 2016 World Peace Conference in Ontario, California on January 15th-16th. Our President, Barbara Gaughen-Muller, and board member, Mark H. Fowler, are Steering Committee members and active in all aspects of helping to create a world class event. Both Barbara and Mark will be breakout speakers and Barbara will be the Keyender speaker. This is a unique Peace Conference in that it focuses on the accomplishments of everyday people creating exceptional Peace in all aspects of daily life.

To reinforce this most important focus, Barbara is heading up the "Meet the Speakers" program. Barbara has interviewed almost two-thirds of the speakers. You can listen to each of these exceptional interviews by clicking on their picture with the yellow stripe in the Speakers section. Please click HERE to link directly to the interviews, and on the postcard above to learn first hand about this exceptional event. We so look forward to seeing you at the Conference!

UNASB invitation 12-29-2015


Mon. October 26, 2015

The NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns (NY) invited Barbara Gaughen-Muller to speak at their final event for the week of Spiritual Events: "Spirit of the UN: Human Dignity for All — The Road to Spiritual Renaissance,” on October 26, 2015, from 1 to 3, at 777 Church Center, New York, NY 10017, across from the UN.

Enjoy this YouTube of our Oct. 24 "Peace Parade"!

Sun. Sept. 6, 2015, 9:30 & 11:00AM: Sermon by Barbara Gaughen-Muller for Unitarian Universalists. "Peace is Possible…" Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3327 Old Conejo Rd. Newbury Park CA 91320 805 492 8751. Wed. Sept. 9, 2015, 7:00 AM: Talk by Barbara Gaughen-Muller for the Rotary Club regarding the UN 70th Birthday and Rotary Peace Conference to be held at the Santa Barbara Club, 1105 Chapala with breakfast (at $18). Ask Barbara about attending as her guest. Thurs. Sept. 10, 2015, noon: Luncheon Speaker: Barbara Gaughen-Muller for Revolutionary Conversations Santa Barbara Associates..University Club 1332 Santa Barbara Street. rsvp 805 966 0853. $20 Sun. Sept. 20, 2015, 9:30 AM: Peace Corner sermon by Barbara Gaughen-Muller for the Children Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church 4575 Auhay Drive Santa Barbara 93110Sun. Sept. 6, 9:30 & 11:00AM: Sermon by Barbara Gaughen-Muller for Unitarian Universalists. "Peace is Possible…" Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3327 Old Conejo Rd. Newbury Park CA 91320 805 492 8751. Wed. Sept. 9, 2015, 7:00 AM: Talk by Barbara Gaughen-Muller for the Rotary Club regarding the UN 70th Birthday and Rotary Peace Conference to be held at the Santa Barbara Club, 1105 Chapala with breakfast (at $18). Ask Barbara about attending as her guest. Thurs. Sept. 10, 2015, noon: Luncheon Speaker: Barbara Gaughen-Muller for Revolutionary Conversations Santa Barbara Associates..University Club 1332 Santa Barbara Street. Sun. Sept. 20, 9:30 AM: Peace Corner sermon by Barbara Gaughen-Muller for the Children Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church 4575 Auhay Drive Santa Barbara 93110.

GenUN represents a new generation of UN advocates and young Americans working toward a bright future. Are you GenUN? CLICK HERE! Join us today!

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Thanks to all who made our October 24, 2014, Town Hall Forum in Santa Barbara a stunning success!

There were over a hundred participants! We gathered to address the question: How can NGOs collaborate with the public & private sectors to better serve our youth?

