We are the only UK charity devoted to building support for the UN by stimulating action in this country.

We believe that a strong, credible and effective UN is essential if we are to build a safer, fairer and more sustainable world.

Our mission is to make the case for an effective UN to British policy makers and the public.

We focus on three mutually-reinforcing areas in our policy, communications and outreach work:

  • Global leadership: an active and progressive UK foreign policy
  • Global solutions: making the UN fit for the 21st century
  • Global citizens: empowering individuals to think and act globally

UNA-UK and the Sustainable Development Goals

Strengthening the UN

SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Mission: Justice is UNA-UK’s campaign to turn the responsibility to prosecute peacekeepers who commit abuse into reality. We will do this by urging the UN and member states to work together to strengthen the global system’s ability to respond effectively.

Keeping Britain Global

SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

This campaign makes the case that Britain needs to champion global values, and invest in the health of our international system. Through Keeping Britain Global, we highlight practical recommendations for government action that support the vision of a global Britain that shows leadership on the world stage. Our key recommendations include:

  • The Cabinet Office should develop a cross-departmental strategy for strengthening the UN.
  • Human rights - The UK should take steps to strengthen the UN’s human rights pillar, including by leading by example.
  • Arms control - The UK should ensure that the Arms Trade Treaty is applied to a consistently high standard, ensuring that the UK refrains from any behaviour that undermines the Treaty, including by immediately ceasing exports to Saudi Arabia. 
  • Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems -  The UK should participate actively in UN fora to build consensus for an international framework to control the development and deployment of ‘killer robots’.
  • Nuclear disarmament - The UK should signal progress and awareness of its international obligation to pursue negotiations on multilateral nuclear disarmament and play a positive role internationally as a bridge between nuclear and non-nuclear states, including by engaging productively with UN meetings and conferences. 
  • Peacekeeping - The policy and practice of the new UK deployments in Somalia and South Sudan should showcase ‘people-centred’ peacekeeping and the robust implementation of a Protection of Civilians mandate. Once the UK has developed expertise and credibility in this area it should act as an exemplar for other Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs). 
  • Atrocity prevention - The UK should declare the prevention of atrocity crimes to be a foreign policy priority and should mention the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) in its speeches and UN Security Council interventions on situations where there is a significant risk of atrocity crimes. 

Former activities include the successful 1 for 7 Billion campaign, which brought together 200 million grassroots activists and policy experts and advocated to make the selection process for Secretary-General fairer and more transparent. More details on the campaign can be found here

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