United Nations Association in Canada

Vancouver Branch

The Vision

Growing global citizens

Welcome to the Vancouver Branch of the United Nations Association in Canada

Credibility, Connection, Inclusiveness, Inspiration, Leadership.

UNAC Vancouver works to promote global awareness and further the work of the United Nations. We are one of many national UN Associations branches around the world connected through an international network called the World Federation of UN Associations (WFUNA), established in 1946. Our work is achieved, through educational and recognition programs, partnerships, sponsorships of media events and fundraising.

We aim to inform, inspire and engage people in Metro Vancouver to accomplish the vital work of the United Nations. Under the umbrella of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), our public advocacy address poverty, gender inequities, human rights, cross-cultural understanding, environmental degradation and threats to peace and security.

Sustainable Development Goals

UN’s Universal Framework for Global Development 

The United Nations has, since its inception in 1945, has worked to convene member states around an overarching framework to establish peace, eradicate poverty and ensure human rights and gender equality worldwide. In 2000, the UN committed to a fifteen years ‘agenda for humanity’ which was signed by 189 world leaders at the UN General Assembly under the name of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 

By 2015 world leaders realised that they had not achieved all the goals they had planned and that not all goals were applicable to all states. They also realised that the design of this second generation of global goals required a more inclusive approach. Member states then set about consulting their civil society groups on how they wanted to see the world improve in the next fifteen years. A total of 88 countries initially submitted their views on the future set of goals.  

This is how the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) came into being in 2015. Leaders of all 193 member states including Canada, signed this commitment to work together to implement the SDGs by 2030. They decided to take bold steps to eradicate poverty in all its forms and to work together to shift the world onto a path to sustainable development. They pledged to leave no one behind on this collective journey. Canadian government committed to this as well.

United Nations Association in Canada – Vancouver Branch


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We are grateful for the support of our members, donors, sponsors and partners. With this generous support, UNAC–V can contribute to make a difference in the world.

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All UNAC – Vancouver events and activities are made possible through donations from the public, as well as membership fees and fundraising events. The Vancouver Branch is run strictly by volunteers.

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