One of the delegates just wrote to say "the positive energy radiating from those gathered rejuvenated and nourished my mind and spirit.  What a gift to 'S.H.A.R.E.' — a lively conversation with a passionate circle of like minded inspired community leaders following your awesome speaker panel." Co-sponsoring this event: A Year Without War, The World Business Academy, League of Women Voters, Revolutionary Conversations, LLC, Betsy Ingalls, Rotary World Peace Conference 2016, Center For Global Dialogue, West Model UN, The Santa Barbara Response Network

The Santa Barbara Protocol, adopted by the UNA-Santa Barbara Board following the UN Day activites of October 24, 2013, calls for the following:

  1. Halt the contamination of the water and air as a result of the leakage of radioactive material at Fukushima;
  2. Secure the nuclear plant at Fukushima so that the fragile, unstable radioactive nuclear material will not progress to a nuclear event that threatens our existence; and,
  3. Initiate an immediate moratorium on all construction of nuclear plants or weapons until such time as there is diligent consideration of the safety of all nuclear materials.
CLICK HERE to see the full statement and download a printer-friendly version.

In Memoriam

William Harris Allaway

Announcing the 2014 UNA-USA Bill Allaway Memorial High School Essay Award

Win a $500 prize for the best essay on "World Harmony; Creating A Non­violent World"

Check out this year's Flyer, and visit our Blog for an application form, or Click here.

Deadline is June 20, 2014


Recommended Websites for Fukushima Background Information

contributed by Dick Wullaert, October 17, 2013

Nuclear Engineering Analysis of Fukushima (Arnie Gundersen):

San Onofre Article (Michael Collins):

Caldicott Conference: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident

Bob Alvarez/FOE: Nuke Waste at San Onofre

Radiation Dose Chart:

Radiation Tracking:


Richard Wullaert, Ph.D. – Dr. Wullaert is a materials scientist with extensive R&D, project management and entrepreneurial experience, particularly in the nuclear and water treatment industries. Over the last twenty years, he has worked closely with the Japanese on advanced water treatment technologies and is considered the leading U.S. expert on these technologies. He is currently using these technologies in the beverage, mining and health areas.

Christina Consolo's report on the threat of spreading radiation

Click here to download and review the PowerPoint that

Stephen Hosea showed at our UN Day gathering. It is a large (17.5MB) file, which may take ~2 minutes to download. Be patient!

Monday, March 3, 2014, at 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Third Anniversary Fukushima Commemoration

Location: University Club of Santa Barbara, 1332 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara. Free and open to the public! Complementary wine & beverages, crudité & cheese platters. Cash bar available.

  • Barbara Gaughen-Muller, President, United Nations Association – USA / Santa Barbara & Tri-Counties Chapter, will speak on Fukushima and the Santa Barbara Protocol.
  • Sawada Gyosen, a Buddhist monk from Japan, who will undertake a Fukushima Memorial Walk, departing Santa Barbara on March 4 and arriving at Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant on March 11. 
  • Jerry B. Brown, Ph.D., Director, Safe Energy Project, World Business Academy, who will release the results of the Academy’s Diablo Canyon Radiation-Health Study.

Calendar Item: Sunday March 23, 2014

When: Sunday March 23, 2014, 2:00 pm. Doors open at 1:30 pm.

Where: High Street Arts Center: 45 E. High Street, Moorpark, CA 93021 Fee: $10 for adults, $5 for students, sold at the door. For more information, please refer to the FEMME PDF.

United Nations Association

Of the United States of America

Santa Barbara and Tri Counties Chapter

United Nations Day 2013

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. town meeting  &

6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Evening public meeting

“How Can Fukushima Teach us to Collaborate as Global Citizens to Heal the World?”

The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a membership organization of individuals and organizations dedicated to inform, inspire, and mobilize the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. For 70 years UNA-USA has worked to accomplish its mission through its national network of Chapters, youth engagement, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events.

On UN Day 2013, we plan to look at the unfolding catastrophe at Fukushima, which is now posing direct risks to the health and well being of people along the central coast of California and far more broadly across all the U.S. western states extending into Canada. The UN Association of Santa Barbara has asked Mr. Julian Gresser to facilitate a day long discovery process on generating breakthrough innovations and preparing an effective emergency response based on his latest book, Piloting Through Chaos and his invention, an “Explorer’s Wheel.” We plan to hold a town meeting on October 24, UN Day, and invite members of the 1200 local non-profit organizations along with many other concerned companies and civic groups. That evening we will have a public forum with a panel of experts and a speaker.

