About UNA-UK

The United Nations Association – UK (UNA-UK) is the UK’s leading source of independent analysis on the UN and a vibrant grassroots movement campaigning for a safer, fairer and more sustainable world.

In 1945, the creation of the UN reflected the hope for a better future. Since then, UNA-UK has enabled ordinary people to engage with that promise, by connecting people from all walks of life to the UN and influencing decision-makers to support its goals.

Today, the need for the UN has never been greater. Thanks to the organisation, millions of people now live longer, safer and healthier lives. But many have been left behind. Far too many people still die each year from violence, disasters and deprivation. Human rights violations persist in all corners of the globe, and humanitarian emergencies are set to increase. Ongoing crises in Syria, Ukraine, South Sudan and elsewhere have led to tragic losses of life, as well as instability on their borders and the wider world.

These problems are not confined to one country. Nor can they be tackled in isolation. The UN is the only organisation with the reach, remit and legitimacy to forge solutions.

Climate change demonstrates the need for international cooperation like no other issue. Its global impacts require global action. To date, a robust treaty on climate change has eluded us. But if states act in the interests of their people this December, the 2015 UN climate conference in Paris could deliver an agreement that develops into a coherent, transparent and effective framework.

UNA-UK serves as a bridge between governments, the UN and the public. We lobby for joined-up thinking on peace, development and human rights, and for strong action on climate change. We work with experts and practitioners to find new ways to tackle the challenges we face. Through education and training, we equip young people to play a role in international affairs. And by demonstrating why the UN matters, we encourage people to act on their responsibilities as global citizens.

Our members and supporters multiply these efforts at the local level, and our sister UNAs around the world do so internationally. Together, we form a critical mass of support for a strong, credible and effective United Nations.

Natalie Samarasinghe
Executive Director, UNA-UK
Editor, Climate 2020

To find out more and to join our growing movement, visit www.una.org.uk
If you are interested in working with us, please contact us on:+44 20 7766 3454
or info@una.org.uk