The United Nations Association-USA is dedicated to educating, inspiring and mobilizing Americans to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations, strengthening the United Nations system, promoting constructive United States leadership in the system, and achieving the goals of the UN Charter. The Boulder County Chapter aims to make local participation in UNA activities and the active UN family a significant part of the rich culture of Boulder County, Colorado.
We inform the community about the work of the family of UN bodies. There are the annual UN Day, quarterly dinner lectures, monthly talks with Q&A, and monthly discussion groups where you can listen, learn, and put forth your own points of view. You are welcome to help us identify topics and speakers, debate the challenging questions of peace and development, or to just come and listen.
We make a difference for people in need in developing countries. We select a cause and mobilize support for it. Since 1999 we have raised over $100,000 to support primary and basic education in Afghanistan, $20,000 for population activities, and with our counterparts in Denver and Fort Collins over $120,000 for clearing landmines. You can help us to identify causes that demonstrate the value of the work of UN organizations and raise awareness and mobilize funds to address them. Our latest effort is on behalf of a center for street children in Haiti.
We recognise Boulder County citizens who do significant international work. Each year we ask, “Who has done the most for international human rights?” We find them and we honor them. Almost every year we give a scholarship to a student who has done outstanding work on international affairs and sees a future in international work. You can help us to identify these persons and to publicize the importance of their work.
We advocate for the work of the UN. We have been the architects of a resolution on climate change that has been adopted by all the chapters and divisions of the UNA-USA. This resolution will make the follow-up of the Kyoto treaty a priority for the organization and calls on the administration to join whole-heartedly into the discussions. We prepare position papers on other topics of national and global consequence to stimulate debate. We meet annually with our Congressional representatives or staff to urge them to support the work of the UN. You can contribute your ideas on how our government should work with the UN.