UNA-NY's Advocacy Committee works to help the NYC community learn about and support the United Nations and its vital work, and communicates directly with UN, Federal, and State representatives on important issues. Go to the Advocacy page to learn more.
The Education Committee is responsible for coordinating UNA-NY's educational outreach to its members and to the general public. At the present time its activities include: The Worldview Institute, school trips to the UN, and any programs or events in collaboration with local educational institutions.
THE WORLDVIEW INSTITUTE
Since 2007, The Worldview Institute provides a forum within which New York professionals can engage and discuss global issues with experts in foreign policy and international affairs. The program consists of ten seminar modules geared to develop and enhance the scope of the work and activities of young business executives at U.S. based multi-national corporations and young professionals within the NGO, UN, media, law, government, diplomatic and academic communities. Seminar topics stimulate informal but academic discussions with practitioners in the international arena and illuminate and explore business, political, economic and social trends in different regions of the world, while also addressing the contextual role of the UN. Our discussions are led by distinguished lecturers including UN ambassadors, noted academics and leaders in global business. See our current and previous offerings here.
STUDENTS AT THE UN
UNA-NY Student Alliances | Student Alliances are action-oriented, school programs that encourage globally-minded high school, undergraduate and graduate students to educate, inspire and mobilize Americans and the U.S. government to support the principles and vital work of the UN. Through outreach, education and advocacy initiatives, partnerships with other organizations and alliances, students can collectively sound their voices and make their opinions heard amongst peers, throughout communities, and across the nation. Learn more here.
Student Model UN Conference | We sponsor delegations of New York City high school students to attend the Model UN Conference where, typically, student delegates represent different nations, while negotiating resolutions to settle disputes, and addressing problems facing the international community today.
Fellowship Programs | We also host students from the TEAK Fellowship program, which helps talented New York City students from low-income families and provides them with academic support, leadership activities and career advice. These diverse students, many from immigrant families, will learn about the UN and its global activities while touring the UN building, and receive a stimulating and valuable international perspective.
UN Tours | The committee arranges school field trips and tours of the United Nations. After UN tours, students are often greeted and engaged by the spouses of Ambassadors, or UN officials, who introduce their respective countries to them.
Art Exhibits | In the past the committee has also organized art exhibits featuring the work of students attending the High School of Art and Design. Some of the themes of past exhibits, which took place at the UN, were "Water," "Natural Disasters" and "Global Awareness Focusing on Diseases."
The mission of the Program Committee is to organize and host monthly programs for our members that engage them in current global issues. In the recent past, our programs have covered topics ranging from Pakistan after Benazir Bhutto to human rights in Venezuela and cyber warfare. See our upcoming and past programs.
Special UNA-NY Series
The Ambassador Series
A continuing favorite, UNA-NY Ambassador Series presents well-attended programs in partnership with the Columbia Club of New York. Our Education Committee hosts several ambassadors every year who are invited to discuss current events and pertinent issues from their varied experiences and the background of their respective regions. US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad opened the series in 2008. View our upcoming appearances and past visits.
Screening the Issues
UNA-NY offers a series of film and discussion events, designed to promote the work of the UN in a fresh, engaging way. Featured are recently produced films which address some of the many vital global issues which concern the UN, and made by intelligent, passionate filmmakers who are invited to each screening to involve and motivate an ethically aware New York audience in discussing issues illustrated in the films. Learn more here.
This bright new complement to our film-talk presentations features books and their authors whose work is in-depth, politically and ethically engaged, far-sighted and often controversial. We host writers and thinkers who illuminate many complex social and political realities that challenge assumptions, while offering inspiration, ideas and understanding which can create possibilities for a better world. Their valuable presentations complement the far-reaching work of the United Nations and its vital goals. Learn more here.