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We are dedicated 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.

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Programs

 

In early 2010 the UNA-USA Southern NYS Division is re-considering programs and committees as part of the new Strategic Planning Process.  New information will be posted shortly.

The UNA-USA Southern NY State Division supports the programs of the UNA chapters in the area and also, with the New Jersey Division and UNA-USA National,  organizes the UNA Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference / UNA-USA Members Day.  In 2010 this will be held on February 19 at the United Nations.

Advocacy

Advocacy - sometimes referred to as government relations - is an important part of UNA-USA programs in which divisions and chapters across the country are asked to participate. At the division/chapter level advocacy programs have two essential elements:

  • ·        Maintaining contacts with elected federal, state and local officials (e.g. through letters, phone calls, visits)
  • ·        Educating the general public on the value of the UN and its agencies and programs. (e.g. through letters, op-eds to local press, meetings and speeches on specific UN issues).

Every two years divisions and chapters are asked to contribute to the preparation of an Advocacy Agenda, which is finalized by the national advocacy committee and adopted by the UNA-USA national Board of Directors. The Advocacy Agenda, (accessible at www.unausa.org/advocacy provides general guidance to divisions and chapters in developing their own programs.

Attention is also drawn to the substantive issues resolutions adopted at the 2009 National Convention in Washington DC (www.unausa.org/2009resolutions)

All chapters in the Southern New York State Division should have an advocacy person and/or committee to follow advocacy issues, and establish programs at the local level. They should also sign up for the UNA-USA E-action alert Network:

www.capwiz.com/unausa/mlm/signup, or send an e-mail to Alan Averyt: ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

The division's role at the present time is essentially to encourage the individual chapters to develop their own advocacy programs, and coordinate recommendations on key issues. It may also decide to draft resolutions on issues such as: the Israel/Palestine situation; violence against women, trafficking; the situation in Darfur, and in Iran.

You may communicate proposals on these and other issues to Margaret (Molly) Bruce who is the division advocacy person, and a member of the national advocacy committee which meets periodically in Washington DC.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


 



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