ADVOCACY IS ONE OF OUR PRIMARY FUNCTIONS. UNA-USA chapters and individual members are encouraged to undertake activities that demonstrate to elected officials in Washington the strong local level support that exists across the country for an active US leadership role in the United Nations. This section of the UNA-USA website, www.unausa.org, contains information that can help you be an effective advocate for the United Nations in your community and among the policy-makers that shape US-UN relations. UNA-USA uses the E-Action Network to alert members and other UN supporters via e-mail when action is needed on important UN issues. The E-Action Network allows users to "take action" quickly and easily by providing them with a sample letter which they can personalize and send to their elected officials by fax or regular mail. You can go on thewebsite link and subscribe to the E-Action Network. It’s free!
Last year, the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) released a two-year blueprint for improving America’s role in the world and strengthening U.S.-UN relations.
Based on this blueprint, the 2010 Advocacy Agenda outlines the Association’s policy priorities and provides concrete outcome goals for each issue, as well as specific actions that UNA-USA members and leaders can take to help promote the Agenda.
The 2010 Advocacy Agenda covers the following six priority issues:
Strengthening the U.S.-UN Relationship
Advancing Human Rights and International Justice
Renewing the United Nations
Building International Consensus on Climate Change
Achieving the Millennium Development Goals
Promoting Arms Control and Disarmament
The Board-approved Advocacy Agenda was developed through consultations with a number of UNA-USA groups, including chapters and divisions from around the country, the Council of Organizations, and the National Council.
Throughout the year, there will be numerous opportunities for educating policymakers about the importance of working collaboratively through a strong United Nations to find effective solutions to today’s shared global problems.
UN Student Alliance, University of Tampa and...
The Sacredness of Water: Dr. Kalanithy VairavamoorthyLast Updated on 2013-03-25 15:02:08
A leading global water professional, Dr. Vairavamoorthy shares how his cultural and spiritual connection with water was developed as he grew up in Sri Lanka. He shares a story of water and a vision for our future with water that is inspiring and immensely relevant to the future of our planet and our communities.
As the founding Dean of the Patel College of Global Sustainability, Dr. Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy is an internationally-recognized expert on urban water systems and sustainable urban resource management. Dr. Vairavamoorthy is Co-Chair of the International Water Association's 'Cities of the Future' program and served as Director of SWITCH, a €25M EU research project for Sustainable Water Management for the City of the Future. Recently he was named a "Water Hero" by Impeller Magazine.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program... More »
Global Healing Responds to Pakistan FloodLast Updated on 2012-10-16 00:00:00
Global Healing Pakistan documents and responds to devastaing floods.
They call for assistance for all who can help.
Asia Pacific News reports the following story:
ISLAMABAD: Monsoon floods in Pakistan have killed 455 people over the past five weeks and affected more than five million, according to the latest figures from the government's disaster relief agency.
Pakistan suffered devastating floods in the past two years, including the worst in its history in 2010 when catastrophic inundations across the country killed almost 1,800 people and affected 21 million.
As in the previous two years, most of those hit by the latest floods were in Sindh province, where the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said more than three million have been affected, with 890,000 in Punjab and nearly a million in Baluchistan.
More than 260,000 people around... More »
Blasphemy Laws: A HistoryLast Updated on 2012-10-02 00:00:00
As the United Nations contemplates international blasphemy laws, responding to the "anti-Mohammed" video and the violence it has supposedly provoked, it is worth noting that the conviction of the punk group Pussy Riot in Russia a few weeks earlier was accompanied by angry denunciations of blasphemy on account of the group's performance in the Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Of course the conviction of Pussy Riot was not just about religious outrage, and the violent anti-Americanism manifested in Muslim countries, including the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Libya, was not suddenly created and called forth by a single video. Blasphemy and blasphemy laws have a long history, which is worth considering right now. One of the reasons to be wary of blasphemy laws, besides the limits that they place on freedom of speech, is that they tend to concede the... More »
Better World Campaign Celebrates UNESCO and Herbie HancockLast Updated on 2012-06-22 13:14:01
Celebrating Herbie Hancock and UNESCO on Capitol Hill
"I never dreamed I would be a Goodwill Ambassador, and for UNESCO. Perfect organization. It is apolitical and it's about education, science and culture. I mean that is what I live. That is what UNESCO is really about; it's all about bringing human beings together with one common goal, which is
to move human kind forward."
When Grammy award-winning jazz legend Herbie Hancock spoke these eloquent words on Capitol Hill this week, it hushed the room. When his expert fingers took to the keys of the grand piano, not a single one of the members of Congress, congressional staff or fans in attendance was left without chills.
By joining the Better World Campaign at our Capitol Hill reception, Mr. Hancock not only showcased his remarkable talents and contributions to American music and culture, but also... More »
Law of the Sea: A National Security Issue That Unites Last Updated on 2012-06-14 00:00:00
Conventional wisdom tells us that with the presidential campaign season upon us, the United States Senate is closed for business.
On the Foreign Relations Committee, we're working now to prove conventional wisdom wrong, because conventional wisdom may be convenient, but national security imperatives are too inconvenient to ignore.
That's why today we're having our second and third major hearings on the Law of the Sea Treaty, which one of my Republican friends calls "the best conservative treaty you've never heard of."
Don't take my word for it. It's a treaty that boasts an unprecedented breadth of support from Republican foreign policy experts, the United States military, and the hard-nosed, bottom line American business community.
It's an issue that President George W. Bush and I actually agreed on -- strongly,... More »
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