Category: 2017

SDGs Student Photo Contest 2017

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This is a very exciting opportunity for you to participate and have the chance to win this Photo Contest without the need to write any essays! You just need to have a camera with you and capture moments to raise awareness on the SDGs!


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UNIC Tokyo will be organizing the Student Photo Contest along with Sophia University and also special cooperation from Getty Images Japan.

Following the success of last year’s contest, which amassed a total of 624 entries from 47 countries as far and wide as Afghanistan and Brazil, UNIC is running the photo contest once again to promote awareness of SDGs among students worldwide; we are encouraging participants to choose one or more of the 17 SDGs that interests them most, and express what it means to them through a photograph.

This year, we have added new awards such as the TOGETHER Award and the Concept Award. We would truly appreciate the cooperation and support of other UNICs and UN-related offices to spread our ongoing project.

❖ Deadline: Wednesday 30 August 2017

[ Announcement of Results & Awards Ceremony: 24 October 2017/UN Day ]

❖ Qualifications: College and undergraduate students, graduate students, vocational school students (Applicants can be of any nationality)

❖ Awards (subject to change depending on content and number of applications):

・Grand Prize (Foreign Minister’s Award) 1 Prize

・Award of Excellence 3 Prize

・Special Award (TOGETHER Award) 1 Prize

・Special Award (Concept Award) 1 Prize

・Award of Recognition

❖ Judges:

Leslie Kee, Photographer

Akira Ono, Photo and Multimedia Editor, The Asahi Shimbun

Yuichi Kimura, Comedian, YOSHIMOTO CREATIVE AGENCY CO., LTD.

Hiroaki Mizushima, Professor, Department of Journalism, Sophia University

Mark Garten, Chief of the UN Photo Unit, Audio-Visual Services Section, DPI

❖ Judging Panel for the TOGETHER Award:

Representatives from the ILO, IOM, UNHCR, UNIC Tokyo, UNICEF and UNU

❖ Judge for the Concept Award:

Getty Images Japan

❖ Prize Money and Goods: presented by organizers, special cooperating partner, other

cooperating partners

SDGs Student Photo Contest 2017 (Official Site):

https://communityassignments.gettyimages.com/en/community-

assignments/sdgs_2017/the-brief#.WQhIdROLS70

UNIC Tokyo – SDGs Student Photo Contest 2017 Press Release:

http://www.unic.or.jp/news_press/info/24153/?lang=en

❖ Organizers: UNIC Tokyo, Sophia University

❖ Special Cooperation: Getty Images Japan

❖ Endorsed by: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Global Compact Network Japan (GC-

NJ), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan Civil Society Network on SDGs

❖Cooperating Partners: Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., Nikon Corporation, SIGMA Corporation

❖ Media Partner: The Asahi Shimbun

For further queries, please contact Ms. Yasuko Senoo (sdgphotocon@gmail.com)


Good luck!

Best,

Fanny Shum Chan

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Special Opportunity for Young Leaders Like You!

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Hello everyone,

The spring semester is ending soon. I hope you guys are preparing for finals. I found this opportunity for Young Leaders like you, who can promote the Sustainable Development Goals.


ABOUT

Last September, the United Nations announced the inaugural class of the Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals – 17 young change-makers whose leadership is catalyzing the achievement of the Goals. From food to fashion to finance, the Young Leaders come from many different backgrounds, represent every region in the world and help activate young people in support of the Goals.

Convened by the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, these Young Leaders are recognized for their leadership and contribution to a more sustainable world. The Young Leaders come together as a community to support efforts to engage young people in the realization of the SDGs both through strategic opportunities with the UN and through their existing initiatives, platforms and networks. Young Leaders will be expected to actively support one or more of the following objectives:

  • Advocate for the Goals, in ways most accessible and relatable to young people across different contexts;
  • Promote innovative ways of engaging their audiences and peers in the advocacy and realization of the Goals;
  • Contribute to a brain trust of young leaders supporting the UN and partners for key moments and initiatives related to the Goals.

Each year, a new “Class” will be nominated through an open call for nominations and assessed according to robust selection criteria by a diverse selection committee.

The Young Leaders Initiative is powered by the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, in collaboration with our amazing partners. The Initiative is part of the Global Youth Partnership for Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015 and housed in the Envoy’s Office.


ELIGIBILITY

What are the eligibility requirements to be a Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals?

Nominees must be between 18 and 30 years old (as of August 12, 2016).

