“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us.” 

Charles Dickens  A Tale of Two Cities

Happy 75th Anniversary to the United Nations!  On October 24th, the UN turned 75 years old. Even though this period in world history is filled with uncertainty reminiscent of the quote from Dickens, we are happy to celebrate the fact that in 1945, a hard-working group of citizens built public support for an ambitious worldwide institution that could sort out the issues that confront humanity and craft effective solutions that help all people achieve their potential. In the spirit of these early founders, we are asking you to make a $75 gift to assure the continued success of the United Nations Association of Minnesota.  (Of course, if $75 is not the right amount for you, larger or smaller donations are also welcome)

As many of you know, the United Nations Association of Minnesota (UNA-MN) is one of 150 chapters around the country linked to the United Nations through the United Nations Foundation. Our connection to this national body gives us access to skilled and knowledgeable United Nations experts, nationwide support, and to the proceedings of the United Nations itself.

On the local level, we have an outstanding Model United Nations program that helps high school students discern the root causes of some of the most complex global issues, such as climate change, racial justice, world health, and gender equality. Through this program students refine their ability to do research, craft solutions with cultural sensitivity, and then articulate their proposed solutions and search for “common ground.”  Since 2004 more than 25,000 students have participated in our Model UN program.

We are equally known for our public education and advocacy. This year we have focused on several of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, including Climate Action; Life Under Water; Good Health and Well-Being; and Peace and Social Justice. Although the pandemic has hampered our ability to have in-person programs, we have organized several virtual presentations and in September we held a meaningful and socially distanced International Day of Peace.

Like the literary quote above from Tale of Two Cities, we are experiencing a very challenging period in world history.  But as our chapter founder York Langton was fond of stating, “Working together as nations is the most common-sense approach to global challenges.” We believe these words ring very true today, especially in these uncertain times.

We wish to offer our profound thanks for your past support. Please consider a financial contribution on this “special anniversary.” We will be very grateful and put those resources to good use in affirming the work of the United Nations.

You can use this link  https://unamn.org/about/donate/ to make your contribution and include in the memo line that your gift is in honor of the 75th anniversary.  If possible, please make your donations by December 31, 2020.

Your UNA-MN Board


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