by Martina Santia*
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.
The second briefing, given by Dr. Donald Lee, President of the International Committee and former Chief of Social Perspectives on Development Branch, UN DESA, New York, addressed sustainable development beyond 2015. Dr. Lee compared the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), identifying challenges to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Dr. Lee also explained the significance of the SDGs as universal, integrated, and transformative goals to address new global realities including conflicts, social and economic inequalities, climate change, and environmental challenges.
The UN briefings were made possible by the United Nations Department of Public Information. The University of Bridgeport has DPI-NGO status at the United Nations, and is a member of the UN Academic Impact (UNAI).
The students were accompanied by Dr. Dave Benjamin, Chair of the M.A. in Global Development & Peace at the College of Public and International Affairs at the University of Bridgeport.
*Martina Santia is a first year student in the MA in Global Development and Peace program at the College of Public and International Affairs, University of Bridgeport.