Inspiring UNA-USA Message about the Power of Education Airs on Toshiba Vision Screen

One of Most Famous Screens in One of America’s Busiest Intersections Hosts One of the World’s Most Important Global Issues

September 29, 2011
WASHINGTON – As global leaders and diplomats from around the world gathered in New York last week for the UN General Assembly, visitors passing through one of the city’s busiest intersections saw UNA-USA’s new Global Classrooms® Model UN Public Service Announcement on the Toshiba Vision Screen.

The powerful images of this PSA help preview UNA-USA’s new documentary, Decorum, which gives individuals an inside-look at how one teacher’s students from Queens, N.Y. were empowered and inspired through Global Classrooms and the Model UN program. The PSA continues to air throughout the month of October in Times Square, as one of three UN Foundation PSAs running on one of the world’s most famous billboards.


“It is inspiring to have a message about the power of education on one of the most prestigious locations in the world. This message illustrates a shared commitment to education and the impact that a global perspective can offer students,” said Patrick Madden, executive director, UNA-USA. “We are grateful to Toshiba for providing the big screen to promote our efforts to connect students and the American public with the world."


Decorum will premiere in full on Wed., Oct. 5, at the Grand Hyatt New York, with Dean/Teacher Michael Budhu and several of his students, who are featured in the film, in the audience. The documentary will also be released online during the month of October. For more details, please visit www.unausa.org/decorum




The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), a program of the UN Foundation, is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire and mobilize the American people to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations. UNA-USA works to accomplish its mission through its national network of chapters, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA and the UN Foundation create the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world. For more information on UNA-USA, visit www.unausa.org.


The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation builds and implements public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and works to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through campaigns and partnerships, the organization connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The campaigns reduce child mortality, empower women and girls, create a new energy future, secure peace and human rights, and promote technology innovation to improve health outcomes. These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.

Global Classrooms is UNA-USA’s innovative educational program that engages middle school and high school students in an exploration of current world issues through interactive simulations and curricular materials. Global Classrooms cultivates literacy, life skills and the attitudes necessary for active citizenship. For more information on Global Classrooms, visit www.unausa.org/globalclassrooms.


Model UN is an academic simulation of the UN that promotes leadership skills and understanding of international affairs and world cultures. Over 500,000 students participate in Model UN programs each year. During the conference 140 schools, 2,500 students, and 300 teachers participate. Students are assigned different nations to represent in New York City. For more information on Model UN, visit www.unausa.org/modelun.


Prominently positioned below the world-famous New Year countdown ball in New York City’s Times Square business and entertainment district, Toshiba’s massive dual LED signboards, known collectively as “TOSHIBA VISION,” serve a variety of promotional and public-service functions. In addition to illuminating the annual New Year countdown for upwards of 1 billion celebrants worldwide, the Interlocking System connects both boards in brilliant seasonal displays and animated sporting events. From atop One Times Square Building, one of the most valuable advertising locations in the world, TOSHIBA VISION ensures superb domestic and international media exposure, providing the Toshiba brand with unrivalled quantitative and qualitative promotional benefits. For more information on the TOSHIBA VISION LED signboards please visit www.toshibavision.com.                                                             

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