Category: CCNY NGO

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!


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


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


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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.

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

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.


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.


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.

The Door of No Return

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.


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.


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?


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.



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,


Reflections of a CCNY NGO Youth Representative: Interview with Anasimon Takla

Please briefly introduce yourself.

My name is Anasimon Takla. I am a Political Science and International Studies student at CCNY. I was a Youth Representative of the CCNY NGO at the UN during the Fall 2016 semester.

How did you earn the position of Youth Representative of the CCNY NGO at the UN?

I simply applied by sending my resume and cover letter to

What was it like to represent the CCNY NGO?

It was a wonderful and humbling experience. The CCNY NGO itself is newly formed. The school, however, is one of the most prestigious schools in New York. The experience instantly opens your eyes and makes you comprehend what a great responsibility it is to represent a whole institution from the student body to the staff and faculty to everyone else on campus. Also, City College is not just any academic institution. Being located in Harlem, we were approached several times from activists who not only wanted student or NGO involvement in their causes, but particularly Harlem students whom they believed would add a great value to their campaigns.

What were some highlights of your experience at CCNY?

As a Youth Representative of my school’s NGO, I needed to be acquainted with struggles that CCNY students face daily in order to help shed light on them during the numerous events that future Youth Representatives will be attending at the United Nations. Myself and my NGO colleagues organized a meeting with the school’s Undergraduate Student Government’s President, Safat Chowdhury, the Vice President of Finance, Radwa Ahmed, and Senator Taimoor Arif. We asked them to explain to us the main plights of CCNY students so that we can use our platform to bring awareness to them. A more detailed summary of this meeting can be found here.

What were some highlights of your experience at the UN?

During my many visits to the UN headquarters and while attending several events on different causes as well as weekly DPI NGO briefings, I was fortunate to meet influential leaders, inspiring role models, and tireless NGO representatives eager to achieve their own organizations’ goals. Being a female myself, I thoroughly enjoyed meeting numerous prominent female figures. For instance, it was truly inspiring to attend the Climate Neutral Now event in September and chat with the current and first female FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura. Likewise, it was interesting to hear about the General Assembly’s efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance from Thailand’s perspective through Counsellor Maratee Andamo, representative of the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Thailand to the United Nations. Also equally fascinating was meeting Minister Counsellor Veronica Garcia Gutierrez who spoke about improving women’s issues from the perspective of the Permeant Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations. The examples of impressive female figures whom I met at the UN are far too many to be listed and this experience has made me more determined to join them in paving the roads for younger girls aspiring to enter the world of diplomacy.

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“Join our campaign for peace, human rights and environmental sustainability. Let us, together, create a movement … a movement for change, a movement of all nations and all people, united, to advance the great causes of our day.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 2011


The Department of Public Information sees young people as a critical group in its work with non-governmental organizations. We encourage young people already involved with a DPI associated NGO to become their organization’s Youth Representative at the United Nations.

Become a Youth Representative

Are you 18-32 years old?

Do you belong to an NGO associated with DPI?

Do you want to help make positive social changes – in your community, in your country and in the world?

Would you like to gain experience to help reach your education and career goals?

Encourage youth participation

Are you a current NGO that would like to get more youth involved in your cause?

Would you like to learn how to better support and encourage your current youth representatives?

How to get involved

If you are interested in serving as a youth representative of a DPI associated NGO, contact the head of your organization who will need to nominate you. Each DPI-NGO associated organization is allowed 2 youth representatives annually.

Some of the benefits and activities include:

  • A yearly UN Grounds Pass which allows access to the UN Headquarters, in New York.
  • A one-day Orientation Programme for DPI/NGO Youth Representatives
  • Access to documents promoting youth activities at the DPI/NGO Resource Centre
  • Access to youth-related public information events at the UN
  • Participation in the weekly Thursday Briefings
  • The opportunity to be a youth panellist at the weekly Thursday Briefings
  • Active involvement in two bi-annual Communications Workshops
  • Membership in the Youth Subcommittee as part of the Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference Planning Committee
  • The chance to be a youth speaker at the Closing session of the Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference
  • The opportunity to participate in social media coverage of the Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference
  • Involvement in establishing a youth blog by and for youth
  • Organizing and promoting NGO youth events publicising issues and campaigns on the UN agenda using both traditional and new media
  • Providing opportunities for intergenerational cooperation and collaboration
  • Cooperating with UN programmes such as the UN Volunteers

Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

We invite you to visit the website of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth for more information on the work that they are doing and the events taking place at the UN involving youth.

Website of the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

Working Together for a Greater Good: A Global Citizen’s Vision of the World in 2030 ( A guest post from Rabita Tareque)

Rabita Tareque, the president of United Nation Association (UNA) of CCNY, is currently majoring in International Relations and minoring in Public Policy & Public Affairs at CCNY. She is a 20 year old Muslim woman who advocates for gender equality and youth involvement on global issues. These issues are very closely tied with her ethnic background. The following is an article she recently wrote about her experience at the UNGA and the importance of the SDGs.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which were adopted by prominent world leaders in 2015 has been bringing countries, communities, and local organizations together to work towards reducing poverty, hunger, inequalities and climate change. I was born and raised in Bangladesh, a developing country where these global challenges have been a critical aspect of our everyday lives. As a result, I personally find a very strong and personal connection with the SDGs. This has motivated me to become a global citizen, who advocates and inspires our generation to unite and take action towards reaching the global goals for sustainable development.

The importance of achieving all the SDGs was one of the most vital topic of discussion at the recent 71st United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) week, which was a filled with conferences, meetings and events, joined by Heads of States, Foreign Ministers, CEOs and many influential leaders.

On September 22, 2016, I was thrilled to spend my afternoon at the Pathways to Zero Hunger, a high-level UNGA side event which took place in the Economic and Social Council (EcoSoc) of the United Nations. The event was surrounded by the conversation of achieving Zero Hunger and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. In his opening remarks, United Nations Secretary-General, H.E. Ban Ki-moon made a correlation between the SDGs and zero hunger by stating, “with the 2030 agenda, we have the opportunity to silence once and for all, the cry of hunger and malnutrition.”  The Secretary-General later asked world leaders and agricultural organizations to take the challenge and work together until Zero Hunger is a reality. Followed by the Secretary-General’s speech, H.E. Ambassador Peter Thomson, President of the 71st UNGA, H.E. Mr. John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana and H.E. Mr. Faure Gnassingbe, President of Togo also made remarks regarding the SDGs and asked for more resources and leadership initiatives to be made, in order to achieve zero hunger goal by 2030.

The next day on September 23, I had the opportunity to attend another high-level UNGA side  event, Leaving No One Behind which advocated for the SDG 5: Gender Equality. This conference was joined by Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister for International Development, Liberal Party of Canada, Bangladesh Permanent MIssion to the UN as well as grassroots organizations to discuss the importance of sustainable development goals and achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and young girls. One element that every panelist were advocating strongly on was local and grassroots support towards ending issues like child marriage, violence against women and young girls as well as social, political and economical inequalities.

After attending these conferences at the UN and witnessing such influential people speaking up to end global crisis through the SDGs has given me tremendous hope. As a global citizen, I am not only motivated to engage and take action towards the SDGs but also confident that these global goals can be achieved, if we all take the initiative. I am now certain that the global crises will be alleviated not only from my home country of Bangladesh and other underdeveloped nations but also from the rest of the world.