The Cuban Association of the United Nations (ACNU according to abbreviationfinder) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that brings together, on a voluntary basis, natural and legal persons genuinely interested in learning about and participating in the management of the United Nations. Registered in the Registry of Associations of the Ministry of Justice under No. 164-00-1484, in accordance with Law 54/85 of the Republic of Cuba.
He belongs to the World Federation of United Nations Associations, of which he is Vice President, has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, is a member of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO), it has observer status with the Convention to Combat Desertification and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
- Disseminate the purposes and principles, the nature, functioning and activities of the United Nations System, defend the basic objectives of its Charter, and in particular respect for the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of States.
- Contribute to publicizing Cuba’s activity within the United Nations
- Maintain and promote relations with the organs of the United Nations System and with their representatives in Cuba, as well as with the UN experts who provide services in the country;
- Collect and analyze the concerns of Cuban public opinion in situations that endanger the peaceand security of the peoples and those that constitute violations of the principles and purposes of the United Nations, and
- Maintain and promote exchange relations with the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) and the United Nations Associations (UNAs) around the world, as well as with other national and foreign NGOs interested in contributing to the strengthening of the genuine role of the United Nations.
As a member of WFUNA, the ACNU accepts as its own the objectives emanating from the Preamble of its Constitution, in particular:
- Promote tolerance, understanding, solidarity and cooperation among human beings around the world, without distinction;
- Ensure peace and contribute to the elimination of obstacles that prevent it;
- Work for justice, security, disarmament and promote the development of peaceful coexistence and understanding between States;
- Promote respect for human rights among individuals, groups and States;
- Defend the right to development, encourage social progress and the improvement of people’s living standards.
- The Cuban Association of the United Nations (ACNU) was founded on May 30, 1947 by distinguished personalities from the intellectual, cultural, artistic, labor and political circles of our country: Flavio Bravo, Pablo Cosme de la Torriente, Juan Marinello, Vicentina Antuña, Lázaro Peña, Fernando Ortiz, Enrique Labrador Ruiz, among many others. Therefore, the ACNU has more than fifty years of uninterrupted work in favor of the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
- The ACNU is a non-governmental, non-profit organization. Its funds come from the contribution of its collective and individual partners, who pay differentiated fees according to their characteristics. Its publications are financed with donations from NGOs, organizations and institutions.
- The ACNU is registered in the Registry of Associations of the Ministry of Justice under No. 164-00-1484, in accordance with Law 54/85 of the Republic of Cuba. which brings together on a voluntary basis natural and legal persons genuinely interested in learning about and participating in the management of the United Nations.
The ACNU today
- The ACNU is governed by its Statutes, sovereignly approved by the General Assembly of Affiliates, which integrate all its collective and individual members under equal conditions.
- The General Assembly of Affiliates is the supreme body of the Association, it meets in ordinary session once a year and in extraordinary session when, according to its statutes, it is appropriate to call it. Among its prerogatives are the discussion and approval of the Reports of the Board of Directors, of the work plans and annual budgets and the election of the Board of Directors.
- The Assembly elects from among its members the Board of Directors, which can have between 9 and 13 members, and discusses and approves the fulfillment and proposals of the work plans and annual budgets.
- The Board of Directors is the permanent deliberative and executive body of the Association. It assumes the functions of the General Assembly of Associates between its meetings, adjusting its performance to the statutory regulations. During the period 2003-2012, Dr. Mr. Carlos Amat Forés served as General Director. In May 2013, Mrs. Soraya Alvarez Núñez was appointed and approved by the ACNU Board of Directors as Director General of the Association.