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Please take action today and call your US Senators and Representative to urge them to allow 75K refugees in fiscal year 2018. The White House is in talks to lower the admissions to less than 50K which would be devastating to refugees as well as the entire US Refugee Admissions Program. This is unprecedented.

You must act fast as the administration may make the decision as soon as this week. Let your voice be heard. Then share across social media.

Kai Stansberry
UN Day Luncheon & Book Launch
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 11:00 – 2:00 at the University of North Texas Dallas College of Law, 1901 Main Street, Dallas 75201 

UNA-Dallas annual UN Day Luncheon connects leaders from the business, policy, and academic communities in the North Texas area for an engaging dialogue on world affairs and an opportunity to network with other globally minded individuals and organizations.

We are honored to welcome our 2017 keynote speaker, Hugh Dugan. Mr. Dugan is an international affairs scholar and career diplomat who served the U.S. Department of State for 32 years. His expertise on U.S. participation in the United Nations is supported by his 26 years of experience working with the UN Member States and Secretariat. During his tenure with the UN, he developed broad expertise on key areas of UN activity and foreign policy challenges facing the United States. His portfolio included economic and social affairs, UN management and reform, political affairs, and peace building. Among his many notable achievements is his work with senior U.S. Congressional figures to spearhead UN institutional and managerial modernization, which resulted in U.S. Senators releasing a payment of $1 billion in U.S. arrears to the UN, a major portion of its budget.

This year's event will also feature a special book launch with UNA Members Bill and Norma Matthews, who will be introducing their new book, Hope over fear. Hope over fear offers a glimpse into the history behind the United Nations Association, Dallas Chapter. 

Advance reservations required. Purchase tickets here: 

 

 

Kai Stansberry
Dallas Social Good Summit
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Uniting a Community of Global Leaders and Grassroots Activists

The Dallas Social Good Summit examines the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around DFW. Our theme, #2030NOW, asks the question, “What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030?” During the Summit, global citizens around the world unite to unlock the potential of technology to make the world a better place. 

Seating is limited. Reserve your seat today! https://dallas2030.splashthat.com/

Kai Stansberry
Tell Congress to Oppose President Trump's Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement!
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The The White House‘s decision to withdraw from the #ParisAgreement is a historic forfeiture of global leadership that is damaging to America’s economy, environment, and security. But we cannot let this be the end of U.S. climate action. The United Nations Association of the United States of America still stands with the Paris Agreement. Together, we can continue its momentum and combat #climatechange.  Join us: http://ow.ly/uvQB30ceZCr

Kai Stansberry
Adopt-A-Future. Educating a Generation of Refugee Children
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More than 65 million people have fled their homes and risked their lives in search of refuge. Most are children, but less than half have access to education.  The United Nations Association of the United States of America, in tandem with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and its fundraising arm USA for UNHCR, is working to prevent a lost generation by giving refugee children the education they need to build a better future.

Kai Stansberry
World Health +SocialGood
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On May 23, 25, and 26, at the 70th World Health Assembly, World Health Organization (WHO), Plus Social Good, and the UN Foundation will partner to produce World Health +SocialGood.

This three-day digital event will connect the engaged and active +SocialGood community and a diverse online community of global health advocates directly with the Assembly.

Through a daily live, 45-minute broadcast, World Health +SocialGood will provide insight into the major happenings of each day at the World Health Assembly, while also offering exclusive, original content and conversations with experts about key health issues under discussion. 
 

Kai Stansberry
2017 UNA-USA Leadership Summit
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Join the UNA Dallas Chapter for the 2017 Leadership Summit, from June 11-13 at the National Education Association Building in Washington, DC. UNA-USA members from around the country will come together for three days packed with advocacy and action. You’ll meet with high-ranking U.S. Government and UN officials, learn from global experts, and urge Congress to make progress on key humanitarian issues.

Early bird registration ends April 11th! Register today! http://www.unausa.org/membership/una-usa-events/annual-meeting

Kai Stansberry
UNA-USA, Key Environmental Organizations, and 65,000 Americans Urge Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to keep U.S. in Paris Agreement
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Washington, DC – On Thursday, May 4, the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) joined key environmental organizations in sending a letter, on behalf of 65,000 Americans, to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, urging him to keep the U.S. in the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The letter notes that in adopting the Paris Agreement, nearly every nation on Earth has agreed to do its part to cut emissions and curb global climate change. The United States should not become the exception to this rule. Moreover, the administration should live up to our role in the Paris Agreement because it’s what U.S. citizens want: Americans support U.S. participation in the Paris Agreement by a margin of five to one.

Over the course of just two weeks, the signer organizations collectively gathered more than 65,000 signatures from Americans who support the U.S. fulfilling its commitment to the Paris Agreement.

The letter’s signers include representatives from UNA-USA, the United Nations Foundation, Sierra Club, Global Citizen, Earth Day Network, and ONE.

Kai Stansberry
Statement: Proposed Funding Cuts to UN Programs

Proposed Funding Cuts to UN Programs

“We are gravely concerned about the proposed Executive Order to cut U.S. funding for the UN. These cuts will have a devastating impact on the UN and its humanitarian partners who deliver life-saving aid, assistance, and support to millions of people across the world every day.

Without US funding, programs like UN’s World Food Program (WFP), UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Development Program (UNDP), the UN Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO), are in jeopardy. As we speak, the UN is on the frontlines working to fight Al Qaeda affiliates in Mali; coordinating 16 peacekeeping operations; sheltering refugees in conflict zones; feeding families in drought-ridden areas; and leading the international response to global health emergencies like Zika and Ebola. These are all critical efforts central to U.S. national security priorities.

Underfunding our commitments to UN programs and agencies undermines our interests at home and abroad. If signed, the Executive Order would directly contradict what U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said last week during her confirmation hearing: “You can never win with slash and burn techniques. That doesn’t work.” We respectfully urge President Trump to do the right thing by following Nikki Haley’s advice. We must fulfill our commitments to fund the UN, its agencies, and its critical work worldwide.”

 

Kai Stansberry