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07 November 2018
Opportunities for UN Support
By Stephen Moseley

After every election, there is a renewed opportunity to introduce the critical issues and support needed for U.S. engagement with the UN, to our new representatives at the State and National congressional offices in our region.  Yesterday a number of new leaders, at the local, state, and national level in both Maryland and Virginia came into office. Global issues were not the main public issues being debated, however the background against which the midterm elections were held, had a great deal to do with changes in world order alliances for peace, international  trade, human rights, migration, and social and economic opportunity throughout the world and in relation to our community. 

The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) and it’s parent organization, the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) along with nearly 200 chapters throughout the country, are all non-partisan and non-profit.  They are directly responsible in their mission to provide education and advocacy about the critical role of the U.S. and its engagement and financial support for the UN, and to help the U.S. remain in the debates surrounding rapid global changes that directly affect our lives in the U.S. and abroad. 

With the new congress, in 2019 there will be the need and opportunity to promote understanding and commitment to maintain peace under many treaties and compacts already in place, to further consider the challenges of climate change that are already having severe impact on our local communities, to address the unraveling of global trade pacts that effect everyday economies of most of our citizens, and most importantly the challenge facing all of us in addressing the millions of people uprooted from their home countries by international wars, and local and regional violence in their counties. The UN responsibilities with their member countries are: to constantly review and implement programs that meet these human needs; to promote economic and social development; to build peace and keep the peace; and to keep our planet safe from environmental destruction.  

We fully recognize that there are major disagreements and strong resistance in the current administration on many of these global issues, which has already in the past two years resulted in Executive Orders to have the U.S. leave the Paris Climate Change Accords; to pull out from its alliance with its traditional country partners around the world on the Iran Nuclear arms accord; to stop humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza; to drop out of membership in UNESCO which leads global education for all along with it’s role in cultural heritage preservation; and finally to be the only nation to drop out of the new UN Pact about to be adopted by all member states to suppress the global crisis of migration everywhere. 

In the months ahead, UNA-NCA and its members will be dedicated throughout 2019 and 2020 to education and analysis of these issues in it’s forums on peace and security, sustainable development, education for youth and school children in our community, human rights, and international law. We will have active events to bring together community leaders along with legislative representatives from the State and National offices in the region to actively participate in the debates on these critical issues. It will be a collaborative effort as we join along with other associations and civil society organizations to address these issues together.  

We welcome and thank the many wonderful new and renewed political leaders who are dedicated to representing all of us from DC, Maryland and Virginia, to find new ways to make our community and world a better place.  We ask our members and friends to renew their dedication and engagement with UNA-NCA now and for the year ahead. Please take the opportunity to join in this advocacy and education mission, and register for the next major UNA-NCA event on December 6th, the Human Rights Awards Reception celebrating the 70th anniversary of the signing of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. See our website, www.UNANCA.org, to register.