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Trump Voters and Millennials Agree on the Importance of the UN, New Poll Finds

October 19, 2017
Washington, D.C. (October 19, 2017) — Exactly one month after President Trump and Ambassador Nikki Haley’s first appearance at the United Nations General Assembly, a new bipartisan poll released today by the Better World Campaign finds that 65 percent of Republicans and specifically 58 percent of Trump voters agree the UN is still needed today. Similarly, among millennial voters, 86 percent also agreed with that sentiment, making support for the UN one area that millennials and Trump voters agree on.

Even amid a tight fiscal environment, 53 percent of Trump voters support paying our dues to UN Peacekeeping, a budget line-item that has been under particular scrutiny this year.  Millennial support for this issue is even stronger, with 84 percent in favor of paying our UN regular dues and 83 percent favor paying our UN Peacekeeping dues.

“The poll’s findings prove that voters from red states and blue states, young and old, understand the value of the UN to American interests,” says Peter Yeo, President of the Better World Campaign.

Support for the UN among millennials was overwhelmingly positive across the board. Specifically, 75 percent of millennial voters believe the UN supports America’s goals and objectives around the world. Moreover, more than 92 percent of millennial voters agreed that “it is important for the U.S. to maintain an active role in the UN.” 

“The largest generation in the U.S. overwhelmingly agrees that the UN is a positive force for good and that the organization’s efforts ultimately support American objectives around the world,” added Yeo.

Chris Whatley, Executive Director for the United Nations Association of the United States adds, “The poll’s findings among millennial voters are in line with what we’re experiencing with UNA-UNA, where we’ve seen explosive growth among new members under the age of 25.”

The nationwide poll of registered voters was conducted September 30 through October 3, 2017 by the bipartisan research team of Public Opinion Strategies and Hart Research Associates with a margin of error of ± 3.46 percent. The bipartisan research team has conducted UN-related polling for more than a decade.

Click here for an executive summary. Click here for the full results.

About the Better World Campaign
The Better World Campaign works to foster a strong relationship between the U.S. and the UN to promote core American interests and build a more secure, prosperous, and healthy world. The Better World Campaign engages policymakers, the media, and the American public alike to increase awareness of the critical role played by the UN in world affairs and the importance of constructive U.S.-UN relations.

About UNA-USA
The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire, and mobilize the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. For 70 years, UNA-USA has worked to accomplish its mission through its national network of Chapters, youth engagement, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA is a program of the United Nations Foundation. UNA-USA and its sister organization the Better World Campaign represent the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world.

Media Contact: Erika Briceno Howard | ebriceno@unfoundation.org | 202-864-5156

4 Ways to Get Involved During UN General Assembly

September 15, 2017
The 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has started at UN Headquarters in New York City, bringing world leaders together to peacefully discuss the most critical issues of our time. Here are 4 ways you can participate from home:

1. Watch LIVE:

      • Use UN Web TV to livestream UN General Assembly sessions and access recordings during UNGA week. 
      • Tune in and watch live events from Global Goals Week, which brings key stakeholders together during the opening of UNGA each year to drive action and accountability on the SDGs.


2. Join the Conversation on Social Media: 

      • Use this social media cheat sheet to interact online and get updates during UNGA and exciting side events! *Tip: The main hashtags to follow are #UNGA and #GlobalGoals.
      • On Sun. 9/17, follow our UNA-USA social media fellows as they tweet live from the Social Good Summit. Held annually during UNGA, the Summit unites global citizens and progressive thought leaders to focus on unlocking technology’s potential to make the world a better place.


3. Attend of Host a Summit+SocialGood Local Hub:

    • Most people are often left out of public forums and conversations that take place in big cities globally. The People’s Summit+SocialGood’s “Hubs” empower communities to convene digitally and dream about how we can change the world to achieve the SDGs together. On Fri. 9/22, gather to watch a livestreamed event and engage on social media with #GlobalPeopleSummit. Host your own Hub with this toolkit, or find a Hub to attend in your community!

