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02 June 2020
UNA-NCA Stands in Solidarity
 

“Lasting peace can only be built on the premise that all people have equal rights and dignity.”

-United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 

 

This has been a traumatic week for our nation. We write to you today to both reflect on these national tragedies and reaffirm our commitment to the safety and well-being of our members and community. The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others have brought to the surface racial inequities that continue to impact our society. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionately devastating impact on the health and economic status of our communities of color. It has also confirmed what we already knew—that deep racial disparities continue to exist in our nation. 


The creation of the United Nations institutionalized the notion that all persons are entitled to the same rights and dignity. Our work to defend the United Nations is a reflection of our communal belief in these guiding principles and a recognition of the importance of international solidarity and cooperation to forge a better future. 


As our communities across the country continue to demand justice, we maintain our work to realign the United States with the democratic principles of the UN. To stray from her framework is to stray from the fundamental ideology and to forget the lessons of the previous century. The United Nations was forged in the shadow of atrocity and genocide, representing a global will for a more just society. We stand in solidarity with those who continue the struggle for equity across the world and in our own neighborhoods. We reaffirm our commitment to preserving and defending universal human rights, whether that is the right to the highest attainable level of health or the right to life. 


We stand in solidarity and in demanding an end to this injustice. Black lives matter now and always. We will continue to raise our voices in favor of universal human rights; we will work to defend the World Health Organization in its campaign to provide healthcare to the world’s most vulnerable and seek to dismantle systems of oppression and disenfranchisement. We are committed to building a world in which bigotry and xenophobia do not exist.


Stephen F. Moseley, President

Paula Boland, Executive Director

United Nations Association of the National Capital Area