Student Alliances in Support of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals
A Message to Students and Teacher/Faculty Advisors
Last September, the United Nations member states reaffirmed their commitment to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. This historic initiative brought together governments, private sector leaders, international organizations, financial institutions, donors, and civil society groups, among others, to continue their unified global efforts to accomplish eight goals:
— eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
— achieve universal primary education
— promote gender equality and empower women
— reduce child mortality rate
— improve maternal health
— combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
— ensure environmental sustainability
— develop a global partnership for development
You can join this very important and historic global campaign by establishing a United Nations Association of New York Student Alliance at your school. Student Alliances are action-oriented, school programs that encourage globally-minded high school, undergraduate and graduate students to educate, inspire and mobilize Americans and the U.S. government to support the principles and vital work of the UN. Through outreach, education and advocacy initiatives, among others — and partnerships with other organizations at your school, and Student Alliances within UNA-NY as well as the national UNA-USA network — you can collectively sound your voices and make your opinions heard amongst your peers, in your communities, across the nation and around the world!
President Obama and his administration have pledged to strengthen America's global leadership through a renewed emphasis on international cooperation, diplomacy and active participation at the United Nations, and now is your time to get involved. You, as students and teacher/faculty advisors, can play a vital role in ensuring that the MDGs become a reality, and to see the success of your own efforts in the next five years.
Furthermore, UNA-NY provides each Student Alliance with a Campaign Agenda in support of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. This Agenda sets forth the framework for your school's outreach, education, advocacy, fundraising and evaluation efforts. Each semester, the work of your Student Alliance will be evaluated by the Advocacy Committee of UNA-NY's Board of Directors by assigning each initiative one point. The Student Alliance(s) that implements the highest number of initiatives on the Agenda will be invited to UNA-NY's annual formal gala in October 2011, and honored with an award by its President. Local and United Nations media will showcase the winning school(s) and presentation of the Student Alliance award.
By creating and building a Student Alliance at your school, not only will you be helping to ensure the achievement of the MDGs by 2015, but you will be establishing your school as a leader in this historic global partnership.
To protect the environment, no paper materials will be sent to your school. For more information and to register your school as a Student Alliance, please visit the following webpages.
• Read The UN Millennium Declaration (Sept. 2000) PDF
• Learn more about The UN Millennium Development Goals
• Learn more about The United Nations Association
• Learn more about the United Nations Association of New York
• Learn more about the UNA-USA Student Alliance
• Register your school as a Student Alliance
When registering your Student Alliance Group, please select, "122 - NY - New York City" as your nearest chapter. From the checklist next to Focus Areas, choose "Additional topic to be approved by the UNA-USA" as your focus area, and write in "The Millennium Development Goals."
• Read the Student Alliance Campaign Agenda in Support of The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (PDF)
• Fill-out the Student Alliance Self-Evaluation Form (PDF)
Please feel free to contact us at the email address below if you have any questions.
We look forward to working with you and your school's Student Alliance in support of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
Very truly yours,
Board of Directors, UNA-USA/New York Chapter
Member, UNA-USA/New York Chapter