- Does the UN mean anything to the young? - with pictures - 23 May 2018
"The United Nations wants to gain a much better idea of what young people are thinking - and to stop feeling "paternalistic" and out of touch."
- What Effect Will Cuts to UN Peacekeeping Have? - Text + Audio - 16 December 2017
"The U.S. has called for cuts and greater efficiency in the United Nations peacekeeping missions.
The U.S. provides 28 percent of the $7.3 billion for peacekeeping activities: more than any other country."
- UN experts hacked while investigating violations of sanctions on North Korea - 22 May 2017
"Member of North Korea sanctions committee, known as the 1718 committee, warns of ‘sustained cyber campaign’
after hackers breached expert’s computer.
United Nations experts investigating violations of sanctions on North Korea have suffered a “sustained” cyber-attack by unknown hackers with “very detailed insight” into their work, according to an email warning seen by Reuters."
- UN turns 70 - Article + Video - 23 October 2015
- Inside the UN's headquarters – in pictures
"As leaders from almost 200 countries gather for the UN’s annual general assembly, Reuters photographer Mike Segar documented
quieter moments at the intergovernmental organisation’s 7-hectare headquarters on Manhattan’s East Side, New York."
- UN backs action against Gaddafi
"The UN Security Council backs a resolution on Libya that supports a no-fly zone and "all necessary measures" to protect civilians short of an invasion... Meeting in New York, the 15-member body voted 10-0 in favour, with five abstentions."
- UN marks 20 years of Convention on Rights of the Child
"Ceremonies are taking place around the world to mark the 20th anniversary of a landmark agreement protecting children.
The UN says the Convention on the Rights of the Child has transformed the way children are treated.
But it says a billion children in the world still go without food, shelter or healthcare and that millions are facing lives of poverty and abuse."
- The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poznań, 1-12 December 2008
"The 14th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and the 4th meeting of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol will draw almost 11000 participants, including government delegates from the 187 Parties to the UNFCCC and representatives from business and industry.
The two-week meeting is the halfway mark in the negotiations on an ambitious and effective international climate change deal to be clinched in Copenhagen in 2009. Parties have little more than a year to agree on strengthened action on mitigation, adaptation, finance and technology..."
- Insight Plus - Part 16 : The United Nations has a central role in international politics.
But how many of us really understand how the UN works?
+ AUDIO + SCRIPT
UN forecasts boom in 'green jobs'
"The UN says millions of new jobs will be created worldwide over the next few decades by the development of alternative energy technologies...
It says "green jobs" depend on a shift of subsidies from oil and natural gas to wind, solar, and geothermal power.
New jobs could also include the expansion of recycling and making environmentally friendly vehicles."
up food crisis task force
"The United Nations is to set up a task force to tackle the
global food crisis...
The UN believes 100 million people are going short of food, and the
World Food Programme says it will need an extra $755m (£380m) this
year to cope with the rising number of people it needs to feed. "
+ VIDEO : Global rice supply
"Raids on hoarders, aerial planting and other snapshots from
around the world."
Clooney named UN "Messenger of Peace"
- The United
Nations "is an intergovernmental organization to promote international co-operation. A replacement for the ineffective League of Nations, the organization was established on 24 October 1945 after World War II in order to prevent another such conflict. At its founding, the UN had 51 member states; there are now 193. The headquarters of the United Nations is in Manhattan, New York City, and experiences extraterritoriality. Further main offices are situated in Geneva, Nairobi, and Vienna. The organization is financed by assessed and voluntary contributions from its member states. Its objectives include maintaining international peace and security, promoting human rights, fostering social and economic development, protecting the environment, and providing humanitarian aid in cases of famine, natural disaster, and armed conflict."
- United Nations Multimedia
"This site is the news and media service site of the United Nations.
It reports on topics of broad global interest such as military conflicts
in the Middle East, economic development and humanitarian aid...
The UN has a large collection of radio programs, videos, Webcasts,
- Portal (portal.unesco.org)
United Nations Charter :
Charter of the United Nations
"The Charter of the United Nations (also known as the UN Charter) of 1945 is the foundational treaty of the United Nations, an intergovernmental organization. It was signed at the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center in San Francisco, United States, on 26 June 1945, by 50 of the 51 original member countries (Poland, the other original member, which was not represented at the conference, signed it two months later). It entered into force on 24 October 1945, after being ratified by the original five permanent members of the Security Council—the Republic of China (later replaced by the People's Republic of China), France, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (later replaced by the Russian Federation), the United Kingdom, and the United States—and a majority of the other signatories.
As a charter, it is a constituent treaty, and all members are bound by its articles. Furthermore, Article 103 of the Charter states that obligations to the United Nations prevail over all other treaty obligations. Most countries in the world have now ratified the Charter..."
Chinese Model at UN Shows Shift in Ivory Politics - Text + Audio - 28 October 2015
"The ivory trade was doing well in the 1970s, when over 400 artists created a 150-kilogram sculpture from eight elephant tusks.
The U.N. displayed the sculpture for many years. But today, many see the sculpture as a symbol
for Africa’s decreased elephant population and conflict over the ivory trade."
Chinese Model Railroad, Carved of Ivory, at a Crossroads - 20 October 2015
"An intricately carved model of China’s Chengdu-Kunming Railroad bridge graced the United Nations' New York headquarters
for nearly four decades, until renovation of its General Assembly began in 2013 and the sculpture was removed for safekeeping."
INTERACTIVE activities :
- The United Nations (funtrivia.com)
"How much do you know about the United Nations? Did you know that
its primary purpose is to maintain international peace and security?
Test your knowledge and take this quiz."
- United Nations Peacekeeping Missions (funtrivia.com)
"The major purpose of the founding of the United Nations in 1945
was 'to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war'.
to achieve this end, the UN has mandated 59 Peacekeeping Operations
between 1948 and 2005."
Activities TO PRINT :
Lesson plans :
- UN in record aid appeal for Yemen (February 28, 2019) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The United Nations has launched an appeal to raise $4.2 billion in aid to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Yemen."
Try the same news story at these easier levels: Yemen Aid Appeal - Level 4 or Yemen Aid Appeal - Level 5
Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)
- UN boss arrives at work in solar taxi - a lesson plan
(Breaking News English)
- UN Webquest
"The United Nations (UN) is an international organization founded after WWII in 1945 by 51 countries. The mission of the UN is to maintain international peace, security, develop positive relationships between nations, and promote human rights and better living standards for all people."
INTERACTIVE games :
- World leaders attend 70th session of UN General Assembly - VIDEO - 28 September 2015
"World leaders are in New York for the first day of the UN General Assembly.
It is the 70th session of the annual gathering of global powers.
The refugee crisis in Europe, conflict in the Middle East and the Iran nuclear deal will all be discussed."
Global Goals: 'End poverty' - and 16 more UN goals - VIDEO - 24 September 2015
"Ending poverty is one of 17 goals outlined by the UN to replace the Millennium Development Goals which expire this year.
Naomi Grimley outlines the 'Global Goals' - in 75 seconds."
"In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby introduce you to the organization
that tries to keep that world safe for everyone - the United Nations. You'll find out what the UN does, what its
ideals are, and when it was formed.
You'll also learn why the
League of Nations failed, and how that failure lead to the charter
of the UN.
See just how many nations are in the UN, what the general assembly is, and how a nation can become a part of
You'll also find out four ways the UN can help developing
countries, who heads the organization, and how the UN manages to do
its job effectively. Peace and cooperation are the way to go!"
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