Students carrying Members States’ flags

Engaging the Public

In response to the growing interest in the United Nations, the Department reaches out to the public in a variety of ways – through its offices around the world and exhibits and guided tours at its Headquarters in New York, Geneva and Vienna.

Empowering Students

Participants of the 2016 National Model United Nations Conference in the General Assembly Hall.

Through live video chats or global videoconferences, students at all educational levels have the opportunity to work with their peers to find solutions to global problems. They get the chance to interact with UN staff and diplomats from around the world and to manage student conferences at the UN. These experiences empower students to take on leadership roles in their schools and communities and motivate them to become more involved in the work of the UN. Annual events for teachers and students include the International Day of Peace (21 September) International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (25 March) and Human Rights Day (10 December).

Lest we forget

The Ark of Return, the permanent memorial to honour the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade, located at the Visitors' Plaza of UN headquarters in New York.

The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme mobilizes civil society for Holocaust remembrance and education and to help prevent future acts of genocide. Seminars highlight practices in Holocaust education and the role of the international community in helping to prevent genocide.

Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade Programme mobilizes and informs educational institutions, civil society and other organizations to inculcate in future generations the “causes, consequences and lessons of the transatlantic slave trade, and to communicate the dangers of racism and prejudice”.

Public Exhibits

Exhibition at the UNHQ.

Throughout the year, visitors are invited to discover new exhibits showcasing the work of the United Nations around the world. Exhibits are free to visitors virtually or at UN Headquarters in New York. Explore virtual exhibits at the UN Online Gallery.