United Nations Association in Canada
Organization profile published 1981
Publisher: National Office, Ottawa, Canada
Year Published: 1981
Resource Type: Organization
Cx Number: CX2142
The Canadian branch of the United Nations Association is a voluntary group of citizens trying to create a liaison between people and the UN It believes that the UN will succeed only to the degree that world opinion believes in and supports it. It seeks to provide the UN with the considered judgement of a public which knows what the UN is trying to so, and how and why.
The UN Association in Canada has a central office in Ottawa and branches in major centres across the country. The national office serves as a special link to the UN headquarters and makes available a wide variety of information. Local branches sponsor activities in order to draw attention to world issues; these issues generally fall into five main categories: disarmament; development, human rights; environment; peace. To promote interest amongst students, activities such a s summer seminars, model UN assemblies, and UN clubs are encouraged. Regular publications to members include the Bulletin, a bi-monthly newsletter about events in world centres and about activities in the UNA; fact sheets, dealing with various issues; and regional newsletter, informing members of UNA plans within their region.
From UNA Canada one can receive, for instance, a very recent publication: Canada, the Arms Race and Disarmament. It outlines the present state of world armaments and international efforts in disarmament and arms control. It looks at Canada's dual role as both a contributor to the armament effort and as an advocate of arms control. As well, the booklet briefly describes the role of the Canadian populace, stressing the need for widespread public participation.
This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1981.