The United Nations Association (UNA) is a voluntary membership-based non-governmental organization, independent from the United Nations (UN). Through campaigning, educating and fundraising we hope to realize the ideals of the UN. There are over 100 national UNAs connecting hundreds of thousands of people all around the world to the UN.
The UNA of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UNA-UK) is the leading independent authority on the UN in the UK. Independence of the UN system allows us to be critical of its decisions and activities when appropriate. One of the major aims of UNA-UK is to promote multilateralism and adherence to international law through 4 policy programmes:
- The implementation of the Millennium Development Goals
- Peace, security and disarmament
- Human rights and humanitarian affairs
- UN reform
UNA-UK is supported by over 180 local UNA branches in the UK, and is a founding member of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA). We thus belong to an organization which has been accredited to the UN’s Economic and Social Council with Category I Consultative Status.
UNA also has a very active youth and student programme. The United Nations Youth and Student Association (UNYSA) promotes the work of the UN among young people by providing a platform for youth empowerment, education and networking.