DID YOU KNOW?
In October 2008, as part of the commemoration of UN Day (24 October), the United Nations Department of Public Information launched a programme aimed at New York City public high school students. UN staff -- from senior to junior levels, representing a diverse range of departments, agencies and programmes -- traveled to high schools in all five boroughs to speak to students about the work of the Organization. By establishing a dialogue with students, UN4U brought the UN to them, actively engaging and inspiring them to take an interest in global issues.
The initiative was so well received both by students and educators that UN4U doubled in size in October 2009. UN staff visited New York City high schools during the week of 19-23 October, reaching an estimated 6,000 students at 43 high schools in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.
Read press release (2009)
What started as a local New York story became a global one, with the support of UN partners and UN Information Centres (UNICs) worldwide. UN Information Centers adopted the UN4U campaign, sending Directors and other staff to make presentations to students at local educational institutions during the week surrounding UN Day. Several UN peacekeeping operations and UN Development Programme resident offices also sent staff to speak at schools around UN Day. This international effort reached approximately 21,000 students in 35 countries at some 135 schools and universities in 2009.
While the focus in the United States continues to be on New York City public high schools, the UN may consider entertaining requests from schools in other parts of the US in future years. For schools located outside the US and Canada interested in participating in UN4U, please contact your local UNIC.