Advocacy Agenda

Our Core Focus Areas

Each year, UNA-USA educates Americans and policymakers around four core elements of the U.S.-UN relationship: securing US-UN funding; advancing human rights through the UN; encouraging US ratification of international treaties; and supporting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Advocacy Agenda is set by the Steering Committee of the Council of Chapters and Regions.

UN Funding

Payment of our nation’s UN regular budget and peacekeeping dues on time, in full, and without conditions, the removal of the Congressionally imposed arbitrary peacekeeping cap, and the reversal of the U.S. policy of paying dues one year late.

Human Rights

Increase awareness about the work being performed by UN specialized agency around the world and heightened support for fully funding their crucial mandates including the World Health Organization, the World Food Program, the UN Children’s Fund, the UN Development Fund, and the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.

International Treaties

Senate passage of key international agreements that we have signed but not yet ratified including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

Millennium Development Goals

In 2000, all UN Member States committed to eight Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s), which aim to significantly reduce extreme poverty and disease, ensure environmental sustainability, and enhance international coordination around development by 2015.

Click here to see the full Briefing Book explaining the 2012 Advocacy Agenda.