Successful candidates will be selected based on:

• Their demonstrated achievements in promoting and advancing sustainable development;

• The ability to command an audience, influence their contemporaries and inspire their constituents;

• Their personal influence within their respective fields and reputation for inclusive and innovative leadership;

•Their demonstrated integrity, commitment to the SDGs and core values of the UN.

Click here to sign up for their mailing list!


Good luck with finals!

Best,

Fanny Shum Chan

Humans With Price Tags and The Real Cost of Human Life

By Fanny Shum Chan

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Every human being is a free person, whether man, woman, girl or child, and is destined to exist to achieve the good of all in equality and fraternity. Any relationship that does not respect the fundamental conviction that all persons, regardless of sex or age are equal and does not recognize that they enjoy the same freedom and dignity constitutes a serious crime against humanity.

As women’s month has ended in March, it is important to raise awareness on human trafficking. The evolution of humanity is full of wars and conflicts. Many times, our personal alternative to resolve conflict is through violence and imposition. That is why the United Nations was created in 1945 to ensure social stability and world peace.

The culture of peace consists of a series of values, attitudes and behaviors that reject violence and prevent conflicts. They try to elevate their causes to solve problems through dialogue and negotiations between people and nations, taking into account a very important point that are defining human rights, but also respecting various other cultural values according to the treaties signed between nations.

Millions of people across the world cross borders to escape armed conflicts, violence in their countries of origin or even escaping from poverty. Their despair leaves them in a state of vulnerability conducive to the vultures of human trafficking; which turns the suffering into commodities.

Human trafficking is a crime without borders in a world where it deprives impunity. Trafficking of people has claimed at least 12 million victims in 2015, according to the United Nations. For its part, the International Labor Organization accounts for almost 21 million victims of forced labor in the world. This figure includes victims of trafficking for labor and sexual exploitation. It is not only a crime, but it has also become a transnational business, which annually generates millions of dollars for those who profit from the detriment of the dignity of millions of people around the world.

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Women, men and children from all corners of the world are converted into tradeable commodities and subjected to daily exploitative situations. The most well-known form of trafficking in persons is sexual exploitation, but many victims are also forced into indentured labor, domestic servitude, child begging and organ harvesting.

One in five victims of trafficking are children; who are used for begging or forced labor, child pornography or sexual exploitation. They are also recruited as soldiers in areas of armed conflict. Two-thirds of the victims in the world are women. They are lured under false pretenses such as work or possible asylum from their war-torn home. Once they arrive their passport are confiscated and they are forced to pay for entrance into the country via sexual or physical labors. Most people involved in trafficking resort to blackmailing or ransoming the people they bring in. Men and boys are also victims of this crime but in a much smaller proportion than women. They are forced into forced labor, begging, sexual exploitation and recruitment.

All parties concerned, whatever their scope, have a moral as well as legal duty to eradicate this serious violation of human rights and to work to ensure that all people live together in a framework of freedom, equality, harmony and peace, in accordance with the values inherent in our human condition. With the support of academics, moral, religious leaders, and using the influence of a worldwide movement and social networks, we must expose these hidden crimes by using the current technology and the collaboration of national and international institutions, such as the United Nations. We have the moral imperative that our generation be the last to fight the trade of human lives.

Top 5 Opportunities To Advance Your Career

Hello Everyone,

Check out these Top 5 Opportunities for students who are studying subjects related to International Affairs.  Give it a try and see where it may take you!!!

1. Youth Environmental Opportunities

Activities:

Youth Environmental Opportunities, YEO is an initiative for youth which share information about environment and SDGs’ goal related to the entrepreneurship, jobs, internship, conference, seminars, awards, grants, fellowships and campaigns around the world.

Vision:

According to un.org , there are about 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 – the largest youth population ever. Many of them are concentrated in developing countries. In fact, in the world’s 48 least developed countries, children or adolescents make up a majority of the population.

Too many of these young people see their potential hindered by extreme poverty, discrimination or lack of information. But with proper investment in their education and opportunities, these young people’s ideas, ideals and innovations could transform the future.

“The vision of YEO is to transform and making the flow of transparent and reliable plenty of opportunities information among the largest youth group around the world. We concentrate on our environment which is now very critical and vulnerable for the human activities throughout the world and we believe that, only we (human) can fixed it by our potential footsteps.”

Mission:

Serve the youths around the world through making a flow of transparent and reliable plenty of opportunities information.

For more information click here!


