Last year, UNA-UK celebrated its 70th anniversary and completed its 2011-15 strategic plan. The Board used this occasion to reflect on UNA-UK’s future and to draft a new strategic plan.
The past few years have been a period of unprecedented success for UNA-UK. Our 1 for 7 Billion campaign to improve how the UN selects its Secretary-General has led to a more transparent process for the first time in UN history. In the UK, we campaigned successfully for: the UN to be taught in schools, the biggest increase in peacekeepers for two decades, and greater arms control.
As the 'go-to organisation' for all things UN in the UK, we regularly run high-profile events, produce expert publications, and bring together people from all walks of life – policy-makers, local communities, NGOs, businesses, journalists and young people – in support of UN goals. Our grassroots base has increased more than five-fold over the past three years, with 15,000 new supporters.
However, while our policy and outreach is moving in the right direction, we continue to face deep challenges. At the global level, the UN is needed more than ever but is being stretched to breaking point. In the UK, the result of the EU referendum has led to grave uncertainty and revealed the extent to which the country is polarised on fundamental issues. And within UNA-UK, there is an urgent need to improve our financial situation, strengthen our governance and expand our grassroots base.
The 2016-19 strategic plan
The new strategic plan seeks to address these challenges. It was produced by the Board and Executive, with input from UNA-UK's members and supporters through an online consultation, and through discusions at our 2016 Annual General Meeting and extraordinary General Meeting.
You can read the results here:
At a time when multiple crises are converging, when the UN is stretched to breaking point, when states are shirking their global responsibilities, and when people are increasingly frustrated by the lack of global leadership, UNA-UK's work is needed more than ever.
We thank you for supporting UNA-UK and look forward to working with you to build a stronger organisation over the coming years.