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the SOTU and the UN

February 14th, 2013 by unaseattle

For State of the Union, Uniting the Country Requires Global Approach 

As President Barack Obama prepares to deliver his first State of the Union address in his second term, our nation stands divided. A poll conducted by CNN shows that there are likely very few issues that will gain approval from the overwhelming majority of American voters. But there is one issue that does stand apart. That is, another new poll from the Better World Campaign shows that an incredible 86 percent of voters say it is important for the U.S. to maintain an active role in the United Nations.

If the President’s goal is to unite the country on Tuesday, this issue is a winner. Significant bipartisan support exists for continued, strong multilateral engagement, particularly with the United Nations.

During his Inaugural speech, President Obama referenced the need for multilateral engagement:

“America will remain the anchor of strong alliances in every corner of the globe. And we will renew those institutions that extend our capacity to manage crisis abroad. For no one has a greater stake in a peaceful world than its most powerful nation. We will support democracy from Asia to Africa, from the Americas to the Middle East, because our interests and our conscience compel us to act on behalf of those who long for freedom. And we must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice.”

As the world watches, the President should send a clear message that America will continue to work hand in hand with our partners and allies. Our nation will not go it alone, but rather continue our work with international organizations liked the United Nations.

The recent bipartisan polling by the Better World Campaign also found that more than two-thirds say the UN has been supportive of America’s goal and objectives. The numbers show that raising the issue of continued multilateral engagement would be received with bipartisan support ­– something we can’t say of many other challenges facing our nation today.

 Laura Giroux
Membership Director
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