UNIS-UN is a two-day student devised and led conference held annually in the General Assembly Hall at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
The UNIS-UN Student Conference Organizing Committee was founded during the 1976/1977 academic year and quickly grew from a group of about twenty students to one of the largest student groups at UN. UNIS-UN is far more complex than the well known Model UN conferences used by other schools. UNIS-UN focuses on a contemporary global issue selected by students, free of any national agendas and obligations, although sensitive to the value of understanding different perceptions and perspectives.
We invite expert and engaging speakers that are well versed on the topic who deliver dynamic and intellectually stimulating presentations to the hundreds of international students participants from six continents.
The United Nations has always supported this project by providing services, space and the privilege of using the prestigious General Assembly Hall.
To the end of promoting global awareness and cross-culturalism, the annual themes are always ones of global importance. Past conferences have addressed the following subjects:
Our goal as an organization is to provide an educational and intellectual experience for our international peers while promoting globalism and cross-cultural exchange.
This year’s conference title will be A Global Catastrophe: The Impacts of COVID-19. Without a question, the coronavirus has affected every individual. Lack of leadership and preparation left the majority of the world’s countries in disarray. As a result, millions have lost their lives and millions more have been infected. In order to prevent future pandemics, we, along with the world’s leaders, must collaborate and work towards a future of transparency and changes in the way we combat and prepare for potential pandemics. The 2021 UNIS-UN conference will explore the possible strategies and global collaboration that could have prevented the exacerbation of COVID-19. In addition, this conference will investigate the disparities accentuated by the pandemic, specifically in healthcare, education, and economic systems. Furthermore, we will examine how COVID-19 has highlighted the racial discrepancies that exist in society today.
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