The Structure of the Danish UN Association

The National Congress
The highest authority in UNA Denmark is the National Congress held every other year. During the Congress the members of the Council, the Board and the Executive Committee are elected. Moreover, the planned activities for UNA Denmark for the next two years are approved in this forum.

The Council
The Council watches the implementation of the planned activities.  The Council has 26 members and holds normally two annual meetings.

The Executive Committee
The Executive Committee consists of the President, the Vice President , the Treasurer and two additional members. In co-operation with the Secretary General the Executive Committee is responsible for the day-to-day work of the Danish UNA.

The Board
The Board has the overall responsibility for the politics, activities and finances of UNA Denmark. This means that the Board

  • passes the annual budget
  • appoints committees and working groups
  • processes and approves activity plans
  • is in charge of the general priorities and financial dispositions
  • approves the admission of new corporate members

The Board consists of the members of The Executive Committee as well as 12 other member selected by the Congress. Representatives of the local committees and lobby groups of the UNA may join the meetings of the Board as observers.

How the work is organized
The key political priorities are:

Conflict prevention and resolution and peace building - including the principle of R2P and use of the Tribunal

Human Rights

  • Follow the development in the UN Human Rights Council, including the preparation of anti-racism conference Durban II
  • Aliens Politics - Danish immigration policy under UN microscope
  • National minority rights - including the formation of democratic states

The Millennium Development Goals, particularly sustainable development and COP15

Civil societys participation in multilateral negotiating fora

Continued reform of the UN

At present the Board has set up provisional working groups on:

Peace and conflict resolution / research R2P and emergency movement across borders and non-proliferation

Danish immigration policy under UN microscope

Human Rights with focus on developments in the UN Human Rights Council, including the Durban 2

Continuing reform of the UN: compilation and updating of existing policy papers

Dialog Group to reflect and coach in relation to the website, newsletter, Facebook, etc.

District Committees
The District Committees are the manifestation of UNA Denmark as a nationwide organisation and they are made up of independent groups of UNA Denmark's members in  - currently - Copenhagen. The District Committees receive funding from UNA Denmark, but over and above that they are independent units with their own boards of directors elected locally. Such Boards meet regularly and they arrange discussion groups, conferences and other UN-related activities.

Corporate member organisations
In addition to the individual members, UNA Denmark also has approx. 55 member organisations. The corporate organisations make up a network consisting of a broad representation of political parties, trade unions, educational organisations, youth and women organisations, humanitarian organisations and internationally oriented organisations. Representatives from the corporate member organisations are elected for half of the seats in the Assembly of Delegates.

The Parliamentary Group
A group of members of Parliament made up by members from all the political parties represented in Parliament is affiliated with UNA Denmark. Hence the aim of this cross-political parliamentary group is to strengthen the debate on UN issues in Parliament, and thus makes up part of the political foundation of UNA Denmark.

UNA Denmark is member of two international coalitions. WFUNA, (World Federation of United Nations Associations) and WFM (World Federalist Movement) that combined make up a network in more than one hundred countries. UNA Denmark is in consultative status of UN DPI.


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