by Aaron Ysaac, a student in the M.A. in Global Development and Peace
On Friday 13 April 2018, 10 students from the MA in Global Development and Peace program at the College of Public and International Affairs, University of Bridgeport attended a briefing in the afternoon at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
Mr. Daniel Shepard, Public Information Officer at the United Nations Department of Public Information, shared an overview presentation on the challenges and impact of climate change and the response of United Nations and its Member States towards sustainable development. He highlighted multiple key issues on extreme weather conditions such as monsoons, hurricane, drought, sea level rise and warming of the oceans, melting ice sheets, desertification, water scarcity and air pollution. He noted these issues have resulted for the United Nations to focus its attention in addressing the problem through the adoption of the environmental treaty UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) during the Earth Summit in 1992, followed by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000, adoption of Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement, and the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, which all have created a huge progress towards strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change. Continue reading →
On Friday November 17, 2017, 30 students from the MA in Global Development and Peace, and the MA in Global Media Communications programs at the College of Public and International Affairs, University of Bridgeport joined the guided tour in the morning and attended a briefing in the afternoon at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
The tour shared brief history and facts of the United Nations, including the development of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Sustainable Development Agenda. Students visited the General Assembly Hall, and the Security Council, and Trusteeship Council chambers where the tour attendees were able to take pictures. Continue reading →
A group of students in the M.A. in Global Development and Peace, and the B.A. in International Political Economy and Diplomacy attended two engaging briefings at United Nations Headquarters, New York on Friday 21st April 2017. Ms. Martina Donlon from the Department of Public Information gave an animated presentation punctuated by short videos on human rights issues as viewed historically by the United Nations. She was followed by Mr. Mattias Sundholm from the Department of Political Affairs, who engaged in an interactive discussion about how the United Nations facilitates efforts by member states to combat trans-national terrorism.
On 21st April, 2017, a group of students from the Global Development and Peace and International Political Economy and Diplomacy (IPED) programs at the College of Public and International Affairs attended a meeting with His excellency Mr. Abdallah Y. Al- Mouallimi, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, at the invitation of His Excellency. The meeting was held at the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom to the United Nations.
His Excellency engaged students in a lively discussion about some of the complexities of modern diplomacy, international politics, and consensus building around issues of global concern.
On Friday April 7, 2017 over 20 graduate students from the Global Development and Peace, and Global Media Communications programs at the College of Public and International Affairs, University of Bridgeport attended two briefings at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
Ms. Karin Orantes, Associate Public Information Officer, provided an in-depth presentation of the role of social media in the U.N. and how U.N. Social Media team manage use of social media in the promotion of international peace and security. Mr. David Marshall from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights engaged the students in a lively and interactive discussion of human rights and protection of children in conflict and other forms of crisis. He also discussed the importance and significance of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Continue reading →
Human rights and the Global Compact were the two topics of discussion engaging a group of 39 students from the College of Public and International Affairs, University of Bridgeport, at the United Nations on Friday November 18, 2016. Thanks to the UN Department of Public Information, graduate students in the M.A. in Global Development and Peace (GLDP), M.A. in East Asia and Pacific Rim Studies (EAPRS), and M.A. in Global Media and Communication Studies (GMCS) had an opportunity to visit the United Nations Headquarters in New York City and be briefed by senior experts.
(From Left To Right) Mr. Abdulaziz Alsalloom (Chief Of Protocol), Mr. Abdullah Alghuniam (Graduate GLDP), His Excellency Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Mayor Joseph P. Ganim
The Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, His Excellency Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, spoke at a luncheon held in his honor after the UB Commencement, which included more than 1,300 students, on Saturday, May 7.
The Ambassador came to honor the 27 Saudi students graduating including Mr. Abdullah Alghunaim, a Saudi diplomat, who works together with the Ambassador in the Saudi Mission. Mr. Alghunaim was completing his Master of Arts in Global Development and Peace. Continue reading →
On Friday April 29, 2016 a group of undergraduates in the International Political Economy & Diplomacy, Criminal Justice and Human Security, and Religion & Politics programs at the College of Public and International Affairs, University of Bridgeport visited the United Nations Headquarters in New York City for an afternoon of briefings.
Henk-Jan Brinkman, Ph.D. Chief Policy of the Planning and Application Branch at the Peacebuilding Support Office, gave an enlightening presentation about peacebuilding, a mechanism used to reduce the risks of getting into violence in the aftermath of a war. Dr. Brinkman focused on the complexity of today’s wars and the importance of translating analysis of conflicts into actions into building sustainable peace. Continue reading →
Counter-terrorism and the Global Impact were the foci of Briefings to which graduate students were privy at the United Nations on Friday 4 December 2015. Arranged by the Department of Public Information in conjunction with the College of Public and International Affairs, University of Bridgeport, students in the MA in Global Development, MA in Global Media and Communications Studies, and MA in East Asia and Pacific Rim Studies engaged in dialog with experts at the United Nations regarding matters of global importance.
The Briefings were given by Mr. Mattias Sundholm (Couter-Terrorism) and Dr. Sean Cruse (UN Global Impact). Both speakers invited discussion and questions, and addressed a wide range off issues and themes, all of current global importance. Continue reading →
Sustainable Development and Human Security were on the Agenda for a group of undergraduates from the International Political Economy and Diplomacy, and Criminal Justice and Human Security programs at University of Bridgeport when they attended Briefings at the United Nations on Friday 20 November 2015.
Briefings were given by Mr. Kirit Patel (Sustainable Development Goals), and Dr. Mehranz Mostafavi (Chief of the Human Security Unit). Each gave a presentation and answered poignant and passionate questions posed by the students, some of who were from states in the Global South and were able to speak directly to the themes and issues addressed by the speakers. Continue reading →