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United Nations Association of the USA Chapters Commemorate UN Day

“The UN: In Everyone’s Interest” Theme Drives 120 Events Across the U.S.

October 24, 2011
WASHINGTON – Thousands will gather this week at United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) events across the country honoring the 66th Anniversary of the ratification of the UN Charter. More than 80 UNA-USA chapters in 34 states will host over 125 events (see interactive map for details). The UN is in everyone’s interest, and this year’s UNA-USA chapter events are built around that theme.


“UN Day gives a voice to the UN in communities across the U.S. Citizens care about securing peace, promoting human rights, building economic prosperity and advancing global health,” said Patrick Madden, executive director, UNA-USA. “The UN continues to respond to those in need of help during the most urgent crises, UNA-USA chapters are taking this opportunity to emphasize the UN’s critical work in the world.”

A recent survey conducted by Public Opinion Strategies and Hart Research Associates on behalf of the UN Foundation (UNA-USA is a program of the UN Foundation) and the Better World Campaign found that more than eight out of ten voters (86%) say it is important that the United States maintain an active role within the United Nations.

Officials from the UN, the U.S. Department of State, UNA-USA and the UN Foundation are among the featured speakers at UNA-USA events across the country. Topics being discussed will include: U.S. – UN Relations; UN Peacekeeping; the UN Security Council; the Millennium Development Goals; Model UN; the Arab Spring; Climate Change; Energy; Intercultural Exchange; and Education.

Background
In 1947, two years after ratifying the UN Charter, the UN General Assembly adopted a U.S.-sponsored resolution declaring October 24 United Nations Day. Since then, UN Day has been observed in countries large and small around the world. From that time forward, each U.S. president has issued an annual proclamation asking citizens to observe UN Day, and to reflect upon the importance of the UN to America’s national interest.

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About UNA-USA
The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), a program of the UN Foundation, is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire and mobilize the American people to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations. UNA-USA works to accomplish its mission through its national network of chapters, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA and the UN Foundation create the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world. For more information on UNA-USA, visit www.unausa.org.

About the UN Foundation
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities.  The UN Foundation builds and implements public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and works to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach.  Through campaigns and partnerships, the organization connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems.  The campaigns reduce child mortality, empower women and girls, create a new energy future, secure peace and human rights, and promote technology innovation to improve health outcomes.  These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.

About the Better World Campaign
The Better World Campaign (BWC), an initiative of the Better World Fund, works to strengthen the relationship between the United States and the United Nations.  It encourages U.S. leadership to enhance the UN’s ability to carry out its invaluable international work on behalf of peace, progress, freedom, and justice.  For more information, visit www.betterworldcampaign.org.


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