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University of Maine students to discuss global issues at historic UN Headquarters event in NYC

Community Author: Dair Cruz
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ORONO — A historic number of Americans — including a delegation of The University of Maine — will show their support for the UN at the United Nations Association of the United States of America’s (UNA-USA) annual Global Engagement Summit at UN Headquarters in New York City. With more than 1,500 attendees expected, the Global Engagement Summit will be the largest assembly ever of Americans gathered in support of the UN.

The convening takes place at a pivotal moment for the world and the U.S.-UN relationship. The planet is facing the worst humanitarian and refugee crisis since World War II, terrorism, and threats from the effects of climate change. Meanwhile, American leaders are deliberating the nations’ role at the UN, and several UN priorities are under threat both on Capitol Hill and at the White House.

While political leaders may be in discord, research shows that American voters registered in both major parties agree that sustained U.S. leadership at the UN is vital. A nationwide poll released last month by the Better World Campaign, UNA-USA’s sister organization, found that a vast majority of Americans — 88 percent — believe it is important for the U.S. to maintain an active role at the UN.

To demonstrate this overwhelming support for strong U.S.-UN engagement, Americans from across the country, including Orono, Maine, will meet at the United Nations to participate in sessions on pressing global issue like climate change, peace and security, human rights, the refugee crisis, and more.

WHO:   A delegation of The University of Maine and 1,500+ Americans

WHAT: 2018 UNA-USA Global Engagement Summit, the largest gathering ever of Americans in support of the UN at the UN

WHEN:    Friday, February 23, 2018, 9:00am–5:00pm ET

WHERE:  United Nations Headquarters: 801 First Avenue New York, NY 10017

Please contact Dair Cruz at Dair.rivascruz@maine.edu or (240) 370-3015 to interview someone from Orono who is attending this historic meeting. Reporters can also speak with Erika Briceño Howard, Communications Director, by emailing ebriceno@unfoundation.org. Photos and B-roll from the event can be made available.

About UNA-USA:

The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) is a grassroots movement of Americans who support the vital work of the United Nations in U.S. communities, colleges, and Congress. For more than 70 years, UNA-USA and its national network of 20,000 members and 200 Chapters have promoted strong U.S. leadership at the UN through advocacy campaigns, youth engagement, outreach programs, and public events.

Contact: [Dair J. Cruz, (240) 370-3015, dair.rivascruz@maine.edu]