What is the United Nations Association?

The United Nations Association of the United States of America is a non-profit, nonpartisan, national organization dedicated to strengthening the U.N. system and to enhancing U.S. participation in international institutions.


Founded in 1964, UNA-USA was created through a merger of two organizations — the American Association for the United Nations, a chapter-based organization dedicated to educating U.S. citizens about the U.N. and global issues, and the U.S. Committee for for the United Nations, which represented 138 organizations supporting the U.N.’s work. Founders Eleanor Roosevelt and Robert Benjamin sought to widen the public debate on global issues and to build an American constituency for international cooperation, and the UNA-USA was born.

Did you know that each year the United Nations provides food to 90 million people in 73 countries; vaccinates 58% of the world’s children, saving 2.5 million lives a year, promotes maternal health saving the lives of 30 million women a year, and so much more?  While the UN is not a perfect institution, it serves a near-perfect purpose: to promote global cooperation to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges that no single country can resolve alone.

People across the United States need to know more about the real impact of the United Nations. Founded in 1975, our Monterey Bay Chapter is one of 120 United Nations Association Chapters across the United States that works with their local community and elected officials to inform, inspire, and mobilize Americans to support the principles and vital work of the UN. Please join our efforts and click here to become a member!


In 2008, the Monterey County Weekly voted us:



“We used to be the second-largest chapter in the country, behind New York,” chapter president Larry Levine told the sizable crowd at his club’s last gathering. “But not anymore – now we’re the biggest.” The club has amassed more than 770 local members because of powerful events like “Darfur, Beyond the Conflict: Resilience, Dignity and Humor” – where refugee camp health manager Dr. Ashis Brahma offered an overflow crowd at Monterey Institute of International Studies’ Irvine Auditorium a look at the crisis distinguished by its unblinking honesty and galvanizing, well-grounded hope – and the annual revelation that is their international film festival in the fall. What’s going on along the torn edges of this earth often isn’t pretty, but this group helps our community see and understand the sharp realities that tear those edges, and does an inspiring job in providing the tools to mend them on behalf of the poor, sick and suffering the world over.