UN75: dialogues with schools in Switzerland

2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. On this occasion, the Secretary-General encourages young people to speak out about the future they want. To participate in this great global conversation, Eduki, in collaboration with the United Nations and the Swiss Confederation, offers 3 scenarios for schools to choose from.

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The UN celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2020. 

To mark this milestone year, the Secretary-General encourages people around the world, especially young people, to speak out on the future they want for future generations. Indeed, on this 75th anniversary, it is not a question of celebrating the moments that have marked the history of the United Nations, but of giving leaders around the world the elements that will allow them to correctly identify the challenges and the wishes of people for a better world.

The UN aims to capture the widest possible range of views through polls, dialogues, focus groups and traditional media analysis, among other means.

The results, ideas and solutions collected will be presented to world leaders and senior United Nations officials at meetings and events throughout the year, including the summit of heads of state and government to be held in New York September 21, 2020 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Organization.

Teachers interested can register by clicking on "register" (right).

Participation scenarios

1. General presentation of the UN in the classroom

The representative of the United Nations presents a short video on the UN and explains its role in the world today, its mission and its activities, and the usefulness of such an intergovernmental organization in a world shaken by a certain number of global crises, e.g. climate change and the decline of multilateralism. The UN epxert then answers students 'questions about the role of the United Nations in the world and encourages students to reflect on the following questions:

  1. What would your ideal world would look like?
  2. What will the world look like in 2045 if global trends continue?
  3. What technological, cultural, societal challenges (climate change, poverty and inequality, new technologies, population changes, security threats, lack of confidence in governments, etc.) will have a significant impact on progress?
  4. What advice do you have for the Secretary General in terms of priorities he should consider in shaping the future?

2. Thematic presentation by a UN expert in the classroom

Students who have previously obtained information on the UN through a course, readings or research recommended by the teacher on a particular topic (climate change, demographic change, technological change, conflicts and humanitarian aid, etc.), the UN expert deepens the chosen theme with the students by talking about his work and answering questions. 

Throughout the meeting, the expert leads the discussion with the students on the importance and the means of shaping the future together.

 Below you will find more information on the themes listed above.

 

3. Discovery tour of international Geneva with guided tour of the Palais des Nations and UN75 discussion

A guided tour of the Palais des Nations, european headquaters of the UN is part of the excursion, followed by a short discussion on the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and the importance and the means of shaping the future together.

(Subject to confirmation by the United Nations depending on the health situation).

Videos

Ressources utiles pour les enseignant-e-s

•    Official UN75 webpage

•    Essentiel information about the UN

•    Official website of the United Nations

•    The Sustainable Developpement Goals - Official United Nations website

•    The Worlds largest lesson (teaching material) -  United Nations and Unicef website

•    Global issues - Eduki Foundation webpage on topics in international cooperation 

•    UN’s 75th anniversary marked through dialogue with youth - UN video

Issue briefs

In order to give context to some of the challenges our world faces, the following fact sheets can be helpful in preparing students for discussion.

•    Impact of digital technologies

•    Conflit and violence: a new era

•    Inequality- Bridging the divide

•    The Climate crisis: a race we can win

•    Shifting demograhics