Last month, the Obama Administration released its FY 2013 budget, proposing funding levels for key international affairs accounts next year, including those that fund our nation’s assessed contributions to the UN regular and peacekeeping budgets. Over the last three years, the United States has returned to good financial standing at the UN by honoring our obligations and funding our UN regular and peacekeeping budget dues. Now that appropriations season is in full-swing, BWC spear-headed a letter to members of the House and Senate State/Foreign Operations Subcommittees asking that they continue to fully fund the UN, preserving U.S. leadership at the organization and critical programs that advance core U.S. foreign policy, national security, economic, and humanitarian interests.
Last year, the Better World Campaign (BWC) and the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) developed a briefing book with information on the critical work of the United Nations and how it benefits American interests. This year, we are providing an update to alert you to notable achievements in 2011 and how the U.S. and UN continue to work together to create a more secure, prosperous, and healthy word.
Underscoring the importance of U.S. engagement with the UN Human Rights Council, two important developments concerning recent unrest in Libya and Syria have unfolded over the past two weeks.
Jack Christofides, Team Leader for the Sudan Integrated Operational Team of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, sat down with us immediately following Sudan's referendum.
Southern Sudan has voted overwhelmingly for independence and is expected to become Africa's youngest nation in July 2011.
Following a first round of elections in November, Haiti has scheduled presidential run-off elections for March 20.
Better World Campaign Executive Director Peter Yeo testified today before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the important role played by the United Nations and the value of effective engagement in the international body for the United States.
As Speaker Pelosi gaveled closed the 111th Congress, we saw some amazing gains but we also swallowed some bitter pills as we watched important pieces of legislation not make it to President Obama’s desk.
From tackling terrorism and climate change to ending poverty and conflict, young people from around the world made their voices heard on the most vital challenges facing their generation during a unique event held today with the 15 members of the Security Council at United Nations Headquarters.
The Better World Campaign sat down with Atul Khare, UN Assistant Secretary-General of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, to discuss the role of United Nations peacekeeping, including its successes and challenges, and how UN peacekeeping serves American foreign policy interests.
Statement by Timothy E. Wirth, President, United Nations Foundation on the Passing of Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke12/13/10