Anyone interested in helping support the work of the United Nations Association and promoting UN values here in the UK is welcome to join the UNA-UK.  If you live in the London and South-East Region you will then be assigned to one of the local branches closest to your home.

If you wish to get involved with your local branch you need to apply to them separately as memberships of local branches are organised independently of membership of the UNA-UK.

Ideas for branches can be found here. Branches that would like support should email

A UNA Group based in the London and South-East Region area is:

UNA Climate and OceansContact: Gonzalo Alvarez (Chair), See


Local branches in the region as follows:-

Bexhill and HastingsContact: Barbara Echlin,

Blackheath and GreenwichContact: Neville Grant,, 020 8858 8489.

CanterburyContact: Michael Vince,;

Dartford and District. Contact: Barbara Judge, 01322 27127.
Description: We welcome any new members in our area, to help us promote the work of the United Nations. Our volunteer-run group supports the work of UNA-UK by organising a diverse range of grass-roots activities. Ranging from speaker and fundraising events to film screenings and coffee mornings, these activities raise awareness and interest in the work of the United Nations at a local level across the country. We welcome any new members in our area, to help us promote the work of the United Nations. Our Branch produces a newsletter four times a year.

Deal. Contact: Pam Brivio,, 07772 471905 or 01304 225078.
Description: The Deal Branch of the United Nations Association usually hosts three or four events a year, including an annual fundraiser, Hiroshima Day event, public meeting, film showing. Our events often attract local media coverage. We try to take part in the United Nations Service for World Peace, held annually in Canterbury. A recent event, which I would urge other branches to consider, was a showing of The Calais Children – a case to answer,  about what happened to the children left behind when the Jungle was cleared.

Eastbourne. Contact: Ian Elgie,, 07704 178011.
Description: Our branch has a small active membership and a healthy list of local supporters who are prepared to attend meetings, as well as local businesses who support our projects. Our local programme usually consists of talks with invited speakers on a range of environmental and human rights issues. Attendances vary between 25 and 40 on average. All meetings are open to the public and are held usually in the Town Hall, Eastbourne. Human Rights day is celebrated each year in the town centre which gives our branch the opportunity of publicising our presence in the community. Our branch is especially active in environmental work, particularly with respect to climate change, through its links with partners in Uganda. Our work there includes tree planting, workshops for nutrition, first aid training, and the supply of lifejackets for the fishing communities on Lake Victoria.
See our website for details and how to support our projects.

Enfield and the BarnetsContact Bill Linton, 020 3105 1892.

Harpenden. Contact Suheil Shahryar,
The Harpenden United Nations Association is a local branch of UNA-UK whose objectives are to promote support for the principles and practices of the UN.  We hold regular public meetings in Harpenden on topics of interest to our members and supporters. We support the aims of UNA-UK by:

  • Organising public meetings to inform people about the work of the UN and related issues of international affairs
  • Supporting activities in local schools which inform pupils about the work of the UN
  • Fund raising to support organisations that are working to promote the aims of the UN
  • Urging the government to support the UN and to support reform of the UN in order to improve its effectiveness
  • Encouraging members to support UN and UNA campaigns
  • Encouraging good relations between people of different nationality

Our meetings are usually held in a local hall on Saturday mornings between 11am and 12.30 and are usually attended by 30-50 local members, supporters and others interested in the topic. The branch was formed in 1947 as a successor to the League of Nations Union which had a branch in Harpenden since 1922. The Harpenden branch includes supporters from St Albans and Welwyn Garden City.

