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UNA-USA Chicago Chapter Presents "The Global Wake-Up" Festival of Film, Literature, and Creative Arts in Support of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals

Chicago, IL, October 16, 2011 --( The Chicago Chapter of the United Nations Association of USA (UNA-USA), a program of the United Nations Foundation, today announced that it will present for the first time a two-day film festival in Chicago October 28 - 29, 2011. “The Global Wake-up Film Festival is a natural outcome of UNA-USA Chicago Chapter’s mission to raise public awareness of the United Nations’ values, work, and fundamental concepts of multilateralism and international cooperation,” announced Anne Porowski, president of UNA-USA Chicago Chapter.

Starting this year, the Global Wake-Up Film Festival is committed to supporting the efforts of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) created by the United Nations’ 193 member states, who have agreed to achieve eight goals by 2015. “United Nations state members strive to eradicate extreme poverty, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality, empower women, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, and ensure environmental sustainability,” Steffen Schwarz, MDG Specialist said.

With the challenges the United Nations might have to face during the next several years in achieving these eight goals, “UNA-USA Chicago Chapter is on a mission to build public support, and is taking part in supporting the MDGs by organizing the Global Wake-Up Film Festival in Chicago,” said Roxxy Cooley, the Director of International Films at UNA-USA Chicago Chapter.

The Global Wake-Up Film Festival is a two-day event opening Friday morning and continuing through the evening with a Star-Studded Award Ceremony and Benefit Reception. “The full day on Saturday consists of a variety of free events carefully selected to satisfy the diverse interests of our visitors including international and national film screenings, workshops, a creative art exhibition, and panel discussions closing the event,” stated Claudia Jaccarino, UNA-USA Chicago Chapter Vice President of Programs.

Introducing such a diverse program, “The Global Wake-Up Film Festival will educate, enhance public awareness, and honor those who have sought to address the MDGs in developing countries and other human condition concerns,” said Ms. Cooley. “The festival will make the local and global connection by showcasing works of artists, writers and filmmakers from all over the world,” she added, indicating one of the film festival’s main goals.

The Global Wake-Up Film Festival will be held in the heart of Chicago’s film district, Film Row Cinema at Columbia College Chicago on Friday, October 28, & Saturday, October 29, 2011. The Global Wake-Up Film Festival is a wake-up call for global justice, equality and the end of disparity on both the national and local fronts. The film festival will serve as a guide to fully consider public involvement towards an advantageous, effective and positive outcome of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. Details of the Global Wake-Up Film Festival schedule and spherical events are listed on the festival’s official website:

About UNA-USA Chicago Chapter

The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), founded in 1945, is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization that supports the work of the United Nations. The UNA-USA Greater Chicago Chapter sponsors a variety of activities and services as a resource for citizens of the Greater Chicago area by presenting a variety of educational and public programs on the broad agenda of critical global issues addressed by the United Nations.

Contact: Dalida Alley

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UNA-USA Chicago Chapter
Dalida Alley
312 972 7480

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