This week and throughout the summer, millions of people across the country will respond to the call to service made by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama through a new initiative launched today titled United We Serve. The United Nations Foundation is proud to join the initiative with a service project with a global twist on Tuesday, June 23, 2009. Washington DC’s First Lady Michelle Fenty, the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets Campaign, and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater DC will host a day of activities in Washington, DC to educate young people about malaria and mobilize them to protect children and families living in refugee camps in Africa.
The UN Foundation also pointed to the service project of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, who taught middle and high school students at the Harlem Children’s Zone about the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the work of key UN agencies such as UNICEF to help provide relief and emergency supplies. She and other leading officials of the Obama Administration participated in service projects in cities all over America.
“By including the UN and global issues in this summer’s activities, the Administration is demonstrating that international engagement – big or small – can bring about common understanding about our biggest, most challenging programs around the world,” said Kathy Calvin, COO and Executive Vice President, UN Foundation.
For more than a decade, the UN Foundation has engaged communities around the country – including young people, faith leaders, and local activists – in the work of the UN. The Foundation has hosted more than 20,000 events, including debates and town halls where people have come together to discuss issues such as nuclear disarmament, the Millennium Development Goals, and climate change. Most recently, in more than a dozen cities, the Foundation has hosted educational “boot camps” where young children can learn about malaria and ways that they can make a difference in the lives of women and children in Africa.
The UN Foundation is proud to partner with the White House and the Corporation for National and Community Service on United We Serve. The Foundation encourages everyone to join the First Family, Ambassador Rice and the UNFoundation in this important initiative to mobilize millions to make change in their local community and their world. For information about United We Serve please visit www.serve.gov.
About the United Nations Foundation
The UN Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation is an advocate for the UN and a platform for connecting people, ideas, and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems. It builds partnerships, grow constituencies, mobilize resources and advocate policy changes to support the UN’s work for individual and global progress. The UN Foundation’s work is focused on decreasing child mortality, improving disaster relief, protecting diverse cultures and environments, creating a clean energy future, empowering women and girls, and improving U.S.-UN relations. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.