Your Advocacy: Learn, Connect, Act!
Each year the United Nations provides food to 90 million people in 73 countries; vaccinates 58% of the world's children, saving 2.5 million lives a year, promotes maternal health saving the lives of 30 million women a year, and so much more. While the UN is not a perfect institution, it serves a near-perfect purpose: to promote global cooperation to address some of the world's most pressing challenges that no single country can resolve alone.
People across the United States need to know more about the real impact of the United Nations. 120 Chapters across the United States work with their local communities and elected officials to inform, inspire, and mobilize Americans to support the principles and vital work of the UN.
The UN needs you to take action — it's your advocacy that counts!
Supporting the work of the United Nations
Each year, UNA-USA Chapters across the United States engage their elected officials in meaningful conversations about issues facing the United Nations. UNA-USA engages its diverse constituencies to build a better understanding of and support for the work of the United Nations.
UNA-USA provides Chapters and their members a suite of resources, advocacy training, and a platform to voice their support for the United Nations. Chapters advocate throughout the year, but focus on three main engagement points:
- Spring In-District Meetings
- Advocacy Day on the Hill each Summer
- Fall In-District Meetings
Every two years, UNA-USA's Council of Chapters and Regions approves an Advocacy Agenda that Chapters are encouraged to advocate for during their in-district meetings.
There is no limit to the type of advocacy that you can engage in. Get creative! From post-card campaigns, to town hall, to letters to the editor — the work that you do on behalf of the United Nations matters!
Advocacy Agenda: Our Core Focus Areas
Members of UNA-USA encourage the U.S. to develop and support bilateral and multilateral policies that reinforce U.S. leadership in international affairs and support the United Nations as a vital institution in fostering peace and security. The Advocacy Agenda is set by the Steering Committee of the Council of Chapters and Regions.
Payment of our nation's UN regular budget and peacekeeping dues on time, in full, and without conditions; continued fair share of voluntary contributions to UN organizations. Learn More
Increase awareness about the positive work being performed by the UN Human Rights Council and specialized agencies. Learn More
Senate passage of key international UN agreements that we have signed but the U.S. has not yet ratified. Priorities include Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and Law of the Sea (LOS). Learn More
Millennium Development Goals
Encourage U.S. support and payment of its fair share of international funding to achieve the eight MDG's adopted in 2000 by all member states to reduce poverty and enhance international cooperation for development by 2015. Priorities include ensuring environmental sustainability, promoting gender equality and empowering women, and eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. Learn More
Click HERE to download a copy (PDF) of the Advocacy Agenda.
Learn how to effectively communicate with your elected officials, including how to write letters to your members of Congress; how to schedule visits with your members of Congress; and how to work with the media. Learn More
The Advocacy Guide provides UNA-USA members with suggestions for making your Chapter a more effective proponent for a strong and effective United Nations. Learn More
UNA-USA Chapter Advocacy Chair Profile
The advocacy chair leads a Chapter's work in implementing UNA-USA's advocacy agenda and serves as its liaison to both the Advocacy Committee of the Council of Chapters and Regions Steering Committee (CCR-SC) and the UNA-USA headquarters. Learn More
Fact Sheets and Talking Points
UNA-USA has developed a suite of briefing sheets, leave behinds, and talking points to help you as you advocate on behalf of the United Nations. Learn More
Information about Congress and the Administration
Use our elected officials search tool to find more information about your members of Congress. Learn More
Learn how UNA-USA connects Americans with the United Nations through local Chapters, grassroots advocacy, and education HERE.
Learn how the UN is making an impact and how UNA-USA Chapters are sharing the UN with communities around the U.S. through online news magazines like The InterDependent and World Bulletin.
News & Publications - See our latest news, press releases and statements, and publications HERE
Contact UNA-NY's Advocacy Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.