Submitted by Dr. Dave Benjamin
UB Undergraduates with Randy Rydell
Undergraduates in the International Political Economy and Diplomacy program at University of Bridgeport were guests of the Department of Public Information at the United Nations on Friday 1 November 2013, when they attended Briefings at UN Headquarters. The first of two briefings was given by Dr. Randy Rydell, Senior Political Affairs Officer in the Office of the High Representative for Disarmament, who addressed disarmament and chemical weapons more specifically. Continue reading
by Rebecca Burke Witherington
March 22 UN Briefing
On March 22, 2013, undergraduates from the College of Public and International Affairs, attended briefings, courtesy of the Group Programmes Unit, at United Nations headquarters in New York.
Latest developments in implementation of the Responsibility to Protect were addressed by Ms. Mallory Mroz from the Office of the Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide. Students were given an extensive history of the road to the Rome Statute and the International Criminal Court by Mr. Arnold Pronto, Senior Legal Officer from the Office of Legal Affairs, who also addressed some of the challenges of jurisdiction, prosecution, and universal application of the rule of law. Ms. Laila Shamji, Director of the Guided Tours Unit, formerly a UN Peacekeeper in Somalia, Timor l’Este, and Iraq, spoke to her experiences in these locations, placing particular emphasis on the multidimensional and multilateral nature of peacekeeping. Continue reading
by Rebecca Burke Witherington
Students in the MA in Global Development and Peace program at University of Bridgeport were treated to briefings at the United Nations on February 22, 2013, as guests of the Group Programmes Unit.
Three salient themes of current international importance were addressed. Dr. Pingfan Hong, Chief of Global Economic Monitoring at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (ECOSOC) spoke to sovereign debt in the context of the current global economic crisis, and Ms. Norha Restreop from the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate addressed international peace and security, especially how trans-national terrorism has been countered since September 11, 2001; and Ambassador David Payton, Senior Advisor, Environmental and Energy Group, Bureau for Development Policy, delivered a powerful case for the imperative of addressing sustainable development, climate change, and Sustainable Development Goals. All three experts emphasized the critical importance of multilateral consensus in solving the myriad challenges facing the international community. Continue reading
Twenty-four students in the MA in Global Development & Peace program at University of Bridgeport attended an afternoon of briefings at the United Nations on Friday November 30, 2012. The briefings – The Global Compact, Small Arms and Disarmament, and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea – were given by Mr. Sean Cruse, Mr. Hideki Matsuno, and Ms. Vita Onwuasoanya from the Global Compact, Office of Political Affairs, and Office of Legal Affairs respectively.
Global Development and Peace Students attend Briefings at the United Nations
The University of Bridgeport was recently added to the list of some 80 UNA-USA institutions in the UNA-USA Global Classrooms initiative aimed at informing university and secondary school students about the important work of the UN http://www.unausa.org/global-classrooms-model-un/about-global-classrooms-model-un/university-involvement-with-global-classrooms
Miguel Arroyo has led Model UN efforts and UNA-USA work at UB since he came to UB seven years ago. Miguel earned a B.A. in International Political Economy and Diplomacy, an MBA and he is currently working on his Master of Arts in Global Development and Peace and a doctorate in Education. Miguel has worked with UB students for five years to staff UNA-USA Model UN programs in New York. Under Miguel’s leadership, UB has won six National Model UN awards. UB students have also worked with Miguel to staff and advise high school Model UN programs in New York in conjunction with UNA-USA Global Classrooms project.
University of Bridgeport President Neil A. Salonen announced today to the UB Community that the United Nations Department of Public Information has officially given NGO status to UB:
This week I received news from the United Nations’ Department of Public Information that they had approved the University of Bridgeport for association with the Department, effective immediately. This means we have official NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) status held by only a few other universities.
This United Nations accreditation is an honor for the University but we also recognize it as a responsibility. Through the efforts of faculty, staff, students and alumni, the University has long striven to support the United Nations. Continue reading
More than a thousand people filled the United Nations General Assembly Hall
World Interfaith Harmony Week was concluded at the United Nations General Assembly on February 7, 2012 at an event titled “Common Ground for Common Good.” Subthemes discussed by speakers included: the search for common ground, conflict resolution, disaster prevention and response, renewal of the United Nations, and sustainable development.
H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President of the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, UN Photo/Evan Schneider
“We recognize and celebrate the values that are shared across religious traditions,” said Mr. Al-Nasser, President of the 66th General Assembly. “These common principles form a common ground that unites us in our rich diversity.” The General Assembly President went on to note that the United Nations was itself established in pursuit of universal values such as peace, freedom, human rights, dignity, and the oneness of humanity, which are also espoused by many of the world’s religions.
UB Group visiting the UN for Briefings
On December 1, 2011, 22 students in the MA in Global Development and Peace at University of Bridgeport visited the United Nations in New York for a day of briefings and a tour. Briefings were given by three leading experts: Mr. Renato Mariani (Conflict Resolution), Mr. Matthias Stausberg (The Global Compact), and Mr. John Solecki (Refugees). Each expert covered a number of technical areas critical to the work of the United Nations in protecting the world’s most vulnerable people, and in pursuit of peace and development. The students were accompanied by Dr. Dave Benjamin, Associate Professor of Global Development.
The Human Rights Students in a UN Hallway
A group of UB students in the International Human Rights course attended briefings at the United Nations in New York on Friday November 4, 2011. The briefings were coordinated by the Group Programmes Unit, and the speakers were Ms. Renata Sivacolundhu from the Human Rights Council, Mr. Adrian Morrice from Department of Humanitarian Affairs, and Dr. Jason Abrams from the International Law Department. The briefings were: Recent Developments in the Human Rights Council, The Peacebuilding Commission, and International Law and Transitional Justice. The students were accompanied by Dr. Dave Benjamin from the International College.