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On the U.N.A

In a post last October I put in a link to the United Nations Association of the U.S.A.  However, it occurs to me that a word should be said about UNAs in general.  In fact, if you were to Google “United Nations Association” (as I did) you will find that there are many of these:  some at the country level, some at the city level (such as the UNA of Seattle or Boston).  I also learned there was a “World Federation of United Nations Associations“.  This site’s “Who we are” page explains:

“We are a peoples’ movement in support of the United Nations.

Inspired by the opening words of the United Nations Charter “We the Peoples”, the World Federation was created in 1946 – one year after the establishment of the UN.

Today, we have become a global network of hundreds of thousands of people linked together through United Nations Associations in over 100 member states of the UN.    Our networks enable people to connect with each other on critical global issues affecting us all, from peace and human rights to the spread of democracy, equitable development, and international justice.”

Among their main activities are:

“WFUNA offers you insights into what the UN is and how it works, as well as a channel through which you can join with people to become engaged in the critical global issues affecting us all.

WFUNA links people around the world to the UN by:

Seeking to ensure that the UN is relevant to the lives of the peoples it exists to serve.

Campaigning in support of the UN particularly through our current priorities: the Millennium Development Goals, climate change,  human rights, peace and conflict resolution, and bridging the digital divide.

Educating for global citizenship through our research and publications, educational resources and organizing Model UN events.

Partnering and building alliances with other organizations whose objectives include support for the UN and its development.”

The site has lots of information about the WFUNA, and about UNAs in general.

This is an important network, or some might say a TAN: Transnational Action Network.  If there is one thing the U.N. needs it is better public information.  Maybe we can overcome the ignorance and suspicion that surrounds the organization and help people better appreciate that it exists to save future generations from the scourge of war (who can be against that, after all)

NOTE:  IGBarb says check out the “UNA of the Month” on the WFUNA site!

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March 24, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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