The United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) is the official non-profit, non-government, membership-based, organisation in Australia working on behalf of the United Nations core body to promote its overall aims and ideals, and equally seeking to build support for the UN’s programs, activities and agencies. The UNAA official mission is “to inform, inspire and engage all Australians regarding the work, goals and values of the UN to create a safer, fairer and more sustainable world”. It has division offices in every State and Territory of Australia, with the national office run out of Canberra.
The UNAA works closely with United Nations specialised agencies and departments such as the UNDPI, NIC and UNHCR and has consultative status with ECOSO as a member of the World Federation of the United Nations Associations (WFUNA). The organisation works closely with the Australian Government, especially DFAT and Australian Parliamentarians. The UNAA is governed by a National Board which meets quarterly. The National Board elects a representative Executive Team, including National Executive Director, to take responsibility for the ongoing work nationally.
Gender and the UNAA
The UNAA recognises Gender Equality as a prerequisite for development. In 2014, the Global Gender Index from the World Economic Forum predicted that the world would reach gender parity by 2095. One year later, the prediction had worsened, with the gender gap anticipated to close as late as 2133. That is 117 years from now, potentially two generations.
UNAA and the SDGs
As such, the UNAA is deeply committed to the education, inspiration, and engagement of Australians around the SDGs and has a clear mandate to increase the Australian support needed to help create a safer, fairer and more sustainable world.