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27 April 2017
Now, More Than Ever, We Need Your Support!

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For more than 70 years, the United Nations has been the cornerstone of a new world order, preventing another catastrophic world war that would no doubt be the last. Longstanding bipartisan support for US leadership at the UN is under challenge in some quarters.

There have been proposals to slash funding, withdraw from UN organizations, and revisit the value of treaty commitments. Funding for the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) with its lifesaving programs for women and children has been terminated. The US commitment to the Paris Climate Change Agreement is under attack.

Like any human institution, the United Nations is far from perfect. Highly respected Secretary General António Guterres is fully committed to UN reforms, and US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has stated that she is committed to working with him to achieve a more efficient and effective United Nations. The challenges facing the global community have changed, and the United Nations must change to respond to these challenges.

We at UNA-NCA see this as an opportunity to demonstrate how US leadership at the United Nations will greatly enhance US national security, diplomatic, economic and defense interests. US leadership means fully funding our UN obligations. But this will require public education and strong advocacy.

We are counting on your support to raise our profile and engage in this debate. We need to show---

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  • That the United Nations provides global humanitarian assistance to 130 million needy people affected by natural and manmade disasters and an unprecedented 70 million refugees and displaced persons, mitigating the harsh effects of global instability.
  • That the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development address the systemic causes of global instability through cooperative private sector, civil society and government investment in improving global living conditions.
  • That the UN Charter and Universal Declaration of Human Rights extend American values globally, establishing universals norms in the fight against violators of human rights from human trafficking to gender suppression.
  • That with US support, UN peacekeepers are a cost-effective alternative to US boots on the ground in 16 conflict zones from Lebanon to Mali to Somalia—breeding grounds for metastasizing terrorism.
  • That the UN Specialized Agencies provide efficient multilateral solutions to global challenges from international aviation safety and security to controlling pandemics and communicable diseases that do not respect sovereign borders.
  •  That the Chemical Weapons Conventionand Security Council Resolutions have established that the use of chemical weapons in war or against civilian populations is illegal and a war crime.
  • Leadership in implementing the Paris Climate Accords will apply American ingenuity and technology to the creation of new domestic jobs in clean energy infrastructure and new markets for US exports.
  • Finally, that US leadership is absolutely critical in ensuring an effective, accountable, transparent, and efficient United Nations.

We have a strong case to make—and there has never been a more important time to make it. If you have already contributed, please consider contributing again. Will you make an extra commitment that will enable UNA-NCA to demonstrate what 70 plus years of history has shown—that United States leadership at the United Nations is not only vital to our national security, but at less than one percent of the US budget, is a very cost effective tool of US foreign policy?
amembersday In this spirit, please consider making a tax deductible donation to help us continue to achieve our mission. While we are a part of the largest supporting network of the United Nations here in the US, along with the Better World Campaign and UN Foundation family, we are responsible for securing our own funding.  Your donation will enable UNA-NCA to support its flagship Global Classrooms Model UN programadvocacy training and visits to congressional representatives, the efforts to legislate support for women's rights in our area, the seminars on peace and security, sustainable development, human rights, and international law; and the career development and mentoring support to our young professionals.

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Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.

Sincerely,

Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (ret)

President

 

 

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