United Nations Association
of the United States of America
The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit organization formed with its sister organizations around the world to support the objectives of the United Nations and to advocate in the nations for the UN. Those who join the UNA-USA represent every segment of American society and believe the organization, with its flaws and the difficulty of its tasks, still represents the best hope for resolving the world's security, health, justice, dignity, education, and prosperity issues in coordinated, peaceful, effective, and efficient ways. UNA-USA is financed by membership dues, publication sales, and individual and corporate contributions. Electronic and written membership communications from UNA-USA keep members informed about key issues and challenges before the UN and its accomplishments. UNA-USA offers timely and easy mechanisms for taking part in the political debate about UN objectives and activities, e.g., through members' offering their opinions electronically to members of the U.S. Congress.
United Nations Association of Southern Arizona
Membership in UNA-USA automatically includes membership in the United Nations Association of Southern Arizona (UNA-SA). UNA-SA is a regional chapter of UNA-USA with the specific missions to educate the citizens of southern Arizona about the UN and its objectives; advocate for the UN among the citizenry, particularly elected leaders who participate in policymaking; and raise funds for UN disaster relief and humanitarian activities. UNA-SA accomplishes its missions through a variety of educational programs conducted throughout the year, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner presentations by those knowledgeable about issues related to UN objectives; community-wide involvement in the annual celebration in October of the anniversary of the founding of the UN; the celebration of music from the world's many cultures; and educational programs cosponsored with organizations such as the League of Women Voters, Tucson Great Decisions, Tucson Committee on Foreign Relations, and University of Arizona Model UN program (UAMUN) and conference. UNA-SA is financed by its share of members' UNA-USA dues and a small portion of the funds generated by the United Nations Association Center.
Understanding today's students are tomorrow's leaders, UNA-SA partners with local teachers and schools by providing them educational materials from its free lending library. It offers scholarships for selected students' studying international relations in the University of Arizona and a special grant program for the study of specific UN-related issues. UNA-SA offers financial support to the UAMUN which annually brings hundreds of American and Mexican secondary school students to the university to debate in simulated sessions of UN deliberative bodies actual and current UN challenges. The UA student Secretary General of UAMUN is a member of the UNA-SA Board of Directors.
UNA-SA manages a nonprofit, tax free retail store which offers southern Arizona an outlet on the world through its globally sourced folk art, crafts, jewelry, music, clothing, and textiles. Profits from the UNA Center's sales are donated to several UN humanitarian and disaster relief agencies, primarily UNICEF, the UN's agency which targets assistance to the world's needy women and children. Also located here, is the UNA-SA's working headquarters where many educational programs are offered.