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Emergency Coalition for U.S. Financial Support of the United Nations

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Washington, D.C.



Mission Statement

The continued failure of the U.S. to honor its legal obligations threatens the financial viability of the United Nations. While continued reform is necessary, the United Nations advances important U.S. interests and deserves the support of the President and the Congress as well as the American people. The United States should in 1997 pay its legal obligations to the United Nations and should, in the future, pay its legal obligations on time.


Brief Description

Announced in April of 1997, the Emergency Coalition includes all living former Secretaries of State, many former high-ranking government officials, Republicans and Democrats, and over 100 business, labor, civic, faith-based and humanitarian organizations. Individuals and organizations joining the coalition have a wide range of views on specific issues related to the United Nations and to the role of the United States in the world, but they are united in their view that the U.S. must pay its legal obligations to the United Nations. The Coalition lobbies Congress and the administration on this issue and works to see that funding for U.S. arrears is approved.

The Leadership Council of the Coalition includes, in addition to the former Secretaries of State, such establishment figures as Frank Carlucci, Rita Hauser, Lane Kirkland, Charles Percy, David Rockefeller, George Soros, Paul Volcker and Andrew Young.

A large number of organizations have endorsed the work of the Coalition, including AFL-CIO, Amnesty International, Bread for the World,Council for a Livable World, Federation of American Scientists, League of Women Voters, National Council of Churches, Oxfam America, Union of Concerned Scientists, and the United States Council for International Business, YWCA-USA.


Letter to Sen. Helms by the Former Secretaries of State
Letter initiated by the Coalition, dated July 25, 1997 and signed by all former U.S. Secretaries of State, stating that the U.S. "should in 1997 pay its legal obligations to the United Nations."

Information on the Helms-Biden "Package" for UN Funding
A summary prepared by the Coalition on June 10, 1997, that includes the many "benchmarks" and conditions on the Congressional funding of U.N. assessments and arrears.

Emergency Coalition for U.S. Financial Support of the United Nations
110 Maryland Avenue NE, suite 409, Washington DC 20002
Phone: (202) 546-1572. Fax: (202) 543-6297
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