UANI organizes and leads efforts to raise awareness during the UN General Assembly (UNGA) of the threat the Iranian regime poses to international security and stability. As part of this effort, UANI has called on New York area hotels and venues to not host the Iranian delegation in New York City. UANI and its supporters have successfully urged a number of venues to decline accommodations and event space for the Iranian President and other regime members.
UANI hosted its Iran Risk Summit on September 19, 2016 in New York. The Summit successfully brought together a diverse group of major American, European, and Middle Eastern leaders to discuss the growing military and economic threats posed by the Iranian regime one year after the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement took effect. UANI also launched an advertising campaign including dozens of kiosk ads surrounding the United Nations Headquarters, ads running on 125 New York City taxi cabs, and geo-targeted digital ads serving millions of impressions in the area. The ads demanded that when Iranian leaders, namely President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, are in New York, they renounce Iran’s hateful “Death to America” slogan.
In 2014, UANI released a resource on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s World Against Violence and Extremism (WAVE) initiative. During his 2013 speech before the UN General Assembly, Rouhani cynically proposed WAVE, ostensibly to promote “tolerance over violence, progress over bloodletting, justice over discrimination, prosperity over poverty, and freedom over despotism. Unfortunately, the ideals espoused under WAVE in no way comport with the record of Rouhani’s government. Rather, WAVE is a rhetorical ploy to mask the Iranian regime’s 35-year record of violence and extremism.
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
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.
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.