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Posts Tagged ‘United Nations’

Battle Rages Between Russia and Euromaidan on Social Media

On Friday Russian “president” Vladimir Putin proved that his big-deal New York Times op-ed scolding President Obama on Syria and arguing that all countries should go through the United Nations before declaring war should have included an “except when I do it” disclaimer.

As the conflict on the ground intensifies, with Russian troops closing the nation’s airports and effectively seizing the Crimean peninsula, a proxy communications battle between the pro-Europe Ukranian protestors and the Kremlin has begun.

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Prada’s Suit Against ‘Too Ugly’ Whistleblower Proceeds


Rina Bovrisse has been a thorn in Prada‘s side for some time—four years, to be exact. In 2009 the former employee of Prada Tokyo filed suit alleging sexual harassment and discrimination, and the United Nations backed her up earlier this year. Her allegations reveal some serious problems with gender relations in the workplace in Japan:

“Prada Japan CEO David Sesia reportedly demoted or dismissed female staff members who he deemed were ‘old, fat, ugly, disgusting, or did not have the Prada look’”

Bovrisse also told stories about employees being forced to buy expensive Prada products and pressured into sex by their superiors. But when she finally decided to make some noise on the topic, she got a visit from someone in HR who told her:

“You will have to change your hairstyle. And you will have to lose weight. The CEO is so ashamed of your ugliness that he won’t introduce you to any visitors from Milan.”

It gets worse after the jump:

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Charity:Water Rules Social Media on ‘World Water Day’

In case you didn’t realize it, today is “World Water Day“, an event first created by the United Nations in 1993 to bring attention to the chronic lack of sanitary drinking water that affects one billion people in the developing world. charity: water, a New York nonprofit founded in 2006 to more directly address that very problem, has displayed its mastery of social media on several fronts today, and we’d like to review them briefly.

  • Public events: the organization created a “Waterwalk” event in Times Square and other locations around the world in order to highlight the fact that many poor individuals have to walk several miles a day carrying heavy “jerry cans” to secure water that might not even be safe to drink. The org set these cans on the sidewalk to encourage the public to “walk in their shoes”, then posted photos of related events from Paris to midtown Manhattan on its Instagram page.
  • The “Pledge Your Birthday” project: Here charity: water created a nice viral promo campaign by encouraging fans to promise that, when their next birthday comes around, they will create their own social “fundraising page” with the charity’s help and encourage all their friends to make donations. Tens of thousands of people have already done it, and the average user raises several hundred dollars for the cause. That’s a nice chunk of change.

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U.N. Outreach Event: How Can We Promote Sustainable Business?

Americans wondering what transpires at the U.N. got some answers on Monday when the United Nations Association of the U.S. (UNA-USA) hosted a day for members. Sustainability was first and foremost on the agenda for those attending, namely business and community leaders, the media, individual supporters and academics.

As Patrick Madden, executive director of UNA-USA said, “There are various conspiracy theories swirling around about what the U.N. does. In the U.S. it’s a particular challenge since most U.S. citizens don’t see the U.N. directly at work in their country. That makes it harder for most of the American public to see the benefits”. Minh-Thu Phan, UNA-USA director of public policy, added, “Many Americans care about these issues, but not enough to act on them or to call their congressmen.”

Sustainability is an area where the U.N. has been active, and one that has gained traction in the public and private sectors. On Monday the panel discussed the aftermath of Rio+ 20, a U.N. conference on sustainable development that was the U.N.’s biggest conference ever, with 50,000 attendees in Brazil last June.

“The message was simple: we need to re-think development”. Those were the words of Nikhil Seth, a U.N. director of sustainable development. He provided a broad overview of the Rio + 20 conference, and Eban Goodstein, director of Bard College’s Center for Environmental Policy, focused on sustainable business issues.

Click through for takeaways.

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Sunshine Sachs: Fans “Earn” Tix to Neil Young Charity Gig

Wailin'Principals at big-time NY/LA-based PR firm Sunshine Sachs don’t like to bring too much attention to themselves, but that hasn’t stopped them from scoring great headlines and sponsoring A-list events with a focus on noble causes like, say…reducing poverty rates around the world. (Did you know that more than 1.3 billion people across the globe live on the equivalent of $1.50 a day? We need to get out more.)

The firm’s latest announcement is significant in a couple of ways. They’re publicizing a massive September 29th concert in Central Park with headliners Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, and The Black Keys, but the details of the event are even more interesting: As reported on the Huffington Post, the show’s 54,000 tickets will not be available through the usual channels. Fans will have to “earn” their way into a raffle by downloading an app from the Global Citizen website and accumulating points by performing acts like donating to charities, signing petitions, or sharing information about global poverty on social media channels.

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UN Focuses on Research, Health Services on World Autism Awareness Day

Today is World Autism Awareness Day, and the United Nations has placed a focus on how best to help those suffering from autism spectrum disorders and their families.

Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary General, said in a statement that countries around the world need to step up their efforts to address the needs of the autistic, research this disorder, and help those impacted with health services.

“On this Day in New York, Vienna and Geneva, the United Nations Postal Administration is releasing six commemorative postage stamps and two collectible envelopes dedicated to autism awareness.  These tiny pieces of paper — with images created by artists who have been diagnosed with autism — will send a powerful message to people around the world that talent and creativity live inside all of us,” the statement says.

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Lance Armstrong Thought the Yellow LIVESTRONG Armbands ‘Would Be A Joke’

Left to right: Lance Ulanoff, Lance Armstrong, and Doug Ulman

Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong put aside the difficult year he’s been having to take the stage on Tuesday with the president and CEO of his LIVESTRONG foundation, Doug Ulman, at the second annual Social Good Summit, which wrapped up today in NYC. The two talked about the evolution of LIVESTRONG, which is devoted to improving the lives of people with cancer.

While Armstrong has lived the high-profile life of an internationally-known professional athlete, he didn’t expect the popularity of the yellow LIVESTRONG bracelet. Armstrong said he “originally thought the yellow armbands would be a joke.” Instead, as Ulman noted, “the yellow armband democratized philanthropy” by allowing people to give small donations. “They started the movement and changed the conversation,” he added.

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Philippine Official: PR Firm’s $15,000 Fee Was ‘Very Cheap’

At a news briefing following Philippine President Benigno Aquino III’s visit to New York for the United Nations’ General Assembly meeting, government officials talked about their decision to hire PR firm Kreab Gavin Anderson.

According to a local website,, reports about hiring the firm have said the fee was high. Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima stated that the cost was $15,000. GMANews.TV quotes Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo saying the price was “very cheap” and “way, way worth it.”

Purisima said that the Kreab Gavin Anderson’s work was a “one-time engagement” but they are looking for a long-term PR partner. PRNewser has contacted Kreab Gavin Anderson for comment about whether they are pitching the work. Read more