4 Reasons You Can't Miss the UNA-USA 2018 Leadership Summit

By Chris Whatley, Executive Director, UNA-USA

May 15, 2018
It matters now more than ever that we make our voices heard to protect the vital work of the United Nations. That is why it is imperative that you join us at the 2018 UNA-USA Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. on June 10-12.

Here are 4 reasons why this is the event that Americans cannot afford to miss:

1.    Peace beats war. While the Trump administration is busy ripping up one agreement with an aspiring nuclear power and simultaneously attempting to negotiate a new agreement with another, the UN works every day to prevent nuclear proliferation everywhere.  At the same time, UN Peacekeeping helps countries navigate the difficult path from conflict to peace 
peacekeeper and provides security to countries who are undergoing transition. The UN is needed now more than ever before. Don't you think it's about time Congress knew that? Let your voice be heard to our lawmakers.

2.    Seems like the climate is changing. Climate change is
flooding from climate change one of the key challenges of our generation and for generations to come. Find out what you can do in your own community to drive the climate agenda. I'm still in the Paris Agreement, are you

3.    Lady liberty has something to say on the refugee crisis. If you've ever found yourself admiring one of the most famous icons of America, the Statue of Liberty, you most likely have heard of the familiar quote: "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" America's history knows a thing or two about protecting and providing 
UNHCR refugee response shelter to those who need it most. And there has never been a more pressing need to help refugees than right now. The world is witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record, and it is our responsibility to be a part of the solution.  

 Human rights are close to home. It should go without saying that human rights are inherent to everyone, everywhere. But this concept is one that we must advocate every single day. One of the greatest accomplishments of the United Nations is the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the undisputed bedrock of the international human rights system. To mark the Declaration's 70th anniversary, we plan to march on 
Eleanor Roosevelt holding the UDHR Capitol Hill on June 12th to remind every House and Senate office not only of the leadership role that Eleanor Roosevelt played in this effort, but also that the U.S. can best protect these fundamental freedoms through the UN. Will you join us?

With proposed bills in Congress aimed at either dramatically reducing US funding for the UN or withdrawing our country entirely from the global body, it is up to us to fight for what we know is right. If you are looking for an opportunity to learn from the experts, and tell Congress how important the UN is to you, this is it.

You can find more information on the Summit below: 

UNA-USA 2018 Leadership Summit
June 10-12, 2018 | Washington, D.C.
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

The UN Foundation
1750 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006

Tel: +1 202 887-9040
Fax: +1 202 887-9021

801 Second Avenue
9th Floor
New York, NY 10017

Tel: +1 212 697-3315
Fax: +1 212 697-3316

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