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The United Nations

Goal 16: Peace, Justice and strong Institutions


This Power Point presentation explains the structure of the UN system and the type of work it does to achieve its aims. It also gives a short overview of the UN history and introduces the key agencies within the UN system.


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Learning Objectives
  • – To introduce the aims of the United Nations
  • – To introduce the key agencies within the United Nations system
  • – To understand the work of the United Nations

Behavioural competences

  • Conflict resolution behavior
  • Critical thinking
  • Be an active citizen


  • What would the world look like without the UN?
  • How integration and cooperation creates peace
  • Decision making process at local, national, global level

Lifelong learning key competences

Social and civic competencies


Read and understand the notes for each slide before showing the power point presentation.

Video suggestions to introduce the goal/theme:


How Does The UN Work? (3:50 min.)


How Effective Is The United Nations? (2:46 min.)


How Powerful Is The United Nations? (2:52 min.)


Power Point Presentation


Complete the reflection work sheet connected to goal no. 16

The first part of the work sheet is to be completed before class, but the remaining parts are to be used for summing up and evaluating the theme in class.

Followup suggestions

Look at the other exercises connected to goal no. 16 Peace, Justice and strong Institutions

Ideas for actions

“Make your voice heard and vote in your country’s elections”, “Be passionate about your country’s decisions, and remain peaceful when standing up for what you believe in”. Find more ideas for actions in the: “170 good ideas for daily actions to transform our world” here: http://www.youneedtoknow.ch/

Reflection Sheet

Appendix 1 – Wavesof Grace – The role of UN