Friends of WFUNA Luncheons

The World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) is a global nonprofit organization representing and coordinating a membership of over 100 national United Nations Associations.

The Friends of WFUNA has held several luncheons to honor individuals for their leadership and long-time support of the United Nations.

2009 – Luncheon Honoring Gillian Sorensen

Over 100 hundred people attended the annual Friends of WFUNA luncheon, held at the UN Delegates Dining Room on Wednesday, 20 May 2009. Gillian Sorensen, National Advocate for the UN Foundation, was the honoree. The event was co-hosted by Mrs. Arthur Ross, Mr. Louis Perlmutter and Ambassador William J. vanden Heuvel.  Highlights of the occasion were messages from both Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon and tributes to Gillian from a wide range of people who have appreciated her outstanding work for the United Nations.

2008 - Luncheon Honoring Ambassador William J. vanden Heuvel

Dr. Hans Blix, Former President of WFUNA hosted the annual WFUNA benefit luncheon on Wednesday 9 April 2008 at the UN Delegates Dining Room.  The honoree was Ambassador William J. vanden Heuvel, President of the Friends of WFUNA.   Gillian Sorensen and Steve Schlesinger gave short speeches and a power point presentation of tributes to the Ambassador was shown.  The President of UNA-Russia, Amb Torkunov, paid a special tribute.

2007- Luncheon Honoring Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

Dr. Hans Blix, Former President of WFUNA hosted the annual WFUNA benefit luncheon at the University Club in New York City, honoring recently elected UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in May 2007. Several members of the newly appointed cabinet of the Secretary-General attended the event. Mr. Ban Ki-moon gave the keynote speech.


2004 – Luncheon Honoring John C. Whitehead

The Friends of WFUNA honored Mr. John C. Whitehead for his leadership and long-time support of the United Nations in a luncheon on 8 December 2004 at UN Headquarters. Former WFUNA Secretary-General, James B. Sitrick, was joined by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy to honor John C. Whitehead.


2003 – Luncheon Honoring Robin Duke and Louis Perlmutter

The Friends of the WFUNA honored Ambassador Robin Duke and Mr. Louis Perlmutter for their leadership and long-time support of the United Nations. The luncheon was held on Thursday, 4 December 2003 in the Delegates Dining Room at UN Headquarters. H.R.H. Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein, Permanent Representative of Jordan to the United Nations was the key note speaker.

2002 - Luncheon Honoring Arthur Ross

On Thursday, 7 November 2002 WFUNA honored Mr. Arthur Ross, for his visionary leadership in support of the United Nations. In the presence of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, a published Tribute to Arthur Ross was presented to him. The Tribute includes a conversation with Arthur Ross and remarks from distinguished statesmen, diplomats and writers. Read the tribute >>

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