July 2011

July 2011 Issue
Vol. 11 No. 3


The United Nations is the largest international governmental organization in the world.

Its stated aims include facilitating cooperation in international law and security, economic development, human rights, and world peace.

This issue of Insights, produced in cooperation with the United Nations, explores how the organization advances the rule of law around the world.


Keep up with the United Nations


U.N. Multimedia
Watch, listen, or download daily updates through webcast, video, radio, and photos from the United Nations.

U.N. News Centre
Daily updates from around the globe via the U.N. News Service.

Turtle Bay
Blog maintained by Foreign Policy magazine, all things United Nations.

Featured Resources


Ever wonder what it’s like to be Secretary General of the United Nations? A Day in the Life of Ban (Ki-Moon)

Global education resources designed for teachers, afterschool educators, and parents exploring issues facing youth around the world, including child labor, water sanitation, climate change, and poverty.

Truman and the United Nations
This collection from the Truman Library features documents, photos, and lesson plans that explore the establishment, structure, and work of the United Nations.

U.N. Cyber Schoolbus
Resources for students ages 5-18, on the work of the United Nations.

U.N. Works
Video-based lessons on child soldiers, child labor, AIDS, landmines, and more. Videos are narrated by Hollywood celebrities and originally aired on Showtime, and feature real-life students facing the issues discussed.

Unions and Alliances
Lesson for students in grades 3-5, from National Geographic, introduces students to the United Nations, and asks them to create a similar organization within their school or community.

United Nations and Reform
Lesson plan from PBS’ Newshour asks students to consider calls for reform of the U.N. Security Council, analyze, and possibly create, proposals.

As Featured in Students in Action


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