United Nations Association of the United States of America

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According to the organization's web site, the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a "nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that supports the work of the United Nations and encourages active civic participation in the most important social and economic issues facing the world today. As the nation's largest grassroots foreign policy organization and the leading center of policy research on the U.N. and global issues, UNA-USA offers Americans the opportunity to connect with issues confronted by the U.N., from global health and human rights to the spread of democracy, equitable development, and international justice. Through our work, we educate Americans about the work of the United Nations and encourage public support for strong U.S. leadership in the U.N."

Since 1999, William H. Luers has been the president of UNA-USA.


"UNA-USA traces its roots back to 1943. Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt founded it that year, with the establishment of the American Association for the United Nations (AAUN), a citizen-based organization she herself led. AAUN merged with the U.S. Committee for the United Nations in 1964, creating the modern UNA-USA."

Current Activities

Today, the UNA-USA has "more than 20,000 members spread among 175 local chapters in 43 states.... [and is now] comprised of a number of affiliated organizations, including the Business Council of the United Nations, which promotes greater cooperation between the United Nations and the business community; the Council of Organizations, a program of affiliation for national organizations supporting the work of the UNA; and Adopt-A-Minefield, which helps the United Nations' effort to resolve the global landmine crisis by raising funds for mine clearance and survivor assistance."

The UNA-USA "also boasts a National Council advisory body of prominent Americans, chaired by former presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald R. Ford." It also sponsors "the popular Model United Nations program, which teaches young people at an early age what it's like to be a delegate to the U.N. ... [and] is part of a larger network of United Nations Associations around the world, as a member of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA)."

Board of Directors


801 Second Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10017
Tel: 212 907-1300
Fax: 212 682-9185

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  1. Speaker Biographies, Weatherhead Institute, accessed September 26, 2007.