The United Nations Association -Ghana is one of over100 United Nations Associations ( UNA ) established in 1952.
So what is the relationship between the United Nations and United Nations Associations?
The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization whose purposes are to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international cooperation, and be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations whereas the United Nations Associations (UNAs) are established Civil Society Organizations recognized by the UN in all the member-states of the Un. They mobilize the citizens to raise awareness on the main pillars of work of the United Nations—peace and security, sustainable development, and human rights.
All United Nations Associations (UNAs) are membership-based, non-profit, and non-political organizations. They are guided by the vision of the United Nations in meeting common global challenges and opportunities.
United Nations Associations (UNAs) fall under an umbrella body called the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) with the mission of supporting the principles and purposes of the UN,
A United Nations Association can only be recognized in a UN member-State and there can be ONLY one in each UN member-State. All Associations are non-profit organizations, independent from one another.
United Nations Associations (UNAs) facilitate regular programs that foster critical thinking and problem-solving and empower people to act in their communities. UNAs at the national level mainly play a role in:
- Disseminating information and educational materials about the importance of multilateralism and the UN
- Lobbying the government, political parties, and interest groups
- Conducting Model UN conferences
- Stimulating the media to provide frequent and accurate coverage of the UN and its programs
- Facilitating the engagement of citizens of UN member-States in favor of the common values of the UN Charter
- Promoting Global Citizenship
The United Nations Association – Ghana has membership drawn from all the regions of Ghana. We are calling on all peace-loving, humanitarian, and development-oriented individuals to join the United Nations Association-Ghana, irrespective of their sex, race, creed, religion, and political inclination.
Many join the United Nations Association of Ghana (UNA-GH) for various reasons. Before you make a decision to join UNA-GH, it is important to clarify your motives as they MUST align with the following:
> Be motivated by humanitarianism and volunteerism and NOT by monetary gains as you join UNA-GH.
> Be selfless and have the desire to serve others in need.
> Be a peace ambassador, respect others and accept them irrespective of their sex, race, culture, religion, etc.
> Be a good citizen, and serve as a role model to society.
> Be convicted by the desire to be part of a process to VOLUNTEER for positive social change.
Why be a VOLUNTEER?
You Volunteer not for money.
It’s not for any personal gain.
It’s just for love of fellowman.
It’s just to send a helping hand.
It’s just to give a tithe of self.
That’s something you can’t by with wealth.
It’s not medals won with pride.
It’s for that feeling deep inside
It’s that reward down in your heart.
It’s that feeling hat you’ve been a part of helping others far and near, that makes you a VOLUNTEER.
DO MEMBERS/VOLUNTEERS PAY MEMBERSHIP FEES?
Yes! Any person or organization that wishes to join or affiliate with the United Nations Association-Ghana is required to pay an application fee or annual membership dues/fees. Membership or application fees are part of the funding sources for the effective running of the Association, administratively.
Find below links to the membership fees being paid by members of the United Nations Association of USA, Australia, and Nigeria for your information and comparison just so you know that paying membership fees is not peculiar to the United Nations Association of Ghana but a necessity for all United Nations Associations in each member state of the United Nations.
UN ASSOCIATION-AUSTRALIA MEMBERSHIP FEE
UN ASSOCIATION-USA MEMBERSHIP FEE
UN ASSOCIATION-NIGERIA MEMBERSHIP FEE
UN ASSOCIATION-GHANA MEMBERSHIP FEE
Annual Membership Fee: GHC 165.00
If you are a new applicant, you must pay before your membership with the United Nations Association of Ghana can be confirmed. The membership fee is subject to periodic review.
Qualification: Any person from anywhere who is peace-loving, volunteering, humanitarian, and development-oriented can join the United Nations Association-Ghana irrespective of their sex, race, creed, religion, and political inclination.
Click HERE to complete your membership registration.
Click HERE to pay your membership registration fee or annual membership fee.