UNA UAE was founded in Abu Dhabi in 2010 with the blessing
of UAE Ministers and under authority and support of the World Federation of United Nations Association.
The inaugural Task Force & Structure Meeting was held in Al Raha, Abu Dhabi and attended by leaders of Government, Academia, and the Private Sector.
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The United Nations Association UAEis a non-governmental organization (NGO). UNAs exist in over 100 nations and represent the 'citizens' movement' of the U.N.
Globally UNA's undertake activities across three main areas in the public realm incl. advocacy and policy work and through educational initiatives such as providing overarching support to over 12,000 Model U.N. Clubs globally.
With respect and within the confines of the UAE's (federal) constitutional monarchy, the UNA UAE does not undertake any type of advocacy or policy work, instead focuses solely on engaging and inspiring youth in the work of the U.N. by developing and supporting Model U.N. (MUN) Clubs in schools, aligning with UAE wide KPIs and promoting Model U.N. Congresses, supporting U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by developing projects such as The SDG Challenges and Solutions Briefings, delivering programs such as Model U.N. Space Debates during U.N. declared World Space Week, UNAUAE's Build a Better World Africa, Piece for Peace Puzzle Paintings, Murals and Mosaics, and the Global Crises Innovation Solutions Challenge.
UNA UAE educational programs fuel greater economic, environmental, civic, and cultural savvy by providing a framework toward a 'big-picture' understanding of international issues and foreign relations while strengthening skills in research, negotiation, critical thinking, debate, public speaking, diplomacy, and consensus building.
In its inaugural year in UAE in 2010, UNA doubled the number of Model U.N. clubs in the nation's private schools including launching MUN clubs at Al Hosn University, Philadelphia School, Greenfield School, School of Modern Skills, Oxford School, GEMS Wellington, GEMS World Academy, GEMS Jumeirah College, and a dozen more. UNAUAE continues to host UAE MUN Conferences, Special SDG Briefings and Diplomacy, Government, Think Tank and MUN coloquiums in NYC, Geneva, The Hague, and Washington, DC.
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