by Martina Santia (Global Development and Peace)
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.
Mr. Antonio M. Cisneros De Alencar, Gender and Human Rights Advisor from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, focused on the connection between human rights and sustainable development within the 2030 Agenda. While recalling conventions and conferences, Mr. Cisneros De Alencar enhanced the significance of the sustainable development agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the realm of human rights.
Dr. Sean Cruse enlightened students about the work of the UN Global Compact, its liaison with the private sector, and its commitment to transparency, accountability, and public discourse. Established upon deepening interdependencies between businesses and the United Nations, the Global Compact epitomizes a voluntary initiative to promote and advance a more sustainable and inclusive global economy.
Accompanied by Dave Benjamin, Chair of the M.A. in Global Development & Peace at the College of Public and International Affairs, the students were able to actively participate and pose thoughtful questions to both speakers.
The University of Bridgeport has DPI-NGO status at the United Nations and is a member of the United Nations Academic Impact.