Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 11, 2012
Members of the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) will come together from across the United States to share their collective voice on Capitol Hill to raise awareness of the United Nations, and the critical role that the UN plays in advancing American national security and foreign policy goals. This convening at the UNA-USA Annual Meeting in Washington is further proof of U.S. support for the United Nations.
“Members attending the UNA-USA Annual Meeting represent Chapters across America that are bring together citizens who want to actively engage in the important work of the United Nations. Americans overwhelmingly support an active U.S. role in the UN, and this week, UNA-USA members will tell elected officials how important the UN is in protecting global peace and security, health, and human rights,” said UNA-USA Executive Director Patrick Madden.
Recent polling conducted on behalf of UNA-USA’s sister organizations, the United Nations Foundation and the Better World Campaign, found that more than eight in 10 Americans think it is important the U.S. maintain an active role in the UN. The vast majority of voters also said they support the payment of U.S. dues to the UN and UN peacekeeping operations, on time and in full.
More than 150 participants during the UNA-USA Annual Meeting will join in discussions on topics such as human rights, energy and climate, reproductive health, and advocacy, prior to heading to Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Featured speakers at this year’s meeting will include: Rodney Bent, Director, UN Information Center in Washington, DC; Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations; and Timothy E. Wirth, President, United Nations Foundation.
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 its sister organization the Better World Campaign are the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world. For more information on UNA-USA, visit 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.