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Founded in 1945, the United Nations Association – UK (UNA-UK) is the country’s foremost advocate for UK action at the UN; the UK's leading source of analysis on the UN; and a vibrant grassroots movement of 20,000 people from all walks of life.

We are the only charity in the UK devoted to building support for the UN amongst policymakers, opinion-formers and the public. We believe that a strong, credible and effective UN is essential if we are to build a safer, fairer and more sustainable world. We advocate strong government support for the UN - political and financial - and seek to demonstrate why the UN matters to people everywhere.

We pursue this mission by:

  • Explaining how the UN works and what it can realistically achieve.
  • Connecting people and organisations to the UN's work and values.
  • Providing an interface between the UN and the UK.
  • Calling for active and progressive UK leadership at the UN.
  • Stimulating debate and action on how to make the UN more effective, transparent, inclusive and accountable.
  • Convening key players from all sectors, in the UK and internationally, to promote multilateral solutions to global problems.
  • Equipping our members and supporters to further all of these aims.

UNA-UK derives great strength from its members and supporters, and UK-wide network of community, student and issues-based UNA Groups. Together, they form a critical mass of support for the UN in the UK both nationally and globally.

Our recent successes include: the 1 for 7 Billion campaign to change how the UN selects its Secretary-General, our call for more UK peacekeeping troops, and our push to keep the UN on the national curriculum in England.

The United Nations Association – UK (UNA-UK) is a registered charity (No. 1146016) and a company limited by guarantee (No. 07824306). 

We are completely independent of the UN and receive no funding from it.