Please join the UNA-USA Dane County Chapter as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the UN Day on October, 18th

Please join the UNA-USA Dane County Chapter as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the UN Day on October, 18th, 2015!
Keynote Address: “Global Health and Sustainable Development”

We are pleased to welcome Ambassador John E. Lange*, a Senior Fellow of Global Health Diplomacy at the UN Foundation, as our keynote speaker, and Cecilia Zarate-Laun** of Colombia Support Network as our Global Citizen of the Year.

Sun Oct 18, 2015 @
11:45 AM – 2:45 PM CDT

11:45 a.m.
Registration and
silent auction
(until 1:00 p.m.)
12:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.

Monona Terrace
1 John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI 53703
View on map
Questions? Please contact Sarah Ripp at 608-262-0616 or

Ticket Price:
General Admission/Adults: $40
Students of any age (with ID): $20

Tickets are available through Monday, October 12th and can be purchased online here:

About UNA Dane County Chapter: (A recent radio interview featuring Ambassador Lange is available here.)

*About Ambassador Lange:
Ambassador John E. Lange (Ret.) serves as the primary focal point for the UN Foundation’s global health diplomacy activities.

Prior to joining the Foundation in July 2013, Lange spent four years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation working with African governments to improve public health. He has served as co-chair of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s Polio Partners Group since its launch in April 2012.
Ambassador Lange had a 28-year career in the Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State, including service as Special Representative on Avian and Pandemic Influenza; Deputy Inspector General; Deputy U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator at the inception of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief; and Associate Dean at the Foreign Service Institute. He was Ambassador to Botswana from 1999 to 2002 and simultaneously served as Special Representative to the Southern African Development Community. Lange headed the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam as Charge d’Affaires during the August 7, 1998, terrorist bombing, for which he received the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award for skilled leadership and extraordinary courage.
From 1991 to 1995 at the U.S. Mission to the UN in Geneva, Lange managed humanitarian and refugee assistance channeled through international organizations. He also had tours of duty in the State Department Bureaus of African Affairs, Western Hemisphere Affairs and Management in Washington and at U.S. Embassies in Togo, France and Mexico.
Prior to joining the diplomatic service in 1981, he worked for five years at the UN Association of the USA in New York.
Ambassador Lange authored a first-person account of pandemic influenza negotiations for a book of case studies in global health diplomacy. He is a member of the University of Wisconsin International Studies Advisory Board; the Advisory Board of the Global Health Diplomacy Network; the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs; the American Society of International Law; the American Foreign Service Association; and the Advisory Council of the Foreign Service Youth Foundation.
He has degrees from the National War College (M.S. in national security strategy), the University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D.) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.A. in political science). He was admitted to the bar in Wisconsin (1975) and New York (1979) and has studied at The Hague Academy of International Law. He speaks English and Spanish and has limited proficiency in French.

**About Cecilia Zarate-Laun:

Cecilia Zarate-Laun founded the Colombia Support Network (CSN) in 1987 with her husband, Jack Laun. Since its founding, Cecilia has been CSN’s guiding light. The Colombia Support Network is an activist grassroots organization that works through sister communities to help Colombians create a peaceful participatory democracy and an economically just society. It provides support to Colombian communities and organizations in areas of conflict to construct a just social and economic order using non-violent means. The CSN also creates opportunities for Americans to gain firsthand knowledge of the problems faced by residents in sister communities in Colombia.

Cecilia is originally from Bucaramanga, Colombia. She graduated from and taught nutrition at the National University of Colombia in Bogota and was the nutritionist
for the National Nutrition Plan of Colombia. She completed a Masters in Science degree in Nutrition from UW-Stevens Point in 1975. Cecilia married Jack in 1976.
Though she moved her residence to Wisconsin, she never lost her passionate concern for her home country, making frequent visits and monitoring the violence of a
long civil war compounded by the influence of drugs.

Cecilia has led many delegations to Colombian sister communities. In the past, she has served on the Latin American Committee for the American Friends Service
Committee and the national board of WILPF, representing a voice for peace in Colombia, and was on the board of the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice.

For more information about the Colombia Support Network please visit:

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