Working Groups | UNA Greater Seattle Chapter

United Nations Association Greater Seattle Chapter

Working Groups

All UNA members are invited to participate in the activities of these groups. Please use the Contact form to indicate your interest.

  • Advocacy Team

    The Advocacy Team identifies important UN-related issues that the Chapter should address by providing timely information for members and the public, and it suggests opportunities for collective and personal action. The objectives of the Advocacy Committee are to:

    • Advocate on policy issues related to UNA National goals, UNA-USA Advocacy Agenda Issues, and other topics important to UNA Seattle
    • Maintain contact with elected officials, policy makers, and opinion leaders in order to promote strong and constructive U.S. leadership and participation in the work of the UN
    • Carry out media outreach, respond quickly to news reports and media statements, utilizing all available media resources, especially UN-related television programs and sample press releases
    • Encourage participation by members and others in the UNA E-Action network Although the Team is a board activity, all UNA members are invited to participate.

    We wish to raise with the Congressman the issues that are of importance to our Chapter and to UNA-USA/UN Foundation.

    The particular issues of concern to us are as follows:

    1.      US full engagement with the United Nations, incl. fulfilling its financial commitments to the World Body

    2.      Promoting human rights at all levels (a key Chapter goal)

    3.      US ratification of the international conventions re. women (CEDAW), the Disabled (CRPD), and the Oceans (Law of the Sea)

    4.      The basket of UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

     

  • Events/PR

    The group’s purpose is to track energy and climate change policies developed by Congress and the Administration, and generate support as appropriate for the financial and technical needs of the least-developed countries for mitigation and adaptation to climate change that is occurring. Of particular interest is the impact of climate change on small-scale subsistence agriculture.

  • Fundraising

    U.N. Secretary General Ban told our group that Climate Change is a priority that influences the ability to achieve long term improvement in all eight of the Millennium Development Goals.  In support of MDG # 7 (ensure environmental sustainability) we are working to inform and motivate the public (and especially young people) about the value and necessity of responsible environmental stewardship. The UNA endorses policies that recognize the inseparable interdependence of social, environmental, and economic pillars of sustainable development. To this purpose, we participate in various venues and forums with NGOs, churches, schools, and other community organizations.  Our work involves local, national and international activities.

  • Membership

    The travel program serves educational purposes related to important issues with which the UN is concerned, with a theme and destination that reflects one or more current UN programs. Tours have been conducted to Iran and Israel/Palestine, and they are led by UNA board members with considerable experience in the areas toured.