United Nation Association-USA Annual Meeting 2014 Report


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Sky Pham at Capitol Hill, Washington D.C

I’ve recently returned from Washington D.C., where I met with my local Representatives and California Senators discussing about issues that may seem far from home, but are near and dear to core American values.

One of them is the vital importance of supporting United Nations peacekeeping operations, particularly in nations like the Central African Republic (CAR) — a country teetering on the brink of genocide. UN peacekeepers are desperately needed there—and in other volatile and terror-plagued nations around the globe—to restore law and order and save countless lives.

Fortunately, the UN Security Council, with support from the United States, has approved a robust peacekeeping mission in CAR. But currently, the U.S. is in the red on its UN peacekeeping dues, and this year’s federal budget underfunds UN peacekeeping by $350 million. During our meeting, I urged our local Reps to address this growing concern and provide full support for peacekeeping funding.

I am not alone in this conviction—a recent bipartisan poll found that two-thirds of Americans support full and timely payment of UN dues, including for peacekeeping operations. That includes Americans like me and hundreds of others who traveled to Washington for the annual meeting of the United Nations Association of the USA, an organization dedicated to informing, inspiring, and mobilizing the American people to support the ideals and work of the UN.

As our representatives consider an FY’15 spending bill, we must fully fund all peacekeeping needs, including this newest mission in CAR.

I also had an opportunity to bring up my concern about dangerous actions of China Government has been directly endangering peace in Vietnam, Philippine and Japan – at the UNA meeting hold by Sir S.Grosz (Deputy Chief of Operation, Plan Section for the Military Component of the UN Mission) and Sir Nedialko Kostov (Political Affair and Policy Officer). The current dangerous situation began on May 2, 2014, when China placed oil rig HD-981 in Vietnam’s EEZ with a flotilla of 80 military ships to ships, attacking Vietnamese patrol vessels working in the area. I strongly believe that, “It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”Eleanor Roosevelt

Advocacy Day at Capitol Hill, USA 

UNA-USA members worked at Capitol Hill to let their members of Congress know that people in their districts care about the UN. This is an opportunity to tell our elected representatives about the important work the United Nations performs every day, and how vital it is that the U.S. continues to fund the UN.

Sky Pham

Sky Pham at the United Nation Foundation Headquarter with more than 170 members from 64 Chapters and 31 states attended the 2014 UNA-USA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC June 8-10, for a variety of skills trainings, issue briefings, networking opportunities, capacity-building, and Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. Because of UN membership’s dedication, we were able to reach more than 100 members of Congress and their staffs with important messages of a strong U.S.-UN relationship and full funding for UN Peacekeeping.

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UNA-USA recognize and thanks Congresswoman Babara Le (CA-13) for her strong support of United Nation and hear from Congresswoman Lee on her experience as the Representative of the United State to the United Nation General Assembly

Meeting and discussing with Mr. Chris Whatley (UNA-USA Executive Director) about security and peacekeeping plan for Southeast Asia.

Meeting and discussing with Mr. Chris Whatley (UNA-USA Executive Director) about security and peacekeeping plans for Southeast Asia, especially Vietnam.

It was Sky Pham pleasure to bring my concern about dangerous action of China Govt has been directly endangering peace at the UNA meeting hold by Sir S.Grosz (Deputy Chief of Operation, Plan Section for the Military Component of the UN Mission) and Sir Nedialko Kostov (Political Affair and Policy Officer). I would hope UN will play an active role in urging China to stop its belligerent and provocative acts!

It was a pleasure to bring my concern about dangerous action of China Govt has been directly endangering peace at the UNA meeting hold by Sir S.Grosz (Deputy Chief of Operation, Plan Section for the Military Component of the UN Mission) and Sir Nedialko Kostov (Political Affair and Policy Officer). I would hope UN will play an active role in urging China to stop its belligerent and provocative acts!

Sky Pham bringing up my concern about dangerous action of China Govt has been directly endangering peace in Vietnam, Philippine and Japan - at the UNA meeting hold by Sir S.Grosz (Deputy Chief of Operation, Plan Section for the Military Component of the UN Mission) and Sir Nedialko Kostov (Political Affair and Policy Officer). I believe that, "It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it."Eleanor Roosevelt

Sky Pham bringing up concerns about dangerous actions of China Govt have been directly endangering peace in Vietnam, Philippine and Japan – at the UNA meeting hold by Sir S.Grosz (Deputy Chief of Operation, Plan Section for the Military Component of the UN Mission) and Sir Nedialko Kostov (Political Affair and Policy Officer). I believe that, “It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”Eleanor Roosevelt

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Sky Pham and UNA-Orange County Chapter advocated at Congressman John Campbell’s Office in Rayburn House. The picture taken with Congressman John Campbell’s Rep

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Together We Make A Different!

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Congressman Rohrabacher’s Office

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