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Archive of Activities on the UN Financial Crisis


Campaigns, Events and Action Proposals

US Letter Writing Campaign

An urgent message from a coalition of organizations concerned with paying the US arrears to the UN. Includes a sample letter to be sent to a member of congress, and highlights of UN accomplishments.

Resolve the Crisis: Don't Shut Down the UN

This website outlines the fundamental importance of the UN in world politics. In light of the impending budget problems, the campaign urges readers to sign a petition to encourage world leaders to resolve the crisis. (Don't Shut Down the UN)

United States

The Project on Peacekeeping at the United Nations

Citizens for Funding the United Nations (the $7.00 campaign)

A cooperative NGO effort started in early 1996 to pressure the US government to pay its UN dues. This initiative had grown to 22 cooperating organizations by mid-May.

A Call for Action on the UN Financial Crisis

Text of an international statement issued January 16, 1996, with a list of 200 signatories as well as an additional list of hundreds more. Text in Italian. Text in French.

The Whitehead Initiative ($4.40)

United Nations Association-USA Chairman John Whitehead sent a check to Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali in late October, 1995, symbolically paying his family's "share" of the US debt to the UN. When he made his letter public, many others followed his example.

NGO Activities & Other Citizen Initiatives in the United States

Many US-based NGOs have taken action on the financial crisis. This page posts information about some of these many grassroots initiatives by citizen groups in the US.

UNA Conference featuring Vice-President Gore

UNA-USA held a major Conference on May 21, 1996, in New York City featuring a speech by the Vice-President.


Other Countries

Summary of Activities in Other Countries

This posts activities on UN finance in countries outside the United States, plus international work of US-based NGOs.

World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women Statement

Text of a statement on the UN financial crisis passed at the World Congress in Rio,
2 August 1996.


Proposals and Activities in favor of "Alternative" Funding for the UN

Global Taxes

Posts information about global taxes and fees for funding the UN, including a bibliography and list of organizations.

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