Our History

United Nations Association in Canada (UNA- Canada) is a national charitable organization and a citizen’s movement, which supports and promotes the values and goals of the UN in Canada. Although not an official office of the UN, UNA- Canada is one of the founding members of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA), established in August 1946. UNA- Canada’s mandate is to engage the Canadian public in the work of the United Nations and the critical international issues that affect us all.  The association offers individual Canadians a window into the work of the UN, and a channel through which to become engaged in the critical international issues affecting us all.  By creating links between the work of the UN and the lives of Canadians, UNA- Canada is helping to build a better United Nations.

The Calgary branch of UNA- Canada (UNAC- Calgary) was established in 1980 and incorporated in 1999. We partner with local organizations to engage Calgarians in the work of the United Nations. As we follow the regulations in accordance to the Alberta Societies Act, our affairs are controlled and managed by our Calgary-based Board of Directors, who are volunteers and are responsible for policy decision, action, and management of general branch operations.

Our Mission

UNA-Canada, Calgary Branch’s mission is to connect Calgarians to the work of the United Nations, with a focus on the Sustainable Development Goals and how they are realized locally.

Although we have no direct influence in the United Nations, we believe in the importance of the UN system and raise awareness about the United Nations, within our community.

In doing this, we draw a link between local and global concerns and introduce the values and principles of the United Nations.

Our Bylaws

The Calgary branch of UNA- Canada was established in 1980 and incorporated in 1999. We partner with local organizations to engage Calgarians in the work of the United Nations. As we follow the regulations in accordance to the Alberta Societies Act, our affairs are controlled and managed by our Calgary-based Board of Directors, who are volunteers and are responsible for policy decision, action, and management of general branch operations.

UNAC-Calgary Bylaws (December 10, 2013)

Our Events & Meetings

Attending events is a great way to get involved and become aware about our work in the community. UNA-Canada, Calgary 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, and the works of the United Nations.

Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) typically happens in Autumn. During the brief 30-minute AGM, our President highlights our branch’s accomplishments for the year, covers our financial statements and charter amendments, and introduces new board members.

If you are a current UNA-Canada, Calgary Branch member, expect to receive a package in the mail at least 21 business days prior to the meeting that contains the meeting’s agenda, financial statements, and any supporting documents that enables you to vote on charter or board member changes.

Community Partner Events

In support of our community partners, we attend and help to promote community events that are aligned with our mandate.

UN Season

UN Season is a time to look beyond our communities and daily experiences to recognize how closely we all are knit together in a global family, and to recognize and celebrate the contributions of the United Nations to your world, your community and your life.

UN Season is one of UNA-Canada’s many Signature Programmes, with a long – term goal to cultivate an expectation of opportunities to appreciate and engage communities about the work of the UN.

UNA – Canada has chosen the time frame for the UN Season to build around the annual New York meeting of the UN General Assembly and UN-designated days and weeks between September and December. You can expect our branch to commemorate one of the following UN-designated days:

  • International Day of Peace – September 21
  • International Day of the Girl Child – October 11
  • World Food Day – October 16
  • UN Day – October 24
  • Human Rights Day – December 10

Read more about UN Season.