2.  Ezio & Fiammetta Vergani Endowed School

Through this scholarship, Ezio and Fiammetta intend to provide college students the opportunity to have a similar transformational and exciting study abroad experience.

AMOUNT:  Up to $2,000

ELIGIBILITY: 

  • Open to underrepresented students participating in an IES Abroad fall, spring, academic year or calendar year program and who are in good standing at an accredited U.S. college or university
  • Applicants must be receiving need-based aid from their home institution
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 (out of 4.0) required

Deadlines: FALL/ACADEMIC YEAR DEADLINE: May 1

SPRING/CALENDAR YEAR DEADLINE: November 1

For more information click here!


3. Koch Fellow Program: Policy

A semester of policy-focused professional education and an internship opportunity for those who are passionate about free societies and want to work to improve people’s lives.

The Charles Koch Institute’s semester-long fellow program gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on paid policy experience while participating in focused professional education. In addition to hearing from leading policy experts each Tuesday, fellows come together in DC at the beginning and end of the program for professional development workshops and networking opportunities. Individuals interning at a partner organization located over 150 miles away from the Charles Koch Institute may be eligible for a partial travel reimbursement of up to $175 per seminar.

Through the program, fellows will find a full- or part-time internship with one of our partner organizations throughout the country. Roles are specifically geared toward a future career in policy and research analysis; however, we encourage applicants from all academic disciplines, as well as those with advanced degrees.

Deadlines:

Spring Koch Fellow Program Dates: January 30 – May 3

Spring Opening Seminar: January 30 – February 1

Spring Closing Seminar: May 1 – 3

Summer Koch Fellow Program Dates: June 5 – August 9

Summer Opening Seminar: June 5 – 7

Summer Closing Seminar: August 7 – 9

For more information click here!


4. Schwarzmanscholars

Every year, up to 200 Schwarzman Scholars will represent the world’s next generation of leaders — high-caliber individuals with open minds and limitless potential.

Schwarzman Scholars will be selected on the basis of not only their academic aptitude and intellectual ability, but also their leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, ability to anticipate and act on emerging trends and opportunities, exemplary character, and desire to understand other cultures, perspectives and positions.

The extraordinary students selected to become Schwarzman Scholars will receive a comprehensive scholarship. It will include:

  • Tuition Fees
  • Room and board
  • Travel to and from Beijing at the beginning and end of the academic year
  • An in-country study tour
  • Required course books and supplies
  • Lenovo laptop and smartphone
  • Health insurance
  • A personal stipend of $3,500

With a $450 million endowment, Schwarzman Scholars will be the single largest philanthropic effort ever undertaken in China by largely international donors.

For more information click here!


5. Programme and Project Intelligence Analyst (Intern)

Background

“UNOPS plays a critical role in providing management services for our life-saving, peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. I have seen many examples of how these activities help suffering people in troubled parts of the world.”

-Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General

UNOPS mission is to expand the capacity of the UN system, governments, international financial institutions, and other development partners to implement peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations that matter for people in need.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, UNOPS vision is to always satisfy partners with sustainable management services, particularly in infrastructure, project management and procurement, that meet world-class standards of quality, speed and cost effectiveness.

Recently opened, the Washington Office (WO), as part of the Global Partner Services Office (GPSO), seeks to structure and manage the relation with key partners such as the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, amongst others. The Washington Office will also develop new avenues of collaboration with local partners in support of sustainable development operations in the field, and assists our operational teams on the ground in the management of the portfolio financed by our Washington-based donors.

For more information click here!


Good luck on the application!

Best,

Fanny Shum Chan

Funds For Study Abroad

Hello everyone,

This is the time for you to apply for some extra funds for your study abroad.

The IES Abroad Boren and Gilman Scholarship Support Grants offer recipients of these prestigious scholarships the opportunity to apply for additional financial support. 20 grants of $1,000 each will be offered every fall and spring semester, and 20 grants of $500 each will be offered for summer programs.

Eligibility

  • Must be a current recipient of a Boren or Gilman Scholarship (for the same semester or year of study abroad experience)
  • Attend a college or university that is a Member or Associate member of theIES Abroad Consortium and the home school must have a policy of transferring at least 75% of institutional aid for study abroad.
  • Be accepted to and participate in an IES Abroad standard program. Customized programs are not eligible for IES Abroad financial aid.

Requirements

  • Complete the IES AbroadAid Application and indicate that you have applied or will apply for a Boren or Gilman Scholarship.

