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THE UN AND ITS VALUE FOR THE U.S.

Ever wondered how the UN makes a difference in the lives of regular Americans? 

 

Fact is, the UN doesn’t just matter to Americans — the UN is about as American as it gets.   

Founded in San Francisco and headquartered in New York City, the organization spans sea to shining sea. U.S. investment in the UN enables UN agencies to deliver American values and American mail. To employ more Americans in the UN and provide more contracts to American businesses than any other country. To protect dozens of our World Heritage sites and protect our borders from global disease and illicit drug trafficking.

And you know what else is American? Paying our dues.

As conversations on campaign trails and in Congressional chambers heat up, let’s remind our leaders that the UN is for the U.S. — and we’re for the UN #UNforUS

 

A FEW WAYS THE UN WORKS FOR US

Safeguarding U.S. Interests

  • Ensuring a strong U.S. perspective in debates on important topics
  • Shaping global actions so the U.S. and the world both benefit
  • Sharing the responsibility for humanitarian, security and development needs

Expanding U.S. Impact

  • Protecting U.S. leadership on geopolitical, economic and humanitarian issues
  • Navigating global uncertainty – and preventing greater uncertainty – in ways that benefit Americans
  • Defending U.S. interests amid competition from China, Russia, and other authoritarian regimes

SECURITY

• The UN is where the U.S. meets its global competitors, defending our interests against authoritarian regimes like China and Russia.

• UN Peacekeeping contains conflicts overseas, preventing them from reaching our shores.

• The UN provides a platform for the U.S.to carry out sanctions against terrorist groups.

LEADERSHIP

• The UN is a forum for the U.S. to shape the world and export the values we believe in – democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.

• The UN is where the U.S. rallies the nations of the world in times of crisis, shoring up our allies and taking hard stands against our adversaries.

BUSINESS

• American businesses receive more in UN contracts than the U.S. pays in dues.

• The UN has created a worldwide network of organizations and agencies that benefit U.S.
business by developing agreements that allow countries to work together – from aviation and shipping, to telecom and outer space.

HEALTH

• The World Health Organization is responsible for a rapid, coordinated response to outbreaks of polio, measles, yellow fever, malaria, and more, stopping these diseases from spreading faster and further.

• The UNODC works with the U.S. to stop the flow of chemicals used to make illegal opioids.

U.S. VALUES

• The UN’s values, expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and belief in the rule of law, closely match U.S. values.

• The UN hosts some of the most effective aid organizations in the world, with the goal of helping the world’s most vulnerable people.

THE ENVIRONMENT

• The UN facilitates agreements that are key to reducing emissions and lessening the impacts of climate change, which are felt in every community in the U.S.

• The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is based at the UN and is responsible for convening nations to respond to threats like an increase in sea level rise.

THE UN IS A GOOD INVESTMENT FOR THE U.S.

  • The UN ensures that the costs of containing conflicts overseas is shared with other nations.
  • UN peacekeeping operations are 1/8 the cost of deploying comparable U.S. missions abroad, saving the American taxpayer money.
  • Cutting humanitarian assistance budgets could further destabilize already fragile countries, which would cost far more than the possible savings, as poorer countries may reconsider their policies or gravitate to new donor countries that could tie aid to demands.
  • The WHO coordinates its entire global public health mandate with a budget of $3.3B a year. Without detection capabilities conducted by the WHO, within a decade, polio could surge to 200,000 cases annually at a cost of $14B.
  • The total annual payments to the UN account for less then 1% of the federal budget.