We may have different religions, different languages, different
colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.
— Kofi Annan
 

President’s Welcome

Welcome to the website for the Dallas Chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA). The UNA-USA is a program of the United Nations Foundation. In 1998, Ted Turner created the United Nations Foundation to steward his historic $1 billion gift to the United Nations. The entire amount of the gift was placed in a trust overseen by the Foundation. The United Nations Foundation links the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, global health, peace and security, women’s empowerment, poverty eradication, energy access, and U.S.-UN relations.

Our Mission
UNA-USA is a national grassroots organization, headquartered in Washington, DC, with 125 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide devoted to strengthening the U.S.-UN relationship through public education and advocacy. For more than six decades, UNA-USA and its chapters and regions have stood at the forefront of building American support for the UN. Together, the Better World Campaign and UNA-USA membership represent the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the UN in the world.

The Better World Campaign (BWC) works to foster a strong, effective relationship between the United States and the United Nations to promote core American interests and build a more secure, prosperous, and healthy world. BWC engages policymakers, the media, and the American public alike to increase awareness of the critical role played by the UN in world affairs and the importance of constructive U.S.-UN relations.

"Dedicated to educating, inspiring and mobilizing Americans to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations"

The Dallas Chapter
Our Dallas chapter consists of a diverse group of citizens who support and encourage US involvement and leadership in the many UN related agencies and institutions that are working to tackle the issues mentioned above. We partner with other groups to sponsor speaker and film events, and we undertake a wide range of activities to raise awareness about international issues.
We invite you join the Dallas chapter and increase your involvement in international affairs. Becoming a member is easy at http://www.unausa.org/membership/join-una-usa. Please indicate that you wish to be a part of the Dallas Chapter.

Thanks for your interest and I look forward to meeting you at one of our events soon!

Shabnam Modgil
President-2017-2018
UNA-USA Dallas Chapter

 

 

UNA-USA’s History

UNA-USA works closely with the United Nations Foundation and its sister organization, the Better World Campaign, to strengthen the U.S.-UN relationship. These current partnerships continue a long history of UNA-USA helping bolster American support for the UN.

The American Association for the United Nations, UNA-USA’s predecessor organization, grew from the League of Nations Association in 1943. A group of prominent citizens, including the first executive director, Clark M. Eichelberger, activated the association to promote acceptance of the Dumbarton Oaks proposals in the late years of World War II. Among the association’s early actions was a national tour by a number of US representatives to spread the word and gain support for American adherence to the Dumbarton proposals, which led to the creation of the UN.

When First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, a member of the association’s board of directors, completed her term as a US representative to the UN General Assembly in late 1951, she walked into the association’s offices and asked for something to do. Her offer was gratefully accepted, and in early 1953, she established an office at the association’s headquarters.

This was the quiet beginning of a major campaign in which Mrs. Roosevelt carried the message of the American Association for the United Nations across the country through personal appearances, recruitment speeches and fund-raising efforts that continued until her death in November 1962. She was elected chairwoman of the board in 1961.

In 1964, the association merged with the US Committee for the United Nations, a group of 138 national organizations supporting the work of the UN, thereby creating the United Nations Association of the United States of America. Since then, several distinguished Americans have served in positions of leadership at UNA-USA. These include Arthur J. Goldberg, former Justice of the US Supreme Court and US permanent representative to the United Nations; James S. McDonnell, former chairman of the McDonnell-Douglas Corporation; Elliot L. Richardson, former US attorney general and US representative to the Law of the Sea Conference; William Scranton, former governor of Pennsylvania and US permanent representative to the United Nations; Cyrus Vance, former secretary of state; and John C. Whitehead, former deputy secretary of state.

In 2010, UNA-USA formed a strategic alliance with the UN Foundation. Under the new alliance UNA-USA continued as a robust membership program of the Foundation. Together, UNA-USA and the UN Foundation are pooling their talents to increase public education and advocacy on the work of the UN.