Deadlines

Fall/Academic Year – July 1
Spring/Calendar Year – December 20
Summer – May 15

Award decisions will be sent by email approximately two weeks after the application deadline.

 

Best of luck,

Fanny Shum Chan

 

Bringing Gender Equality

By Fanny Shum Chan

Every year on March 8, the United Nations and the world celebrates International Women’s Day, this day is considered as an opportunity to look at the potential of future generations of women, so the central theme of this year was “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.” The aim is to reflect that, despite enormous progress since 1975, women are still underrepresented in various sectors of society.

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In turn this inequality limits their creativity and talent, stifles inclusion and pluralism, a situation that not only harms women but weakens society. Regarding the election of the theme for this year, the United Nations stated that one of the main reasons is that the world of work is in transformation, with significant implications for women. While globalization, the digital and technological revolution create new opportunities; increasing informality at work, instability in income sources, new fiscal and trade policies, and environmental impact play a decisive role in the economic empowerment of women. According to the UN, 50 percent of women of working age are represented in the global workforce, compared to 76 percent of men. It also notes that an overwhelming majority of women work in the informal economy, subsidizing care and domestic work. The focus on low-paid, low-skilled jobs for little or no social protection.

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This day is not only to commemorate women, but also to bring equality to men because at the workplace men do not receive paid parental leave and women do not have enough weeks to spend with their newborn baby. According to UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway, she mentioned the benefits of paid parental leave, such as creating positive cycles of behavior, boosting productivity and morale. So, it is important to include men in paid parental leave to create a harmonious society.

Therefore, on International Women’s Day aims to raise awareness of people to achieve gender equality at work, which is indispensable for sustainable development.

UNA-USA City College Chapter Human Rights Summit – March 24th, 2017

As the President of the United Nations Association – City College of New York Chapter, I would like to extend an invitation to you to join us on March 24th 2017 for our very first Human Rights Summit.

The Human Rights Summit will act as a safe space for young people to have discussions and advocate for human rights issues facing all around the world. Panelists will include 10 CCNY Youth Delegates who will address human rights issues of their representing country and provide concrete recommendations to combat them. The purpose behind this summit is to get the youth involved and engage them in a dialogue that is directly related with the work of United Nations.

> FREE FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED!
> THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC.

RSVP HERE!

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Best,

Rabita Tareque

 

Advance Your Skills in Brussels

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Hi everyone,

This is an important opportunity for our youth at CCNY.

Soliya is an international nonprofit organization preparing the next generation with the skills, attitudes, and commitment to engage with difference constructively. We operate at the intersection of technology, peacebuilding, and global education to foster local awareness and global perspectives.

Soliya is piloting Connect Program Compact – a four-week dialogue program that will allow to connect even more participants around the world in a concise format. The pilot program will begin on Monday, April 3rd and end on Thursday, April 27th. And we need your help! If you’re interested in fostering those increasingly essential 21st century skills and attitudes by facilitating the Connect Program Compact apply here before Friday, March 17th. Email heather@soliya.net with any questions. We hope you’ll join in on this new adventure!

Registration Instructions to co-facilitate a Connect Program Compact group:

Step One:  Log into your Soliya account, fill in your facilitation preferences – hit submit.  Note, please be sure to note the Compact Training date you sign up for on your calendar – we will send you a reminder with login details 2 days prior.

Step Two: Update your contact information and available times on the Soliya website by following the instructions at the bottom of this document;

Step Three: Take the diagnostic test from the computer you plan to use for facilitation. The updated system requirements and instructions for taking the diagnostic test are here.

The deadline for updating schedules and running the diagnostic test is Friday, March 17th at which point we will begin the process of pairing and scheduling you for the program. If you update your availability or anything changes in your schedule availability after this, please email at qc@soliya.net ASAP!

You can view their website at  http://youthenvop.weebly.com/call-for-application/call-for-application-eu-global-young-leaders-programme-2017-fully-funded-to-brussels-belgium

Note in order to facilitate the Compact Program it is required to attend the training during the week of March 27th.

Best of luck,

Fanny Shum Chan

Flashback – Cultural Heritage

By Fanny Shum Chan

Have you ever questioned whether or not our history is being undermined? During my attendance at the event on “Promoting and Strengthening the International Legal Framework for the Protection of Cultural Heritage”. I was surprised that permanent representatives from different countries such as Cambodia, Costa Rica, Nepal, Czech Republic and others were going to be present at the meeting. However, the highlight of my day was Venezuela’s presence at the meeting, the country where I come from. All the permanent missions were sitting at the conference room with their maximum attention towards the speakers discussing on the importance of preserving our cultural heritage.

