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The UN at 75: Improving Image and Visibility Through Education

Saturday 7 March 2020
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague

On Saturday 7 March, the Chair of UN Studies will host an event with Lions International as part of ‘The UN at 75’ events series running throughout 2020. This event focuses on SDG 4: Quality Education, asking how the UN’s image and visibility can be improved through education, and conversely, how education can foster a global mindset and UN values like multilateralism and peace.

Lions International

This event is in collaboration with Lions International. When the United Nations was established in 1945, the Lions were involved as an international NGO in drawing up the Charter. Since then there has been a special bond between the UN and Lions International; every year a special Lions UN day is organised in the important UN cities such as New York, Geneva, Nairobi, Rome, Vienna and also in The Hague.


To open this event, Elisabet Haderer, International Director of Lions Clubs International until 2019, reflects on the past and future of this special relationship between UN and Lions.

The second part of the event will focus on the questions: What can the UN do for education? and How can education foster the adoption of a global mindset and UN values such as multilateralism, humanitarianism, and peace?

We will first hold an interview panel with Dean of LUC Judi Mesman, Dutch UN Youth Delegate Hajar Yagkoubi, and Dutch UNESCO Youth Commission Representative Pepijn Kruiswijk. Chaired by Ria Schutte, the panel members will discuss questions in relation to their own work and it will provide ample opportunity for questions from both the panel members to each other and from the audience too. Following this, there will be a breakout session during which the audience will be divided into small groups to further discuss these questions amongst themselves. We will finish with a plenary during which we will draw conclusions from the day’s findings. We invite you to stay afterwards for a drinks reception.

12:30 hrs Reception with coffee and tea  
13:15 hrs Opening by day chairman Lion Ria Schutte Welcome on behalf of the municipality of The Hague by Alderman Bruines - Honoring Dutch winner Peace Poster 2019 'The way of Peace' - Signing contract: cooperation Lions-Healthy Athletes
14:00 hrs  Elisabeth Haderer, Past International Director of Lions Clubs International

75 years of collaboration between Lions and the United Nations, results and challenges

14:30 hrs

Prof. dr. Alana O’Malley, Chair of United Nations Studies in Peace and Justice, Leiden University

UN 75 is relevant, but a change in perception is needed

14:40 hrs Day Chair Ria Schutte interviews: 

- Prof. dr. Judi Mesman, chairman of the board of Leiden University College;
- Hajar Yagkoubi, Dutch UN youth delegate;
- Pepijn Kruijswijk, member of the Dutch Unesco Youth Commission

15:20 hrs

Francesca Lavè

What does the UN mean for young people? UN Youth Impact presents its project to increase knowledge and interest
15:30 hrs

Discussion in groups and plenary discussion

17:00 hrs

Drinks reception offered by the municipality of The Hague



Given the collaboration with the university, many English-speaking students are expected and the programme will mostly be in English. This is supplemented as much as possible with Dutch visual presentation.


Register for free

For the programme in Dutch please see the Lions website.

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