It takes all nations and all sectors to make progress on the most important and far-reaching international challenges. 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.
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The United Nations Foundation is dedicated to reducing childhood mortality from disease, advocating for the rights of women and girls, improving disaster relief, creating a clean energy future, and ensuring a strong, well-funded UN.
On June 26, 1945, the United Nations Charter was signed in San Francisco. To mark the 70th anniversary of this historic moment for global cooperation, San Francisco and the United Nations Foundation hosted UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for a series of events celebrating the city’s role in the formation of the UN and looking ahead at how global citizens can be involved in the UN’s work in the years to come.
During a speech at San Francisco’s City Hall, the Secretary-General said: “In signing the Charter, the founders achieved what many thought impossible. It falls to us to heed the Charter’s call to ‘unite our strength’ and to use their creation – the United Nations – for the common good.”
On June 30, the United Nations Foundation, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Sierra Club launched the first-ever Why We Care Youth contest – a platform for young people between age 18-25 and living in the U.S. to share what access to reproductive health and contraception has personally meant to them and why U.S. policymakers should care about expanding access around the world. Participants can enter the contest by submitting a brief written piece, a photo essay, or a short video, and the winners will get to attend events around the UN General Assembly in New York.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), launched in 1969, is “the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, and every young person's potential is fulfilled.”