About UNA-UK

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.

Seventy-five years ago, 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. Today, the need for the UN has never been greater.

Thanks to the organisation, millions of people now live longer, safer and happier lives. But far too many people still die each year from violence, disasters and deprivation. Our global system has shown itself to be powerless in the face of a pandemic. And across the world, our fundamental values are increasingly under attack. The challenge posed by climate change or infectious diseases clearly cannot be solved by one government – or indeed by governments – acting alone, and
yet governments seem increasingly inclined to disavow cooperation.

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, as we reach what must be the peak for global emissions, and with just a decade left to implement the Agenda, 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.

Please support us
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.

Most recently we have launched the ‘Together First’ initiative, a network of over 150 organisations around the world to advance fair, open and inclusive approaches to creating a global system that works for all.

Please do contact us if you would like to get involved.

Natalie Samarasinghe
Executive Director, UNA-UK

To make a donation, find out more or get in touch, please visit www.una.org.uk