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.
All three presentations provoked considerable discussion and debate, which continued well beyond the hallowed halls of the United Nations compound.
The group was accompanied by Dr. Dave Benjamin, Associate Professor of Global Development at the College of Public & International Affairs.
Rebecca Witherington is a student in the MA in Global Development and Peace at the College of Public & International Affairs.