Luton. Contact: Dr Nazia Khanum OBE DL (Chair) or UNA-Luton and Dr David Cheesman (Secretary),
Description: UNA-Luton Branch promotes equality, justice, peace, human rights & community cohesion.Luton is one of the most diverse towns in the UK, with a wide range of ethnicities, religions and cultures. Its people have links to almost every country in the world. Whenever events happen overseas, somebody in Luton is directly affected, and is well informed about the key issues. Like some other British towns Luton also faces socioeconomic challenges in a number of areas including health, housing, education and employment. UNA Luton contributes to the UN’s and UNA-UK’s goals by drawing on the wealth of Luton’s human resources, learning from experience in Britain and overseas and acting both locally and globally. We work with a wide variety of voluntary and statutory agencies including the local authority and the University of Bedfordshire and raise awareness widely to trigger activism for achieving a just, fair, healthier, safer, more equal and peaceful society. Join us to take forward the principles of democratic values and sustainable development goals of the UN and make a difference to our society and the world.

Merton. Contact: Alison Williams,, 020 8944 0574.
Description: We have meetings and workshops on UN-related events and developments. In recent years, we have had sessions on the UN Charter and UN Reform; on aspects of Security (Human Security, Sustainable Security, Nuclear and General Disarmament); on aspects of Development (the Millennium Development Goals, the Millennium Villages, the UN Global Compact), on the Environment (Sustainable Development, Biodiversity, Climate Change) and on Human Rights – relevant to every issue.We fund-raise for UN-related causes including UNICEF, Refugees, and victims of man-made and natural disasters. Our chief fund-raising event is a Car Boot Sale in the summer at St Mary’s Field, Arthur Road, when the church make the field available.We lobby for political action to support the aims of the UN Charter (peace, justice and democratic governance for all).We co-sponsor a weekly Peace Vigil beside Wimbledon Library from 6:00-7:00 pm on Fridays.

Streatham and Clapham. Contact: Sarah Webster,, 020 8769 5095.

Sutton and Croydon. ContactJas Weir,, 020 86472462.

Tunbridge Wells and Wealden. Contact Julia Jarrold (Secretary), or Jane Beeley (Chair)

Twickenham and Richmond. Contacts: Hilary Evans,  Denis Wilmot,
Description: Members of UNA Twickenham & Richmond (TRUNA) are interested in the whole spectrum of UN concerns, with a current focus on:
– The Middle East
– Refugees
– Climate change
– Issues relating to peace and conflict (from conflict prevention to arms control and nuclear weapons) are also major concerns for TRUNA members.
While TRUNA does not normally campaign on these issues as a UN Association, individual members are often active in such campaigns. TRUNA also publicises the meetings of its nearest UNA-UK neighbour, UNA Wandsworth. TRUNA has for some time held meetings about three-four times a year at the Adelaide Pub in Teddington, but this pattern is changing. The best source of information is the TRUNA Newsletter and the TRUNA entry on the UNA-UK website:

Wandsworth Wandsworth. Contact: Rob Storey, 020 3072 0087 or 07776 356334; Meena Storey (Secretary), 020 3072 0087.
Description: UNA has three public meetings each year, planning meetings, an annual religious service, summer and winter socials. We advertise our meetings locally by way of emails, the UNA website, our local SW15 website, friends and flyers. Details regarding Wandsworth UNA activities can also be found at

Westminster. Contact: David Wardrop,, 0207 385 6738;
Description: Westminster UNA flagship events include the conference and Cenotaph ceremony to mark the International Day of UN Peacekeepers; and International Law Lecture and We the Peoples Film Festival.  We also have a Young Professionals group, details on the website.
See our Westminster website for details about our projects.

We also have the following university and Model UN branches:-

BPP University UNA, Contact: Sartaj Haque,

Brunel Model UN Society, Contact: Gupta Vedant,

Imperial College MUN, Contact: Nil Bozkurt,

Kent Model UN Society, Contact: Justin Koelman,,

King’s College London, Contact: Hong Chong Wen,,

London Metropolitan Model UN, Contact: Natasha Vale,

London School of Economics UN, Contact: Lina Jeffcock,,

Queen Mary University Model UN, Contact: Evangelos Halatsis,

Regent’s University Model UN, Contact: K Fanning,

SOAS UN Association, Contact: Siti Najiihan Fikri,,

University College London Model UN, Contact:

University of Greenwich Model UN, Contact: Habib Diouga,,

Westminster Model UN, Contact: Nicole El-Halou,,

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