The United Nations Association in Canada – Vancouver Branch (UNAC-V) is a member of the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada).
UNA-Canada is a national, volunteer-based, charitable organization, which advocates for and promotes the values and goals of the UN in a Canadian context. UNA-Canada is not an official office of the United Nations but it is one of the founding members of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA); established in August 1946.
UNAC-Vancouver partners with local organizations to engage the Vancouver community in the various works of the UN. Our affairs are controlled and managed by our Vancouver-based volunteer Board of Directors, who are responsible for policy decisions, planning activities, and the management of general branch operations.
UNAC-V aims to inform, inspire and engage people in Metro Vancouver to accomplish the vital work of the United Nations. Some of the many issues UNAC-V addresses include poverty, gender inequities, human rights, cross-cultural understanding, environmental degradation and threats to peace and security – all brought together under the umbrella of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. UNAC-V is a committee of the United Nations Association in Canada. UNA Canada is one of many national UNA’s around the world connected through an international network, the World Federation of UN Associations, established in 1946.
The Vancouver Branch of the United Nations Association in Canada (UNAC-V) works to promote global awareness and expand upon the work of the United Nations through educational and recognition programs, partnerships, sponsorship of media events, and fundraising.
Some of the many issues UNAC-V addresses include reducing poverty, solving gender inequities, promoting human rights, cross-cultural understanding, reducing environmental degradation and threats to peace and security – all brought together under the umbrella of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (Link). By promoting these goals at a community level, we aim to draw a link between local and global concerns and introduce the values and principles of the United Nations to a wider audience.
UNA-Canada Vancouver Branch hosts and supports a variety of events throughout the year to teach, inform, inspire, and connect our members and those interested in our work with the global works of the United Nations.
Each year UNAC–Vancouver receives funds from UNAC-Canada and other donors to support our key activities. These donations also support our work throughout the key UN season, which takes place from September to December and highlights the annual New York meetings of the UN General Assembly.
UNAC-Vancouver makes awards recognizing activist individuals or organizations supporting the community, hosts speakers and organizes annual events to promote UN ideals and goals.
Annual General Meeting
UNAC-Vancouver’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) is hosted in April of each year. At this event to which interested members of the public are invited, the Co-Presidents highlight our branch’s accomplishments for the year, report on our financial statements and charter amendments, and introduce new board members.