General information about UNAS

The United Nations Association for Slovenia was established in 1951 as an organization that supports the United Nations (UN) in its role as guardian of world peace and stability. Following the declaration of independence on the 25th of June 1991, Slovenia was admitted to the UN on the 22nd of May 1992. Shortly afterward, on the 6th of November 1992, the United Nations Association for Slovenia was admitted to the circle of members of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA). Our organization also enjoys the status of an association operating in the public interest within the field of foreign affairs, as granted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The main goals of the association were formed at the time of its establishment, namely to inform the public about the ideas, goals, and activities of the UN. We can proudly say that we have met these goals, with many achievements and successes showing that we have even exceeded them.

Today, the UN Association for Slovenia is a vital civil society organization that promotes the ideals and goals of the UN in Slovenia. Its central task remains to collect and provide information on the role and activities of the UN; for this purpose, we maintain a library with a large number of informative and specialized publications of the UN and its agencies, as well as other literature with related topics.

Cooperation with the UN Information Service in Vienna also plays a vital role in our efforts to inform the public about the UN.

We collaborate with the Institute of International Law and International Relations of the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana in the collection and translation of various international documents, books, and other publications regarding the UN and international relations.

An important aspect of our work is also active participation in public debates focusing on important UN-related issues. We are trying to create a forum where individuals meet with government representatives. In this way, we can solve problems using the UN model – through dialogue.

Important issues on the UN agenda are also the subject of regular lectures organized by the association. These are well attended, as we have managed to attract quite a few Slovenian experts with an international reputation. These lectures are also an important part of the education of university students. We also provide information and conduct workshops on internships and employment within the UN system.

The association is also an important body promoting research in themes related to the UN. To this end, we annually award prizes on UN Day for the best dissertations, doctoral or master’s theses relating UN themes to ten graduate and postgraduate students.

As the UN Association for Slovenia is a movement of people for the UN, an important part of our activities is also dedicated to people related to the UN and the association. Formal and informal meetings show that the UN supports a large number of individuals. Awareness is thus centered amongst people, given that UN ideas and principles are part of our lives and not something remote or insignificant.

Additionally, part of our mission is to bring the UN closer to the people, encouraging us to organize events that in one way or another shed light on the impact of the UN on our lives. One such important event is, for example, the celebration of Human Rights Day. Here we also present awards to primary and secondary school students for essays, photographs, and artwork on the topic of human rights.

Excursions to various UN institutions in Geneva and Vienna further provide insight into the functioning of the UN system to our members and other stakeholders.

We have adopted the principle of the “people’s movement”, thus it is appropriate to point out that most of the work at the association is done by a group of volunteers. The main support of the society, of course, are our members; many of them are important representatives of public life and academic circles. They play an active role in social life, which gives our efforts additional impetus.

You are all welcome in the association’s premises. We strive to cultivate an atmosphere that gives a sense of belonging within the large United Nations family.

Mission

Our mission is to spread the goals and principles of the United Nations. We strive to cultivate an atmosphere that fosters a sense of belonging within the large United Nations family and thus bring our world organisation closer to the people. We want to give people the feeling that the world would be worse off if this organisation would not exist.

Vision

We want to be one of the vital non-governmental organisations in the Republic of Slovenia that actively contributes to:

  • the promotion of human rights,
  • the fight against poverty and fostering of belief in the need for mutual understanding,
  • rapprochement and mutual cooperation between nations and peoples regardless of language, race, gender, faith, and belief.

Finally, we want to be the central non-governmental organization within the Republic of Slovenia, which spreads the goals and principles of the UN in the country and participates in its actions and campaigns.

Goals

The basic purpose and goals of the association are:

  • To be the central non-governmental organisation in the Republic of Slovenia, which acquaints physical and legal persons with the ideas, goals and activities of the UN.
  • Active efforts to promote and respect human rights, as well as combat poverty, with an emphasis on the role of individuals, groups and countries.
  • Promoting tolerance, mutual understanding, solidarity and cooperation between nations and amongst people regardless of language, race, gender, religion and belief.
  • Coordinate and develop the activities of our members, other groups and individuals active in any UN-related fields.
  • Cooperate with other organisations whose activities contribute to and support the development of the UN, particularly with the UN Information Service in Vienna (UNIS Vienna) and the World Federation of UN Societies (WFUNA).
  • Expansion of membership and supporters of the association.
  • Promoting research on the UN and its functioning, and informing and educating about the goals of the United Nations Charter and the work of the UN system.

