The United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City 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