Report by Aaron Jacob Ysaac*
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.
Mr. Carlo Luy, a program associate at the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security, gave a presentation in which human security was situated as an approach to address global and national socio-economic challenges. He noted that human security requires protection and empowerment strategies driven by four principles: people-centered security, comprehensive coverage, context-specific projects, and prevention oriented programs. He also shared some of the programs of UN Trust Fund for Human Security, such as disaster risk-preparedness, and post-conflict rebuilding initiatives.
The 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 group was accompanied by Dr. Dave Benjamin, Associate Professor and Chair of the M.A. in Global Development & Peace.
*Aaron Jacob Ysaac is a second year student in the MA in Global Development and Peace at the College of Public and International Affairs, University of Bridgeport.