Category: 2017

Round Table Meeting with the UNHCR at the UN

IMG_3260The Model UN/NGO Club met with the UNHCR yesterday for a round table discussion regarding the many different refugee crises over the last 60 years and the effect they have had on the countries hosting them.

The panelist yesterday was Firas Kayal, Senior Policy Advisor at the UNHCR. He began with the situation in Mayanmar and the attempted genocide of the Rohingya Muslims.

Kayal asserted that the conflict in Myanmar is the worst refugee crisis in over 60 years. Over 2 million people have fled since August, with over 70 percent of them being women and children. Kayal also stressed how the perception of who is hosting the refugees is quite misleading. Approximately 85 percent of refugees are hosted by neighboring countries, which more times than not, are in poor to middle income regions. Only 15 percent are actually hosted by Europe and the West.

One of the questions posed to Kayal was about humanitarian aid given to refugees and development issues caused in the hosting countries by taking them in. He assured us that the UNHCR is aware of this problem; that humanitarian assistance and development have now become something that goes hand-in-hand. They are trying to use a community-based approach to make sure that neither refugees nor nationals are neglected.

In the very little time we had with Mr. Kayal yesterday, he gave us some insight into how the UNHCR is trying to help correct these devastating situations that caused so many people to flee their own land.


MUN Club: New Board Members

Hello all, Aljenis here!

I’d like to (in)formally introduce the new board members of the MUN/NGO Club. Let’s give each of them a warm welcome. I’ve listed them below (bios to follow):

President: Aljenis R. Mora

Vice President: Yangchen Dolma

Treasurer: Sushmita Lamsal

Secretary: Fred Machado

SDGs Student Photo Contest 2017


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!


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


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):


UNIC Tokyo – SDGs Student Photo Contest 2017 Press Release:

❖ 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 (

Good luck!


Fanny Shum Chan

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.


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.


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!


Fanny Shum Chan

Humans With Price Tags and The Real Cost of Human Life

By Fanny Shum Chan


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.


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


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.


According to , 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.”


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


  • 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



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.


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)


“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!


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.


  • 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.


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


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.


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.



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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 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 ASAP!

You can view their website at

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