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

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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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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