The World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) is an independent, non-governmental organisation with Category One Consultative Status at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and consultative or liaison links with many other UN organisations and agencies. Inspired by the opening words of the United Nations Charter "We the Peoples", the World Federation was created in 1946 - one year after the establishment of the UN.
WFUNA is a global nonprofit organization representing and coordinating a membership of over 100 national United Nations Associations (UNAs), including the United Nations Association of New Zealand, and their thousands of constituents. Guided by it's vision of a United Nations that is a powerful force in meeting common global challenges and opportunities, WFUNA works to strengthen and improve the United Nations. They achieve this through the engagement of people who share a global mindset and support international cooperation – global citizens.
The UNA NZ is a member of WFUNA, and has been since 1946, when we were established.
In 2018 Joy Dunsheath, former President and UNA NZ Honorary Life Member. was elected to the highest office in WFUNA. She is a member of the Executive Committee which is based in Geneva and New York.