ZUNA

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Desmond Ngwerume (ZUNA staff) informing students about the UN
Desmond Ngwerume (ZUNA staff) informing students about the UN

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Name

Zimbabwe United Nations Association

UNA

UN Association of Zimbabwe (UNA-Zimbabwe) 

Objective

Zimbabwe United Nations Association (ZUNA) was established in 1991 in Harare by volunteer members and high school teachers. ZUNA is a registered Trust organization (Trust Number 562/10). It is connected to the UN but operates independently.

ZUNA is affiliated to the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA in New York and Geneva) and registered by UN Department of Public Information-NGO (DPI at UN Headquarters in New York). ZUNA devotes itself entirely to the support of principles and purposes of the UN Charter and to the promotion of the Public Awareness of the UN and its agencies. Its Youth Wing is officially registered by Zimbabwe Youth Council.

ZUNA has actively and fully worked in high schools involving young people in UN topical issues such as HIV and AIDS, poverty alleviation, drug abuse, environmental sustainability, Youth migration, climate change, peace and security and other outbreak diseases through the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare.

The youth participate in Model UN, poetry, choral music, essays, short plays, public speaking, public exhibitions, art and poster making competitions, road shows, and in sport tournaments. 

Past Projects

  • One Path Africa,  Youth Exchange Program
  • Youth Workshops on MDGS
  • World Mental Health Day
  • Global Handwashing Day
  • UN Day
  • 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence
  • World Aids Day
  • Human Rights Day commemorations 
  • Engaging ourselves in fighting and campaigning against typhoid and diarrhea
  • Youth campaign against drug abuse
  • Kambuzuma Blue Dam Youth Project for income-generating projects
  • Youth empowerment schemes
  • "Giving Back", a youth outreach project. ZUNA Youth will visit all the 30 ZUNA affiliated schools on a ‘GIVING BACK’ project which seeks to educate, inform and raise awareness mainly about the UN, ZUNA, MDGs and projects officiated by ZUNA to the ZUNA-In school Youth and out of school youth. This project is to be carried out during the first term (3 months) of the Zimbabwean Government schools calendar; 30 schools are to be covered in the region of Harare. They seek to learn more skills in Public Speaking and as well as advancing their information about the current situations locally and globally. This is to be done or completed within 38 days resuming progress on 20 January 2012.
  • “Drug Abuse Results: Physical ‘Health’ or Physical ‘Death.” The main emphasis of this initiative is to reduce the use of substances by the youth, educate and raise awareness to the youth especially sports figures who believe that the use of Drugs before and during sporting activities will increase their rate of performance.

Mcleo Mapfumo, Youth President ZUNA with the UN Resident Coordinator in Zimbabwe

Left: Mcleo Mapfumo, Youth President of ZUNA; Right: ZUNA monthly meetings


Current Projects

  • World Autism Day
  • World Refugee Day
  • Model UN, at the parliament of Zimbabwe with the topic ’’Evaluation of Policies Curbing Maternal Mortality and Post-2015 Development.’’
  • International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
  • International Mother Language Day
  • World Water Day

Strengths 

  • Commitment
  • Volunteering
  • Partnerships

Would like to network on

  • Human Rights especially involving youth participation and active involvement
  • Post-2015 Development Agenda 

2014 Activities

Check out a summary of activities from ZUNA in 2014.

2013 Annual Report

Check out the End of the Year report from ZUNA. 

2012 Annual Report 

Check out the End of Year report from ZUNA.

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