DPI/NGO 2017 Youth Orientation Programme

The 2017 DPI/NGO Youth Orientation Programme focused on introducing new DPI/NGO youth representatives to the United Nations and outlining the specific responsibilities of a youth representative. Jeffrey Brez began the session by highlighting the importance of youth to the UN. Through youth groups, the UN is able to gain specific knowledge, learn different advocacy skills and gain outreach on social media. Brez concluded by noting that youth groups need to put “boots to words,” the idea that words are meaningless if action is not taken.

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Next, Amanda Goodson highlighted AIESEC’s work with youth globally. As a partner of the UN, AIESEC launched a Youth for Global Goals initiative to address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The initiative consists of three phases: Awareness, Understanding, and Action. In 2016, 12 million youth were aware of the SDGs. Out of the 12 million youth, 56,000 physically engaged in AIESEC’s forum, which helps youth understand SDGs, particularly the goals that are most relevant to them and their communities, and 2.5 million people engaged in the forum virtually. After selecting their target goals, participants take action. In 2016, 32,000 volunteers were mobilized to take action on their target goals. With 10 partners, AIESEC has 4,500 registered projects in over 120 countries. The year when the AIESEC forum took place, AIESEC distributed a youth speaks survey. According to the survey results, 68% of the respondents believe the world will be a better place by 2030. 55% of respondents were also not aware of the SDGs. However, Goodson noted that this 55 % were able to learn about the SDGs over the course of the survey.

Meeting: DPI/NGO 2017 Youth Orientation Programme

Date/Location: Friday, 10 March 2017; 11:30 to 1:00; UN Headquarters, Conference Room 1

Speakers: Juan Pablo Celis, Youth Representative to UNA-NY; Jeffrey Brez, Chief of NGO Relations and Advocacy Section of the UN DPI; Saskia Schellekens, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth at the UN; Elizabeth Niland, Social Affairs Officer-UN Programme on Youth; Christopher Dekki, United Nations representative for the International Movement of Catholic Students; Amanda Goodson, Vice President of Partnerships at AIESEC; Rena Zhu, Youth Representative to the American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Written By: Na-Yeon Park, WIT Representative

The Fight against Impunity for Atrocities: Bringing Da’esh to Justice

 

 

 

The crucial nature of holding the members of Da’esh accountable for their crimes, for victims to attain justice, was explored at today’s high-level meeting. A call to action was evident to collect and preserve evidence of their atrocities.

Simon Adams expressed how in 2005 all the states within United Nations made a commitment toward their responsibility to protect vulnerable populations from mass atrocity crimes. Matthew Rycroft conveyed that thousands of corpses, each a victim of Da’esh, were found last week in a sinkhole near Mosul, Iraq.

Mr. Mohamed Ali Alhakim disclosed how Da’esh used to cover forty percent of Iraqi territory, but as a result of the progress of the military and coalition partners, it now covers very few kilometers. He conveyed how 5,000 lawsuits have been filed against members of Da’esh in Iraq.

sdgs_poster_new1Mr. Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve described how the primary victims of Da’esh include the Yazidi people, Christians, and other minorities.

Mr. Michael Douglas Grant brought into conversation how members of the LGBTI community are targeted by Da’esh. In addition, he described a new initiative that has allowed over 400 Yazidi victims into Canada. Likewise, Mr. Juergen Schutz introduced into the discussion a residence program that has allowed over 1,100 Yazidis into Germany.

Ms. Nadia Murad gave a testimony regarding her experience as a Yazidi Genocide survivor. She implored the Iraqi government and the United Nations to establish an investigation to prosecute ISIS under international law. She conveyed how she had spoken at the United Nations fifteen months before, yet not one ISIS militant had faced charges under an international investigation. Ms. Amal Clooney, the legal representative of Ms. Murad, asked that Prime Minister Haider al-Abadion of Iraq sends a letter to the Security Council to have an investigation a behalf of all victims.

