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The U.S. Must Stand Up for the Principles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Reunite Families

June 20, 2018
Washington, D.C. – June 20, 2018: As parents, sisters and brothers, and children, we have followed with great distress the reports of children from Mexico and Central America being separated from their parents at the U.S. border. 
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This Former Refugee is Standing Up for the 25 Million Left Behind

June 20, 2018
June 20th marks World Refugee Day – a day where citizens around the world are choosing to stand with refugees through advocacy efforts, social media participation, fundraising events, and more.

In 2017 alone, every 2 seconds someone was forced to flee their home due to war, violence, or persecution. That equals 68.5 million people. To put that number in terms that might be easier to grasp, that means 44,000 people per day –ordinary people like you and me – were forced to leave everything behind in order to escape violence.
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UNA-USA Honors Chairman Ed Royce with the “Congressional Leadership Award” for his Leadership on Global Issues and UN Priorities During Annual Leadership Summit

June 12, 2018
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During its leadership summit with over 600 Americans gathered to support strong U.S. engagement at the United Nations, the United Nations Association of the United States (UNA-USA) awarded the Honorable Ed Royce, Chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the 2018 Congressional Leadership Award. The award recognizes his 25-year leadership in championing development in Africa, including his sponsorship of the Africa Growth and the Development Act (AGOA), and his unwavering commitment to the role of the U.S. in advancing conflict resolution in the toughest corners of the world in partnership with our allies and international institutions such as the UN.
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MEDIA ADVISORY FOR TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2018

June 5, 2018
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MEDIA ADVISORY FOR TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2018

Contact: Cassie Ann Hodges, UNA-USA chodges@unfoundation.org, 202-552-8845

Historic Number of Americans Expected on Capitol Hill to Urge Congress to Support Full U.S. Funding for the United Nations and Advocate UN Priorities

Attendees will present their Members of Congress with a copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights amid a growing number of human rights challenges around the world

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Your Chance to March in Support of UN Free & Equal Campaign with Gap for Pride 2018

May 21, 2018
UNA-USA members are invited to support the UN Free & Equal campaign for LGBTI equality by marching with partners from Gap Inc. across the country. For a third consecutive year, the UN Foundation and UNA-USA are partnering with Gap to raise awareness and funds for UN Free & Equal. Gap has invited UNA-USA members to celebrate Pride 2018 by joining Gap employees in Pride Marches in 15 U.S. cities during June and October. Since 2016, UNA-USA members have marched with friends from Gap across the U.S., stretching from San Francisco to New York.
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4 Reasons You Can't Miss the UNA-USA 2018 Leadership Summit

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:

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Empowering Women and Girls: CSW62 at the United Nations

March 30, 2018
By Weruche Uzoka George

Hamden, Connecticut – The exhibition Women Artists: Creative Energy for Peace ushered me into an amazing CSW62 experience. Organized by the country of Andorra, this exhibition showcased wonderful artwork by female artists from around the globe. On the first day of CSW62 I had the privilege of viewing these women’s artwork. These talented women came from five continents – united by a unique desire “to see, to speak and to create.” To them, gender equality and gender parity can be achieved by sharing their view of the world through their creativity allowing them to create a space where women are at par with men.
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African Suffragettes, Me Too: Now What?

March 30, 2018
By Weruche Uzoka George, United Nations Association of South Western Connecticut

Hamden, Connecticut CSW62 side event African Suffragettes: A Journey of Africa’s Hidden Figures through the Decades was organized by the Justina Mutale Foundation and hosted at the African Union Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations on March 15, 2018. The need to empower and retell the stories of African women was reiterated in the Global Forum on Women’s Leadership and Change. A few of the notable speakers were the Vice President of the Gambia, Hon. Fatoumata Tambajang and Macdella Cooper, the only female to run for President last year in Liberia.
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CSW62: Through the Lens of Arts and Cultures

March 30, 2018

By Rachel Carillo

What do Pakistan, Japan, Nigeria, South Africa, South Korea, Afghanistan, The Netherlands, Bhutan, the NGO CSW Forum and the World Federation of United Nations Associations have in common?

