Our primary mission is to support
the ideals and vital work of the United Nations.
As part of this mission, we provide education on the various activities of the United Nations. People across the United States need to know more about the real impact of the U.N. Chartered in 1964, our Southern Arizona Chapter is one of 120 United Nations Association Chapters across the United States that works with their local community and elected officials to inform, inspire, and mobilize Americans to support the principles and vital work of the U.N.
UNasa gift STORE
Our other mission is to provide financial support for U.N. programs, particularly UNICEF, through our gift store, which has been in business since 1975.
We have a large variety of items from around the world. During fiscal year 2016-2017, we purchased items made in 97 countries and from every continent, except Antarctica.
Many of our items are handmade by artisans from around the world whom your purchases help to support. We do our best to purchase fair trade goods and from cottage industries. During this past fiscal year, we purchased fair trade goods from 41 countries.
More than fifty volunteers help run the gift store, donating at least 14,700 hours of their time this past year. One volunteer made around 1,100 small gift bags for the store to give away to customers who bought jewelry gifts.