The U Thant Institute is honored to initiate a The Environmental Peace Project. The Progject's mission is to promote a global understanding of the importance of protecting the environment, of how the environment affects our lives, and of how environment conservation can preserve our natural resources and help build a path to peace. Drawing from ethical and moral values of U Thant, the third Secretary-General of the United Nations, the project will also address environmental ethics and justice and will train future leaders to promote moral discourse when addressing local and national issues with environmental implications.

For more information and to view the project website, visit www.environmentalpeace.org .

 
u-thant-at-unis---feb-7-196u-thant-at-unis---feb-7-196“Education should deal, in my view, with what is usually called a certain scale of values. It deals primarily with the moral and spiritual aspects of life. We have to cultivate what is best in us; that is, we have to try to understand the other person’s point of view. There are basic qualities; they are the key to all the great religions of the world”
“…Our common interest in the preservation of peace must serve as our main educational guideline in establishing for ourselves a proper scale of values. “
In order  to fashion a better world , a more peaceful world, it is up to leaders of thought and leaders of men to instill in the young people of today a greater allegiance to humanity if it comes to a question of choice. “
“So with this end in view, I have proposed the consideration of establishing a United Nations University.”
U Thant
 
U Thant Institute, Friendship Across Cultures Program :

Overview

Launch of the Program: U Thant Institute, in an effort to foster peace through education and to promote intercultural understanding, launched the Friendship Across Cultures program on 13 June 2007. The Program was launched with the support of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and CulturalOrganization), UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) and Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, wife of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Mission: Guided by the ideals and vision of U Thant, the U Thant Institute seeks to help future generations build a global society that values diversity and encourages its citizens to demonstrate the virtues of tolerance, cooperation, understanding, and compassion.  Toward this end, the institute has developed a program entitled “Friendship Across Cultures.”

Goal and Objective: The goal of the Friendship Across Cultures Program is to create a network of young students from middle schools around the world who, through their connections with one another, will explore their mutual values, break down cultural prejudices, and practice tolerance, cooperation and mutual understanding  and respect.

In turn, they will realize the value of diversity and promote the idea of interdependence and the concept that we are all citizens of “One World.”

Pilot Program:

•    The Institute developed lessons with list of activities and themes that reflect the goals of the program: Theme 1: Who we are, Theme 2: Who are the peacemakers, and Theme 3: What we can do to contribute to peace.

•    The Institute established a pilot program which linked middle schools in Algeria and the Republic of Korea with the United Nations International School in New York City.

•    Offered as part of a media club, the students in the “Friendship Across Cultures” pilot program were introduced to each other “virtually” by making short videos about themselves and their schools and videos         were exchanged.   Students met weekly, with students at each site creating an online magazine/newspaper that was published three times over a 15-week period.

•    Students researched and wrote about many topics related to peace, shared their ideas with each other and responded to articles and postings from students at partner schools.
•    Each weekly meeting began with a variety of peace-related activities to develop students’ knowledge, leadership skills, and cross-cultural understanding while simultaneously acquiring media, writing and communication skills.

Future Program:

The Institute has received inquiries from schools in US and abroad express their desire to  join the Program. The Institute hopes to add 2 schools each year.  Riverdale Country School in New York will adopt the Program in their  curriculum this Fall.

It is the Institute’s hope that the Friendship Across Cultures program will help promote intercultural understanding and create culture of peace.  The Program will further the legacy of U Thant , who firmly believed that education could counter intolerance and fear-often the root causes of hatred, prejudice and violence.
   

ADVISORY TRUSTEES

The Advisory Trustees of the U Thant Institute provide policy and regulatory guidance for the Board of Directors which, in turn, makes policy decisions on the nature and scope of activities to be implemented by the Executive Office of the President.

CHAIRMAN: His Excellency Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Sixth Secretary-General of the United Nations; former Deputy Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs, Egypt

The Honorable Syed Babar Ali, Pro-Chancellor, Lahore University of Management Sciences; former Finance Minister of Pakistan

Mrs. Sylvia Fuhrman, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for UNIS; Assistant-Secretary-General of the United Nations

Mrs. Connie Greenfield, Philanthropist; Member, International Hospitality Committee of Southwestern Connecticut

Mr. Stewart Greenfield, Co-founder & Chairman, Alternative Investment Group; Director, Santa Fe Institute; Director, Greenfield Environmental Venture Fund; former Chairman, Oak Investment Partners

The Honorable Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the International Compact with Iraq and Other Political Issues; Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Myanmar; former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nigeria

The Honorable Anand Panyarachun, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand; former Prime Minister of Thailand

Ambassador Joseph Verner Reed, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations; former Ambassador of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Morocco

The Honorable Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen, Pro-Chancellor, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia; former Foreign and Defense Minister of Malaysia

Sir Brian Urquhart, former Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, United Nations


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EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

Daw Aye Aye Thant, President

Mr. Anthony Fouracre, Vice President for United Nations Affairs

Mr. Willard Hass, Vice President for Information

Mr. Ronald Cantwell, Treasurer

Ms. Christina Hennessy, Director of Communications

Ms. Alexandria Faiz, Director of Membership Development

Ms. Amanda Lanzarone, Research Associate & Director of Event Planning

Mr. Colin Gurd, Research Associate

 

Mission of the U Thant Institute

“To Secretary-General U Thant - As others see us, clearly, one world." (Signed), Frank Borman, James A. Lovell, Jr. and William A. Anders, Astronauts, Apollo 8 Mission launched December 21, 1968

The Mission of the U Thant Institute is to reflect and promote the values and ideals of U Thant, the Third Secretary-General of the United Nations, and to realize his vision of a peaceful world that is safe for diversity and where people live in peaceful coexistence.

On many occasions, U Thant made references to the UN Charter that stresses the need for people to “practice tolerance and live together in peace as good neighbors.

Read more: Mission of the U Thant Institute

   

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