1998: U.S. DEBTS TO THE UNITED NATIONS
March 24, 1998
A STATEMENT CONCERNING U.S. DEBTS TO THE UNITED NATIONS
The National Leaders Council of the American Ethical Union assembled at the Warwick, New
York, Conference Center, March 18-21 1998, and the American Ethical Union call upon the
United States Congress to affirm:
- the nation's crucial obligation to provide the United Nations with our agreed upon
share of its budget; and to make these payments and all outstanding debts forthwith.
- the duty of the House and Senate Foreign Relations Committees to affirm our
commitment to the purposes of the United Nations which we helped to found in order to
liberate humankind from the “scourge of war" (Preamble of the Charter of the United
- the need to support the various arms of the United Nations such as care for refugees
the world over; the World Health Organization; the maintaining of peacekeeping forces;
to finance UNICEF so as to save millions of children from dying of disease and
starvation; and so forth and so on.
- the need to assist in educational programs with which to counteract the growing
xenophobic anti-UN propaganda in significant groupings in this country which fear the
United Nations and have come to see it as a "conspiracy".
- the multiple ways in which our nation's interests have been and are served by our
active participation in the United Nations and our involvement in promoting peaceful
relations and care for human betterment in the world community.
|Don R. Johnson, President
||Ellen W. McBride, President
|National Leaders Council
||American Ethical Union
|of the American Ethical Union
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