'UN Tent' at the World Village Festival in Helsinki, May 2012. Photo: UN Association of Finland

UN Association

The UN Association of Finland is a Non-Governmental Organization that promotes and supports the actions and principles of the United Nations. UNA Finland was founded in 1954. The Association provides education and educational material regarding global responsibility and advocacy work, delivers and produces news items relating to the UN, and influences Finnish UN policy.

The goals and procedures are defined in the statutes of the UN Association (2§) as follows: "the purpose of the association is as a national organisation to promote the principles and goals of the United Nations and support its actions, hence promoting international understanding and peaceful cooperation between nations. In order to fulfil its purpose, the Finnish UN association organises meetings, seminars, courses and presentations, provides information and publications, and supports the founding of local UN associations and activity groups that share its ideals and purposes".

The United Nations is the world's largest peace organization founded by an international treaty (The UN Charter) which aims to advance security, human rights, and development in various ways. The UN Association of Finland supports these goals though its own information sharing, education, and advocacy work.

UNA Finland is supported by member and municipal organizations, of which there are over sixty. The Association is also supported by its supportive and active members. The Association's office in Helsinki has four permanent employees supported by various interns, non-military servicemen, and project workers. The everyday activities of the Association are guided by a board of directors with representatives from member organisations.

The UN Association of Finland is not a part of the official United Nations System.

Päivitetty viimeksi: 13.4.2015