Meeting: High-level event on “The Fight against Impunity for Atrocities: Bringing Da’esh to Justice” (co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Belgium, Canada, Germany, Iraq and the United Kingdom and the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect)

Date/ Location: Thursday, March 9, 2017; 15:00-17:00; Trusteeship Council Chamber

Speakers: Simon Adams, Executive Director of Global Center of Responsibility to Protect; Matthew Rycroft, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom; H.E. Mr. Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve, Permanent Representative of Belgium; H.E. Mr. Michael Douglas Grant, Deputy Permanent Representative of Canada; H.E. Mr. Mohamed Ali Alhakim, Permanent Representative of Iraq; H.E. Mr. Matthew Rycroft, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom; H.E. Mr. Juergen Schutz, Permanent Representative of German; H.E. Ms. Zainab Hawa Bangura, Special Representative of the Secretary General for Sexual Violence in Conflict; Ms. Nadia Murad, Yazidi Genocide Survivor, Human Rights Activist and UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking; Ms. Amal Clooney, Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers and Legal Representative for Nadia Murad and Other Yazidi survivors

Written By: WIT Representative Donna Sunny

The Transatlantic Slave Trade

The impact the transatlantic slave had on the world’s history reveals the importance of the contributions of each individual involved in it. As Professor Abena Busia noted, when people think of the slave trade, the stress is on the word “slave,” not on the word “trade,” and looking at it with the focus on trade in a historical and contemporary context reveals its significance and present effects.

In the beginning of the transatlantic slave trade, before being slaves, each individual was part of a family, played a role to contribute to their family, and led normal lives. Although we learn of the harsh conditions slaves went through while traveling to the Americas and other territories, the slaves flourished in Latin America early on. With a robust African population, Africans in Spain that traveled early to Latin America were essential in the destruction of regimes and construction of lands. In the 1500’s Africans helping conquer lands were free to work, entrusted with arms, and helped build forts and buildings. African conquistadors were even given gold and entrusted to be translators, but the wealth and status they acquired was soon lost as white settlers seized the lands. With white settlers wanting to take over land and not wanting to perform the functions needed to do so, they turned the Africans into slaves for free labor.

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Although the slaves endured much, their trauma created significant socioeconomic contributions. Their work created wealth for families, increased trade of goods through their labor, and developed economic enterprises. Their political activism of resistance to slavery was and continues to be one of the biggest impacts the slaves left for people of African descent. Their experiences have passed on essential values that continue to impact the world today.

Meeting: The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Socio-Economic Contributions of People of African Descent

Date/Location: Thursday, March 30, 2017; 11:00 to 12:45; Economic and Social Council Chamber

Speakers: Hawa Diallo, Public Information Officer, NGO Relations, Advocacy and Special Events, Department of Public Information; Abena P.A. Busia, Professor, Rutgers University; Ben Vinson III, Dean of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, George Washington University; Verene A. Shepherd, Professor, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus; Joseph E. Inikori, Professor, University of Rochester; Cy Richardson, Senior Vice President for Economics and Housing Programs, National Urban League;

Written By: Leticia Murillo, WIT Representative

The Impacts of Climate Change on the Ocean

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In partnership with the Permanent Mission of Monaco, the Division of Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the UN Correspondents Association convened a meeting on the growing impacts of climate change on the ocean. Dan Laffoley began the session by explaining the causes, scales, effects, and consequences of ocean warming. Warming causes the expansion of seawater and the melting of glaciers and ice sheets. It can also impact the weather, such as the increasing frequency and intensity of hurricanes, and hurricanes occurring in areas where they do not frequently occur. Warming can cause a catalog of changes: impacts on breeding successes, seasonality shifts leading to mismatches in prey and predator occurrences, and shifts in fishing grounds of target species. Laffoley concluded by emphasizing the urgent need for a concerted joined-up global policy action for ocean protection and to achieve rapid and substantial cuts in GHGs.

