Thank You for Attending our Student-Led International Conference: March 18-19, 2021!

This year’s conference title was 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 explored the possible strategies and global collaboration that could have prevented the exacerbation of COVID-19. In addition, the conference investigated the disparities accentuated by the pandemic, specifically in healthcare, education, and economic systems. Furthermore, we examined how COVID-19 has highlighted the racial discrepancies that exist in society today. 

The conference covered topics such as:

  • Politics and the Pandemic

  • Coronavirus through the eyes of the Media

  • Economic Fallout and Recovery

  • Covid -19 and Immigration

  • Racial and Ethnic Disparities

  • The effects on Domestic Life Dynamics

and much more…

You are invited!

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Anthony Fauci

Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Chief Medical Advisor for the Biden Administration. To read more of about Dr. Fauci, click here. 

Keynote Speaker, Christiane Amanpour 

Christiane Amanpour is CNN's chief international anchor and host of the network's award-winning, flagship global affairs program "Amanpour," To read more of about Christiane Amanpour, click here.

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the multiple Emmy®-award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN, as well as an associate professor of neurosurgery at Emory University Hospital and associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. To read more about Sanjay Gupta, click here. 

More about UNIS-UN

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.

Our Students

Ellie Smith, Class of 2019

"..not many high school students can say that they helped to organize a conference at the United Nations General Assembly for over 500 students."

Victor Chao, Kathryn Thorup, Wei Yee-In, Timur Friedman, Class of 1982

“Through the UNIS-UN experience, we acquired so many good and useful tools with which to try and shape the world in which we live.” 


Radjko Radovanovic, Class of 2011

“...the conference is not only an opportunity for students to engage together intellectually but culturally and socially as well.” 

Experience UNIS-UN

1977: A Look Into the First UNIS-UN

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2018: A Look into Today's UNIS-UN

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