WELCOME TO UNIS-UN
Welcome to the UNIS-UN Website! Our goal as an organization is to provide an educationally and intellectually enriching experience for our peers from around the world while promoting globalism and cross-cultural exchange.
We host an annual conference relating to a contemporary global issue. We invite expert and engaging speakers that are well versed on the topic who present to our audience of 700 high school students from International Schools from 5 continents. For the past 43 years it has been held in the General Assembly Hall at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
To the end of promoting global awareness and cross-culturalism, the annual themes are always ones of global importance. Over three hundred students from all over the world are invited to attend in addition to the upper classes at the United Nations International School. This is the fifth year that there will be a half day international celebration featuring international performances and a cultural showcase at UNIS.
This year’s conference title will be Megacities: A Sustainable Future. Rapid urbanization is shaping our future. We live in a world where the majority of society already lives in urban areas. As a result of rising populations and increasing migration, megacities are emerging across the globe. In order for us to achieve sustainable development, we must make significant changes in the ways in which we build and manage our urban environments. The 2020 UNIS-UN conference will examine the implications of the increasing concentration of population, goods, and services seen in these urban areas. We will investigate the role of government as well as the roles of AI and surveillance. In addition, we will explore the vulnerability faced by cities regarding environmental threats, and discuss how we can work to make cities resilient against them.