On 17 May, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will address students from 23 countries gathered in the General Assembly hall at the annual Global Classrooms Model UN event organized by United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), the membership programme of the UN Foundation.
In the lead-up to this event, as part of the ongoing "Future We Want" campaign, all young people around the world are invited to join a social media Twitter conversation to tell the Secretary-General about the future they want. To join the conversation, young people should use this hashtag: #gcmodelun.
Submissions in all languages are welcomed and translations of the above tweets are also welcome.
In his remarks on 17 May, the Secretary-General will then share a global sampling of the thoughts he receives from youth postings on Twitter. There may also be an additional social media surprise in the speech. Mr Ban is expected to offer some ideas about how youth can get involved in June's Rio+20 conference and the related Future We Want campaign, such as attending Rio-related events, participating in Rio-related contests, writing letters to the editor, etc. The speech itself will be webcast and promoted on the UN's social media accounts.
As background, information about the Global Classrooms programme is available online here: http://www.unausa.org/globalclassrooms. Other social media content related to The Future We Want is available online here.
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