The 19th CTAUN Conference at the UN will take place on

Friday, April 6th, 2018

“Stepping Up to Protect the World’s Children”



“Promises made to children are sacred.” – Nelson Mandela

Today, children worldwide are increasingly in jeopardy. They are facing war, trafficking, and the dangers of crossing borders unaccompanied. Many lose their identity due to lack of documentation at birth. Others risk death from untreated water, famine, disease, and lack of reproductive health care.

But problems don’t exist in the developing world alone. Those affected may be present in our own school communities. Malnutrition, child marriage, bullying, homelessness, and insufficient education, are prevalent in the US as well. According to UNICEF, by 2030, though these numbers are decreasing, more than 60 million children of primary school age globally, will still not be in school, 27% of whom will never set foot in a classroom. Nicholas Kristof in the NY Times (5/26/17) wrote that between 2000 and 2010, more than 167, 000 American children under 17, some as young as 11, married. Who is advocating for them?

How are the United Nations, its NGO partners and others addressing these challenges? What can we do to give children a sense of safety in the classroom? How do conflict and stress affect a child’s brain development, and what is the psychological impact of media and technology on children?

Our 2018 CTAUN conference at the UN will now be held on April 6. We invite educators, school administrators, social workers, psychologists, youth groups and concerned citizens to join us in considering these issues and becoming part of the solution. Children are our future.  May none be left out because we failed to act.

We look forward to seeing you at the UN on April 6, 2018.  REGISTER HERE