The United Nations Association of Germany - UNA-Germany (Deutsche Gesellschaft für die Vereinten Nationen – DGVN) was founded in 1952 as a non-governmental organization and became a full member of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) in 1966. UNA-Germany is a non-partisan and independent organization and does not represent the specific interests of any single grouping in society. It works as a non-profit organization. Its directorate is elected every two years.
According to its charter the UNA-Germany strives to inform the German public in an impartial and critical manner about the aims, institutions and activities of the United Nations. It intends to increase interest in and awareness of current events in foreign and development policy, in cultural and world economic policy as well as in international relations and developments in general. UN-Germany wants to encourage debate on these topics. Emphasis also lies on the critical discussion of German UN policy.
UNA-Germany provides an Information and Documentation Centre, organizes events, publishes the bimonthly academic periodical VEREINTE NATIONEN - German Review on the United Nations, presents a wide range of printed and online information and publishes a German newsletter.
UNA-Germany acts as Information and Documentation Centre for the United Nations and its Specialized Agencies in Germany. UNA-Germany publishes German-language information material (academic periodical VEREINTEN NATIONEN, books, policy papers, leaflets etc.) on the structure of the UN and its most important fields of activity.
UNA-Germany information material broaches the issues of development policy, peacekeeping, globalization and world economy, human rights, migration, environment, UN reform, international law etc.
The Documentation Centre comprises an archive consisting of official documents of the UN General Assembly, the Security Council and the Trusteeship Council (since the founding of the UN; in English), a compilation of UN documents in German, as well as an archive of media coverage relating to the UN.
Publications of other institutions working on UN related issues are available and distributed alongside the UN information to special interest groups. Specific information sets as well as policy statements of the directorate of the UNA-Germany are passed on to the members of the German Parliament, the Federal Government, the media and the public at large.
UNA-Germany is host to a number of events such as study trips, conferences, seminars and symposia, panel discussions, talks on topical issues, and press conferences with participants from the field of politics, the academic field and civil society.
The DGVN presents itself on the internet with a wide range of information. You will find information on current events as well as an introduction to several publications, such as the UN-basic-information. Background information on UN topics are provided for free as downloads. Visitors of the website receive an overview of further UN related websites through an extensive list of links. Furthermore, visitors of our website may request specific information by e-mail, they may order the newsletter “DGVN@ktuell” or register for events. You can inform yourself on www.dgvn.de.
UNA-Germany members receive the bimonthly academic periodical VEREINTE NATIONEN - German Review on the United Nations six times a year as well as invitations to events. They are also invited to attend study trip visiting UN Missions in former conflict states. Previous delegations went to Cote d'Ivoire, Sudan, Liberia and Timor-Leste. Furthermore, anyone who is interested can request the e-mail information services “Population&Development” and DGVN newsletter for free. The DGVN General Secretariat gladly answers your questions on the United Nations.
Since 1977 the United Nations Association of Germany biannually awards the Dag-Hammerskjöld-Honorary-Medal to eminent persons who have rendered outstanding services and were committed in promoting the leading role of the United Nations in addressing global challenges and conflicts within cultural, scientific, journalistic and political fields.
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UN Association of Germany awards Kofi Annan the Dag Hammarskjöld Honorary Medal
Geneva, Tuesday 3 November 2009
The United Nations Association of Germany (DGVN/UNA-Germany) today has presented former UN Secretary-General Kofi A. Annan with the Dag Hammarskjöld Honorary Medal. Read more
This documentation contains the presentations and major comments made in the course of the international conference "Beyound Crisis: The Future of Global Order(s)" which was held on July 1st and 2nd 2010 in Bonn. The conference was organized by the Research Council of the UN Association of Germany (DGVN) in cooperation with Development and Peace Foundation (SEF) and the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF).
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Though the total number of armed conflicts during the past decade was declining 2008 has been a critical year for UN-Peacekeeping. This is the key message of a recent study based on new data on more than fifty international peacekeeping operations. Bruce Jones, Director and Senior Fellow of the Center on International Cooperation (CIC) New York University and main author of the study, introduced the “Annual Review of Global Peace Operations 2009” at a DGVN luncheon talk in Berlin on 22nd April 2009.
On January 14th 2009 Tony Addison and Tilman Brück launched their new book „Making Peace Work: The Challenges of Social and Economic Reconstruction” at DIW Berlin. In the seminar, which was co-hosted by UNA Germany, the editors provided insights into some of the main issues that arise in post-conflict economic and social reconstruction, and offered examples of what works, and what does not. Read more