United Nations Day 2018

October 24, 2018 at Hamilton College

UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being. 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 UNA-USA is happy to bring this annual global initiative to the high school students of our local community. As 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), this year's theme will center around expanding knowledge of the document itself, increasing awareness for the impact that it has made on people both locally and around the world, and motivating student-attendees to act in support of the ideals that the UDHR contains.

UN Day 2018

This year's UN Day program will be on October 24, 2018 from 8:30 am to 1:00 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 2018 is Human Rights, Close to Home.







We encourage high school teachers of social studies and foreign language, guidance councilors, and Model United Nations club advisers to gather their interested students together for a day to reflect upon and honor the values conveyed in the UN Charter, to further their awareness about important global issues and international politics, to experience multiculturalism, and to learn more about the importance of community involvement locally, nationally, and globally. 

If your school plans to attend our UN Day 2018 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 12.

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Invitation LEtter

Please read this letter carefully to learn about our plans for UN Day 2018.


Please complete this form to register your school to attend UN Day 2018.


Review our schedule to learn about the specific events that we have planned for UN Day 2018.


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

At UN Day 2018, the Upper Mohawk Valley chapter of the UNA-USA is excited to announce that we will have two very special keynote speakers at our event: Genelle Adrien, Manager of Communications and Digital Marketing at the UN Foundation and Erica De Bruin, Assistant Professor of Government at Hamilton College.

Genelle Adrien is a Manager of Communications and Digital Marketing at the United Nations Foundation and believes in the power of storytelling and creative communication as a catalyst for social change. Prior to joining the UN Foundation, Genelle worked as an Associate on the Creative Team at Burness—a public interest communications firm. There, she managed impactful multimedia campaigns for more than 30 local, national and international nonprofits focused on global health, education, climate change and more. She lives in Maryland with her husband Richard and their cat Piment.

Erica De Bruin's research interests include civil-military relations, military effectiveness, international conflict, and civil war. Her current research focuses on how to prevent military coups and how violent conflict escalates.

De Bruin worked previously as a research associate in U.S. foreign policy and international law at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C., and taught international relations to high school students through the United Nations Association’s Global Classrooms Program. She received her doctorate from the Department of Political Science at Yale University in 2014.


Genelle Adrien, Manager of Communications and Digital Marketing at the UN Foundation


Erica DeBruin, Assistant Professor of Governments at Hamilton College

This year's UN Day program has been organized by Mrs. Carol White (President), Mr. Greg Smith (Vice President), and Mrs. Sherry Wright (Board Member). Much thanks to each of them for their efforts. 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.