UB Students Interface at Briefings with Officials at the United Nations

Beltina Gjeloshi, Graduate Assistant, College of Public & International Affairs

A group of Undergraduates from the College of Public & International Affairs, and the Trefz School of Business at the University of Bridgeport were guests of the Department of Public Information on Friday 14 November, 2014, when they attended Briefings at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ Associate Policy Advisor Noelia Diaz delighted students both in the history and structure of UNHCR as well as its latest developments in the face of modern emergency response capabilities. In association with up-to-date events in precarious regions such as Syria, Ms. Diaz briefed the audience about the challenges and prospects refugees, internally displaced persons, asylum seekers, and stateless persons.

UB Students at UN Briefing, Nov. 14, 2014

UB Students at UN Briefing, Nov. 14, 2014


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UN Official Speaks at UB Colloquium

Ms. Gaynel Curry, Adviser in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Ms. Gaynel Curry, Adviser in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Ms. Gaynel Curry, Adviser in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights addressed the 8th Annual Colloquium held by the UB Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national Political Science Honor Society, on the evening of April 10th. In addressing the theme – Bringing an End to Human Trafficking – Ms. Curry spoke to instruments in international law, to which states have committed themselves, that are intended to offer protections to women and children who are the primary victims of the global trade in human begins, and exploitation thereof. She sat on a panel of three experts that included Professor Angela Duger from the Harvard School of Public Health, and Professor Melissa Labonte from Fordham University. University of Bridgeport has DPI-NGO status at the United Nations, and is a member of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI).

Dave Benjamin, Ph.D.
Faculty Adviser to Pi Sigma Alpha

UB Graduate Students Interface with UN Officials in Briefings

by Beltina Gjeloshi (1st year student, MA in Global Development & Peace)

UB Graduate Students Interface with UN Officials in Briefings

UB Graduate Students Interface with UN Officials in Briefings

On April 11, 2014, a group of graduate students from the College of Public and International Affairs at the University of Bridgeport was treated to an afternoon of briefings at the Department of Public Information at United Nations headquarters in New York City. Mr. Dan Shepard, from the Sustainability Division in the Department of Public Information, who addressed sustainable development and responsibility in the context of the reality of climate change, meeting the challenges of skeptics, and facing the myriad consequences of climate change, especially in the Global South. The second briefing was given by Mr. Sean Cruse from the UN Global Compact, who addressed the principles and values of the UN Global Compact and the nexus involving the UN, multinational enterprises, and civil society as stakeholders in the Compact. Both briefings inspired substantial discussion, addressing the need for broad, multilateral climate change consensus, as well as key challenges and targets in reaching out to non-state sectors through the Compact. Continue reading →

UB Expands on its UNAI Membership

Submitted by Dr. Dave Benjamin

UB Undergraduates with Randy Rydell

UB Undergraduates with Randy Rydell

Undergraduates in the International Political Economy and Diplomacy program at University of Bridgeport were guests of the Department of Public Information at the United Nations on Friday 1 November 2013, when they attended Briefings at UN Headquarters. The first of two briefings was given by Dr. Randy Rydell, Senior Political Affairs Officer in the Office of the High Representative for Disarmament, who addressed disarmament and chemical weapons more specifically. Continue reading →

University of Bridgeport Undergraduates Attend Briefings at the United Nations

by Rebecca Burke Witherington

March 22 UN Briefing

March 22 UN Briefing

On March 22, 2013, undergraduates from the College of Public and International Affairs, attended briefings, courtesy of the Group Programmes Unit, at United Nations headquarters in New York.

Latest developments in implementation of the Responsibility to Protect were addressed by Ms. Mallory Mroz from the Office of the Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide.  Students were given an extensive history of the road to the Rome Statute and the International Criminal Court by Mr. Arnold Pronto, Senior Legal Officer from the Office of Legal Affairs, who also addressed some of the challenges of jurisdiction, prosecution, and universal application of the rule of law. Ms. Laila Shamji, Director of the Guided Tours Unit, formerly a UN Peacekeeper in Somalia, Timor l’Este, and Iraq, spoke to her experiences in these locations, placing particular emphasis on the multidimensional and multilateral nature of peacekeeping. Continue reading →

University of Bridgeport Graduate Students Attend Briefings at the United Nations

by Rebecca Burke Witherington

Students in the MA in Global Development and Peace program at University of Bridgeport were treated to briefings at the United Nations on February 22, 2013, as guests of the Group Programmes Unit.

Three salient themes of current international importance were addressed.  Dr. Pingfan Hong, Chief of Global Economic Monitoring at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (ECOSOC) spoke to sovereign debt in the context of the current global economic crisis, and Ms. Norha Restreop from the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate addressed international peace and security, especially how trans-national terrorism has been countered since September 11, 2001; and Ambassador David Payton, Senior Advisor, Environmental and Energy Group, Bureau for Development Policy, delivered a powerful case for the imperative of addressing sustainable development, climate change, and Sustainable Development Goals.  All three experts emphasized the critical importance of multilateral consensus in solving the myriad challenges facing the international community. Continue reading →

UB Students attend Briefings at the United Nations, December 1, 2012

Twenty-four students in the MA in Global Development & Peace program at University of Bridgeport attended an afternoon of briefings at the United Nations on Friday November 30, 2012.  The briefings – The Global Compact, Small Arms and Disarmament, and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea – were given by Mr. Sean Cruse, Mr. Hideki Matsuno, and Ms. Vita Onwuasoanya from the Global Compact, Office of Political Affairs, and Office of Legal Affairs respectively.

Global Development and Peace Students attend Briefings at the United Nations

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UNA-USA Global Classrooms

The University of Bridgeport was recently added to the list of some 80 UNA-USA institutions in the UNA-USA Global Classrooms initiative aimed at informing university and secondary school students about the important work of the UN http://www.unausa.org/global-classrooms-model-un/about-global-classrooms-model-un/university-involvement-with-global-classrooms

Miguel Arroyo has led Model UN efforts and UNA-USA work at UB since he came to UB seven years ago. Miguel earned a B.A. in International Political Economy and Diplomacy, an MBA and he is currently working on his Master of Arts in Global Development and Peace and a doctorate in Education. Miguel has worked with UB students for five years to staff UNA-USA Model UN programs in New York. Under Miguel’s leadership, UB has won six National Model UN awards. UB students have also worked with Miguel to staff and advise high school Model UN programs in New York in conjunction with UNA-USA Global Classrooms project.

UB Receives NGO Status from UNDPI

United NationsUniversity of Bridgeport President Neil A. Salonen announced today to the UB Community that the United Nations Department of Public Information has officially given NGO status to UB:

This week I received news from the United Nations’ Department of Public Information that they had approved the University of Bridgeport for association with the Department, effective immediately. This means we have official NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) status held by only a few other universities.

This United Nations accreditation is an honor for the University but we also recognize it as a responsibility. Through the efforts of faculty, staff, students and alumni, the University has long striven to support the United Nations. Continue reading →