“There can be no peace without development, no development without peace, and no lasting peace or sustainable development without respect for human rights and the rule of law.”
UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson
Zimbabwe United Nations Association (ZUNA) was established in 1994 in
Harare by volunteer members and high school teachers and was
officially registered as a Trust in 2010. This is a peoples‟ movement
for the United Nations where it is involving the public in UN topical
It is affiliated to the World Federation of United Nations
Associations (WFUNA in New York) 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. To carry out its activities:
ZUNA works closely with the UN Resident Coordinator‟s Office, UN
Communications Group and United Nations Information Centre.
ZUNA works in high schools and universities 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 SDGs encompassing issues.
ZUNA has established UN Clubs in more than 30 high schools in Harare
as well as Chapters in six universities which include Lupane State
University, University of Zimbabwe, National University of Science and
Technology, Bindura University of Science Education, Solusi University
and Midlands State University.
The youth participate in awareness raising, advocacy and capacity
Currently ZUNA is implementing the „Enabling SDGs Through Youth
Engagement in Zimbabwe from 2015-2021 which is being sponsored by SIDA
through the United Nations Association of Sweden.
Previously ZUNA has been active in the Advancing Millennium
Development Goals implementation in Zimbabwe from the year 2000-2015.
ZUNA also works with various Government Ministries in making sure
that citizens are involved in the Governance issues.
ZUNA operates under three pillars of the United Nations; Human Rights,
Peace and Security, and Sustainable Development.
How do we operate?
We operate under three pillars of the UN that means everything we do
is based on these pillars that are:
a) Sustainable Development Department
Operates using the 3 pillars of sustainable development that is
social, environment & economic,
Under environment we have climate change issues, water & sanitation,
b) Human Rights Department
The department deals with people‟s rights (constitutional, women,
children, migrants etc.) and advocates and educates people about these
c) Peace and Governance
Interlinks with the above department of human rights in trying to
maintain peace within the nation and our communities.
The organization has an anti-corruption policy in place.