United Nations Association of the USA Head Reelected to WFUNA Executive Committee

Patrick Madden joins other UNA leaders to provide strategic guidance for the work of UNAs across the globe

November 15, 2012
WASHINGTON – The United Nations Association of the USA’s Executive Director Patrick Madden has been reelected to serve on the Executive Committee of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA); the announcement came during WFUNA’s 40th Plenary Assembly in Rio de Janeiro.

“I look forward to working with my fellow UNA peers around the world to support the citizen movement for the UN,” said Madden. “By working together globally through WFUNA, we are better positioned to serve our national constituencies as they work to broaden understanding for the UN and advocate for strong relationships between member states and the United Nations.”

WFUNA focuses its work mainly on the issues of peace and security, human rights, sustainable development, and global education. The organization maintains highly-respected programs around such topics as Responsibility to Protect, climate change, engaging youth with the United Nations, and the youth-focused human rights training program, “So, You Want to be the Next High Commissioner?”

The WFUNA Executive Committee works with the WFUNA Secretary-General to guide the work of the organization, helping set and pursue WFUNA’s core objectives in support of the United Nations. Representatives from UNAs in Armenia, Norway, Russia, and South Africa are among those who were elected along with Madden to 10 available seats on the Executive Committee.

WFUNA is a global nonprofit organization representing and coordinating a membership of more than 100 UNAs and millions of citizen constituents. Guided by a vision that the UN is a powerful force for meeting common global challenges and opportunities, WFUNA works to strengthen and improve the United Nations. WFUNA member organizations achieve their goals through the engagement of people who share a global mindset and support international cooperation.



The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire, and mobilize the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. For 70 years UNA-USA has worked to accomplish its mission through its national network of Chapters, youth engagement, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA is a program of the United Nations Foundation. UNA-USA and its sister organization the Better World Campaign represent the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world. Learn more about UNA-USA’s programs and initiatives at www.unausa.org


The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.

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