Promoting Global Awareness in our schools
"As educators…you can help students grow into…a global civic identity and understand how their decisions have an impact ranging well beyond their immediate vicinity. The United Nations is uniquely placed to work with you in instilling a sense of global citizenship in today’s youth."

~Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 30 January 2009



22 January 2016 - Annual CTAUN Conference at UN Headquarters in New York

See announcement on this page


To read reports on past Conferences click the "CONFERENCES" tab and then click on any of the individual Conferences listed on the left hand index

11 April 2015 - CTAUN Conference at North American University in Houston, TX "Cultural Awareness: A Pathway to Peace"

- For details click here

21 March 2015 - CTAUN Conference in Atlanta, GA "Think Locally - Build Globally: Awareness through Technology"

- For details click here

30 January 2015 Annual CTAUN Conference at the UN in New York: "The UN at 70"


2014 CTAUN Atlanta Conference: “Youth in Danger: A Call to Action”


2014 Annual CTAUN Conference at the UN in New York: "Promoting Peace Through Education"


2013 Annual CTAUN Conference at the UN in New York: “Advancing Social Justice: The Role of Educators”


2013 CTAUN Conference at SMU in DALLAS, TX: "Global Partnerships: Where do you fit?"


The UN Secretary General's High Level Panel on Post2015 has released its report

To download the report and add comments click here

To join the global conversation

and help shape the Millennium Development Goals post-2015 click here

The UN now offers Tours for Children

- specifically geared for elementary grades. For more information, and to book a tour,
click here


Millennium Development Goals

Click here for a list of materials for different grade levels

Promoting Peace

Click here for a list of materials for different grade levels

Access and Quality

Click here for a list of materials for different grade levels

UN70__EnglishCTAUN provides educators worldwide with opportunities to learn about the work of the United Nations and to incorporate this global awareness into curricula and school activities at all levels.

  • We organize conferences to bring educators together with international experts at the United Nations and around the country.
  • We facilitate curriculum development on international issues.
  • Through Best Practices Awards, we recognize teachers’ hard work, dedication, creativity and resourcefulness.
  • We believe with Nelson Mandela that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

CTAUN Chair Anne-Marie Carlson welcomed conference participants

World leaders gathered at the UN on 25-27 September 2015 and adopted the Sustainable Development Goals.  — Also known as “Global Goals” they are 17 interconnected  goals aimed at addressing  areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet.   You can learn more in detail about their significance to all of us at the

2016 CTAUN Conference at UN Headquarters

Friday 22 January 2016

“Stewardship for a Sustainable World:  Education in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”

Join Educators, Students, and NGO Representatives in a day-long conference with UN Delegates and Experts to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals, why they are important to all of us, and the part you and your students can play in their implementation!

For further details go to the 2016 UN Conference page   REGISTER HERE for the conference

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Did you apply in your classroom or community something you learned from a CTAUN Conference ?  You may be eligible for the CTAUN BEST PRACTICES AWARD which is given out each year during the Annual CTAUN Conference at the UN.   Go to BEST PRACTICES AWARDS  for details.  Note:  Submission deadline for this round was November 15, 2015 so we encourage everyone to consider a project for submission in 2016.

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Attention College Students: 2015 CTAUN poster annctThe 2016 conference will again feature a display of winning posters from the CTAUN POSTER COMPETITION.  We invite you to submit a poster depicting your vision of the Sustainable Development Goals.  For submission guidelines click the image on the right or go to 2016 UN Conference

For information on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) click here

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Check out our  TEACHER RESOURCES  on United Nations, Peace Education, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and other Topics

WorldWeWant2015 logo high-resolution  The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are for everyone and everyone needs to know about them, and monitor their implementation.    You can add YOUR voice and follow those discussions  at

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Education is a human right with immense power to transform.  On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.   –  Kofi Annan