Promoting Global Awareness in our schools
"As educators…you can help students grow into…a global civic identity and understand how their decisions have an impact ranging well beyond their immediate vicinity. The United Nations is uniquely placed to work with you in instilling a sense of global citizenship in today’s youth."

~Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 30 January 2009


Remembering CTAUN founder

- For details click here


To read reports on past Conferences click the "CONFERENCES" tab and then click on any of the individual Conferences listed on the left hand index

22 January 2016 - 17th Annual CTAUN Conference at UN Headquarters in New York

"Stewardship for a Sustainable World: Education in the Sustainable Development Goals"

11 April 2015 - CTAUN Conference at North American University in Houston, TX "Cultural Awareness: A Pathway to Peace"

- For details click here

21 March 2015 - CTAUN Conference in Atlanta, GA "Think Locally - Build Globally: Awareness through Technology"

- For details click here

30 January 2015 Annual CTAUN Conference at the UN in New York: "The UN at 70"


To join the global conversation

and help implement the Sustainable Development Goals: click here

The UN now offers Tours for Children

- specifically geared for elementary grades. For more information, and to book a tour,
click here


Millennium Development Goals

Click here for a list of materials for different grade levels

Promoting Peace

Click here for a list of materials for different grade levels

Access and Quality

Click here for a list of materials for different grade levels

CTAUN provides educators worldwide with opportunities to learn about the work of the United Nations and to incorporate this global awareness into curricula and school activities at all levels.

  • We organize conferences to bring educators together with international experts at the United Nations and around the country.
  • We facilitate curriculum development on international issues.
  • Through Best Practices Awards, we recognize teachers’ hard work, dedication, creativity and resourcefulness.
  • We believe with Nelson Mandela that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  



World leaders gathered at the UN on 25-27 September 2015 and adopted the Sustainable Development Goals  — Also known as “Global Goals” they are 17 interconnected  goals aimed at addressing areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet.

More than 500 educators and students came to learn about their significance to all of us and the part we can play in their implementation at the 17th Annual CTAUN Conference at UN Headquarters, 22 January  2016:  “Stewardship for a Sustainable World:  Education in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”  We have a full Conference Report posted on the Conferences page.


♦ ♦ ♦

The 2016 conference featured a display of 10 winning posters from the CTAUN POSTER COMPETITION.  College students were invited to submit a poster depicting their vision of the Sustainable Development Goals; look for images of the posters as part of the Conference Report.  

♦ ♦ ♦

Did you apply in your classroom or community something you learned from a CTAUN Conference ?  You may be eligible for the CTAUN BEST PRACTICES AWARD which is given out each year during the Annual CTAUN Conference at the UN.   Go to BEST PRACTICES AWARDS  for details.  Note:  Submission deadline for recognition at the 2017 Conference will be November 15, 2016 

Check out our  TEACHER RESOURCES  on  the Sustainable Development Goals,  Peace Education, and other Topics

WorldWeWant2015 logo high-resolution  The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are for everyone and everyone needs to know about them, and help in their implementation.    You can add YOUR voice and follow those discussions  at

facebookVisit us on Facebook


Education is a human right with immense power to transform.  On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.   –  Kofi Annan