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June Campus Advocates Actions

1. Join a G8 G-Everyone Event
2. Celebrate World Refugee Day on June 20
3. Advocate for Syrian Refugees and the work of UN agencies



Join a G8 G-Everyone Event

G-Everyone: +SocialGood at the G8 will occur the week before the G8 Summit, an assembly of world leaders who meet annually to discuss global issues, and provide an open dialogue around the G8’s core themes of "Open Economies, Open Governments and Open Societies." Mashable, the United Nations Foundation, 92Y, UNDP, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Ashoka will crowdsource the best ideas and thoughts from the community via the +SocialGood platform, and report back to the leaders at the G8.The G-Everyone conversation will happen during a 24-hour global meetup on Monday, June 10. To organize or attend a meetup, register with the +SocialGood community.

Take Action

Celebrate World Refugee Day

 Each year on June 20, the United Nations and civic groups around the world celebrate World Refugee Day, which was established by the United Nations to honor the courage, strength, and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict, and violence. Millions need your help, and you can help refugees rebuild their lives. 

Currently, there are more than 43.7 million refugees and internally displaced people around the world, and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) provides lifesaving assistance and protection to 34 million of them. UNHCR provides tents, shelter, supplies, and life-saving services to refugees – 80% of whom are women and children.
To learn more about refugees and find out how to take action on World Refugee day, visit the USA for UNHCR page and check out the Campus Advocates guide for event ideas. Additionally, become a Blue Key Champion with USA for UNHCR to spread the word.


Advocate for Syrian Refugees and the Work of UN Agencies

You can advocate for help for refugees in Syria by drawing attention to the situation in your local media.

According to United Nations estimates, 3.6 million Syrians have been displaced within the nation’s borders since the uprising began in March 2011. At least 1.3 million more have left the country, mostly seeking refuge in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey (New York Times). 40,000 people continue to flee each week. Still, the amount of refugees leaving Syria is so high that UN agencies reacting to the humanitarian crisis are unable to keep up in funding for relief. Read this article in The Interdependent, UNA-USA’s international affairs blog, to learn more about the situation.

Your action as an advocate can help the UN get the support it needs to help Syrian refugees. Write a letter to the editor of your local or school newspaper to educate others and spread the word that world governments should fund UN agencies’ work. In April, UN agency heads wrote through the New York Times that more support was needed, and it was met with a positive response from the US State Department providing more assistance. Like them, you can advocate on behalf of Syrian refugees in your local media.

Campus Advocates Highlight

The UN is abuzz in Southern California! Students from across the region are coming together to create GenUN SoCal, a collaborative group of Campus Advocates at schools and universities in the Southern California area. Some of their creative projects have included a beach cleanup, care package and school supplies projects, and an international festival. View the group’s May newsletter here and check out their website at www.genunsocal.org!

Advocating on Campus? Tell us about it!

If you talked to your congressperson, held an event, published an op-ed, or were otherwise active in the 2012-2013 school year, please let us know! As we improve our resources and gear up for the next year, we want to hear from advocates like you!

Join UNA-USA for Free!

UNA-USA is proud to offer middle school, high school, and college students FREE memberships. Your membership links you to a network of like-minded students who promote the work of the UN at the grassroots level. Click here to activate your free membership today!

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