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For me this meeting was different from the previous ones I attended because while at the meeting I suddenly had a flashback of myself in Gorée Island located in Senegal. I was fortunate to visit the House of Slaves, a place that is a World Heritage Site. As I approach the House of Slaves, I felt that I was going to a boring museum where a tour guide will just talk with an unenthusiastic tone. However, our tour guide turned out to be the most passionate one, he used facial expression and gestures to explain everything.

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As I walked to a small room where the masters kept the slaves, it was very dark with iron shackles attached on the wall, which I felt the horror and coldness they encountered; as I continued entering the room. I started to imagine the cruelty that slaves endured and the vulnerability they had. Once I left the room, I looked around the place, I could not imagine that such a small place, the masters were able to keep thousands of slaves. As I go on my journey, I encountered myself with the Door of No Return where millions of slaves passed through that door to the New World.

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Guess what? It was time to bring my thoughts back to the meeting. Having those flashbacks, it reminds me that it is important to preserve our cultural heritage because each of them were left by our ancestors as it tells a story with its own meaning. We begin to know less about our culture and allow modernity to pull us away from traditions that our ancestors have left for us to carry to future generations. However, little by little there are people whom realize that in order to advance, we must first look to the past.

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The tendency to return to our roots, nature, and the practices of our ancestors are growing stronger locally and globally for simple reasons: globalization, consumerism and the destruction of our own habitat. The human being has contaminated the environment within the last 40 years, more than the whole history of its existence.

Lastly, at the meeting we realize that combining our current lifestyle with some ancestral customs is a solution to the great environmental and social problem we are facing. We find answers to problems of agriculture. To exemplify, in the techniques that ethnics have been implementing for centuries, their methods reflect sustainability which are fundamental in current organizations and highly effective and replicable mechanisms. From this premise is born the need and the desire to revive the culture and old practices of each region.

Locked-in @ the UN

What do you do when you are exiting the UN headquarters and find all the doors locked and nobody around? It was only my first time attending an UN event as a youth representative of the CCNY NGO. I am sure that it will be a memorable experience that I will savor for many years to come.

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The topic of the UNAOC event I attended was “Media and Information Literacy: Educational Strategies for the Prevention of Violent Extremism”. The panelist shared great insight into the way the media–traditional and new–are being utilized by all sides to wage a war of opinion. How can we properly utilize the power of media to win the hearts and minds of young people world-wide, or at least prevent them from falling into the abyss of violent extremism?

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I was so enthralled by the discussion that I stayed in the chamber after the main event adjourned and chatted with the keynote speaker. And even after everyone else left, I sat down for another moment to gather my thoughts. By the time I snapped out from my reflections, it has gotten quite late. So I packed my things and headed for the lobby from which I entered.

The whole way from the bookstore to the lobby I didn’t see anyone else around. By the time I reached the class doors toward the visitors’ entrance, I was shocked to find that they were locked. Every single one of those doors. For a second my head went blank…I got locked in at the UN?!?

The good thing was that I was left bewildered by that predicament for only about five minutes. I was soon joined by a dozen others who were in the building attending various meetings and now needed to head out. I was comforted in having companions facing the problem together, but none of us knew what to do.

We tried returning to the book store level to see if we can find a custodian on duty. We found only an abandoned mop bucket. We tried heading back toward the conference rooms to see if there are security guards still around. We didn’t get that far.

We were lucky to run into a lady on wheelchair who knew what to do. She first took us back to the lobby to examine the doors to make sure that they are utterly and completely locked. Then she proceeded to take us on a serpentine journey toward a potential alternative exit.

It was quite a long way through the underbelly of the UN buildings. We passed by chambers and walkways and exhibits and offices. We made so many turns that I doubt I can retrace that path if I had to do it again by myself. But at last we made it out of the UN complex at an exit near 42nd Street.

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I was so relieved to breathe the night air after I got out. I turned back to look at the behemoth that is the UN complex and thought to myself: What a remarkable first day! While it wouldn’t have been completely horrible to actually get locked in at the UN overnight, I sure was glad that I was able to get out and make it home for dinner. It was a great experience, and I look forward to my next visit. Hopefully I’ll get out normally next time.

 

 

 

Humbly submitted,

~*annie