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Immediately following, Lisa Levin highlighted that rising CO2 levels have created a deadly quartet of stressors: ocean deoxygenation, acidification, global warming and rising sea levels. Ocean deoxygenation can lead to reduced bioturbation, rapid diversity shifts, colonization, and altered carbon processing. Ocean acidification affects calcifying organisms in the shallow parts of the ocean. Levin further explains that global warming in the deep ocean can cause species invasion and a loss of food supply to the deep sea. The areas of greatest warming are also subject to the most intense trawling. Rising sea levels in urban settings create wetland loss, which affects water quality, fisheries, migratory bird support, and shoreline protection. Levin concluded that communities need to raise awareness and improve climate literacy, develop policies to protect ecosystem services of high seas commons altered by climate change and obtain sustained financing in order to support ocean-related activities.

Meeting: The Impacts of Climate Change on the Ocean

Date/Location: Friday, 24 February 2017; 10:00 to 12:30; UN Headquarters, United Nations Correspondent Association (Conference Room S-310)

Speakers: Isabelle Picco, Monaco’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations; Dan Laffoley, Senior Advisor on Marine Science and Conservation at IUCN; Lisa A. Levin, Director of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation and Distinguished Professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Written By: Na-Yeon Park, WIT Representative

 

War is sweet to those who never experienced it

Representatives gathered to speak of the importance of art, music, and peace museums in international peace. Jeff Brez began the discussion by asking that we leave no one behind, regardless of group, country, and status. Such has been the recurring status in all peace talks for sustainable development goals and Agenda 2030. Nitza Escalera continued his line of thought, explaining how arts play an important role in everyone’s life and how it allows individuals to commit themselves to peace.

 

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Joyce Aspel argued the importance of introducing peace museums and creating cultures of peace. She stated the red poppy demonstrates remembrance, as they were the first wildflowers to grow on the battlefield after WWI in Belgium. White poppies, on the other hand, are used in war museums for peace as well but are less well known. Aspel claims peace museums are vital to promoting nonviolent interactions among different cultural groups. By promoting understanding, peace, cultures, and movements for social justice, sustainable goals will be able to be set into place. The social justice, education, and reduction of discrimination allow for locations such as the Hague Peace Palace to let apeople from all parts of the world to try to reduce arms.

 

 

Furthermore, representatives such as Michael Dinwiddie promoted the importance of children in learning the history of nonviolence. By pointing to antiwar and non-nationalistic goals, music allows for people to promote social justice while emphasizing the global picture of peace. Songs such as “Things ain’t the same anymore” were promoted by Duke Ellington in his tours, where in spite of politicians, the arts come to the rescue. Lea Giddins spoke about “pasos,” the spanish word meaning ‘steps’ and ‘passage,’ to show the movement towards a goal of empowerment of peacebuilders through education.

Meeting: Briefing entitled “Creating Cultures of Peace: Art, Music and Peace Museums” (organized by the NGO Relations, Advocacy and Special Events Section, Outreach Division, Department of Public Information (DPI))

Date/Location: Thursday, February 23rd, 2017; 11:00-12:45; Trusteeship Council Chamber

Speakers: Jeff Brez Chief, NGO Relations, Advocacy and Special Events, Department of Public Information; Nitza Escalera Founder, PASOS Peace Museum Project; Joyce Apsel International Network of Museums for Peace NGO Representative to the United Nations Department of Public Information; Michael Dinwiddie Board Chair, Duke Ellington International Study Society; Lea Giddins Board Member, Art for Peace Projects; Lily Gray Liaison Officer, UNESCO New York Office; Hajime Kishimori Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations; Mercedes Ellington President, Duke Ellington Center of the Arts

Written By: WIT Representative Janet Lee

The State of Global Fish Stocks and Opportunities for Sustainable Fishery Development

 

The current status of global stocks and the opportunities evident for sustainable development were discussed at the side event entitled “The State of Global Fish Stocks and Opportunities for Sustainable Fishery Development”. The fundamental nature of having a comprehensive understanding of the state of the world’s fisheries was conveyed ardently. To augment trade opportunities, food security, the livelihood of the general public, and to indulge SDGs surrounding goal fourteen, status assessments of fisheries were depicted as essential.

In particular, the lives of people living in developing nations and small island developing states (SIDs) were discussed. These individuals often have the most dependence on fisheries for financial support.

