The United Nations Association of Rochester is dedicated to strengthening the United Nations system and the role of the United States in that system, and to promoting multilateral efforts to advance the goals of the United Nations Charter.
On October 21, 1945, at the end of World War II, the United Nations was born out of the desire to replace the League of Nations with a more successful international peace organization. Later that same fall, a group of Rochesterians met and formed RAUN, the Rochester Association for the United Nations. RAUN included many prominent local leaders, and soon was growing rapidly. Along with supporting the UN concepts of global cooperation and interdependence, RAUN focused on strong local programs. We supported discussion and education through the Great Decisions study groups and an active speakers bureau. To support young people becoming involved in international affairs, we built a strong Model UN program. In this program, high school students simulated the UN General Assembly. To show international journalists the "real" America, we participated in the Visiting Journalists Program. Journalists from developing nations spent a weekend in Rochester, living with a Rochester family and learning about daily life in America.
In 1995, RAUN was renamed United Nations Association of Rochester, or UNAR, to show our membership and support for the United Nations Association of the United States of America, or UNA-USA. In the year 2000 and beyond, UNAR is determined to serve our community and nation in the struggle for international cooperation and peace. As our slogan says, Communicate, Educate, Advocate! With the support of the Rochester area, we can do it!
UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION OF ROCHESTER, invites you to join 193 Countries to reaffirm credibility in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations, and to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.
- If you are a member you already support the above list of activities. Thank you.
- Join in and send in your membership fee. Become a world citizen!
- Consider joining at a higher level. Become an Ambassador!
- Send a contribution for the program you especially want to succeed.
- Give a membership as a gift to a friend, relative or student who wants to join.
- Volunteer in our new office, work with teachers, students, discussion groups, schedule events, raise funds.