4. Get the Scoop with UNGA News: 

UNA-USA and U.S. Department of State Announce Advocate for Women and Girls as 2017-18 U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations

July 25, 2017
Ms. Munira Khalif, Harvard University student and co-founder of girls’ education nonprofit “Lighting the Way,” will advance youth engagement at the UN as sixth annual U.S. Youth Observer

Washington, DC (July 25, 2017) – The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, announced today Ms. Munira Khalif as the sixth annual U.S. Youth Observer to the UN. Khalif, a Minnesota-native and rising junior at Harvard University, was chosen from a competitive pool of nearly 350 applicants that included top-ranked university students and young professionals from across the United States. In her role as U.S. Youth Observer to the UN, Khalif will represent a youth voice at the United Nations General Assembly and other UN events throughout the year.

“As a representative of the largest youth generation in history, I know the decisions of today shape the world of our tomorrow,” said Khalif. “I look forward to elevating the voices of young Americans in these important global policy discussions during my time as U.S. Youth Observer to the UN.”

Khalif, a first-generation Somali-American, is a dedicated advocate for universal access to education and women’s and girls’ rights. She is a co-founder and leader of “Lighting the Way,” a youth-run nonprofit organization that works to make education more accessible and equitable for girls in East Africa. Khalif has advocated for adolescent girls around the globe as a former Teen Advisor for the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign.

“Young people like Munira are a driving force for positive change in their communities and the world,” said UNA-USA Executive Director Chris Whatley. “We are delighted for Munira to share her experiences and collaborate with her peers worldwide to bring young people’s perspective to the world’s most significant global forum.”

The U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations program was launched in 2012 to increase youth engagement in global affairs. As the U.S. Youth Observer to the UN, Khalif will represent American youth at the 72nd UN General Assembly in New York and other UN events throughout the coming year, traveling within the United States and overseas to share her impressions and experiences. Khalif succeeds Ms. Nicol Perez, who served as a voice for American youth at major global events in New York, Rome, Dubai, and Berlin as the U.S. Youth Observer for 2016-17. The U.S. Youth Observer to the UN position is a program of the U.S. Department of State and is operated by UNA-USA. For more information on the U.S. Youth Observer program, please visit genun.unausa.org/youth_observer. Follow the program on Twitter at @USYouthObserver.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

UNA-USA
Lauren Dickinson,
Communications Officer, UNA-USA
ldickinson@unausa.org
202.739.2798

U.S. Department of State
Cain Harrelson,
Public Diplomacy Chief for the Bureau of International Organization Affairs,
HarrelsonBC@state.gov

About UNA-USA:
The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a 50-state grassroots organization dedicated to inform, inspire, and mobilize the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. For more than 70 years, UNA-USA has worked to accomplish its mission through its national network of Chapters, youth engagement, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA is a program of the United Nations Foundation.




Historic Number of Americans Mobilize on Capitol Hill to Urge Congress to Support Full U.S. Funding for the United Nations

June 13, 2017
With the future of America’s international engagement in the spotlight, a historic number of Americans are gathered in the nation’s capital to collectively call on Congress for full U.S. funding for the United Nations. More than 300 Americans from across the country are taking part in this landmark advocacy mobilization, which occurs on the final day of the United Nations Association of the United States of America’s (UNA-USA) Leadership Summit in Washington, DC. 
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UNA-USA, Key Environmental Organizations, and 65,000 Americans Urge Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to keep U.S. in Paris Agreement

May 4, 2017
Washington, DC – On Thursday, May 4, the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) joined key environmental organizations in sending a letter, on behalf of 65,000 Americans, to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, urging him to keep the U.S. in the Paris Agreement on climate change.
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Better World Campaign and UNA-USA Warn Against Proposed Cuts to U.S. Funding for the United Nations

March 16, 2017
U.S. Office of Management and Budget proposal released today “would severely jeopardize U.S. national security interests and compromise American leadership,” cautions Better World Campaign President Peter Yeo
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UNA-USA and More Than 100 Civil Society Organizations Urge Congressional Leaders to Support Strong U.S. Leadership at the United Nations

February 28, 2017
Washington, DC – On Tuesday, February 28, UNA-USA and more than 100 other civil society organizations sent a letter to Congressional Leaders—Senators Mitch McConnell and Charles Schumer and Representatives Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi—urging them to support strong U.S. leadership at the United Nations, including by fully meeting our nation’s financial obligations to the organization.
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More Than 1,200 Americans Expected at Historic Gathering in Support of the United Nations at the Institution's Headquarters in New York City