In addition, the event discussed the issues surrounding a statistic by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. The statistic explained that from 1974 to 2013 the percentage of biologically sustainable world marine fish stocks decreased from ninety percent to sixty-nine percent.

Furthermore, the issue of overfishing was conveyed. This can decrease food production and biodiversity, and can also hinder the manner in which the ecosystem functions. The side event explored the nature of capture production and promoted a call to action to decrease the gap in understanding in order to allow for more effective management of fisheries.

In order to potentially increase annual fishery production to 16.5 million tons, the rebuilding of overfished stocks was seen as a viable option. This was considered as an effective way to not only promote a healthier ecosystem, but also to allow for increased resilience to acidification of oceans and climate change.

Meeting: Conference Room 12, Side Event on “The State of Global Fish Stocks and Opportunities for Sustainable Fishery Development”

Date/ Location: Thursday, February 16, 2017; 13:15-14:30; Conference Room 12, UN Conference Building  

Speakers: Kim Friedman, FAO; Tim Adams, Forum Fisheries Agency, Solomon Islands; Ms. Cristelle Pratt, Deputy Secretary General, Strategic Partnerships & Coordination Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Fiji

Written By: WIT Representative Donna Sunny

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

At the third Ocean Conference preparatory meeting, organizations and member states continued to bring attention to the issues they desired to be mentioned in the call for action. The biggest topics mentioned included marine pollution and ocean acidification, IUU (illegal, unreported, and unregulated), fishing, and marine conservation.

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The ocean plays a crucial part in the development and sustainability of whole communities. The ocean and its resources are the foundation of livelihoods, economies, and cultures – all of which are threatened by marine pollution and ocean acidification. With 80% of marine pollution coming from land resources, many organizations and member states urged for the use of technologies that can mitigate the action of pollution. Growing CO2 levels in the ocean have become visible with the increase of sea levels, and if left unattended, acidification will increase. As the representative of Venezuela warned, “We have become poison of the ocean. We can transform this by becoming the medicine.”

On the practice of fishing, organizations and member states all addressed the issue of IUU fishing. IUU fishing is prominent on the high seas where fishers can evade enhanced security and national jurisdictions. Overfishing could lead to the extinction of various species the destruction of ecosystems. To protect species, marine conservation plays a key role. Protecting and preserving marine environments is vital to maintain resources and save organisms in the ocean.

To address every issue, organizations and member states urged for the cooperation of the private sector and civil society. They also highlighted the importance of addressing other SDGs to achieve SDG 14. Setting major areas of focus can help build more resilient oceans and secure the health and wellbeing of society.

Meeting: Preparatory Meeting for the United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Date/Location: Thursday, February 16, 2017; 10:00 to 13:00; Conference Room 4

Speakers: Mr. Alvaro Mendonya Moura, Permanent Representative of Portugal; Mr. Burhan Gafoor, Permanent Representative of Singapore; Representative of World Oceans Council; Representative of Ocean Policy Research Institute; Representative of WWF; Representative of Bangladesh; Representative of Micronesia; Representative of Fiji; Representative of Sri Lanka; Representative of Tuvalu; Representative of Thailand; Representative of Solomon Islands; Representative of Indonesia; Representative of Vietnam; Representative of Venezuela; Representative of Greece; Representative of Ghana; Representative of Palau; Representative of Marshall Islands; Representative of Nepal; Representative of Nigeria; Representative of Italy; Representative of Paraguay; Representative of Chile; Representative of Kenya; Representative of Honduras; Representative of Belgium; Representative of Iceland; Representative of Monaco; Representative of Papua New Guinea; Representative of the Philippines; Representative of International Seabed Authority; Representative of International Chamber of Commerce; Representative of the International Renewable Energy Agency; Representative of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development; Representative of the World Bank; Representative of  FAO; Representative of ILO; Representative of UNESCO; Secretariat of the Convention on biological diversity; Representative of UNEP; Representative of UNDP; Representative of the World Animal Protection; Representative of the Monterrey Bay Aquarium; Representative of the High Seas Alliance; Representative of Conservation International; Representative of the Ocean Frontier Institute

