Since 1964, we here at the United Nations Association of Boulder County, have been driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the world a better place for all. We aim to maintain international peace and security, protect human rights, deliver humanitarian aid, promote sustainable development, and uphold international law.
WHAT WE DO
WE ADVOCATE for the work of the UN. Our Advocacy Committee meets regularly with local, state and national elected representatives. We ask them to support UN funding, programs and policies; we explain the importance of the UN in promoting peace. We urge out members to do the same. A basic message is: The U.S. needs the UN. Representatives are surprised to learn that money spent in the U.S. on UN business operations nearly balances our UN dues. the UN provides a good return on our tax dollars by bringing 193 countries together to share the resources and the cost of providing stability, humanitarian aid, and hope to the world. The U.S. cannot police eery conflict or shelter every refuse. International cooperation is needed to find effective solutions to global issues from fighting disease to cyberspace warfare. We are also committed to promoting Cities for CEDAW. The U.S. Senate has not ratified the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, adopted by the General Assembly in 1979. Therefore, we promote adoption of CEDAW at the local level.
WE EDUCATE by sponsoring public discussions and lectures and by supporting specific projects and cooperative efforts to achieve UN goals, particularly the Sustainable Development Goals. To help achieve past UN goals, we raised more than $100,000 for primary education in in Afghanistan and just over $160,000 through the Adopt a Minefield Colorado Initiative for clearing land mines in Mozambique. Thought he Adopt a Future initiative of the UNA-USA and the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in 2017 we committed to raising $30,000 for a school in the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya.
WE INFORM the community about the work of the family of UN bodies. There are the annual UN Day, quarterly dinner lectures, monthly talks with Q&A, and monthly discussion groups where you can listen, learn, and put forth your own points of view. You are welcome to help us identify topics and speakers, debate the challenging questions of peace and development, or to just come and listen.
WE RECOGNIZE Boulder County citizens who do significant work internationally and locally in support of UN goals and initiatives that focus on promoting human rights. You can help us identity these persons and publicise the importance of their work. Our International Human Rights Award is presented in December in celebration of the signing go the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
WE ARE 130 of the 13,000 Americans who belong to the United Nations Association-USA. We come from many walks of life. Some of us have worked for UN agencies. We recognize that multilateral actions are crucial for promoting the causes of peace and human development.