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Columbia Missourian

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: U.S. must take more active role in United Nations

By James Robnett
October 23, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

A new poll out this week has found that nearly 9 in 10 voters believe it's important for the U.S. to maintain an active role in the United Nations. I'm one of them.

As we approach UN Day this Thursday, Oct. 24, this new poll shows that Americans overwhelmingly support the UN's work, from overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, to building peace in countries emerging from conflict, to improving access to vaccines globally. The findings were released by the Better World Campaign, an organization that works to strengthen the U.S.-UN relationship.

The UN serves our own national security and foreign policy interests in a big way. By taking an active role in the UN, U.S. leaders can ensure that American priorities are heard on the world's stage, including advancing human rights, and emergency humanitarian aid in times of need. These findings should resonate with all of us ... especially our elected officials.

James Robnett III is a Columbia resident.