Category: CCNY NGO

The 4th Round of Multi-stake Holder Negotiations on Global Compact for Migration Leaves Facts and Data out of Discussions

During  14-18 May of 2018,  multi-stake holders met for the assigned negotiation rounds that are designed to bring the most advanced and SDG-approach focused compact. With every draft states are being precise on specific regulations to be included or excluded from the compact.  Co-facilitators Juan Jose Gomez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico, and Jurg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland are  serving to bring out the most constructive negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration highlighting as well as requiring all participant states to keep their bar not lower than New York Declaration when making statements.

While stake-holder states expressed their remarks and corrections on the revised draft, some states shared their position on what should be the center of concern on the next round of negotiations.

In this regard, Bulgaria’s representative urged all stake-holders to include and uphold the children’s importance in drafting accelerated solutions. Per se, migrant children’s life conditions and socio-legal services should be formed to accommodate their utmost urgent needs and draft as a long term compact to facilitate and serve for the children moving in transit, lost or in need of humanitarian assistance. As noted by Bulgarian representative compact must secure: access to legal pathways in obtaining nationality and citizenship of origin, verifying identity documents, accessing safe migration and receiving early childhood education, increasing literacy level as well as effectively combating  with child-smuggling black market and child-labor exploitation. Indeed, securing safe and peaceful future of children will undeniably bring its long-term benefits to the society they are living in.

Notably, the theme of the last session’s discussions highly concentrated on  issue of racial discrimination and policies related to further protecting migrants from work exploitation. During the hearings Vietnam mentioned  the 1999 Migrants Convention as a standard base to cover the needs of migrants that face high risk of  being smuggled, abused or exploited in a foreign country.  However, while most states were also adding on this issue, China’s opposition left everyone in the conference room adrift.  The representative of China responded very directly rejecting the facts and evidence in implementing non-discriminatory policies against migrants by saying that ” We should focus on reality-based events, not evidence”. The statement was quite ambivalent and quite astonishing for the attendees, but supported by the fellow Russian representative.

Brazil, the Holy See, Nepal and Turkey in line with many other permanent state observers spoke out to address xenophobia, hate crimes and racism that migrants regardless of their status face in the host country. Specifically, the Holy See suggested modifying compact to deal with acts of violence  that are directed to migrants based on their race, face and ethnicity. In line with the Holy  See, Brazil clarified that policies should be gender-responsive and race sensitive. Turkey chaired for raising social awareness and creating violence-fighting peaceful campaigns that would nurture tolerance.

Although the 4th round of GCM was  quite  engaged in improving the draft for the upcoming 5th round, many  states at this point have expressed their main message to the co-facilitators and observers.

Our CCNY NGO Youth Representatives will be closely watching and reporting the next round of multilateral negotiations.

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The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, meeting with the civil society before the end of his term

On May 11th,  Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein ,current UN High Commissioner for Human Rights held a brief meeting with the UN staff and NGO members concluding the end of his service term.

Zeid Ra’ad, who  is the sixth High Commissioner leading  the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the first Asian, Muslim and Arab to ever be in this prestigious position, gave his overview on ups and downs of closely working and rigorously fighting for the human rights. During his speech he noted complex systematic challenges of the Security Council in addressing the Syrian Refugee Crisis followed by abusive chemical attacks aimed at civil society members that are still left within Syrian borders. Not only did he mention difficulties of tackling with pressing global issues, but also lack of coordination between regional powers that weaken the  UN’s ability to  assist in crisis moments.

Nonetheless,  he highlighted positive shifts in some sovereign states where there was fear of state collapse as in case of Ethiopia where has been with UNOHCR mission recently: ” A country at pivot point of collapse was able to transform into a strong build-bridge between educated youth and government.”  However, the transformation was sealed in raising literate and argumentative youth able to analyze and participate in the daily life of the civil society they are residing in, and this comes with zealous persistence and support given to  the youth.

More notably, the High Commissioner stated  the importance of using comprehensive language accessible and applicable to general public over advanced terminologies that are only designed for legal purposes. Having accessible information on human rights, its core values and concepts would accommodate them better when faced with challenges and abuse of human rights rather than having ideological knowledge about it.

