Resources for Educators & Students

Cyber School Bus: This is a UN global teaching and learning project.  Lesson plans are free to download.

Girl-Up: Girl Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation, gives American girls the opportunity to channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for programs of the United Nations that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls. Through Girl Up’s support, girls have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted, and positioned to be the next generation of leaders.

Global Classrooms:  This is a program of the United Nations Association-USA.  It is an innovative education program that engages middle school and high school students in an exploration of current world issues through interactive simulations and curricular materials.

Internships at the United Nations:  The United Nations provides opportunities for students enrolled in a graduate program to undertake an internship at its Headquarters in New York, Geneva, Vienna, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Beirut and Santiago.

Model UN (UN-Global): Since 2009, the United Nations Department of Public Information has organized a Global Model United Nations Conference, each time in a different country with a different theme.  University students, ages 18 to 24 at the time of the conference, are invited from Member States where Model United Nations programmes are currently organized. Participation and preparation build leadership and problem-solving skills and encourage consensus-building, conflict resolution and cooperation.

Model United Nations (UNA-USA): Model United Nations is a simulation of the UN General Assembly and other multilateral bodies. In Model UN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors from UN member states to debate current issues on the organization’s agenda.

Model UN Preparation Guide

Model UN Tips & Resources

Student Alliance:  UNA-USA’s Student Alliance seeks to engage students in a nationwide network of motivated individuals, student advocacy groups, international affairs clubs and Model UN teams who stand poised to collectively sound their voices and make their opinions heard amongst their peers, in their communities, across the nation and around the world.

Summer School Program:  The Whitehead School and the United Nations Association-USA co-organize an annual UN Intensive Summer Study Program for students from across the United States and around the world.  The one-week program is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students.  Participants also attend meetings and briefings at the United Nations and meet distinguished practitioners working in the field of multilateral diplomacy.

United Nations Association-USA Education Resources

The United States Institute for Peace Training Center: USIP resources also include practical tools, training and courses for conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

Youth Producing Change: Armed with digital cameras and their own creativity – young people across the globe are bravely exposing human rights issues faced by themselves and their communities. Youth Producing Change is a program of short films created by filmmakers under the of 19, presented by Adobe Youth Voices in association with the Human Rights Film Festival.

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