United Nations Association of Slovenia

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United Nations Association of Slovenia
Formation 1951 (1951)
Headquarters Cankarjeva 1/II, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
President
Prof. Dr. Bojko Bucar

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

The main objective of UNA Slovenia, which was formulated in 1951, is to inform the public about the ideas, goals and activities of the UN.

The association is gathering and providing information on the role and activities of the UN. They maintain a library with informative and specialized publications by the UN and its agencies, as well as other publications on various other subjects.

To keep the public informed about issues surrounding the UN the association cooperates with the United Nations Information Service Vienna (UNIS Vienna).

In cooperation with the Institute of International Law and International Relations at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana, the association gathers, translates and makes available various international documents, books and other publications on the subject of UN and international relations.

Various issues on the UN agenda are also addressed on regular lectures and panels. Those lectures used to be an important part in the education of university students. The association also carries out an educational programme for primary schools pupils with the aim to introduce the goals and activities of the UN to the youngest.

UNA Slovenia every year on UN Day awards prizes to graduate and post-graduate students for ten best dissertations on UN topics, with the aim for furthering research work on the UN.

Another event is the celebration on Human Rights Day, when the association also awards prizes, here for essays, photographs and drawings made by primary and secondary school pupils on the issue of human rights.

Excursions to various UN institutions have the aim to make everyone interested acquainted with the actual work of the UN agencies.

Most of the work is done by volunteers, who are mostly law school and international relations students, who represent an informal Youth section within the organization.

Mission[edit]

The mission of UNA Slovenia is to spread the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

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.

3. Aspiration for the promotion and honouring of human rights and fighting poverty with an emphasis on the role of the individuals, groups and states.

2. 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 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 United Nations Charter and about the work of the United Nations System.

Activities[edit]

UNA Slovenia activities are aiming at informing the public of the ideas, goals and activities of the UN and its specialized agencies. The association organizes events for its members and the general public, including:

  • round tables and lectures;
  • library of UN publications;
  • workshops on UN topics for primary and secondary schools;
  • commemorations of international UN days;
  • excursions to UN institutions;
  • awarding prizes to graduate and post-graduate students for the best dissertations on UN topics;
  • campaigns for the promotion of principles and goals of the UN;
  • cooperation with MEOS in the organization of the simulation of the UN General Assembly.

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