UNA Today: The Impact of Your Advocacy

The Impact of Your Advocacy
Have you ever wondered what happens after you send a message to your elected officials? Or maybe you’ve wondered whether the phone call you made or the letter you signed onto had an impact.
We’re here to tell you that it did. It does. Your advocacy makes a difference.
From sending messages to your Members of Congress to sign-on letters—and so much more—we’re sharing two examples to show you that the actions you take in support of the UN and its agencies is not only impactful but also strengthens American support for the UN and our position on the global stage.
Supporting UN Peacekeeping

Last July, Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-CA) 
introduced legislation to permanently repeal the 25% cap
 on U.S. contributions to UN peacekeeping operations. Over the last several months, the Better World Campaign, UNA-USA, and partner organizations have focused on recruiting new cosponsors for the legislation, in order to demonstrate robust Congressional support for permanently lifting the cap.
UNA members have done the much-needed work of sending letters and e-mails, and making calls to their elected representatives—and your continued engagement is essential.
Expediting Senate Confirmation of Nominees for Key Diplomatic Posts
The Biden Administration has made history on two fronts and in two starkly different ways—the most diverse set of confirmed appointees and the fewest nominees in place at the 300-day mark. Key positions in multilateral diplomacy were left empty at a time when the U.S. faces multiplying challenges around the world.
Learn how your advocacy recently helped to expedite Senate confirmation for several dozen State Department nominees.
REGISTER NOW: 2022 Global Engagement Summit

Thursday, February 24 
∙ 1-5 p.m. ET
Join us for the 
largest annual convening of UN supporters
 in the U.S.! We’re bringing together changemakers to engage in complex conversations and to take action to address local issues that have global implications.
Here’s what you can expect at this year’s summit:
One-on-one networking calls with fellow advocates;
Customizable agenda and levels of engagement;
Skill building sessions to strengthen your advocacy; 
Behind-the-scenes look at UN agencies’ operations in countries like Cyprus and Afghanistan;
Insightful remarks from high-level U.S. and UN officials;
Moderated salon discussions that dive into thematic issue areas, from human rights to the Sustainable Development Goals; and so much more!
The 2022 Global Engagement Summit is unlike any other, and will equip you with the tools to become an even stronger advocate for the UN and its agencies. Don’t miss it!
Exclusive Career Program for UNA-USA Members 

Thursday, January 27  ∙ 8 p.m. ET
Are you interested in learning more about climate change from the perspective of the U.S. Department of State? Are you job-curious and want to find out more about jobs in the UN?
The upcoming SDG: Subject, Matters & Careers session focused on Climate will bring together the subject and careers related to climate on January 27. This opportunity is exclusive to UNA-USA members, so if you are not already part of the movement, 
please join us
(Under 26? 
Join UNA-USA for free!
UN Dispatch Podcast: The United Nations Year in Review
Mark Leon Goldberg, host of the UN Dispatch podcast, recently released “The United Nations Year in Review” episode—
a closer look at the events that shaped the UN’s work in 2021.
UNA Tampa Bay

Learn about UNA Tampa Bay’s “Picture My Life: A Refugee Story” project, which offers insight into the lives and experiences of refugee youth living in Tampa Bay through a photographic mentoring program.
Support Legislation to Lift Cap on UN Peacekeeping Dues
Last summer, Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-CA) introduced legislation which seeks to permanently repeal the artificial cap on U.S. contributions, ensuring that the U.S. can meet its financial obligations moving forward.
Will you take one minute to ask your elected officials to support this bill?
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