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13 February 2018

Recently Announced U.S. FY19 Budget Threatens Dozens of UN Programs

By: Stephen Moseley, President, UNA-NCA

Dear UNA-NCA Colleagues,

Most regrettably, the U.S. Administration’s 2019 budget delivered February 12th to the U.S. Congress proposes devastating budget cuts to almost every UN account and agency. The cuts range from 20 percent from UN Peacekeeping; 100 percent from agencies such as UNDP, UNFPA, the UN Environment Programme and UN Women; and 50 percent from the World Health Organization, and the Food and Agriculture Organization. Overall, the State Department and U.S. foreign affairs budgets – which includes the U.S. funding for the UN – would be a cut by 23 percent while the Pentagon’s budget would increase by 15 percent.

The budgets for programs of the UN and U.S. foreign aid assistance will also be cut to those countries which have made votes against or expressed disagreement with the U.S. on its foreign policy. While the administration says it will not use this barometer for deciding on humanitarian assistance, already it has cut 2018 UN funds required to operate the refugee programs in the West Bank and Gaza by 50 percent.

The implications of these cuts for all Americans is a drastic reduction in the programs that stand for long-term global peace in addition to fair and equitable support of peoples’ basic human needs. These are reductions of critical programs that help spur social and economic development and enable the most vulnerable to succeed in helping themselves. In the grand scheme of budget planning, full funding of U.S. support to the UN and its agencies would be less than half of one percent of the U.S. budget. The U.S. can well afford to meet these commitments to the UN and world peace. However, the U.S. can ill afford the high costs of slower global development, more wars and violence, and the increases in pressure for migration that will plague years to come if the UN is not adequately funded. 

UNA-NCA, with its members’ support, will continue to join in the significant efforts being made by civil society organizations in the U.S. and globally to stop these excessive roll backs of U.S. engagement for peace and long-term security. 


Stephen Moseley

12 February 2018

UNA-NCA Fellowship 2018 SDG and Development

By Grace Maliska, UNA-NCA Graduate Fellow

On February 9th, the UNA-NCA Fellowship met at George Washington University to discuss the Sustainable Development Goals with five distinguished speakers.

  • Steve Mosley, UNA-NCA President
  • Nancy Donaldson, former ILO Director
  • Asma Lateef, Bread for the World Institute Director
  • Sam Worthington, Interaction CEO
  • Yesim Oruc, UNDP Deputy Director, Washington DC office
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07 February 2018

New disputes and funding dilemmas between US Administration and the UN threaten World Peace and Prosperity

By Stephen F. Moseley, President, UNA-NCA

Dear Colleagues,

Many of you are likely aware of the challenges regarding UN funding from the US for the current fiscal year. The result so far has been very serious delays and interruptions of the funds for humanitarian aid to refugees in all areas of the world. These challenges have also weakened support for the famine crises in Africa, Yemen, and other areas – such as Central America – where the burdening repercussions of climate change are devastating rural farming efforts. By interrupting medical supplies for severe disease outbreaks, in addition to nutritional deficits from widespread food shortages, funding gaps are hindering childhood development and having lasting effects on future generations.
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30 January 2018

New Frontiers in Peace Metrics Report

By Polina Adamovich, Program Assistant, UNA-NCA

United by a strong commitment to achieving Sustainable Development Goal #16 – “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels” – UNA-NCA, the Stimson Center and the Alliance for Peacebuilding held a discussion on peace metrics, featuring Steve Killelea and Michelle Breslauer from the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) sharing their new report on methodology and challenges around measuring the SDG16.
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29 January 2018

Davos: UN Human Rights Chief sets out new global standards for business to tackle LGBTI descrimination

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights presents global standards at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Nineteen more companies join growing list of early adopters, including Airbnb, Airbus, AXA, Barilla, Bloomberg L.P., Cisco Systems Inc., Gol, Hermes Investment Management, Lloyd’s, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics - North America, Marriott International, MAS Holdings, Nasdaq, New York Life, Santander Group, Tesco, Trillium Asset Management, Unilever, Vert Asset Management, Xerox
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24 January 2018

UNA-NCA Pays Tribute to Anne Hale Johnson

By Karen Mulhauser, Past President, UNA-NCA

All of us who knew Anne were not surprised to learn that she died on January 18, 2018 – she was 94 years old – but we are deeply saddened. Anne and her husband Art were active members and supporters of the UNA-NCA family since the 1990s. Anne has served on our Advisory Council and over the years has been an active and loyal supporter of our educational programs and advocacy goals. When Art died in 2011, Anne helped us create and define the Arthur W. Johnson Leadership Award that has been given to long-standing UNA-NCA leaders. One of my greatest honors was receiving this award the year after its inauguration and having Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton present it. 
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19 January 2018

Introduction to Spring 2018 Fellows

We are excited to announce our 2018 Graduate Fellows!  This group of 22 fellows are investing in a stronger US-UN partnership through hands-on trainings from experts in the UN, sustainability, conflict management, and more.  This incredibly talented and diverse group of fellows come from ten different countries and includes two doctoral candidates and a Fulbright Scholar.  Read more about them below.
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17 January 2018

CEDAW in DC: Gender Equity Roundtable

By Farah Faroul, UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee

On November 30, 2017, the UNA-NCA CEDAW in DC Committee hosted a gender equity roundtable at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. The roundtable was both an educational forum and a planning session for an upcoming stakeholders’ meeting with the office of the City Administrator. Representatives from several local women’s rights organizations attended the event to learn more about the proposed gender audit of D.C. agencies and to share ideas for advocacy efforts. The roundtable began with a panel discussion featuring key members of the CEDAW in DC committee: Karen Mulhauser, Chair of the CEDAW in DC Committee; Karen Foreit, a senior health researcher; and Karine Lepillez, a senior gender and social equity consultant.
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