Activities

Our activities are designed to make people aware of the ideas, goals, and activities of the United Nations and its specialized agencies. We prepare events for our members and the public, including:

  • round tables and lectures;
  • library and reading room;
  • conducting workshops on UN-related topics for primary and secondary school students;
  • celebrations on the occasion of UN International Days;
  • excursions to various UN institutions;
  • competitions for diploma, master’s and doctoral theses in the field of UN activities and literary, art and photography competitions on the topic of the UN;
  • campaigns to disseminate UN principles and goals;

We try to fulfil our mission through our activities, namely by:

  • informing the public about the goals and principles of the UN and its activities;
  • maintaining a library with a large number of informative and specialised UN publications and their agencies, as well as other literature on related topics;
  • collecting and translating various international documents, books and other UN publications;
  • publishing copyright works of members of the association;
  • carrying out publishing activities through publishing, supplying and organising the printing of publications that relate to or are included in the activities of the association and that are issued on both traditional and electronic media;
  • promoting research by rewarding the best diploma, master’s theses and doctoral dissertations in the field of the UN;
  • organising regular lectures and round tables on UN-related topics;
  • campaigns and celebrations on the occasion of UN International Days;
  • conducting workshops on UN-related topics for primary and secondary school students and other groups;
  • organising excursions to various UN institutions.

Annual reports

In the attachments you will find the work reports of our association from 2009 onwards (in Slovene).

  • 2017 – DELOVNO POROČILO – Drustvo za ZN za Slovenijo (prenos)
  • 2016 – DELOVNO POROČILO – Drustvo za ZN za Slovenijo (prenos)
  • 2015 – DELOVNO POROČILO – Drustvo za ZN za Slovenijo (prenos)
  • 2014 – DELOVNO POROČILO – Drustvo za ZN za Slovenijo (prenos)
  • 2013 – DELOVNO POROČILO – Drustvo za ZN za Slovenijo (prenos)
  • 2012 – DELOVNO POROČILO – Drustvo za ZN za Slovenijo (prenos)
  • 2011 – DELOVNO POROČILO – Drustvo za ZN za Slovenijo (prenos)
  • 2010 – DELOVNO POROČILO – Drustvo za ZN za Slovenijo (prenos)
  • 2009 – DELOVNO POROČILO – Drustvo za ZN za Slovenijo (prenos)

Statute of the United Nations Association for Slovenia

Join us

Membership

Membership is intended for all those who are interested in the functioning of the United Nations, the role and position of its member states, and those who wish to contribute to the achievement of the association’s goals. Association members:

  • attend lectures, celebrations, and other events prepared by the association;
  • use the association’s library and reading room;
  • use the membership discount on trips organized by the association;
  • work for peace and cooperation between nations;
  • attend meetings of the assembly;

Volunteering

Volunteers are the main pillars of the association. Their activities include on-call duty in the association’s library and especially the organization of previously mentioned activities

In addition to all the activities and frequent meetings, we also socialize through our parties. Judge for yourself and join our group of volunteers. Be active and help us spread the principles of the UN.

Become a member

Any citizen of the Republic of Slovenia and EU Member State can become a member of the association, given that they adopt this statute, act in accordance with it, express a wish to become a member of the association and is willing to pay a membership fee.

Under the condition referred to in the first paragraph of this Article, a foreigner who has a temporary or permanent residence in the Republic of Slovenia may also become a member of the association.

Membership in the association is voluntary.

The annual membership fee for students, high school students and pensioners is € 10, and € 20 for employees.

Application form for membership in the association:

Membership form

Send the completed and signed application form to our address or e-mail:
United Nations Association for Slovenia
Linhartova ulica 13
1000 Ljubljana

For more membership information, write to us at info@unaslovenia.org.

Cooperation and partnerships

The UN Association for Slovenia cooperates with:

If you think there is an area in which you could participate, simply email us at info@unaslovenia.org.

 

The project “STAND UP AND ACT: The future that we want” ("VSTANI IN UKREPAJ: prihodnost, ki jo želimo”).

The “VSTANI IN UKREPAJ: prihodnost, ki jo želimo” campaign (already part of the Millennium Campaign) will focus on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted in September 2015 at the UN Summit on Sustainable Development. The United Nations Association for Slovenia places an important role on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the coming years, as well as its effective communication with key actors and strategic partnerships.

The main goal of the project is to raise public awareness of SDGs, international development cooperation, humanitarian aid and all of the associated challenges.

The association will prepare all-Slovenian guidelines for communicating SDGs, a strategy for communicating international development cooperation, humanitarian aid and their inevitable challenges. It will also prepare online media and other activities through which various audiences, particularly children and young people, will be informed about international development cooperation, humanitarian aid and all of their challenges.

The project “VSTANI IN UKREPAJ: prihodnost, ki jo želimo” is co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Leadership

Content is in preparation.

The premises of the association

United Nations Association for Slovenia

Member of the World Federation of Societies for the United Nations

Bank account (NLB): SI56 0203 8001 1724 633
Fiscal code.: 87357771

Where can you find us?

Our premises are located at Linhartova cesta 13 in Ljubljana, where the headquarters of the Bežigrad Administrative Unit in Ljubljana, is located on the 3rd floor. We still have the official address at Cankarjeva 1 in Ljubljana, until the final change of headquarters to Linhartova in Ljubljana is arranged.