Stand Up For Those Who Stand the Line
January 27, 2014| by Chris Whatley, UNA-USA Executive Director
In South Sudan, UN peacekeepers are working to keep a spiraling conflict from devolving into genocide. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, a UN peacekeeping “intervention brigade” with a mandate to directly support the Congolese military has quelled a brutal insurgency. Meanwhile, the UN peacekeeping force in Mali — authorized by the Security Council after Mali-based insurgents killed three Americans in a brazen terrorist attack—has, along with French forces, placed Al Qaida-aligned rebels on the defensive and is restoring civilian rule.
Despite these successes, the 2014 federal spending bill newly signed into law reduces U.S. support for peacekeeping by roughly $400 million. This cut has major implications for the UN’s 15 peacekeeping operations and 116,000 deployed blue helmets around the world. Even as we are asking the UN to do more to advance our own national interests as well as the worlds’, we are removing tools and resources they need to respond.
Moments like this define the role of UNA-USA as a grassroots organization. It is time for Americans who believe in the fundamental peacemaking role of the UN to stand up for those who stand on the line in the most dangerous regions of the world.
If you share this belief, please join us in adding your voice of support for UN peacekeeping by following this link and sending a letter to your Congressional delegation.