The First UNIS-UN

UNIS-UN was founded in 1976. The first ever UNIS-UN conference was held in 1977 and was attended by approximately 70-80 seniors from UNIS. It was organized in an effort to strengthen the bond between the United Nations International School and the United Nations to educate UNIS students about issues of global importance. As one of the student founders explained: "We were all the children of people from the United Nations, yet we knew so little about what it did and what issues it faced." While maintaining the fundamental mission and structure, our organization has grown with constant experience.

UNIS-UN 40th Annual Conference

A sampling of past topics

  • The Web: Wiring our World (2011)
  • Bioethics: Striking a Balance (2010)
  • The Food Crisis: A Global Challenge (2009)
  • The Pursuit of Energy: A Catalyst To Conflict (2008)
  • Global Warming: Confronting the Crisis (2007)
  • 30 Years of UNIS-UN: The Role of the Corporation in Today's World (2006)
  • Global Health: Rights and Responsibilities in the 21st Century (2005)

A sampling of past speakers

  • Secretary-General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon
  • Former Secretary-General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Kofi Annan
  • Internationally-acclaimed global warming activist, Laurie David
  • Independent documentary filmmaker, Morgan Spurlock
  • Musician, Actor, and Social Activist, Harry Belafonte
  • Actress and activist, Vanessa Redgrave
  • Former first lady and Current Presedential Candidate, Hillary Clinton