WFUNA represents and coordinates a membership of 100+ United Nations Associations (UNAs) and their thousands of constituents around the world.Become a Partner
What we do.
WFUNA works to strengthen and improve the UN through training programs, events and partnerships. Our programs foster critical-thinking and problem-solving. They empower people of all ages to act in their communities.Learn More
UNAs are national civil society organizations that provide a link between the citizens of the world and the UN. They work to ensure that the UN is relevant to the lives of the people it exists to serve.Find your local UNA
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Global UN Spotlight Training Program
UN Spotlight brings the UN and the world of multilateral diplomacy directly to students. Study the most pressing issues on the international agenda and how you can contribute to shaping a more peaceful world.
- Online classes and interactive sessions
- Immersion into the core values of the UN
- Speakers from all over the world
A platform for showcasing the advancement of peaceful, just and inclusive societies in policy and practice for governments, civil society, the UN, regional and international organizations, academia, private sector and media.
- A platform dedicated to SDG16+
- SDG 16 as a link across the 2030 Agenda
- Events, publications, conferences, and more
Human Rights in Action (HRA)
Tailored to enhance youth activism, HRA leverages the human rights infrastructure in Geneva to offer a unique training followed by a project implementation phase.
- Broad range of human rights issues
- Peer-to-peer engagement
- In collaboration with Office of High Commission for Human Rights
UN Security Council Transparency & Accountability
WFUNA hosts debates and briefings for Member States running for a non-permanent seat on the UNSC, Exit Briefings for outgoing members, and monthly Civil Society Dialogues with the rotating Presidents of the UNSC.
- More engaging election process
- Improved transparency around all UNSC processes
- Increased civil society access to UNSC
WFUNA International Model UN (WIMUN)
WIMUN is an award winning conference that offers the most accurate simulation of the United Nations in the world. Build leadership skills, engage with the UN’s current program of work, become an agent of change.
- Most accurate simulations
- History of the UN and how decisions are made today
- Emphasis on current UN consensus building process
Global Model WHO
The Global Model WHO provides an authentic student-led simulation of the World Health Assembly (WHA) to high school and university students from all over the world. Learn about global health issues and how decisions are made.
- In collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO)
- Chair meetings and negotiate resolutions
- Side events with WHO and UN speakers
Citypreneurs is a UN-backed ecosystem building growth platforms for startups that aims to find and scale technological solutions for implementing the SDGs in cities. Pitch to investors, public officials, private sector lenders and peers.
- Capacity building to enhance technical skills
- Multi-stakeholder dialogues and networking
- Pitch platform for innovative ideas
Under the Starry Sky: Youth Action for SDGs
A unique opportunity for young people with innovative ideas to receive high-quality training on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and project management, and then develop and implement a project throughout the year.
- Support for implementing a project in your community
- Project management skills
- Ship expedition with peers
UN Charter proclaimed with the opening words “We the peoples of the United Nations…”
WFUNA founded by 22 member UNAs committed to involving the public in the UN’s mission.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the UN and WFUNA declares human rights advocacy a central part of its programs.
“I wish […] to express my appreciation of your most essential service. […] Over the years you have accomplished much and have acted with an ever increasing sense of your great responsibilities.” – UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, to WFUNA’s 12th Plenary Assembly
WFUNA launches 30th anniversary fundraising program to promote the ideals of the UN with stamps and lithographs produced by artists and celebrities. The decades-long project included work by Picasso, Lou Zheng Jang, Miro, Salvador Dali, Ruben Leyva, Al Hirschfeld, Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol.
WFUNA helped promote Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE) by holding the first conference on this topic.
WFUNA and other NGOs campaigns end with the signing of the Final Act in Helsinki by 35 governments, establishing the CSCE process.
117th WFUNA Executive Committee sends resolution to the 32nd General Assembly of the UN on restricting nuclear weapons in South Africa and Rhodesia.
WFUNA facilitates high-level informal consultations on disarmament issues between key experts of the USA and USSR throughout the Cold War.
WFUNA organizes a number of NGO Seminars on Disarmament in cooperation with the UN, UNESCO and other NGOs.
UN resolution 41/68 recognizes WFUNA as “the only non-profit that is entirely dedicated to mobilize popular support for the goals and principles of the United Nations” and asks for “all governments to help WFUNA” in its actions.
UN resolution 64/86 commends WFUNA and its UNAs for the valuable contributions they have made, and calls for “continued collaboration between the World Federation and the Department of Public Information in support of their complementary objectives.”
