UN-Related Links

A fun link to a good cause

Freerice.com is an online game that allows players to improve their vocabulary while simultaneously fighting world hunger by making donations to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The game consists of increasingly difficult vocabulary and educational questions, and for every correct answer 10 grains of rice are donated to WFP and paid for by advertisers of the site.

Freerice became popular soon after it was released in 2007, and since then it has donated almost 100 billion grains of rice, enough to feed 4.8 million people for a day in countries such as Haiti, Uganda, Pakistan and Cambodia.

The game, designed by fundraising pioneer John Breen to help his teenage sons prepare for their college entrance exams, now attracts 40,000 players daily and has evolved to allow players to form online groups and compete.


LINKS FOR LOCAL GROUPS

WomenNC

Women NC is a nonprofit organization supporting the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and the ratification of the UN International Treaty CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women). Click here for more information.


NC Peace Action

NC Peace Action is an organization that aims to build a culture of peace. Click here for more information.


Links to the United Nations

United Nations

United Nations Online

CyberSchoolBus 


Link to the Partners in our Strategic Alliance

The UN Foundation

Prior to 1999, the United States had amassed a staggering level of debt — nearly $1 billion — to the United Nations. As these debts grew, the U.S. became in danger of losing its vote in the UN General Assembly. However dissatisfied with the UN, the U.S. knew it would have been devastating to lose the American voice within the United Nations.

The UN Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic
$1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. It builds and implements public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through its campaigns and partnerships, it connects people, ideas and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The campaigns it conducts reduce child mortality, empower women and girls, create a new energy future, secure peace and human rights, and promote technology innovation to improve health outcomes. 


The Better World Campaign

The Better World Campaign (BWC) was founded because of Ted Turner’s frustration with the U.S. government’s decision to withhold funding for the UN, and thus began BWC’s mission to get the debt paid off and return the U.S. to good financial standing at the UN. The campaign was a major public relations effort that included advocating directly with Washington and New York, organizing more than 500 events around the country, and launching a communications and advertising effort called “Great Nations Pay Their Bills.”

Thanks in part to the tireless work and attention generated by the United Nations Foundation and BWC, a compromise was reached between the U.S. and the UN, which included the U.S. paying back its debt and the UN promising key reforms. The unlikely Congressional duo of Democratic Senator Joe Biden of Delaware and Republican Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina teamed up to create a law that required the United States to pay back its dues to the UN and other international organizations but also required that the UN meet certain benchmarks. 

The Better World Campaign (BWC) still works to strengthen the relationship between the United States and the United Nations. It encourages U.S. leadership to enhance the UN’s ability to carry out its invaluable international work on behalf of peace, progress, freedom, and justice


Links to our UNA Family of Organizations

World Federation of UNAs

UNA-USA

The New InterDependent Magazine — UNA's venerable flagship magazine is now online

Business Council of the United Nations — a program that promotes greater cooperation between the United Nations and the business community

Council of Organizations — a program of affiliation for national organizations supporting the work of the UNA

Young Professionals for International Cooperation (YPIC) — a program of UNA-USA that seeks to engage young professionals, typically between the ages of 21-40, from the fields of business, law, government, nonprofit, the arts and philanthropy in discussions of international affairs

Other North Carolina Chapters


Links to your Government Representatives

President Barack Obama

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20500

Comments: 202-456-1111

Switchboard: 202-456-1414

Fax: 202-456-2461

Website:  www.whitehouse.gov


U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan

Raleigh Senate Office

310 New Bern Avenue

Raleigh, NC 27601

919-856-4630

Email: Senator_Hagan@hagan.senate.gov

Website:  hagan.senate.gov


U.S. Sen. Richard Burr

217 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

Phone: 202-224-3154

Fax: 202-228-2981

Website:  burr.senate.gov