The United Nations Association – UK (UNA-UK) is the only UK charity devoted to building support for an effective 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 far too many people still die each year from violence, disasters and deprivation. The death toll from conflicts and emergencies is rising. More people have been forced to flee their homes than at any other time since records began. And across the world, our fundamental values are increasingly under attack.
Climate change is the defining issue of our time and the most obvious case for more and better global cooperation: it cannot be solved by one government – or indeed by governments – acting alone. The UN is the only organisation with the reach, remit and legitimacy to mount the urgent, coordinated response we need.
The 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement demonstrated the UN’s ability to forge solutions, even in uncertain times. But making these commitments a reality for all the world’s people will require political will and public buy-in on a scale never seen before.
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UNA-UK is ready to play its part. We serve as a bridge between governments, the UN and the public. We lobby for joined-up thinking on peace, sustainable development and human rights. 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.
But we have a tiny budget and just six members of staff. With donors focusing on immediate demands, grants for vital long-term work are dwindling. We are now facing a serious funding shortfall and need to raise £600,000 by 2020 – the UN’s 75th anniversary – if we are to secure our future.
Executive Director, UNA-UK
Editor, Climate 2020
To make a donation, find out more or get in touch, please visit www.una.org.uk