About UNAR

Our Mission

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The United Nations Association of Rochester is dedicated to supporting, in the Greater Rochester area, the strengthening of 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, such as human rights and global peace.

On October 24, 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 was soon growing rapidly. Along with supporting the UN concepts of global cooperation and interdependence, RAUN focused on strong local programs. We supported discussions and education through the Great Decisions study groups and active speakers bureau. To support young people becoming involved in international affairs, we built a strong Model UN program.

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.

Join us in bringing the world closer to home.