UNAs around the world adopt the 2030 Agenda, and prioritize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on their agendas.
WFUNA launches historic Security Council Election Debates with candidates competing for non-permanent seats to increase civil society access and transparency in the procedure.
WFUNA resumes an art-driven fundraising program for the UN’s 75th anniversary with “fragile multilateralism” as the leading message.
WFUNA celebrates 75 years of connecting people to the work of the United Nations in order to promote a better world for all.
WFUNA celebrates 75 years of connecting people to the work of the United Nations in order to promote a better world for all. Test
Areas Of influence
Global Citizenship Around the World
Global citizenship is at the heart of our mission.
We facilitate regular programs that foster critical-thinking and problem-solving, and empower people to act in their communities.
Civil Society Working Towards the SDGs
We believe in people’s involvement at the local, national, and global level.
Involving everyone in global decision-making is essential to achieving the UN’s goals, so we ensure that civil society is involved in UN programs and events.
Transparency at the UN
Part of our mandate is to strengthen the United Nations’ impact.
We implement initiatives that increase the transparency of established UN processes.
Meaningful Youth Engagement at the UN
We believe that youth have the power to be significant agents of change.
We host and attend events and programs that put them at the forefront of implementation.
From WFUNA’s Network
Former Secretary-General of United Nations
WFUNA News & Events
16+ Forum Addresses Goal 16 Implementation during High Level Political Forum
Civil Society Dialogue with Ambassador Hailu of Ethiopia, President of the UN Security Council for September 2017
Civil Society Dialogue with Ambassador Delattre of France, President of the UN Security Council for October 2017
Civil Society Dialogue with Ambassador Cardi of Italy, President of the UN Security Council for November 2017
Mission Possible: India Students Design Their SDG Projects
Civil Society Dialogue with Ambassador Bessho of Japan, President of the UN Security Council for December 2017
Civil Society Dialogue with Ambassador Umarov of Kazakhstan, President of the UN Security Council for January 2018
Civil Society Dialogue with Ms. Gregoire-van Haaren of the Netherlands, President of the UN Security Council for March 2018
Civil Society Dialogue with Ambassador Meza-Cuadra of Peru, President of the UN Security Council for April 2018
Civil Society Dialogue with Ambassador Wronecka of Poland, President of the UN Security Council for August 2019
WFUNA Lithograph Program Re-Launches on International Day of Living Together in Peace
Inclusion in Process & Policy: Civil Society Participation & Partnership in Advancing SDG 16+
Civil Society Dialogue with Ambassador Skoog of Sweden, President of the UN Security Council for July 2018
Stand Up for SDG 16+: Accelerating Progress for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies
The 41st International Development Forum on Peace Calls for Inclusive Partnerships Towards Sustaining Peace
Civil Society Dialogue with Special Envoy José Singer of the Dominican Republic, President of the UN Security Council for January 2019
Civil Society Dialogue with Ambassador Ndong Mba of Equatorial Guinea, President of the UN Security Council for February 2019
Civil Society Dialogue with the Ambassadors of France and Germany, Joint Presidents of the UN Security Council for March and April 2019
Civil Society Dialogue with Ambassador Jerry Matthews Matjila of South Africa, President of the UN Security Council for October 2019
Civil Society Dialogue with Ambassador Wronecka of Poland, President of the UN Security Council for August 2019
WFUNA Secretary-General and 16+ Forum Coordinator and Senior Policy Officer Complete Successful Preparatory Visit in Dili, Timor-Leste
Civil Society Dialogue with Ambassador Djani of Indonesia, President of the UN Security Council for May 2019
Civil Society Dialogue with Ambassador Meza-Cuadra of Peru, President of the UN Security Council for July 2019
Civil Society Dialogue with Ambassador Jonathan Allen of the United Kingdom, Deputy Permanent Representative of the UN Security Council for November 2019
CSO Dialogue with Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, President of the UN Security Council for January 2020
Civil Society Dialogue with Ambassador Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve of Belgium, President of the UN Security Council for February
Civil Society Dialogue with Ambassador Zhang Jun of China, President of the UN Security Council for March 2020
CSO Dialogue with France and Germany on Presidencies of the UN Security Council for June and July 2020
Global SDG16+ Community Partners Issue Joint Call to Action on Implementing Sustainable Development Goal 16+ in Light of COVID-19
CSO Dialogue with Indonesia on Presidency of the UN Security Council for August 2020
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