As CCNY NGO Youth Representatives, it has been an honor for us to attend such an impeccable event filled with discussions on the global issues whose core victims are humans whose rights and dignity have been deprived or abused by authoritarian regimes.

” At times the pressing issues may seem to be at the brink of pivotal point, but with the right assistance and unbowed independent body to stand up for the human rights, we will reach to more constructive and positive outcomes as long as states are willing to acknowledge and co-ordinate in battling these issues.”

He concluded by stating: ” In truth there is a power!”

 

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Careers in Diplomacy

img_3721CCNY International Studies Program, Model United Nations Club, and CCNY NGO to the UN invite you to a presentation about careers in diplomacy. Please join us for an evening with Usha Pitts, the U.S. Department of State Diplomat in Residence at City College.

Usha Pitts’ most recent post was as the U.S. Consul General in Recife, Brazil. Her previous assignments included tours in Russia, Cuba, Panama, Italy, and Austria. In total, she has 19 years of service with the U.S. Department of State. As a former employee of the World Bank and U.S. representative to two UN agencies, Ms. Pitts will share her expertise on careers in multilateral institutions and the international public sector. At CCNY, Ms. Pitts also teaches a course called “Practice of Diplomacy.” She holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts, the George Washington University, and the Naval War College.

The event will take place on May 3 (Thursday) at CCNY NAC 1/201 from 5:00- 7:30pm.

Also joining us will be Michael Cruz to talk about his Peace Corps experience in Peru.

Michael graduated from Hostos Community College and the City College of New York. He is a recipient of the Colin L. Powell Partners for Change Fellowship in international development. Currently, Michael is a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ascope Province, Peru.

Here is the link to RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/careers-in-diplomacy-talk-by-ccny-diplomat-in-residence-usha-pitts-tickets-45311454781

The Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations Sets Humanitarian Threshold For Upcoming Third Round of GCM Hearings

Delegates attending closing of  Second Round  sessions of Global Compact on Migration, agreed to uphold not only the moral obligation to consider individual circumstances, vulnerabilities, threats and dangers migrants and refugees face on their path to reach safe destination, but also keep New York Declaration principles as the minimum criteria to accept refugees. The Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations Representative urged attendees to consider International Human Rights as they propose limitations or amendments to the new draft. In accord with Philippines and Iceland , the Holy See also requested refraining from creating new legal definitions and  terminologies or amending already existing terminologies as to avoid complex and  challenging applications they would later deal with when applied by signatory  countries.

Continuing on the same note, Brazil, Australia, Jamaica, Mexico, Ethiopia and Eritrea raised series of questions regarding the procedures of data collection as stated on Zero Draft Plus of GCM. Biometric ID’s, national reporting mechanisms, exchange of data , regional and national forums as well as briefings on data collection  became next step of modification and revision for the upcoming Third Round Sessions in April.

As per request of majority , International Organization  for Migration, IOM,  gave briefing on their data collection procedures and means of accessing, exchanging data with UN to assist and co-operate in humanitarian aid related missions. Accentuating on state capacity and state responsibility in assisting in the process of safe and orderly migration, IOM  acknowledged  the need to host  permanent i.e. ongoing dialogue on national, regional and international levels so that they could create better platform  both for states and international organizations. During their brief Q&A with member states, IOM agreed to come up with solutions to deal with inaccurate data , safety and privacy aspects of data collection as well as provide consistent data policy guidelines. It’s important to note that these implementations will be made considering existing principles and statutes  that protect human rights.

The last but not least, to clear out left concerns Co-facilitator from Mexico stated that 2030 SDG Agneda is the primary base of the GCM Darft; thus, all Sustainable Development Goals relate to the Global Compact on Migration.  Leaving a positive note for the next round of hearings, co-facilitators ensured to recall and revise proposals made during both rounds in order to modify it for the Third Round.

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International Women’s Day 2018

On March 8th, the CCNY NGO Youth Representatives joined the United Nations conference celebrating International Women’s Day 2018.

