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The Iowa United Nations Association and the UNA chapters in Iowa

Support the Iowa High School Model United Nations (each April at the University of Northern Iowa) and the Iowa Youth Symposium on the United Nations (each October at the State Capitol in Des Moines).

Sponsor intergenerational community observances of United Nations Day (October 24), Human Rights Day (December 10), International Women’s Day (March 8), and World Refugee Day (June 20).

Inform Iowans about global issues and the United Nations through the Iowa UNA Forum (published since 1964), chapter newsletters, and public events.

Build awareness for the humanitarian work of UN agencies through the Trick or Treat for UNICEF and Hikes to Help Refugees (walks to raise funds for the UN Refugee agency held in Des Moines, Dubuque, and Iowa City).

Promote the UNA-USA Adopt-A-Future Program which supports refugee education in Kenya.


Iowa UNA’s Advocacy Agenda


Support a Strong U.S.-UN Partnership

With a new Congress, new President and new UN Secretary-General all starting new terms in office this year, it is more important than ever that we continue to fulfill our funding obligations to the UN for the eighth year in a row.

Tensions are high in Washington and Congress is now threatening to take action against the UN following a recent Security-Council vote. As we kick off a new year, we can’t allow the UN to go underfunded or be defunded all together.

In fact, a bipartisan poll released in January 2017 found that 88 percent of American voters support active engagement at the United Nations. Moreover, a vast majority of respondents – 81 percent – also support the U.S. working with major allies to solve global challenges rather than acting alone.

Additional Resources – U.S.-UN Funding

• Take Action – Tweet to Congress:

• Take Action – Tell your Senators to Fund the UN:

• Read This – Why defunding the UN is a bad idea – The Hill:

• Read This – Don’t Defund the U.N. — Find Other Ways to Help Israel – Foreign Policy:


Upcoming Events Spring 2017






6-7    Iowa High School Model United Nations, Cedar Falls

7        Ralph “RJ” Johnson, UNA-USA National Vice Chair, Visits, Cedar Falls & Iowa City

13      GirlUP Write-a-Thon & Button-Making Event – Uiowa Library Learning Commons Area D

11       Executive Director Interview on Iowa Public Radio’s River to River, 12:30 – 1:00 pm

20      Nuclear Security, Ben Loehrke, Cedar Rapids

22      Earth Day at Oaknoll, Iowa City

29      Hike to Help Refugees, UIowa Shambaugh Auditorium, Iowa City



17 World Refugee Day Event

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