February 17, 2017
New York, NY – The largest assembly ever of Americans gathered in support of the United Nations will take place today at the organization’s headquarters in New York City. More than 1,200 Americans from across the country are expected to attend the annual Members’ Day at the United Nations event, hosted by the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), a 50-state grassroots membership organization that is part of the United Nations Foundation.
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Key Human Rights Organizations Urge Secretary of State Rex Tillerson To Maintain U.S. Engagement with The UN Human Rights Council

February 10, 2017
Washington, DC On Friday, February 10, senior representatives from key human rights organizations sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging him to maintain U.S. engagement with the UN Human Rights Council.
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Statement From Kathy Calvin On Confirmation Of Nikki Haley As U.S. Ambassador To The United Nations

January 24, 2017
Washington, D.C.  --  United Nations Foundation President & CEO Kathy Calvin today issued the following statement on the confirmation of Governor Nikki Haley for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations:
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Better World Campaign and UNA-USA Warn Against Withholding U.S. Funding for the United Nations

January 12, 2017
In response to proposed legislation to cut U.S. funding for the UN, Better World Campaign President Peter Yeo advises, “Withholding funding from the UN will significantly jeopardize America’s influence and ability to steer the international agenda.”
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Celebrating 71 Years of the United Nations

October 24, 2016
Today, October 24, 2016, is United Nations Day.

Every October, United Nations Association chapters around the United States engage their communities by hosting events to celebrate the founding of the United Nations and elevate awareness of global issues. This year, our network of campus and community chapters have banned together to host a record 160 UN Day events!
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Global Leadership Awards Honor Trailblazers Advancing the United Nations' Goals Around the World

October 19, 2016
The UN Foundation recognizes U.S. President Barack Obama and other esteemed honorees championing solutions to the planet’s most urgent challenges
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomes resettled refugee families to Los Angeles area

August 10, 2016
On Wednesday, August 10, 2016, the United Nations Association, in partnership with the Annenberg Foundation, the International Rescue Committee and Yoobi, hosted a back-to-school event welcoming refugee families to the Los Angeles community.
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Equality Advocate Selected as New U.S. Youth Observer to UN

July 21, 2016
July 21, 2016, WASHINGTON D.C. -- The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) and the U.S. Department of State today named Nicol Perez the next U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations. As Youth Observer, Perez will be the fifth American to represent a youth voice at the United Nations General Assembly and other UN events throughout the next year. She was selected from more than 350 applicants to the program. She will engage with other youth observers representing nations from around the world and report on her experiences over the year.  
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UNA-USA Hosts 2016 Leadership Summit

July 1, 2016
The 2016 UNA-USA Leadership Summit wrapped up on Tuesday, June 14, with record-setting attendance for the four-day event.
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U.S. Dept. of State, UNA-USA Seek New Applicants for Yearlong Term of U.S. Youth Observer to the UN

May 2, 2016
New York (May 2, 2016) – Beginning today, The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) and the U.S. Department of State will accept applications for the position of U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations for the 2016-2017 term. One U.S. citizen between ages 18 to 25 will be selected to serve in the role of correspondent between the United Nations and American youth, witnessing the UN in action, attending high-profile UN events throughout the year, and reporting his or her experiences to U.S. officials, peers, and global audiences.
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UN Foundation Honors Visionaries Advancing the Work of the UN to Build Brighter Future

November 3, 2015
New York (November 3, 2015) – In recognition of the role individuals, organizations, and corporations play in supporting the work of the United Nations to advance global peace and prosperity, the United Nations Foundation and the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) honored recipients of the 2015 Global Leadership Awards at the annual Global Leadership Dinner in New York City Tuesday night. 
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Global Civil Society Leaders to Obama: Take The Lead at UN General Assembly to Tackle Root Causes of Syria Crisis

September 24, 2015
President Obama has been urged to 'Take The Lead' on Syria by a global coalition of more than 30 CEOs and leaders of key humanitarian, human rights and faith based organizations, who are demanding that he do more to tackle the root causes of the crisis.
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Florida Native Selected as New U.S. Youth Observer to UN

September 3, 2015
September 3, 2015, WASHINGTON D.C. -- The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) and the U.S. Department of State today named Donya Nasser the next U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations. As Youth Observer, Nasser will be the fourth American to represent a youth voice at the United Nations General Assembly and other UN events throughout the next year. She was selected from more than 600 applicants to the program. She will engage with other youth observers representing nations from around the world and report on her experiences over the year.   

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