by Aaron Ysaac, a student in the M.A. in Global Development and Peace
On Friday 13 April 2018, 10 students from the MA in Global Development and Peace program at the College of Public and International Affairs, University of Bridgeport attended a briefing in the afternoon at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
Mr. Daniel Shepard, Public Information Officer at the United Nations Department of Public Information, shared an overview presentation on the challenges and impact of climate change and the response of United Nations and its Member States towards sustainable development. He highlighted multiple key issues on extreme weather conditions such as monsoons, hurricane, drought, sea level rise and warming of the oceans, melting ice sheets, desertification, water scarcity and air pollution. He noted these issues have resulted for the United Nations to focus its attention in addressing the problem through the adoption of the environmental treaty UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) during the Earth Summit in 1992, followed by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000, adoption of Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement, and the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, which all have created a huge progress towards strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change.
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 group was accompanied by Dr. Dave Benjamin, Associate Professor and Chair of the M.A. in Global Development & Peace.