Local groups are a key component of our grassroots movement. Volunteers from over 100 local UNAs across the UK work hard to connect the United Nations with people in their communities and on their campuses.
This page is a summary of resources and information for local UNAs.
UNA Group Governance Documents
All local UNAs are legally and financially autonomous of UNA-UK. However, in order to be recognised by the Association they must meet minimum requirements.
This recommended template constitution is designed to help local UNAs consider the structure and governing documents of their group.
These documents were last reviewed by the UNA-UK Board in September 2020.
We ask our UNA Groups to complete a short update form every year, to ensure we have current contact details and are able to best support the activities and inititiaves of each group.
If you're interested in forming a local UNA on campus or in your community, please fill out an application form.
Watch and play 'Will you stand with UNA-UK', a version of the video shown at our event at the Guildhall, London, that profiles UNA-UK's work.
We asked local UNAs across the country how they organise, finance and publicise the events that they hold. This 'How to guide', on organising local UNA events, outlines some of the ideas and innovations that they shared.
Each local UNA has a dedicated page on the UNA-UK website. This page contains a dedicated UNA title, logo, description, contact details (including a link to the local UNA's external website if applicable), as well as any forthcoming events that the local UNA has submitted. Local UNAs can use this directory to contact other local UNAs.
Local UNAs will soon have more freedom to customise their own page.
Submitting news stories
Local UNA officers can now submit news articles for publication on their page, via a unique website log-in. This development allows members to publicise meeting reports and updates of their activities and will act as a great resource for those who not able to attend meetings in person. Over time, this functionality will allow members to build an impressive chronicle of their local UNA activities and will act as a strong advertisement for their group.
If you are a member of a local UNA, you can download a copy of your official UNA logo direct from UNA-UK's Flickr account. We have made these logos available so that members access and use their official logo to create their own branded letterhead paper, event flyers and for use on their own website, if applicable.
To download your logo:
- Click here to view a list of all local UNA logos
- Find your logo in the list and click on it
- From the 'Actions' drop down menu near the top of the page click 'View all sizes'
- Select your preferred logo size
- Click the download link near the top of the page, or right-click the image and select 'Save Image As...' (or similar)
Please refrain from using local UNA logos other than your official logo (retrievable by following the process above)
- Please do not amend or alter your official local UNA logo in any way
- Please ensure that any address or contact details which accompany the logo are those of the local branch, not those of UNA-UK
- If you are using your branch logo for branding on letters, please ensure you include the following footer text at the bottom of your letter: "The United Nations Association - UK (UNA-UK) campaigns for a strong, credible and effective United Nations. UNA-UK is supported by a UK-wide membership network of volunteer-run branches and regions. The activities of these branches and regions are organised independently of UNA-UK and the views expressed by individual members do not necessarily reflect the official policy positions of UNA-UK."
Would you like to join our expanding network of over 50 university societies across the UK? Passionate internationalists, each society promotes and campaigns on the global issues in their own unique way, but they are all linked by their focus of a strong, credible and effective United Nations. It’s a great way to add valuable volunteering experience to your CV, meet other like-minded people and get more involved in our work. Click here for information on how to get started.
Here you will find some of the questions that local UNAs at universities most frequently ask us. If you have a question that does not feature on this list, please feel free to tweet, Facebook, or email us.
You may be planning on holding a social event on campus or in your local community. UNA Saffron Walden has kindly shared a quiz that you could use.