THE CTAUN CONFERENCE
Since 1999 CTAUN has given a conference for educators and other concerned citizens with the goal of incorporating global awareness into school curricula and the work of community organizations. Our day-long conferences are held at United Nations Headquarters in NY, and are intended for teachers at all levels. In recent years our attendance has reached and even exceeded 800 participants, from countries in Latin America, Europe and Africa as well as the US. With this success, we have begun to expand, offering additional conferences in Atlanta, GA, in Indianapolis, IN, and in Austin. Dallas, and Houston, TX .
Our New York conference at UN Headquarters is usually held in late January- early February. In addition to speakers, panels, and optional lunch in the Delegates’ Dining Room overlooking the East River, it includes an Info Fair of UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and others whose work connects with the conference theme. These provide resource people, materials and activities for use in the classroom and elsewhere.
Our themes have included:
Promoting Peace trough Education
Who Needs the UN Now? (2010-Atlanta)
Developing Globally Literate Students: 21st Century Skills, Emerging Technologies and the United Nations (2010) –held at Rutgers University., New Brunswick, NJ
Protecting Human Rights: The United Nations/Our Schools (2009)
Teaching and Learning in an Interdependent World (2008)
Responding to Children and Youth in Crisis (2007)
The Global Challenge of Water (2006)
A World Out of Balance: Searching for Answers through Education and the UN (2005)
Poverty, Partnerships, Peace: The Role of Educators in the 21st Century (2004)
Literacy Now: Building an Educated World (2003)
Our speakers have included, among others, UN ambassadors and Under-Secretaries-General, distinguished journalist Walter Cronkite; Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea and Nobel Prize nominee for his work building schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan; Nane Annan, wife of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan; Olympic Gold Medalist Johann-Olav Koss, Robert Kennedy Jr., and former Miss America Nicole Johnson.