In 2013 the City College of New York (CCNY) became one of a handful of colleges in New York to be associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) as a nongovernmental organization (NGO). This year, the CCNY Colin Powell School for Civil and Global Leadership and its International Studies Program are revitalizing the NGO initiative.
Since 2013, CCNY NGO has worked on becoming an active member of international civil society and on promoting the participation of its academic community in United Nations activities. CCNY NGO complements other campus initiatives such as Diplomat-in-Residence, CCNY membership in the UN Academic Impact, and the Model United Nations (MUN), all of which are dedicated to educating future leaders in global affairs.
CCNY NGO status opens multiple opportunities for students from attending regularly scheduled DPI-NGO briefings to participating in the UN Youth Representatives program. Selected CCNY students take part in youth panels, attend NGO conferences, speak at special events, and cooperate with UN volunteers.
CCNY NGO nominates two youth representatives and one regular delegate to the UN. They are issued UN Grounds Passes allowing them access to meetings and conferences including General Assembly and Security Council sessions. Students involved with CCNY NGO represent the highest standard of intellectual inquiry and embody CCNY values of hard work, perseverance, and competence. Most recently, Kudzai Tunduwani and Juan Pablo Celis served as CCNY NGO Youth Representatives.
Currently, CCNY NGO is recruiting for all three positions. Combined with an independent study or an internship, they can turn into college credits and valuable experience in multilateral diplomacy. For more information, application process, and job description, please visit CCNY MUN website.
According to Rafal Szczurowski, an Adjunct Instructor at the Colin Powell School for Global Leadership who leads the CCNY NGO, the program offers an excellent opportunity for all students, regardless of their major. CCNY NGO is uniquely positioned to promote global citizenship, which is one of the top priorities of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Initiative on Education as well as a key theme of the Colin Powell School, said Mr. Szczurowski. The School’s Dean, Dr. Vincent Boudreau, acts as the organization’s Faculty Advisor.
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