Citizen engagement and consultation are key to the success of international development agendas; Americans can be excited about this process and be involved.
WASHINGTON D.C. (PRWEB) June 04, 2013
More than 120 members of the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) have come together from across the United States to share their collective voice at their Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, and to raise awareness of the United Nations, and the critical role that the UN plays in securing a better future for all peoples. During the meeting, UNA-USA and the United Nations Foundation announced they will be partnering with the UN to help lead U.S. consultations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
“Citizen engagement and consultation are key to the success of international development agendas; Americans can be excited about this process and be involved,” said UN Foundation President & CEO Kathy Calvin, who announced the news at UNA-USA’s Annual Meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. “UNA-USA members now have an important opportunity to engage their communities in supporting the UN as it builds on the legacy of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and works toward a more equitable, prosperous, and sustainable world.”
Post-2015 Development Agenda consultations are taking place in multiple countries and all over the globe, including online at http://www.worldwewant2015.org, to engage as many people as possible in the process of formulating developments targets to end poverty. These consultations bring together perspectives of civil society, the private sector, global citizens and other stakeholders to further progress on the existing MDGs and plan for strategies for poverty alleviation, global health, and education, and the environment after the year 2015.
“UNA-USA’s grassroots network continues to play an integral role in bringing the UN’s work to communities across the U.S.,” said UNA-USA Executive Director Patrick Madden. “As UNA-USA looks ahead to supporting the UN’s acceleration toward the Millennium Development Goals through 2015, UNA-USA members from across the U.S. have gathered in the Nation’s Capital to let their members of Congress know how important the UN is to U.S. foreign policy and national security. From global health and humanitarian solutions to treaties that protect the rights of all, the UN is the central point for international dialogue.”
Participants in the UNA-USA Annual Meeting are meeting with their members of Congress today. Featured speakers at this year’s meeting have included: Rodney Bent, Director, UN Information Center in Washington, DC; Kieran Dwyer, Public Affairs Section Chief at the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations; and David Morrissey, Executive Director, U.S. International Council on Disabilities.
The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a membership organization dedicated to informing, inspiring, and mobilizing the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. For 70 years, UNA-USA has worked to accomplish its mission through its national network of Chapters, youth engagement, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA is a program of the United Nations Foundation. UNA-USA and its sister organization the Better World Campaign represent the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world. Learn more about UNA-USA’s programs and initiatives at http://www.unausa.org.
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The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit http://www.unfoundation.org.