United Nations Association Albania (UNA Albania) is a youth-led non-governmental organization dedicated to informing, inspiring and mobilizing Albanian youth and Albanian citizens, in general, to support and promote the values and activities of the United Nations.
It started as a project on October 2016, when a diverse group of young Albanians passionate about youth engagement and the rationae of the United Nations, decided to join their endeavors to create and foster a UN youth community in their country. Hence, UNA Albania firstly began as a UN Youth Association, having as its main mission to bring young people closer to the UN and the UN closer to the youth.
Through projects such as seminars, webinars, workshops, conferences, publications and simulations of the international decision-making bodies, UNA Albania aims at promoting the UN goals about the international system, help understand and implement Sustainable Development Goals, and serve as a tool for non-formal education of young people fostering the spirit of cooperation and volunteerism.
UNA Albania has been active for more than three years, during which it has implemented numerous projects that include, among others: 5 successful national and international Model UN Conferences (also knows as the MUN Albania Initiative); celebrative events during UN Day; All Deaf Poetry on the international Women’s Day; and the Coffee Talks Series.
Due to its background, UNA Albania’s youth section has been incorporated into the association and operates as a youth department coordinated by the founding officers. Presently it includes around 60 (sixty) young volunteers aged between 17-28 years old, who believe that volunteerism is the ultimate exercise in democracy. UNA Albania aims at creating a medium that swiftly shifts from training youth to enabling youth to become change makers.
UNA Albania has built channels of cooperation with UN Associations and UN Youth Associations in various countries and is a member association of the World Federation of United Nations Association (WFUNA).