Written By: Leticia Murillo, WIT Representative

Measuring up to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The March 9th session focused on ensuring data is available in order to help countries measure progress, identify shortcomings and support sustainable development. Carletto introduced GRAInS, a partnership for improving the availability and quality of SDGs on agriculture and beyond. Carletto highlighted GRAInS’ objectives: Conduct methodological research and develop new standards and tools to improve accuracy and cost-effectiveness of integrated surveys on agriculture; pilot and scale up implementation of Agricultural Integrated Surveys (AGRIS) by FAO; coordinate institutional programs towards improved harmonization and integration; advocate and fundraise for scaling-up implementation of integrated surveys on agriculture; and promote public access and greater use of microdata. Carletto explained that the central functions of GRAInS include methodological research and standard settings, coordination across initiatives, advocacy for household and farm surveys, managing common funding and fundraising. Carletto emphasized GRAInS’ key rationale: A need for greater reliance on multiple data resources, a recognized need for improved harmonization and coordination among partners and the need to move beyond indicators, which requires different types of surveys.

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The GRAInS Steering Committee will provide strategic guidance, review and advise on funding allocations to major activities, monitor progress and endorse its annual report, including the financial report. When selecting countries to implement the GRAInS program, Carletto explained that partners evaluate on certain criteria: Countries must have a nationally endorsed strategic plan for agricultural and rural statistics, and countries must have a buy-in, a commitment to increasingly assume the funding responsibilities of the surveys the grant initiatives support. Carletto noted that GRAInS will be piloting in Ghana, Senegal, Uganda, 1 Asian country, and 1 Latin American country. Next, GRAInS will scale up to fifteen more countries. Gero Carletto and Kecuk Suhariyanto concluded by emphasizing that efficiency, first-and-foremost, needs to be improved in order to achieve progress.

Meeting: Measuring up to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Contributions from FAO

Date/Location: Thursday, 09 March 2017; 1:15 to 2:30; UN Headquarters, Conference Room 8

Speakers: Carla Mucavi, Director of FAO NY; Pietro Gennari, FAO Chief Statistician; Aboubacar Beye, Director General, National Statistics and Demographic Agency (ANSD), Senegal; Kecuk Suhariyanto, Director General, Central Agency on Statistics (BPS), Indonesia; Gero Carletto, Manager, LSMS, Development Data Group, World Bank

Written By: Na-Yeon Park, WIT Representative

Holocaust Remembrance: Education Against Extremism & Building and Better Future

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In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, NGO Relations, Advocacy and Special Events Section and the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme, Outreach Division and the Department of Public Information organized a meeting to discuss the importance of education against extremism. Throughout the briefing, the curator of the Permanent Exhibition at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Dr. Steven Luckert, continually placed special emphasis on the role that propaganda had during the rise of the Nazi party. The Nazi movement was a rapid rise of power. Within a few years, the Nazi party won 230 seats in parliament, becoming for the first time the largest party in parliament. It was advertised as a “party of youth, a party for the future.” Widespread propaganda was so efficiently distributed by the Nazis that it was one of the most effective factors leading German constituents to vote for an extremist party.

Dr. Steven Luckert explained that Adolf Hitler was one of the first German politicians to craft a public persona by practicing and perfecting charismatic gestures, creating a trademark logo, and using slogans that appealed to mass mindsets. Dr. Luckert noted that Hitler recognized women’s influence in Germany. The majority of women voters were swayed by the party as well, although there were no promises of progress for women’s rights. Hitler’s campaign of propaganda was carefully curated. It included influencing children through boardgames and anti-semitic word problems in mathematics textbooks and the promise of protection from Jewish people rather than a war of aggression against them. Dr. Luckert’s in depth analysis of Hitler’s rapid rise to power called for a more careful consumption of widespread modern media and warned of the influences it has on societies today.

