About The People Speak

Welcome to The People Speak, a community of young people who are passionate about global issues.  Here, you can exchange ideas and perspectives with other youth from around the world and learn how you can make a difference on global issues ranging from poverty to climate change.

The People Speak signature activity is the Global Debates.  Each fall and spring, high school students in over 90 countries participate in the Global Debates by hosting a public discussion or debate on a specific global issue.  But they don't just stop there!  Schools take their debates to action by organizing local service projects in their schools or communities, getting the attention of local press, engaging their elected leaders, and creating thought-provoking videos about the issue at hand.  Teams that register and actively compete are eligible to win prizes.

The People Speak is an initiative of the United Nations Foundation.  Since it began in 2003, there have been more than 70,000 TPS activities reaching young people across the world.  The Global Debates is a partnership with the National Forensic League (NFL) and the International Debate Education Association (IDEA).


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