Fukushima presents an immediate set of concerns:

  • The Fukushima reactors are discharging 400 tons per day of radioactive water into the Pacific. There is a wedge of radioactive water that is likely to arrive in early 2014 on California
  • Radio active material is already being released into the atmosphere

To participate, please send an e-mail message with your name, e-mail, affiliation, and phone contact to, and kindly put "UN Day" in the subject line.


A Tribute to Garry Davis

Before reading the tribute below, have a look at the YouTube video that BarbaraGaughen-Muller contributed to this post.  She recalls that Garry Davis and Robert Muller were dear friends. 
Garry Davis, who died 24 July 2013, in BurlingtonVermont, was often called “World Citizen N°1.” The title was not strictly exact, as the organized world citizen movement was started in England in 1937 by Hugh J. Shonfield and his Commonwealth of World Citizens. It was followed in 1938 by the creation jointly in the USA and England of the World Citizen Association. However, it was Garry Davis in Paris in 1948-1949 who reached a wide public and popularized the term “world citizen.” …
In May 1948, knowing that the UN General Assembly was to meet in Paris in September and earlier the founding meeting of the international world federalists was to be held in Luxembourg, he went to Paris. There he renounced his US citizenship and gave in his passport.  However, he had no other identity credentials in a Europe where the police can stop you and demand that you provide identity papers. So he had printed a “United World Citizen International Identity Card,” although the French authorities listed him as “Apatride d’origine americaine.” Paris after the War was filled with “apatrides” (persons without patrias or states) but there was probably none other “d’origine americaine”
Giving up US citizenship and a passport, which many of the refugees in Paris would have wanted at any price, was widely reported in the press and brought him many visitors.  Among the visitors was Robert Sarrazac, who had been active in the French resistance. He shared the same view of the destructive nature of narrow nationalism and the need to develop a world citizen ideology.  Garry was also joined by the young Guy Marchand, who would later play an important role in structuring the world citizen movement.
Despite the French police's official displeasure with people not having "valid" identity papers, they tolerated Garry Davis' camping out on the terraces of the Palais de Chaillot, which had become “world territory” for the duration of the UN General Assembly's meeting there. He set up a tent and waited to see what the UN would do to promote world citizenship. In the meantime, Robert Sarrazac, who had many contacts from his resistance activities, set up a “Conseil de Solidarite,” formed of people admired for their independence of thought and not linked to a particular political party.  The Conseil was led by Albert Camus, novelist and writer for newspapers, Andre Breton, the Surrealist poet, l’Abbé Pierre and Emmanuel Mounier, editor of Esprit, both Catholics of highly independent spirit, as well as Henri Roser, a Protestant minister and secretary for French-speaking countries of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation.
Davis and his advisors felt that world citizenship should not be left outside the General Assembly hall, but had to be presented inside as a challenge to the ordinary way of doing things, “an interruption.” Thus it was planned that Garry Davis, from the visitors balcony, would interrupt the UN proceedings to read a short text; Robert Sarrazac had the same speech in French, and Albert Crespey, son of a chief from Togo had his talk written out in his Togolese language.
In the break after a long Yugoslav speech, Davis stood up.  Father Montecland, “priest by day and world citizen by night,” said in a booming voice “And now the people have the floor!” Davis said “Mr. Chairman and delegates: I interrupt in the name of the people of the world not represented here. Though my words may be unheeded, our common need for world law and order can no longer be disregarded.” After this, the security guards moved in, but Robert Sarrazac, on the other side of the Visitors Gallery, continued in French, followed by a plea for human rights in Togolese. Later, near the end of the UN Assembly in Paris, the General Assembly adopted without an opposition vote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which became the foundation of world citizens’ efforts to advance world law.

For additional information about Garry Davis, please see this article in the New York Times: "Garry Davis, Man of No Nation Who Saw One World of No War, Dies at 91." The foregoing paragraphs were excerpted from the essay "Garry Davis: And Now the People Have The Floor," by Rene Wadlow.