Better World Campaign
The Better World Campaign (BWC), launched in 1999, is a nonpartisan organization that works to strengthen the relationship between the United States and the United Nations through outreach, communications, and advocacy. BWC was started by the Better World Fund which together with the United Nations Foundation, is a product of entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes. The campaign encourages U.S. leadership to enhance the UN’s ability to carry out its invaluable international work on behalf of peace, progress, freedom, and justice. In these efforts, BWC engages policy makers, the media, and the American public to increase awareness of and support for the United Nations. It is a leading member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.
BWC Key Issues
- US Funding to the UN
- International Security
- Global Health
- Climate Change
- Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s priorities
On Day One, a project of the BWC, is an educational campaign designed to enhance understanding among the American public and alert candidates for office of the need and potential for international cooperation in addressing key global challenges.
BWC has worked to generate support for achievements such as:
- Re-payment of $926 million in U.S. debt to the UN, according to the terms of the 1999 Helms-Biden agreement. The final of 3 payments was released in September 2002.
- Full funding of U.S. assessments for UN peacekeeping operations since 2001, preventing the accrual of new US arrears to the UN.
- Progress toward timely payment of U.S. dues to the UN regular budget.
- Reentry into to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in October 2003.