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Another National Concurrence

HEADS UP! ANOTHER NATIONAL CONCURRENCE
What? I thought we just participated in a National concurrence. But, here comes another one. Read the following article, your National Voter, materials online and attend the April 20 annual meeting to find out more.

Proposed New LWVUS Position on the United Nations
By Eleanor Revelle, LWVUS

The League of Women Voters has long been among the staunchest supporters of the United Nations. In 1944, the League went on record in support of "U.S. membership in an international organization for the peaceful settlement of disputes, with the machinery to handle economic, social and political problems."

In the months before the UN was formally established, the League launched an unprecedented nationwide campaign to help build public understanding of the international agreements setting up the UN. The League trained more than 5,000 speakers and distributed more than a million brochures during a six-month period. At the UN Charter Conference in San Francisco in 1945, the League was one of 42 non-governmental organizations invited by President Truman to serve as a consultant to the U.S. delegation.

The League has reexamined its UN position on several occasions in the intervening years, most recently in 1976-77. Although the current position remains sound, it does not address the range of new strategies the UN pursues in promoting world peace and security. Nor does it speak to other recent developments, including the proposed establishment of the International Criminal Court.

Convention 2000 adopted a process to update the UN position in order to address these gaps and examine other changes that have taken place since the League's last study 25 years ago. A task force of state and local League representatives has been working with the LWVUS Board and staff to guide the update process. Now your input is needed!

Every member's opinion counts.

A proposed new LWVUS position on the UN has been developed, and the LWVUS Board is seeking concurrence directly from individual League members. You will find the proposed position, along with a response form, in your March-April 2002 National Voter.

It's easy to participate.

We are being asked whether we strongly support, accept, or do not accept the proposed position. After you have studied the position and formed your opinion, send in your concurrence response to the LWVUS office, preferably online in the Members Only UN Update section of the LWVUS website (www.lwv.org). (user name: lwv, password: carriecatt) Or you may respond by mail or fax. The deadline is in May.

If you want to do more to prepare ...

Reread the articles on the UN that have appeared in the recent issues of The National Voter. These are available on the LWVUS website at www.lwv.org/join/un/. Explore additional background information posted on the LWVUS website.

Join fellow League members for a discussion of the proposed new position at the Annual Meeting April 20.

Eleanor Revelle


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