Americans From All 50 States Submit Feedback to Help the UN Set Priorities Ahead of UN General Assembly Week
In recognition of the UN’s 75th anniversary, the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) will compile American perspectives from virtual consultations into a report for the UN.
Washington, D.C. (May 26, 2020)—The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) this spring began an initiative to host virtual UN75 consultations engaging Americans in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
UNA-USA’s efforts are part of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’s plan to host the largest-ever global conversation on the role of multilateral cooperation in building a better future in honor of the UN’s 75th anniversary. UNA-USA’s state consultations will bolster this global dialogue with American perspectives that will be submitted to the United Nations ahead of UN General Assembly week.
On April 15, UNA-USA hosted a live web event with Fabrizio Hochschild-Drummond, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Preparations for the Commemoration of the United Nations 75th Anniversary. Volunteers from across the U.S. tuned in to ask questions and hear his perspective on the importance of engaging in global dialogue with the UN.
“The future is not pre-determined. Whether we come out of this more united or less united depends on all of us,” Hochschild said. “The whole point of UN75 is to provide a platform for people across the world to weigh in.”
As the nation adjusts to social distancing measures in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNA-USA advocates have embraced these state consultations as a way to connect virtually with members of their communities and elevate policy recommendations to achieve a sustainable future by 2045.
“COVID-19 is an urgent reminder to our nation and our world that we need global cooperation,” said Rachel Bowen Pittman, UNA-USA Executive Director. “Our members are using the UN75 virtual state consultations to brainstorm ways the world can build back better in the wake of a pandemic.”
UNA-USA state consultations will be held continuously throughout the year. To learn more about the initiative, visit unausa.org/un75. People around the world are also encouraged to participate in the UN75 global conversation by submitting individual feedback directly to the UN in a one-minute survey.
About the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA):
The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) is a grassroots movement of Americans who support the vital work of the United Nations in U.S. communities, colleges, and Congress. For more than 75 years, UNA-USA and its national network of 20,000 members and 200 chapters have promoted strong U.S. leadership at the UN through advocacy campaigns, youth engagement, outreach programs, and public events. Learn more.