|United Nations Association of Greater Oklahoma City
|United Nations Association of the USA
Greater Oklahoma City Chapter
P.O. Box 60856
Oklahoma City, OK 73146-0856
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Remembering Jeane Kirkpatrick. In an age
when radical voices are calling for the U.S. to leave
the United Nations, it is wise to recall the legacy of
Oklahoma's own Ambassador Kirkpatrick.
Workers' Rights. For decades, the United Nations
has supported the right of workers to form unions
and bargain collectively.
The Problem of Child Soldiers. The UN is building consensus on how to
solve this international problem. Find out how you can help.
Afghanistan. In 2011, soldiers from communities across our state
deployed there. The UN was already on the ground, helping to bring stability.
"The Long View"
"In October 1945, I was
a young housewife
in Denton, Texas...."
|"Better Standards of Life
in Larger Freedom...."
|(from the Preamble of the Charter of the United Nations)
|APRIL, 2013 -- When we say we promote American leadership in the United
Nations, we're really saying we support the goals and purposes of the UN
as expressed in the Charter of the United Nations in 1945:
To put an end to war, to reaffirm faith in human
rights, to promote respect for international law,
and to achieve "...better standards of life in
So, our Greater OKC chapter of the United Nations
Association is constantly trying to figure out new
ways to tell the UN story. We want to illustrate the
many ways that the UN helps to make our world a
better place to live. Our work involves education
as well as advocacy.
With regard to advocacy, we're often called upon to
engage with our elected representatives as they make important public
policy decisions on UN funding, support for international treaties, and so on.
Normally, our work in this arena is focused on our Members of Congress.
Occasionally, we're called upon to bring our message to the State
Legislature or to a local forum (city, county).
Our most recent success was recorded earlier this month
when House Bill 1412 was derailed in the Oklahoma
Legislature. (You can read about it on the UNA-USA
website, here). HB 1412 was a misguided measure that
would have restricted governmental access to UN
resources. It wrongly asserted that the UN's efforts on
sustainable development would have infringed on
individual property rights.
To put the record straight on HB 1412, we pointed out
how the UN defends the right of people to own and use
property. We put forth an accurate description of "Agenda 21," the 1992
report of the UN Conference on Environment and Development. We also
prepared an informal catalog of UN resources that help to support better
standards of living right here in Oklahoma.
The debate on HB 1412 ended when Sen. Cliff Branan, Assistant Majority
Floor Leader, decided not to give the bill a hearing in the State Senate.
Senator Branan commented: "I check each bill one at a time, and
that was really more of a solution to a problem that doesn't exist at
all. It's a fringe conspiracy-type issue that's frankly bad public policy."
The members of the UN Association salute Senator Branan for his wise decision.
We are proud to support good government and good public policies!
Nominations Deadline -- June 11, 2013
Coincidentally, we are pleased to
announce that we are now accepting
nominations for our third annual UNA-OKC
Public Service Award. The award will be
presented to a public employee (state,
county, municipal, etc.) whose work serves
to promote "...social progress and better
standards of life in larger freedom."
Any public employee in Oklahoma can be
nominated for this honor. The award
presentation will coincide with UN Public
Service Day, June 23rd.
(UN Public Service Day recognizes the work of public servants, encourages
young people to pursue careers in the public sector, and highlights valuable
contributions to community and global development).
Anyone may submit a nomination. To learn more about our award guidelines,
please see our Public Service Award page. It has a link to the online
We're pleased to recognize the excellent work of public employees in
Oklahoma who contribute to the better standards of living that we enjoy.
Our 2013 Public Service Award