Why Do We Have a Un?

September 24, 2018
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at The United Nations

Once a year, 193 nations meet under one roof, where each country has one seat & one vote, for one big face-to-face “dance”.

Why the UN General Assembly matters (and why it doesn’t).

BTW You Pay For It…

to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and
to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights…”

The UN's founding Charter signed in 1945. Pres. Roosevelt believed an international body would help prevent future world wars; Congress agreed & approved America's membership.

General Assembly: General Debate

  • Tuesday: One huge meeting where every leader gets to speak.
  • Brazil gave first speech in 1947 & that tradition continues. USA, the host country, speaks second.
  • In reality, very little substantial decisions happen during this time, BUT it allows for informal conversations between leaders that can have a lasting impact.

What To Watch For:

  • Pres. Trump’s speech on Tues. In the last year, the U.S. arranged a historic summit w/North Korea & withdrew from Iran Nuclear Deal.
  • S. Korea will reportedly deliver a secret msg. to U.S. from NoKo: a condition of nuclear disarmament.
  • Pres. Trump will chair UN Security Council meeting Wednesday. Topic of discussion? Non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Something To Consider:

  • America pays for 20% of the UN’s total budget. Last year: $1.2B
  • We pay more because of a formula in the UN charter tied to country size and wealth.
  • Critics say the UN doesn’t achieve its goal aimed at bringing world peace and actually works against America’s interests; Gallup poll = majority of Americans agree the UN is not helping solve problems.

On Tuesday, Pres. Trump and the First Lady will host a cocktail party for current & future members of the UN Security Council. *Permanent* member nations include Russia, China, U.K., France and the U.S. – 10 additional countries serve 2 year terms.

by Jenna Lee,