Art. Dance. Song. Poetry. Weavings. Basketry. Fashion. Culinary masterpieces. Our cultures and cultural identities – this is what makes the human family and We the People connect and engage. Art is peace-building.
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The Role of Women and Youth in Peace and Security

March 30, 2018
By Jordan Hibbs & Belgica Cucalon

During the United Nations 62nd Commission on the Status of Women, at the high-level side event, “The Role of Parliaments in Women, Peace, and Security,” contributor and co-founder of The International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) Sanam Naraghi Anderlini expressed a passionate albeit frustrated account of how 18 years ago she and fellow women’s civil society organizations had urged for the inclusion of women in peacebuilding and security responses. Throughout CSW62 it became clear that often the voices most systematically removed and ignored in security measures continue to be of those most affected by conflict. As UNA-USA Delegates at the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women, we recognize the importance of information-sharing for empowering communities and creating partnerships.  Ensuring inclusion and representation for women and youth at decision-making tables related to peace and security must be a top priority if sustainable peace is to ever be more than an aspirational agenda.
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Men's Roles in the Fight for Gender Equality at CSW62

March 30, 2018
By Weruche Uzoka George

At the Digital Gender Violence and Hate speech: The role of men, the legislator and implications for democracy side event organized by the Icelandic Parliament, Icelandic National Committee of UN Women and the Icelandic Women Rights Association, speakers shared their knowledge and experience about the effects of digital violence and hate speech on women, as well as the impactful reach of social media and how to work towards legislation to prevent digital gender violence.
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10 Powerful Moments from the 2018 Global Engagement Summit

March 2, 2018
They say New York City is the city that never sleeps, and over 1,500  grassroots change-makers from across the nation joined forces on February 23 at UN Headquarters in New York City for UNA-USA’s Global Engagement Summit to prove it.

It’s no secret there is division in our country and in Washington right now, but you would never know it by looking out at the attendees of all ages, races, genders, and political affiliations brought together by one common cause: to tell the world that the U.S. stands with the UN.

These 10 moments from the 2018 Global Engagement Summit are a reflection of the day’s magnitude.
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Over 1,800 Americans to Show Support for the United Nations at Historic Gathering at Its Headquarters in New York City

February 23, 2018
New York, NY (February 23, 2018)A historic number of Americans will show their support for the United Nations today at the United Nations Association of the United States of America’s (UNA-USA) Global Engagement Summit (previously known as Members’ Day) at UN Headquarters in New York City.
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Making Local Connections to Global Issues

February 5, 2018
By: Katrina Finch, Senior Associate, Chapter Development, UNA-USA
One powerful way to inspire Americans to support the critical work of the United Nations is by connecting local communities with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Iowa UNA has done just that through their EmpowerHer campaign, which connects the lack of access to feminine hygiene products worldwide to issues being faced by girls and women at home in Iowa. The campaign was started in fall 2017 and promotes the wellbeing of women and girls, a priority encompassed in several of the SDGs.
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2018 UNA-USA National Council Nominations Announcement

January 8, 2018
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Dear UNA-USA Member:

We hope you have had a good and safe holiday season. As we begin this new year, we are proud of the impact we have made through our UNA-USA membership and leadership, and the progress we made in continuing to grow and expand our membership and programs. Key in this progress is our UNA-USA National Council, which represents the nationwide membership of the Chapters, Divisions, and national members, and will be the source of new ideas, initiatives, and productivity for our association and the UN. Our bi-annual nomination and election process for Regional Representatives to serve on the National Council is officially open. 
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World-Renowned Chef and TV Host Lidia Bastianich Becomes UNA-USA’s First Celebrity Champion for Refugee Youth Education

January 4, 2018
Washington, DC (January 4, 2018) – The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) today announced Emmy award-winning public television host, best‐selling cookbook author, restaurateur, and former refugee Lidia Bastianich as its first celebrity champion for refugee youth education.
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Nearly 7,000 Americans Urge Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to use the Sustainable Development Goals to protect and promote human rights worldwide

November 16, 2017
Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, November 16, the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA), in partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA), sent a letter on behalf of nearly 7,000 Americans to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, asking him to continue working with the United Nations to protect and promote human rights, both at home and abroad, by fighting human trafficking and advancing the principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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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.
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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:
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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.
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