News & Updates

A Message from UNA HQ on LGBTI Employees at the United Nations

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As of this past Monday, a United Nations staff member working in New York whose native country lacks marriage equality—and who cannot simply marry their same-sex partner at city hall—faces the potential for family separation. Even worse, this person’s partner may return to their home country only to face violence and persecution because of who they love.

Unfortunately, this is only one of many devastating scenarios that could play out for same-sex couples and LGBTI employees serving the UN system. On October 1, the United States officially altered its visa policy requiring diplomatic staff in same-sex relationships to show proof of marriage for their partners to reside in the United States. The big problem here: Less than 30 countries in the world recognize marriage equality. 

It’s difficult to fathom how the U.S. could adopt such a flawed policy. That’s where you come in: Send a tweet to Secretary Pompeo right now, reminding him that Americans stand up for universal human rights—especially when they are being threatened on our very own soil.

 

TWEET TO SECRETARY POMPEO

Our Cultural Fest’ Was a Success!

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On September 13, we held our first annual Cultural Festival! There were food samples from different cultures, giveaways & prizes, and animal balloons! It was a blast!

Thanks to all of our support from CGU students and club members, the event was a success and we were able to engage with fellow classmates and gain momentum for future events.

We will be having a Cultural Fest’ at the beginning of every school year, so keep an eye out for the next one!

Tell Congress to Reject the President’s Proposed UN Budget Cuts

 Your voice has never been more important. Proposed budget cuts to foreign affairs funding would cripple U.S. influence at the UN, further destabilize the world, and cause untold suffering. Congress ultimately decides on the final budget, so they need to hear from you that these cuts are unacceptable!

Five ways you can help:

1. EMAIL YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

Sending a letter to your Members of Congress is one of the most effective ways to let them know you oppose proposed cuts to UN  funding. Click here to send a letter.

2. CALL YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

Your Members of Congress represent YOU! Call their office to let them know you oppose the President’s proposed cuts. Click herefor Members’ contact information and helpful talking points.

3. SCHEDULE AN IN-DISTRICT MEETING

 As a constituent, you have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with your elected leaders and their staff to advocate for strong U.S. engagement at the UN. Click here for four simple steps to plan a meeting.

4. SPREAD THE WORD ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Share the following social media posts and graphics to inspire others to protect American leadership at the UN.

·  The U.S. must NOT forfeit its influence at the @UnitedNations. Tell Congress to protect America’s global leadership → unausa.org/USAforUN #USAforUN

·  We must protect U.S. leadership and influence at the @UnitedNations. ACT NOW: unausa.org/USAforUN #USAforUN

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Learn more at http://unausa.org/advocacy/

What are the “SDGs?”

The SDGs

On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force.  Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is leftbehind.

The SDGs, also known as Global Goals, build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty. The new Goals are unique in that they call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.

While the SDGs are not legally binding, governments are expected to take ownership and establish national frameworks for the achievement of the 17 Goals.  Countries have the primary responsibility for follow-up and review of the progress made in implementing the Goals, which will require quality, accessible and timely data collection. Regional follow-up and review will be based on national-level analyses and contribute to follow-up and review at the global level.

http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/development-agenda/

What can you do to Promote the SDGs in your Daily Life?

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End extreme poverty. Fight inequality and injustice. Fix climate change. Whoa. The Sustainable Development Goals are important, world-changing objectives that will require cooperation among governments, international organizations and world leaders. It seems impossible that the average person can make an impact. Should you just give up?

No! Change starts with you. Seriously. Every human on earth—even the most indifferent, laziest person among us—is part of the solution. Fortunately, there are some super easy things we can adopt into our routines that, if we all do it, will make a big difference.

Have a look at the LINK BELOW for just a few of the many things you can do to make an impact!

http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/takeaction/