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Joining Forces: Historic Alliance Builds Largest Network of American UN Supporters

December 2, 2010

On November 18, 2010, the United Nations Foundation and the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) announced that they are joining forces to build a broader base of citizen support for U.S. engagement and the work of the UN.  Together the two organizations represent the single largest network of American UN supporters. UN Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner, joined by UN Foundation President Senator Timothy E. Wirth, and Co-Chair of UNA-USA Thomas Pickering, made the announcement of this alliance during the Global Leadership Dinner.

The event’s honored guests included His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Senator John Kerry, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé, American Idol creator and producer Simon Fuller, and Microsoft for their leadership in advancing UN causes.

“More than a decade ago at this dinner I announced my historic $1 billion gift which led to the creation of the UN Foundation to support the UN and its causes. It was the best investment I ever made; the money has helped the UN to fight disease, empower women and girls, combat climate change, and lift people out of poverty,” said Ted Turner, UN Foundation Founder and Chairman, at the Global Leadership Dinner. “I am pleased that once again this unique gathering of UN supporters is the place for another historic announcement. Working together we can spotlight the important role the UN plays in solving global problems, and help the United States engage more constructively with the UN.”

For more information about the UN Foundation’s strategic alliance with UNA-USA, visit