As we come together to celebrate National Volunteer Week, I'd like to take this opportunity to send a warm and heart-felt shout-out of thanks to all of UNA-Canada's dedicated volunteers in our national office, at our Board level and in our regional Branches. Volunteers are the foundation and engine that drive our impactful work.
The fruits of your labour at the community level and across this great country, are reflected in the determination of Canadians from coast to coast to coast to overcome challenges, to lean on one another in
difficult times such as the one we are all
living in, and to enhance social cohesion
Long-serving President & CEO, Kate White, steps down
Kathryn White has announced that she is moving on after serving for seventeen years as President and CEO of the United Nations Association of Canada (UNA-Canada). She will remain as Vice President of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA), having served previously as the elected Chair of the WFUNA Board.
"Leading this Association has been a privilege. It has been enormously rewarding, both professionally and personally. I have had the pleasure to meet, build friendships and work with some of the leading thinkers, actors and committed global citizens across Canada and around the world..."
Join the UNA-Canada Toronto Branch for their UN Day digital event that will discuss Canada’s most challenging issues, from climate change to racial inequality to the COVID-19 pandemic, and solutions for building a more sustainable world.
Hear from Canadian leaders and diverse public stakeholders on Canada’s role in achieving the UN’s Global Goals and the importance of international cooperation.
We remember – always.
Nous nous souviendrons - toujours.
Two years ago the United nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) lost four remarkable youth in the tragic crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302 bound for Nairobi, Kenya. A wonderful UNA-Canada staffer and three young delegates who had volunteered in their communities with Ocean Wise and with the Canadian Wildlife Federation were heading to Nairobi under our banner to represent Canada at sessions of the UN Environment Assembly.
On March 10th we will pause to remember and to honour UNA-Canada staffer and delegation head Stéphanie Lacroix, along with Micah Messent, Danielle Moore and Angela Rehhorn - all fine young Canadians, who shared the excitement and optimism of working to improve our world by making their lives serve as an inspiration to their peers.
The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin to Receive 2020 Pearson Peace Medal
UNA-Canada is pleased to announce the 2020 recipient of our Pearson Peace Medal, The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin. She is the 32nd recipient of this Medal, which honours a Canadian who has made an outstanding contribution, in a professional capacity or through volunteer work, to those causes for which Lester B. Pearson is remembered: aid to the developing world; mediation where conflicts arise; assistance to refugees and those in need; equal rights and justice for all; peaceful change through international law and multilateralism.
So many of our celebrations in 2020 have been muted or just ignored as we grappled with the everyday mental, social and economic burdens of life in a global health pandemic.
As the year closes, an anniversary worth a last hurrah is the 75 years since the founding of the United Nations. The founding was a desperate and enlightened response, crafted in the closing days of the deadliest war in human history. Perhaps there is a lesson here for us as pundits attempt to paint a picture of our future. Together, peoples and countries can imagine and plan a path forward from calamity, knowing what we do not want to confront again.
UNA-Canada Announces the Winner of its Inaugural Youth Global Citizen Prize
United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) is proud to mark Human Rights Day with the announcement of the winner of its inaugural Youth Global Citizen Prize. UNA-Canada invited young Canadians between the ages of 18 and 30 to share their perspectives on what qualities, for them, makes a Global Citizen. UNA-Canada received an abundance of thoughtful, inspiring, and innovative submissions, in a spectrum of creative formats, for jury consideration.