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UN Foundation Placed First Place Internationally!! Full-Ride Scholarship Recipient to the International Youth Forum in the Netherlands!!

♦ International Global Debates Project:
IDEA Placed First Place Internationally!! Full-Ride Scholarship Recipient to the International Youth Forum in Turkey!!

New Hope Academy strives to search for opportunities that extend beyond the limitations of the classroom in order to fully engage students in the global environment. Whether it is through a passion for the liberal arts or the sciences, there are numerous methods in engaging with the local, state, national, and international community. One of the most crucial acting bodies in the international community is the United Nations. We often consider the United Nations to be an organization that is far out of reach in the international realm; however, such is not the case. The United Nations has active associations serving each member nation with an increased interest in acknowledging the youth. The projects first began as the “Global Debates,” an international competition amongst high schools throughout the world competing on core issues such as poverty, migration, and environmental rights. The Global Debates Project gradually re-shaped into the “Student Alliance Association” and is now reformed into the “GenUN.” GenUN GenUN, a national student initiative of UNA-USA, engages a generation of young people in the work of the United Nations by empowering them to inform, inspires, and mobilizes their peers to support the vital work of the UN. Globally minded middle school, high school, and college students can promote constructive United States leadership at the UN by participating in an array of UNA-USA activities at the local and national levels. Whether you are a Model UN delegate, an advocate for reducing global poverty, an international affairs student, or new to the work of international organizations, GenUN offers you the opportunity to participate in a nationwide movement for the United Nations. As the next generation of leaders in the international community, students stand poised to take action and make a difference in their schools, communities, and country. Below, explore the opportunities for students and young people to help build a strong U.S.-UN relationship and a better world.

Model UN Model UN is a priceless opportunity to extend that passion and interest in international relations, global politics, a vested interest in a specific country, and much more through the embodiment of a representative delegate. Each individual assumes the position of a delegate representing a respective country and participates in a re-created UN meeting session with break-out committees, focus groups, developing resolutions, and much more! Students have the opportunity to experience how the UN delegates discuss, mobilize, and even refuse international ideas and movements. Benefits: : opportunity to develop and establish public speaking skills : enhanced view of the international community and engagement of various countries : develop into a guru of your representative country : instill different perspectives and a more tolerant view of the diverse community ; ability to engage all areas of interest (sciences, history, politics, etc.)

♦ GLANCE INTO THE UNITED NATIONS:
The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights. Due to its unique international character, and the powers vested in its founding Charter, the Organization can take action on a wide range of issues, and provide a forum for its 193 Member States to express their views, through the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council and other bodies and committees. The work of the United Nations reaches every corner of the globe. Although best known for peacekeeping, peace building, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance, there are many other ways the United Nations and its System (specialized agencies, funds and programs) affect our lives and make the world a better place. The Organization works on a broad range of fundamental issues, from sustainable development, environment and refugees protection, disaster relief, counter terrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation, to promoting democracy, human rights, gender equality and the advancement of women, governance, economic and social development and international health, clearing landmines, expanding food production, and more, in order to achieve its goals and coordinate efforts for a safer world for this and future generations. UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA: The United Nations Association of America is the national non-profit organization dedicated to serving and advocating the ideals/goals of the United Nations. Within the United States, there are enumerable associations that are dispersed locally into the communities. The UNAUSA works with various NGOs, other UNA groups, youth groups, advocacy, groups, and etc. to promote the well-being of the international community. Within the umbrella of the United Nations Association of America, the youth have mobilized throughout the nation to also join in the advocacy. Advocacy Learn. Act. Connect The UN is not a perfect institution, but it seves a near-perfect purpose: to promote global cooperation to address some of the world's most pressing challenges that no single country can resolve alone. Each year the United Nations provides food to 90 million people in 73 countries; vaccinates 58% of the world's children, saving 2.5 million lives a year, promotes maternal health saving the lives of 30 million women a year, and so much more. People across the United States need to know more about the real impact of the United Nations. 120 Chapters across the United States work with their local communities and elected officials to inform, inspire, and mobilize Americans to support the principles and vital work of the UN.

Advocacy Program Supporting the work of the United Nations Each year, UNA-USA Chapters across the United States engage their elected officials in meaningful conversations about issues facing the United Nations. UNA-USA engages its diverse constituencies to build a better understanding of and support for the work of the United Nations. UNA-USA provides Chapters and their members a suite of resources, advocacy training, and a platform to voice their support for the United Nations. Chapters advocate throughout the year, but focus on three main engagement points: Spring In-District Meetings Advocacy Day on the Hill each Summer Fall In-District Meetings Every two years, UNA-USA's Council of Chapters and Regions approves an Advocacy Agenda that Chapters are encouraged to advocate for during their in-district meetings. Our Core Focus Areas Each year, UNA-USA educates Americans and policymakers around four core elements of the U.S.-UN relationship: securing US-UN funding; advancing human rights through the UN; encouraging US ratification of international treaties; and supporting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Advocacy Agenda is set by the Steering Committee of the Council of Chapters and Regions. UN Funding Payment of our nation's UN regular budget and peacekeeping dues on time, in full, and without conditions, the removal of the Congressionally imposed arbitrary peacekeeping cap, and the reversal of the U.S. policy of paying dues one year late. Human Rights Increase awareness about the work being performed by UN specialized agency around the world and heightened support for fully funding their crucial mandates including the World Health Organization, the World Food Program, the UN Children's Fund, the UN Development Fund, and the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. International Treaties Senate passage of key international agreements that we have signed but not yet ratified including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. Millennium Development Goals In 2000, all UN Member States committed to eight Millennium Development Goals (MDG's), which aim to significantly reduce extreme poverty and disease, ensure environmental sustainability, and enhance international coordination around development by 2015.

 



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