Secretary General Antonio Guterres gave a speech announcing that gender parity has been achieved within the UN in the leading branches of the organisation such as the Senior Management Committee.

The theme of this year is “The Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”, which echoed the conference that will take place at the UN on the 12th and 13th of March.

Nevertheless, this year, International Women’s Day comes after an unprecedented movement fighting for women’s rights, equality, and respect, and against gender violence that was largely covered during the conference.

Movements like “MeToo”, “Balancetonporc”, and “End Marry Your Rapist Laws” who enable women to speak about their experience of gender violence were represented in the GA Hall.

“We are at a tipping point for the world”, said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women whilst talking about year 2017 as a real eye-opener.

As the movement against gender violence began in Hollywood, the UN invited actresses Reese Witherspoon (Academy Award–winning actor and activist) and Danai Gurira (Black Panther, Tony-nominated playwright, actor and activist) to be part of the conference.

The different speakers presented concrete actions to fight gender inequality and gender violence.

Danai Gurira insisted on educating the next generations to an equal representation of men and women in society, as she does playing a General in the film Black Panthers. She also encouraged all those who have attended, as well as viewers from beyond, to speak out for those without a voice.

With “Times Up”, Reese Witherspoon aims to raise funds to create safer working environments for women and an end to tolerance toward sexual harassment.

Julie Bishop, the Australian Minister of Foreign affairs, shared her desire for women from the Pacific regions in politics, and is establishing a program to pair potential Pacific female leaders with Australian female leaders.

All the speakers insisted on the fact that there is still a lot of work to do. Therefore, the upcoming 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women is the key event to follow to see the United Nations action plans are regarding women’s rights!

Apply to be a CCNY NGO Youth Rep!

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It’s that time again! Calling for new youth reps to head up the CCNY NGO!

Do you have what it takes to represent City College at United Nations events?

Are you ready to serve the school and the world as a bridge in between?

Will you have the time to dedicate to attending events during the week and promptly reporting on important proceedings?

We want the best and the brightest to be the face of CCNY.

If that’s you, please read on and apply!

Job Description

Open for Fall 2017. Available to active CCNY students only.

CCNY NGO focuses on becoming an active member of international civil society and on promoting the participation of its academic community in United Nations activities. The project is dedicated to educating future leaders in global affairs.

CCNY NGO offers an excellent opportunity for all students, regardless of their major, to combine academic training with real life experience in multilateral diplomacy.

We are looking for passionate and competent individuals to represent CCNY NGO at the UN. Successful candidates may design a credit-bearing independent study or internship through the International Studies Program or other academic departments at CCNY.


Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Engage with the UN Youth Representative Program; contribute to the work of the Youth Sub-Committee for the Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference
  • Participate in the weekly NGO Thursday briefings, including youth panels
  • Organize and promote NGO youth events publicizing issues and campaigns on the UN agenda using both traditional and new media
  • Represent CCNY NGO in meetings with other civil society groups, UN officials, Member States and other stakeholders
  • Cover critical meetings of the UN Security Council, General Assembly, and other major organs
  • Write weekly reports on assigned activities, Thursday briefings, and SC/GA meetings for the CCNY NGO website
  • Contribute to CCNY NGO social media on a daily schedule
  • If combining the position with an independent study or internship, work with faculty mentor per pre-agreed syllabus

Key Requirements

  • Independence: CCNY NGO representative must be a self-starter capable of working on his/her own and initiating projects with minimum supervision
  • Competence: This position requires significant knowledge of the UN and its operations. Background in international relations strongly preferred
  • Excellent writing and communication skills: The representative will be required to write weekly reports and other articles on special events. Good writing skills are a must!
  • Diplomacy and professionalism: The position requires adherence to diplomatic protocol and understanding what it means to represent the entire college

Application

To apply for the position of CCNY NGO UN/DPI Youth Representative, please email your resume and cover letter to ccnymodelun@gmail.com.

 

Please feel free to interact with us via blog, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram if you have any questions! Please make sure you have followed us on all these platforms before you apply!

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.

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.