Expressing our support for a positive relationship between the US and the UN is crucial now. We all need to let our elected representatives in the US Congress know that support for the UN means support for our country's security. Confusion about how much the UN costs the US, as well as its role in addressing global conflict, refugees, hunger, health, and poverty needs your clarification. You'll see in our Advocacy column a list of our New York State members of congress and their phone numbers. Please use the list to make your support of the UN known to them!
UNA-USA's Leadership Summit in June is an opportunity, with our annual Advocacy Day on the Hill, for chapter leaders and members to call on congressional members locally and in Washington. We should make this a top priority.
program provides opportunities for serious fundraising. UNA-USA and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees encourage commitments from $250 to supply individual students to $30,000 for classrooms in refugee camp schools. The New York Chapter, Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter, and the Southern New York Division have all committed to raise $30,000 for specific schools. One small step for you to help raise funds-purchase a copy of The UN Association: A Little Known History of Advocacy and Action from the Division, as all profits go to Adopt-A-Future. Ask me for details!
Hope to see you at Members' Day! (Members' Day is at capacity, but stay tuned to follow along on the live UN TV Webcast if you have not registered!)
Contacting Our Member of Congress
This time is crucial for UNA-USA members to express their support for the UN. Defunding bills are being floated in Congress, an Executive Order outlining defunding the UN may be in the works, and the vital work of the UN is being attacked.
Here is UNA-USA Executive Director Chris Whatley's letter addressing our advocacy needs.
Dear Chapter Leaders:
I want to thank everyone for rallying to our most recent advocacy action. I can report that we are already having an impact. Our "Save the UN" action alert asking members to call, tweet, and email the White House received responses from over 800 UNA-USA members (and counting) and the latest rumors are that the White House has put the UN Executive Order on hold. Certainly this apparent decision was motivated by many factors, but an unanticipated surge of calls from UN supporters could well be one of them.
However, that's just the beginning. You will soon receive an email action alert to respond to the trauma that has been unfolding in airports due to the refugee Executive Order. We are asking our members to both tweet to Congress (it's amazing who is paying attention to Twitter these days) showing your support for refugees and to also change your Facebook profile photo to show your support for #WithRefugees. We have also been tracking the growing rumors about an impending new Executive Order designed to strip away LGBTQ discrimination protection measures set in place by the Obama administration. We will need to have our members ready to light up the White House switch board as early as tomorrow. In this case, we may need to pull the trigger even before we see a leaked copy of the order.
I also want to let all of you know that we are listening to the eloquent and impassioned views that have been shared on this list serve and in calls and conversations with so many of you. We will always be a nonpartisan organization committed to standing for our core beliefs, enshrined in the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and not against any individual elected official. UNA-USA members belong to both parties, every state, all faiths, and a multitude of backgrounds. We have to keep our focus on the ideals that unite us and which still can be found on both sides of the aisle. I have been inspired, for example, to see Congressman Charlie Dent (R-PA), nephew and namesake of the founder of the Business Council for the United Nations, speaking out forcefully against the refugee Executive Order. But in this new era we clearly can't be shy in defense of our convictions.
Thank you as always for your leadership.
United Nations Association of the United States of America
A program of the United Nations Foundation
You can follow specific bills traveling through Congress at
and ask for alerts through that website.
Below is a list of your New York state representatives. Please call them and tell them you support the UN! They do react to calls, they do need to hear from us!
February Calendar /
Around the Division
SNY Division Program
Save the Dates!
March 15, March 16, and March 22
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) conference
UN Foundation conference room
Details to follow
Young Professionals/SNY Division
UNA Members' Day Happy Hour:
Network and Meet UNA Members
Friday, February 17
800 2nd Avenue
New York, NY
The United Nations Association is hosting it's annual Members' Day on February 17th and this is your chance to meet members from UNA's across the country as well as UN leaders.
We'll have a night of networking and drink specials.
Be sure to follow us on facebook @UNAYoungProfessionals to keep up with
the latest on what will be a great night.
An Executive Training Program of UNA-NY
The Worldview Institute
provides a forum in which New York professionals in different fields can engage and discuss global issues with experts in foreign policy and international affairs. The program consists of ten seminar modules geared to develop and enhance the scope of the work and activities of young business executives at U.S. based multi-national corporations, as well as professionals of all ages within the NGO, UN, media, law, government, diplomatic and academic communities. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree and a minimum of three years of professional experience or relevant graduate work.
UNA-NY Screening the Issues Presents:
My Beautiful Nicaragua
Thursday, February 9
Dolby 88 Screening Room
1350 Avenue of the Americas (at West 55th Street)
New York, NY 10019
With her film
MY BEAUTIFUL NICARAGUA
young BYkids filmmaker Edelsin Linette Mendez documents th
e devastating effects of climate change on her family's small coffee plantation while expressing hopes that her generation will take part in the fight for a sustainable future.
Screening and Q&A followed by a reception.
Save the Date!
International Women's Day
Sunday, March 5
Greenburgh Public Library
300 Tarrytown Rd.
Elmsford, NY 10523
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United Nations Association / Southern New York Division
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to educating, inspiring, and mobilizing Americans to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations, strengthening the United Nations system, promoting constructive United States leadership in that system and achieving the goals of the United Nations Charter.
The Southern New York Division includes the New York (Manhattan), Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Nassau, Hudson Valley, and Westchester UNA Chapters and Young Professionals.
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