The UNA-Boulder Advocacy Program educates various constituencies and the general public on issues of importance to the United Nations. The overriding purpose of UNA Advocacy is to support the United Nations, promote its successes, and defend its resolutions, funding, and reports from violation, attack and neglect.

We prepare Op Ed pieces and letters to the editor. We correspond and meet with Colorado’s U.S. Senators and Representatives. Our UNA chapter events are venues for advocacy committee members to solicit support, signatures, and solidarity.

Over the years, we have advocated action on climate change, U.S. payment of UN dues, contributions to the UN Population Fund, and ratification of UN Conventions.

In 2008, the advocacy team began working on Population Control and Consumption, and on Cuba.

In 2012 we gathered signatures and submitted a petition to Congress to ratify the The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

2017 Congressional Briefing Book


PRIDE Sanitary Pad was established in Ghana by RECFAM to produce organic and biodegradable sanitary pads for women and girls who lack access to proper menstrual hygiene products and education.


Access to safe menstrual hygiene products is not a privilege; it is a right. We ensure that girls and women in Ghana have access to affordable, safe and environmentally-friendly sanitary pads in order to increase school attendance and gender equality. We also provide education and work to de-stigmatize this natural and healthy process of the female body.




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A Message from Executive Director of UNA-USA, Chris Whatley

Good Afternoon UNA Leaders:

As I hope you’ve seen already, UNA-USA just launched our new digital petition that encourages Americans to sign-on in support of full U.S. funding for the United Nations. A fun feature of our petition is that supporters sign-on using their Facebook or Twitter profile photos. You can see a screengrab of the petition below. We’ll host the petition for two months and will deliver the signatures to Members of Congress to show Americans’ support of strong U.S. engagement at the UN. After only a few hours, the petition has already received 100+ signatures. Our goal is to get 1,000 signatures, with supporters from all 50 states. We need your help in spreading the word!









Not only is this petition an important advocacy tool (we will deliver printed state petitions showing the faces of UN supporters to every Senate office during our lobby day in June), but it will also help us recruit new UNA members from across the country. We’ll receive the contact information of all signers and be able to determine who is not yet a member. We’ll follow-up with these signers, providing them with membership information and helpful contacts and resources.

If you haven’t already, please sign the petition here:

After you sign, please use the pop-up that follows to share your support on Facebook and Twitter. Please also encourage your members, friends, and family to sign and share their support on social media.

Let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for your help in making this a success!


Chris Whatley,

Executive Director, UNA-USA

 March 2017 Panel on Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women:

Representatives from each state attended and shared information, discussed strategies, identified how to support each other and planned a way forward. Colorado Representatives included Veronica Hrutkay, UNA BC and Sharon Simmons of Colorado BPW.

Website of Cities for Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women

Members’ Day at the UN:

(Part 1) Members’ Day at the UN – The U.S. and the UN: New Leaders, Pressing Challenges

(Part 2) Members’ Day at the UN – The U.S. and the UN: New Leaders, Pressing Challenges: 

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