Celebrating 80 Years of UNA-USA  

UNA-USA is celebrating 80 years of impactful education, mobilization and inspiration! Read more about UNA-USA’s history, how we will be officially celebrating 80 years of advocacy and how you can celebrate with us!

UNA-USA History

Founded in 1943, UNA-USA emerged from a dedicated group of Americans aiming to secure peace after World War II. The organization played a crucial role in shaping the UN Charter, its US Congressional ratification, and has been influential in the US-UN relationship since the UN’s inception.

Eleanor Roosevelt, after retiring as the US Ambassador to the UN General Assembly in 1953, volunteered to boost UNA-USA’s national membership. Until her death in 1962, she tirelessly promoted the UN across the country, leaving a legacy of UNA-USA chapters nationwide.

UNA-USA has a history of contributing to global thought leadership, from pioneering UN reform research to fostering citizen diplomacy during the Cold War. The organization remains vital in addressing key UN system challenges.

In 2011, UNA-USA merged with the United Nations Foundation, creating the world’s largest network of UN advocates. This collaboration combines grassroots strength, public outreach, advocacy resources, and global convening power to enhance the impact of both organizations.

How will UNA-USA celebrate this milestone?

  • 80 years design contest. Submit your design to membership@unausa.org with the subject line “Logo Contest” by January 12, 2024 at 5:00pm EST.
  • Goal of receiving 80 stories or historical anecdotes to share on 80 Years Website.
  • 80 chapter engagements throughout the year highlighting history of UNA-USA.

How can YOU celebrate 80 years of UNA-USA?

Do you have a special anecdote, memory, picture that contributes to and celebrates UNA-USA history? We want to hear from you how you will celebrate 80 years of UNA-USA!

Please share your story, memory, picture, etc by emailing membership@unausa.org

As we celebrate the past 80 years, stories and pictures from UNA-USA members will be updated here.

Watch this video about our history!