Supporting the United Nations

The United Nations Association of Slovenia (UNAS) was established in 1951, supporting the United Nations Organization in its role as a keeper of global peace and stability. Following the declaration of independence on 25th June 1991, Slovenia was accepted as the 176th member state of the UN. Soon thereafter, on 6th November 1992, UNAS was accepted into the circle of United Nations Associations as a member of WFUNA.

The main objective of UNAS – already formulated in 1951 – is to inform the public about the ideas, goals and activities of the UN. Looking back at our accomplishments and successes, we can proudly say we have fulfilled that objective, and in many cases even surpassed our original goals.

UNAS today is a vital non-governmental organization, spreading the ideas and goals of the UN in Slovenia. Our main role is and stays gathering and providing information on the role and activities of the UN. To this end we maintain a library with informative and specialised publications by the UN and its agencies, as well as other publications on various other subjects.

We also maintain a web page, which is a rich source of information and news articles on UNAS and its activities; furthermore, it contains news articles on the UN and other related topics. We can be found at: www.unaslovenia.org and www.unaslovenia.org/en.

An important role in our efforts to keep the public informed about issues surrounding the UN plays the cooperation with the UNIS centre in Vienna.

In cooperation with the Institute of International Law and International Relations at the Faculty of Law of Ljubljana, we also gather, translate and make available various important international documents, books and other publications on the subject of UN and international relations.

Taking part in the public debate on issues of global concern on the UN agenda is another very important aspect of our work. We strive to organize forums where people meet with government representatives; in this way important issues can be addressed and resolved in the UN manner – through dialogue.

Various issues on the UN agenda are also addressed on regular lectures and panels, which are well attended. Not surprisingly, considering the fact that we've succeed to attract many Slovenian experts of international renown.

Such lectures at our offices in Ljubljana are already an important part in the education of university students. But we feel that the UN idea is not adequately presented to the youngest members of our society. For that purpose we have started (in the first months of 2009) a special educational programme focusing on primary schools whose goal would be to introduce the goals and activities of the UN to our youngest.

UNAS is an important factor for furthering research work on the UN; every year on UN Day we award prizes to graduate and post-graduate students for ten best dissertations on this topic.

Since UNAS is a „people's“ movement for the UN, an important part of our activities is also about people connected with the UN and UNAS. Formal and informal social gatherings offer many opportunities to show that the UN are backed by a vast group of individuals, which leads to the acceptance of the UN principles and ideas as a part of people's lives as opposed to something remote and without consequence.

We feel that an important part of our mission is to bring the UN closer to the people; therefore we organize various events that in one way or the other mark the significant impact of the UN on our daily lives. Such an important event is, for example, the celebration on Human Rights Day, when we also award prizes for essays, photographs and drawings made by primary and secondary school pupils on the issue of human rights.

Excursions to various UN institutions in Geneva and Vienna help our members and everyone who is interested become acquainted with the actual work of the UN agencies.

In accordance with the „people's movement“ principle it is only fitting that most of the work is done by volunteers, who are mostly law school and international relations students. But the backbone of UNAS are our valued members – many of them important figures in public life and academic circles. All of them take an active part in the activities of UNAS and give our efforts new meaning.

Last but not least, we strive to maintain a meeting place at UNAS headquarters, welcoming Slovenians and foreigners alike. We try to cultivate an atmosphere where one feels not a stranger but a part of the UN family.

Mission

Our mission is to spread the purposes and principles of the United Nations. We try to cultivate an atmosphere where one feels not a stranger but a part of the UN family. It is our aim to bring the Organization closer to the people and give them a feeling that the world would be worse off, if the Organization would not exist.

We exercise our mission through our activities, which are:

 

Vision

We want to be one of the vital non-governmental organizations in the Republic of Slovenia, which actively contributes to the promotion and spreading of human rights, fight against poverty and deepening the belief of a need for mutual recognition, closing up and equal cooperation between nations and between people irrespective of language, race, sex, faith and belief. However, we want to stay the central non-govermental organization in the Republic of Slovenia which spreads the purposes and principles of the UN and cooperates in its actions and campaigns.

Objectives

The basic purposes and goals of the association are:

  1. To be the main non-governmental organization in Slovenia that informs the public about the ideas, goals and activities of the UN.
  2. Aspiration for the promotion and honouring of human rights and fighting poverty with an emphasis on the role of the individuals, groups and states.
  3. Promotion of tolerance, mutual understanding, solidarity and cooperation among nations and people, regardless of language, race, gender, religion or belief.
  4. To coordinate and develop activities of our members and other groups and individuals active in the subject area of the UN.
  5. To cooperate with other organisations contributing to the development of and supporting the UN, especially the United Nations Information Service Vienna (UNIS Vienna) and the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA).
  6. Attracting new members and supporters.
  7. Stimulating the research of the UN and its activities, informing and educating about the goals of the UN Charter and about the work of the UN System.

Activities

Our activities are aimed at informing the public of the ideas, goals and activities of the UN and it's specialized agencies. We organize events for our members and the general public, including:

Cooperate with us

Membership

Membership is for everyone interested in the activities of the UN and the role and position of its member states and wish to contribute to achieving the goals of the association. Benefits:

Volunteerism

Volunteers are the main pillars of the association. Their activities include assisting in the library and organizing the activities of the association.

Become a member

Any person who is a national of Slovenia or any other EU member country or has a temporary or permanent residence in Slovenia can become a member of the association provided that she/he accepts and abides by the statute of the association and pays the membership fee.

Membership in the association is volontary.

The annual membership fee for students and pensioners is 7€, for working people 15€.

If you wish to become a member you can email us at unaslovenia@gmail.com (also via the contact form) or send a letter to:

Društvo za Zdru┼żene narode za Slovenijo
Cankarjeva 1/II
SI-1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia

We will then contact you with further information.