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What youth know about the UN

The United Nations officially came into existence on 24 October 1945. This year marks the 67th anniversary of the ratification of the United Nations Charter.

UNESCO Bangkok asked young people around the world: “What comes first to your mind when you think about the UN?”


Bolormaa Chimednamjil, 28, Mongolia


“The first thought would be it's the representative body of the world's nations and has to help with humanitarian efforts to countries that need it. But it became very driven by money and its policies are shaped by those who fund them heavily, those countries that give the money have more influence in the world.”

Sarita Fae Jarmack, 24, USA 


“I think about the collaboration of humans from every corner and crevice of the world. I think about interests and desires; the discovery and production of knowledge. I think about the constant collection of puzzle pieces, each being a solution, an idea, a breath closer to the understanding and coexistence of our world.“ 

Sunmi Ji, 25, South Korea


“World Government! It looks idealistic but actually it is realistic - real politics among countries.” 

Panjasri Thongaree, 29, Thailand


“Jelly beans! Different colours, different flavours but same shape.”

Cheng Cheng, 23, China


“Human rights, world peace and sustainability.”

Roosmarijn Jacobs, 27, Netherlands 


“Peace, safety, the world, missions and working towards a better place.”

Narenrit Supasri, 23, Thailand


“When talk about the UN, I think it's the best thing that human ever did.”

Heeyoung Lee, 24, South Korea 


“When I think about UN, ‘Last bastion of Public Good’ comes to my mind first. Even though people cannot think about any issue without their own interest, United Nations should be the place to think about the public good more than any other organizations.”


William Federer, 28, USA 


“When the UN was created, the world was in turmoil and there was much hope for working together. It seems that today, many countries will agree on goals and initiatives, but are not dedicated to follow through with their promises. The UN could achieve more and solve more of the world problems if there were more cooperation and understanding.”


Jisu Kim, 21, South Korea


“Promoting world peace and world security.”

Christine Doerner, 26, Germany


“When I think about the UN the first thing that comes to my mind is the reason they are always on the news which is international conflicts, resolutions and blue helmet soldiers.” 


Panya Laongthong, 28, Thailand
 “When I think about UN I think about Peace, Human Rights, Conflict, and Development. They want to build peace for the world; urge people to respect human rights; end conflicts everywhere in the world; and make sure that people have a better life through development.”


Karolin Rist, 25, Germany


“For me the UN stands for both human unification and diversity. Its members agree that human beings are all equal in a sense that we all should have the same rights and chances in life. Its members do also accept that human beings are all unique in a sense that we should maintain our own culture and support those of others."



Kaniz Fatema, 22, Bangladesh

Whenever I saw social crises and violations in my country I felt that UN can solve the problem and create hope among the people.

The first words coming to my mind are that the UN are social workers. UN stands for united nations which serve several nations with combined work. They work for deprived people, create social awareness among the people and do everything in their hands to help people.



By Rojana Manowalailao, UNESCO Bangkok