United Nations Day 2019

October 24, 2019 
at Hamilton College, Clinton, New York

Each year, October 24 marks the anniversary of the the foundation of the United Nations via the ratification of the UN Charter. October 24 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday. The Upper Mohawk Valley chapter of the UNA-USA is happy to bring this annual global initiative to the high school students of our local communities. The United Nations has declared climate change the defining issue of our time. UN Secretary-General António Guterres has repeatedly called on us all to be leaders in the fight against climate change. We agree that it’s time we all commit to immediate climate action. That’s why our theme for UN Day 2019 is Our Planet. Our Future.

UN Day 2019

This year's UN Day program will be held on October 24, 2019 from 8:30 am to 1:15 pm. The program will be hosted by Hamilton College and held in the Fillius Events Barn (#18 on Hamilton College's campus map) The theme for UN Day 2019 is Our Planet, Our Future.


















We encourage high school teachers, guidance councilors, Model United Nations club advisers, and school administrators to gather their interested students together for a day to encourage greater understanding of current environmental concerns, justice and ethical issues related to climate change, ways that the United Nations is actively acting and promoting positive climate action, and how our students can become more involved locally, nationally, and globally.

If your school plans to attend our UN Day 2019 program, please take the time to carefully review each of the four links found below, including completing the online registration form at your earliest convenience. We ask that that the faculty member in charge of the trip register their school no later than October 11.


Invitation LEtter

Please read this letter carefully to learn about our plans for UN Day 2019.


Please complete this form to register your school to attend UN Day 2019.


Review our schedule to learn about the specific events that we have planned for UN Day 2019.


Please use the following directions to the Fillius Events Barn at Hamilton College.

At UN Day 2019, the Upper Mohawk Valley chapter of the UNA-USA is excited to announce that we will have three very special speakers at our event: Helen-Audrey Adom, Grant Accountant for the United Nations Foundation's Finance Department, Dr. Aaron Strong, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Hamilton College, and Dr. Justin Clark, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Hamilton College.

Helen-Audrey Adom serves as a Grant Accountant for the United Nations Foundation's Finance Department. As a returning intern of the Foundation, she has developed through her prior experiences: a deep and broad knowledge about the activities, procedures and performances of the Foundation. Helen-Audrey is an asset for any types of questions focusing on the UNF's grants activities and in a wider spectrum on any Accounting / Business Transactions. She trains / cross trains, coaches, directs, supervises Interns and other members (both inside and outside) of the Finance Team led by Walter Cortes, the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining the Foundation, Helen-Audrey worked for diverse type of companies and multinationals including NESTLE, and the WEST AFRICAN CENTRAL BANK in Abidjan , Cote D' Ivoire , where she is originally from. She is a passionate cook, reader, traveler, and dedicated fashion coach, biker, and swimmer. Her main focus are: Family- Work - Personal Development & Community' service/ well-being.

Trained as an interdisciplinary sustainability scientist, Aaron Strong’s research focuses on understanding the impacts of climate change and the dynamics of climate feedbacks in both terrestrial and marine systems, including work on ocean acidification, carbon sequestration, and sea-level rise.

Concerned with both the biophysical and human dimensions of climate change, Strong’s work also employs participatory scenario-based, spatially-explicit assessments that seek to enhance climate justice and provide actionable information to decision-makers.

He joined Hamilton as an assistant professor of environmental studies with a focus on climate change. Strong received his bachelor's in biology and political science from Swarthmore College, his master's in international climate policy from Tufts University and his doctorate from the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford University. Before coming to Hamilton Strong was an assistant professor in the School of Marine Sciences and the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine.

Justin Clark’s research concentrates on ancient theories of virtue, as well as various problems in moral psychology. His dissertation focused primarily on the theory of virtue in early Plato and the moral psychology of Plato’s “dialogues of definition.” Clark is a proponent of virtue ethics as a viable alternative to deontological and consequentialist theories.

In addition to classes related to his research, he enjoys teaching environmental ethics, social and political philosophy, aesthetics, and the philosophy of religion.


Helen-Audrey Adom

Grant Accountant for the United Nation Foundation's Finance Department


Dr. Aaron Strong

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Hamilton College


Dr. Justin Clark

Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Hamilton College

This year's UN Day program has been organized by Mr. Greg Smith (Vice President). Many thanks to Mr. Smith for his efforts to coordinate with Hamilton College, schools in our region, and our guest speakers. Likewise, we would also like to thank Dannelle Parker, Directors Conferences & Summer Programs at Hamilton College, and Hamilton College itself for their tremendous commitment to multiculturalism and for their support of our UN Day program.