We are dedicated to educating, inspiring and mobilizing the Greater Kansas City Area to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations, strengthening the United Nations system, promoting constructive United States leadership in that system and achieving the goals of the United Nations Charter. - unausa.org
The Greater Kansas City Chapter of the United Nations Association represents members of the United Nations Association (www.unausa.org) in western Missouri and eastern Kansas. Our chapter has established tremendous programs in support of the U.N. including the Mayor’s United Nations Day Dinner (a Kansas City tradition since 1972), the U.N. Peacekeepers Roundtable (in cooperation with the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum and the U.N. Peace Plaza), and the U.N.A. Roundtable on Food and Agriculture. Our energetic Young Professionals Group has promoted U.N. programs relating to children, refugees and peacekeeping. The UNA Women’s Committee’s is grounded in the same vision as UN Women which works for the: elimination of discrimination against women and girls; empowerment of women; and achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
Join us as we expand these initiatives and launch new activities to educate our community on the essential work of the United Nations.
For more information on UNA-USA, visit www.unausa.org
Is one of 135 chapters nationwide dedicated to building understanding of and support for the ideals and vital work of the United Nations in the Greater Kansas City Metro area. Our education, policy and advocacy programs emphasize the importance of cooperation among nations and the need for American leadership at the UN. Our educational and advocacy programs strive to engage our community and develop international leadership skills among youth with a passion for making the world a better place.
We are particularly proud of the linkage of the founding of the United Nations to President Harry S. Truman. It is because of this connection that the United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City built The United Nations Peace Plaza in Independence, Missouri. The United Nations Peace Plaza was unveiled on October 27, 1997, formally dedicated by U.N. General Secretary Kofi Annan on April 25, 2003, and is described by its creators as "the only memorial in the world to those persons serving in the Peacekeeping Forces of the United Nations…" The 12.5-foot statue is named "Girl with Dove" by its sculptor Tom Corbin[ and in 2003, a four-foot miniature was gifted to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City
“The United Nations is designed to make possible lasting freedom and independence for all its members.”
Harry S. Truman
Some of the challenges addressed by the United Nations and requiring support from the Metro Kansas City Region include:
Extreme poverty of the "bottom billion," those living on less than $1 per day
Climate change-an unprecedented threat to the survival of nations and the planet
Furthering of women’s rights and empowerment internationally
Hunger and disease that annually cause nearly 9 million preventable deaths
Unimaginable destruction wrought by natural disasters
Nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament; banning landmines, cluster bombs, and other anti-personnel munitions