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United Nations Association in Canada

The United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) is an historic, national charitable organization providing a leading policy voice on multilateralism in Canada, with 25 000 members from coast to coast to coast. Established in 1946, UNA-Canada was a founding member of the World Federation of United Nations Associations and today holds the elected Vice-Chair, representing global civil society.

Our Mission and Vision

Our mission is to educate and engage Canadians in the work of the UN and the critical international issues that affect us all. We believe that a strong and effective United Nations is essential, if we are to secure a future based on equality, dignity and justice for all. UNA-Canada is dedicated to promoting constructive Canadian participation in the United Nations system and to growing global citizens in Canada who embrace the principles of the UN Charter.

Our Work

UNA-Canada engages citizens and decision makers at every level of Canadian society. We invest across generations, bringing empathy-based educational resources on health, citizen education, diversity, peace and the environment to both the best and the brightest and to the most marginalized youth within Canada and in the world’s poorest countries.
We meet our mandate with a national network of branches, volunteers and education programmes that are inspiring and mobilizing Canadians, in support of the principles and critical work of the UN. By growing global citizens, we are building a stronger, more outward-looking Canada ready to accept the greatest challenges of our time.

Generation SDG

Generation SDG activates civic engagement through the creation of youth-led service initiatives related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Implemented through partnerships with District School Boards and other youth-serving organizations, 60 diverse youth, aged 15-25 years, take action to address issues they have identified in their local communities, contributing to the advancement of the 2030 Agenda and the achievement of the SDGs.
Guiding the development of service initiatives, youth participate in four experiential training retreats and access resources and mentorship opportunities, which equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to make a positive impact in their community. Together, these 60 young leaders use their enhanced understanding and appreciation for the SDGs to raise awareness, generate concern, and support youth action. 

Project Objectives

  • ​Develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills in Canadian youth​
  • Promote civic engagement among Canadian youth through meaningful committed service opportunities, so that young people gain valuable skills that will benefit them in life and work, while making a difference in their community
  • Enhance youth’s readiness for leadership roles and community participation through service projects aligned to community issues they are passionate about
  • Raise awareness, generate concern, and support youth action on the SDGs

Welcome to the Dashboard!

Here you'll find the Generation SDG Ambassadors' work, and details from their local SDG initiatives.