UN4U is an outreach program which brings UN officials to speak to students in their schools. When first established, UN4U focused on outreach to New York City public schools and was centered around UN Day activities on October 24.
Now approaching its seventh year, UN4U has been broadened to include both public and private schools, with speakers travelling beyond New York City to neighboring suburban communities and even to other states – Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut. UN4U now spans the entire academic year, from September to June.
Mr Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, recently spoke to 7th and 8th grade students at the United Nations International School’s Queens campus. The UNIS students listened with rapt attention and enthusiastically asked him questions about his job and the Organization. They also shared their own views of the United Nations, including on peace and diversity.
Sixteen other UN officials also travelled to schools for UN4U briefings during this past academic year, reaching a total of 1,770 students. Preparations are now underway for the next academic year. If your school is interested in hosting a UN speaker, please contact Briefings@un.org.