Student Alliances in Support of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals

A Message to Students and Teacher/Faculty Advisors

The United Nations member states made a commitment to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. This historic initiative has brought together governments, private sector leaders, international organizations, financial institutions, donors, and civil society groups, among others, to continue their unified global efforts to accomplish eight goals:

— eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
— achieve universal primary education
— promote gender equality and empower women
— reduce child mortality rate
— improve maternal health
— combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
— ensure environmental sustainability
— develop a global partnership for development

You can join this very important and historic global campaign by establishing a UNA Student Alliance at your school. 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, among others — and partnerships with other organizations at your school, and Student Alliances within UNA-NY as well as the national UNA-USA network — you can collectively sound your voices and make your opinions heard amongst your peers, in your communities, across the nation and around the world!

President Obama and his administration have pledged to strengthen America's global leadership through a renewed emphasis on international cooperation, diplomacy and active participation at the United Nations, and now is your time to get involved. You, as students and teacher/faculty advisors, can play a vital role in ensuring that the MDGs become a reality, and to see the success of your own efforts in the next five years.

Furthermore, UNA-NY provides each Student Alliance with a Campaign Agenda in support of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. This Agenda sets forth the framework for your school's outreach, education, advocacy, fundraising and evaluation efforts. Each semester, the work of your Student Alliance will be evaluated by the Advocacy Committee of UNA-NY's Board of Directors by assigning each initiative one point. The Student Alliance(s) that implements the highest number of initiatives on the Agenda will be invited to UNA-NY's annual formal gala in October 2011, and honored with an award by its President. Local and United Nations media will showcase the winning school(s) and presentation of the Student Alliance award.

By creating and building a Student Alliance at your school, not only will you be helping to ensure the achievement of the MDGs by 2015, but you will be establishing your school as a leader in this historic global partnership.

To assist in the protection the environment, no paper materials will be sent to your school. Go to the registration and payment submission form HERE. Also important are the following documents, which you should download:

Read the Student Alliance Campaign Agenda in Support of The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (PDF)

Fill-out the Student Alliance Self-Evaluation Form (PDF)

For more information about the UN and its Millennium Development Goals, and the New York chapter of UNA-USA, please visit the following webpages.

Read The UN Millennium Declaration (Sept. 2000) PDF

Learn more about The UN Millennium Development Goals

Learn more about the United Nations Association of New York

Please feel free to contact us at the email address below if you have any questions.

We look forward to working with you and your school's Student Alliance in support of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

Very truly yours,

Leila Zubi
Board of Directors, UNA-USA | New York Chapter

Andrew Rosner
Member, UNA-USA | New York Chapter