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UN General Assembly Campaign


Beginning in 2009, UANI has organized and led efforts to compel New York area hotels and venues to not host the Iranian President and the Iranian delegation during the UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) annual September meeting in New York City. When the Iranian regime visits New York, it is essential that it faces diplomatic isolation for its egregious violation of international law and norms. UANI has consistently been the first to learn where the Iranian President and his delegation will be staying for UNGA, and alerted supporters, the media and the public of this venue’s wrong decision.

Since the campaign’s inception, UANI and its supporters have successfully urged a number of venues to decline accommodations and event space for the Iranian President and delegation.

2013

ONE UN New York

In 2013, UANI broke the news that the Iranian delegation would be staying at the ONE UN New York hotel (formerly known as the Millennium UN Plaza, of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels). In the lead up to President Rouhani’s arrival, UANI secured commitments from New York hotels to not host the Iranian delegation.

In May 2010, ONE UN hosted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference.

2013 CAMPAIGN RECAP

2012

Warwick New York Hotel

In 2012, the Warwick New York Hotel had the shameful distinction of hosting Ahmadinejad for the second consecutive year. As in previous years, UANI broke the news about where Ahmadinejad was staying and alerted UANI supporters, the media and the public. As a result, the Warwick Hotel and its General Manager, Drew Schlesinger, were widely condemned and exposed to negative coverage in the media and severe reputational harm. In response to the Warwick's continued misconduct, UANI re-launched its boycott of the Warwick International Hotels group, led protests at the Warwick and relocated its headquarters to within the hotel during the duration of Amadinejad's visit.

2012 CAMPAIGN RECAP

2011

Warwick New York Hotel

For the 2011 UNGA, UANI was the first to learn that the Warwick New York Hotel would be accommodating Ahmadinejad. In response, UANI launched a boycott of the Warwick International Hotels group and relocated its headquarters to the Warwick Hotel for the remainder of Ahmadinejad’s visit to better coordinate protest activities. UANI’s actions resulted in in significant reputational and financial harm for the Warwick Hotel.

In 2010, the Warwick also hosted a “Monster’s ball” for Ahmadinejad and other extremists, including Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam and members of the New Black Panther Party.


2011 CAMPAIGN RECAP

2010

Hilton Manhattan East

During the 2010 UNGA, UANI effectively quarantined President Ahmadinejad to The Hilton Manhattan East Hotel, the one hotel in New York that agreed to accommodate the Iranian delegation. UANI launched a boycott of all Hilton Hotels properties and held a rally outside of his hotel. Responding to UANI pressure, the Hilton Manhattan East has decided not to host Ahmadinejad for the 2011 UNGA.

Millennium UN Plaza Hotel

On May 2, UANI launched a campaign against the Millennium in response to its decision to host Ahmadinejad for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference. Ahmadinejad exploited his appearance at the conference to rail against the West.

2009

Intercontinental The Barclay

During the 2009 UNGA, Ahmadinejad was effectively quarantined to the InterContinental The Barclay, the one hotel in New York that agreed to accommodate the Iranian delegation. Responding to UANI pressure, the Intercontinental has not hosted the Iranian delegation since.

The New York Helmsley Hotel

On September 18, at the urging of UANI supporters, The New York Helmsley Hotel cancelled a long-planned banquet in which Ahmadinejad was scheduled to attend and speak.

Howard Rubenstein, spokesman for Helmsley Properties, stated, "Neither the Iranian Mission nor President Ahmadinejad is welcome at any Helmsley facility. The Helmsley organization is grateful to United Against Nuclear Iran for bringing this matter to its attention so that appropriate action could be taken."

Gotham Hall

On September 21, in response to UANI’s campaign, Gotham Hall cancelled a proposed speech of Ahmadinejad. In a statement, David Miller, a representative of Apple Core Holdings, the parent company of Gotham Hall, said, "Once we learned of the nature of this event and the attendance of President Ahmadinejad, we took steps to cancel the event."

Jumeirah Essex House

On September 23, the Essex House cancelled a scheduled dinner for Ahmadinejad. The hotel stated "that no accommodation or banqueting facilities have been booked at the Essex House for the president of Iran or members of his delegation." The Essex House was the third venue in a week to bow to the pressure of UANI and its supporters.

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2013

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Press Releases

2013

•"In Case You Missed It: UANI President, Dr. Gary Samore, Appears on NBC's "Meet the Press"

(September 29, 2013)


•"UANI Applauds U.S. House Leaders for Setting Marker of Rouhani's First 100 Days to Assess Iran's Willingness to Compromise"

(September 25, 2013)


•"UANI Announces Dr. Gary Samore as New President"

(September 23, 2013)



•"UANI Calls on ONE UN New York Hotel to Reconsider Hosting Rouhani and Iranian Delegation During UN General Assembly"

(September 13, 2013)

•"Statement by UANI's Dr. Gary Samore & Ambassador Mark D. Wallace Regarding President Obama's Telephone Call with President Rouhani"

(September 27, 2013)


•"UANI President, Dr. Gary Samore, Issues Statement Regarding Rouhani UNGA Address"

(September 24, 2013)



•"In Case You Missed It: "It is a Question of Whether it is Tone or Substance ... So Far it Really has Been a Change in Tone.""

(September 19, 2013)



•"UANI Applauds Warwick Hotel's New Management for Refusing to Host Iranian Delegation"

(August 26, 2013)

Press Release Archive

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•"UANI Condemns Warwick Following Ahmadinejad Departure, Calls on All New York City Hotels to Deny Accommodations to Iranian Delegation in Future"

(September 27, 2012)


•"Following Ahmadinejad's Address to UN, UANI Calls on International Community to Impose Economic Blockade on Iran"

(September 26, 2012)


•"****Media Advisory**** UANI Advertisements, Activities to be at UN Tomorrow"

(September 25, 2012)


•"****Media Advisory**** UANI Now Headquartered Inside Warwick Hotel"

(September 23, 2012)


•"UANI Announces Times Square Billboard Coinciding with Ahmadinejad's Visit to Manhattan"

(September 21, 2012)


•"UANI Calls on Warwick Hotel and General Manager Drew Schlesinger to Stop Misleading Guests about Ahmadinejad's Stay and the Resulting Security Measures"

(September 20, 2012)


•"UANI Calls on Warwick Hotel to Reconsider Hosting Ahmadinejad and Iranian Delegation During UN General Assembly"

(August 30, 2012)


•"UANI Calls on All New York City Hotels to Deny Accommodation to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iranian Delegation for the UN General Assembly in September"

(August 6, 2012)

 

•"In Case You Missed It: New York Daily News Reports Warwick General Manager Drew Schlesinger's Actions to Bar Information Critical of Warwick"

(September 26, 2012)


•"UANI Calls for Full Economic Blockade Following President Obama's Speech to the UN General Assembly"

(September 25, 2012)


•"UANI Releases Photos from Today's Demonstration, Announces UANI Truck"

(September 24, 2012)


•"UANI Announces Bicycle Billboards at Warwick Hotel, Starting Today"

(September 22, 2012)


•"*****MEDIA ADVISORY***** UANI Announces Street Demonstration at Warwick Hotel Monday Afternoon"

(September 21, 2012)


•"UANI Asks UNITE HERE Labor Union and Affiliates to Declare Work Stoppage at Warwick Hotel During Ahmadinejad's Stay"

(September 6, 2012)



•"UANI Applauds New York City Hotels for Refusing to Host Ahmadinejad and Iranian Delegation During UN General Assembly"

(August 22, 2012)

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