Welcome to the website of the United Nations Association of The Netherlands (UNA the Netherlands). Most of this website is available in Dutch only as our national activities focus on the Dutch society. The World Federation of United Nations Associations is our international parent organisation. You are very welcome to visit www.wfuna.org to find out more about our international activities.
Like many other UN Member States, the Netherlands has a United Nations Association. UNA the Netherlands was founded in 1987. The primary aim of this organisation is the following: "Furthering the goals of the United Nations in the Netherlands, in order to raise awareness about the need for international cooperation and the establishment of an international legal order."
The mission of UNA the Netherlands is to create awareness among both the broad public and policy makers that confrontation has to be replaced by cooperation and legal order so as to create a better world. UNA the Netherlands follows positively but critically, the work of the United Nations and facilitates the public debate about how the United Nations itself can be improved. Being an independent NGO, UNA the Netherlands monitors the participation of the Dutch government in the UN and tries to positively influence this process. UNA the Netherlands is not related to a particular political party. It is a broad movement that binds people from a wide range of views, backgrounds and professions. The UN's involvement in a broad spectrum of international issues allows UNA the Netherlands to facilitate an equally broad range of debates.
UNA the Netherlands pursues its aims in close cooperation with the Dutch United Nations Students Association (www.sib-nederland.nl) and other organisations in the fields of peace, development, human rights, and the environment. Because of this cooperation, UNA the Netherlands has become a valuable source of information and the focal point of the public debate about the United Natons in the Netherlands.