On Friday April 15, 2011, forty undergraduate and graduate students from University of Bridgeport attended a day of briefings at the United Nations, facilitated by the Group Programs Unit.
The briefings were given by Mr. Matthias Stausberg (Spokesperson for the Global Compact), Mr. Geoff Shaw (Representative of the IAEA Director General to the United Nations), and Mr. Arnold Pronto (Senior Legal Officer at the International Law Commission). Mr. Stausberg addressed the role of the Global Compact in facilitating the dialog about corporate responsibility among the private, non-governmental, and state sectors. Mr. Shaw spoke to the broad remit of the IAEA, especially in augmenting safety in the use of nuclear power, and pursuing non-proliferation. Of special emphasis was the collaborative work the IAEA is doing with the World Health Organization (WHO) on the transfer of nuclear-based medical diagnosis and treatment technology to developing countries, especially given the exponential increase in the incidence of cancer. Mr. Pronto addressed, very crucially, the emerging norm of responsibility of states to each other and to peoples, in the broader context of the revolution in international criminal and humanitarian law since the end of the Second World War.
The students were from PSCI 209 UN Studies, and the MA in Global Development and Peace.
—Report by Dave Benjamin