by Beltina Gjeloshi (1st year student, MA in Global Development & Peace)
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.
The group was accompanied by Dr. Robert J. Riggs, Assistant Professor of World Religions and Assistant Professor of Global Development and Peace, and Dr. Dave Benjamin, Associate Professor of Global Development.
The briefings were made possible by the United Nations Department of Public Information. University of Bridgeport has DPI-NGO status at the United Nations, and is a member of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI).