for a globally engaged Iowa

A division of the United Nations Association

Iowa UNA’s Priority Issues

The Iowa United Nations Association has two priority issues in 2016-17.

Climate Change

In December, 2015, the Paris Climate Summit (officially the 21st Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change or COP21) completed the Paris Climate Agreement, a major step forward in international cooperation to curb climate change.  Over 190 nations set targets for curbing greenhouse gas emissions and agreed on measures to help developing nations cut emissions and adapt to climate change.  Iowa UNA is educating and mobilizing Iowans in support of the Paris Agreement.

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The world is facing the greatest humanitarian crisis since the end of World War II, with 65 million people uprooted as a result of war, oppression, poverty, and climate change.  Several UN agencies, including including the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), UNICEF, the World Food Programme, and the UN Population Fund are working to aid these refugees and other migrants.  Iowa UNA builds awareness and support for the work of the agencies and works with Iowa agencies resettling refugees in the Hawkeye State.


The Iowa United Nations Association is the Iowa affiliate of the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA). Iowa UNA is a non-profit, non-partisan organization.  We educate Iowans about the work of the United Nations and its importance for Iowa, engage Iowans in campaigns to support the humanitarian work of UN agencies, and advocate for constructive United States leadership in the world body.


By joining Iowa UNA you will be a member of your local chapter and UNA-USA. Our chapters are located in Ames, Cedar Valley, Des Moines, Fairfield, Johnson County, Linn County, and the University of Iowa Campus.   Membership benefits include:


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