Meeting: “Holocaust Remembrance: Educating against Extremism, Building a Better Future” (In observance of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the victims of the Holocaust (27 January)) (organized by the NGO Relations, Advocacy and Special Events Section and the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme, Outreach Division, Department of Public Information (DPI)

Date/ Time/Location: Thursday, 26 January 2017; 11:00 to 12:30; UN Headquarters Conference Room 1

Speakers: Kimberly Mann, Manager of the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme; Steven Luckert; Curator of the Permanent Exhibition at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; Jamey Fischer, Professor of German and Cinema and Digital Media, University of California, Davis and Director of the Davis Humanities Institute; Thomas Schieb, Minister Plenipotentiary of Germany to the United Nations; Virginie Ladisch, Head of the Children and Youth Programme at the International Center for Transitional Justice; Gillian Kitley, Senior Officer and Head of Office of the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect

Written By: Janice Park, WIT Representative

Partnerships for Sustainable Action

 

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In the December 20th session Professor Jan W. Dash discussed climate action as a matter of justice, ethics, and human survival. He emphasized that all SDGs are tied to climate change and that humanity has the power to reduce dangerous effects that climate change had on our planet’s health and biodiversity. H.E. Mr. Ahmed Sareer spoke on behalf of Small Island Developing States. He discussed the 300 partnership listings and the Samoa pathway. He reinforced the Maldives’ commitment to these partnerships and the necessity of the participation of all stakeholders. H.E. Mr. Odo Tevi reiterated the need for more efficient work to ensure that the SDGs are implemented and stay relevant. He also expressed the need to ensure oceans’ health and that countries enforce nationally determined contributions (NDCs). Dr. Christine K. Durbak shared the relevant work that she and World Information Transfer have provided over the last few decades. The Conference of NGOs began the committee on SDGs in the late 1980s, when WIT was invited to join. WIT focused on connecting the global community’s resources on human health and the environment.

Dr. Judy Buster-Otto discussed mental health and quality of life resolutions in the 2030 Agenda. She explained the work of the WHO and shared how the NGO-SDG forum can work through shared input and ideas, linkages to stakeholders, and advocacy with missions. Ms. Hawa Diallo noted the 66th DPI/NGO conference held in 2016 in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea. She shared the goals of the conference and the action plan for a youth program/agenda. She briefly explained the next conference and the TOGETHER initiative. Ms. Emilie McGlone briefly introduced Peace Boat organization and a few related upcoming youth initiatives and summer programs. Mr. Marc Jourdan expressed his aim to promote SDGs in Dominican Republic. He shared projects in schools and towns based in recycling and sustainable agriculture. Mr. Daniel Perell explained the importance of engagement with the larger NGO body and creating platforms for NGOs to target relevant goals. The election of the of the NGOCSD-NY Executive Board for 2017 ended the session.

Meeting: “Partnerships for Sustainable Actions in 2017 & Beyond”

Date/Location: Tuesday, 20 December 2016; 13:00 to 15:00; Boss Room, Church Center for the United Nations, 777 UN Plaza

Speakers: Professor Jan W. Dash (NGOCSD-NY Lead Adviser on Climate Change; Managing Editor of the Climate Portal website); H.E. Dr. Caleb Otto Ambassador of the Republic of Palau to the United Nations; H.E. Mr. Ahmed Sareer Ambassador of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations; H.E. Mr. Odo Tevi Ambassador and of the Republic of Vanuatu to the United Nations; Dr. Judy Buster-Otto (Adviser to the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Palau to the United Nations); Dr. Christine K. Durbak (Adviser to the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations; Founder and Chair of World Information Transfer; President of the K. Kovshevych Foundation); Ms. Hawa Diallo (Public Information Officer; NGO Relations, Advocacy and Special Events Section Department of Public Information); Ms. Emilie McGlone (Director of Peace Boat US, New York Office); Mr. Marc Jourdan (UN Programs & Outreach Manager; Global Foundation for Democracy and Development); Mr. Daniel Perell (Global Organizing Partner of the NGO Major Group; Representative for Bahá’í International Community to the UN, New York; Chair of the NGO Committee for Social Development)

Written By: Renée S. Landzberg, WIT Representative