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




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

- For details and to register click here

Early 2016 - Annual CTAUN Conference at the UN in New York



- Click the "CONFERENCES" tab and then click on any of the individual Conferences listed on the left hand index

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"


2014 CTAUN Atlanta Conference: “Youth in Danger: A Call to Action”


2014 Annual CTAUN Conference at the UN in New York: "Promoting Peace Through Education"


2013 Annual CTAUN Conference at the UN in New York: “Advancing Social Justice: The Role of Educators”


2013 CTAUN Conference at SMU in DALLAS, TX: "Global Partnerships: Where do you fit?"


The UN Secretary General's High Level Panel on Post2015 has released its report

To download the report and add comments click here

To join the global conversation

and help shape the Millennium Development Goals post-2015 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.”

CTAUN Chair Anne-Marie Carlson welcomed conference participants

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CTAUN Conference at UN Headquarters

The UN at 70:  Making a Difference

On 30 January 2015 some 500 Educators, Students, and NGO Representatives participated in a day-long conference with UN Delegates and Experts to learn why, how, and by whom the UN was founded, what has changed over these seventy years as the UN has adapted to each succeeding decade, and what the future holds as it moves forward to achieve new goals for  “2015 and Beyond.”

The conference report and photos can be found under 2015 UN

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Did you apply in your classroom or community something you learned at 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.   For information go to BEST PRACTICES AWARD for details.

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The conference also featured a display of winning posters from the  CTAUN POSTER COMPETITION.

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Check out our  TEACHER RESOURCES  on United Nations, Peace Education, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and other Topics

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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