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Statement: “U.N. Me” Misses the Point


Washington, D.C. (June 1, 2012) — Peter Yeo, Executive Director of the Better World Campaign and Vice President, Public Policy, United Nations Foundation made the following statement regarding the film U.N. Me:

U.N. Me misses the point: The United Nations—like all large institutions—is not perfect, but it plays an indispensable role in promoting international security and meeting the humanitarian needs of the developing world. The movie is a one-sided slam on the UN that is riddled with factual errors. By shading the truth and discarding any semblance of a balanced approach, the film dishonors the service of more than 3,000 military, civilian, and police officials who have lost their lives on the frontlines of UN peacekeeping missions since 1948. Every day, the United Nations protects Americans from terrorism, ensures that diseases do not travel from the developing world to infect Americans, and promotes stability in countries essential to American national security interests. The UN is a good deal for American taxpayers – a point completely lost in this political exercise.”

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