New UN Rep for CCNY

Hello all,

My name is Derrek Schwartz and I am the new representative at the United Nations for the CCNY NGO. I am currently attending open session meetings on a regular basis at the UN to actively work with other NGO representatives and ambassadors focusing on sustainable development from different parts of the world.


Africa Week

As Africa Week at the UN came to a close last week, I attended two important and informative meetings. The first, the Africa Sustainable Development Report, and the second, hosted by the African Regional Economic Communities (RECs), which focused on Regional and economic integration in Africa.

Both meetings touched on income inequality trends and human development in Africa, but the second, more extensive meeting focused primarily on the future of Africa and that investing in the youth is the key to sustainable development in the regions. They spoke about how the majority of the countries in Africa live on less than a dollar per day, well below the global poverty line.

The presenters made a call to build infrastructure by helping the youth to receive more education and give the opportunity to form more advanced skillsets within their region. Currently, people are leaving to go where there are opportunities, causing an essential “brain drain.” If nothing is done, the youth, especially young girls find themselves easy prey to terrorist groups.

Gender equality at a young age was also a focus. Giving opportunities to both boys and girls will also give way to more sustained economic growth and help social progress to be formed.

Both meetings were very informative and gave a fresh perspective on the opportunity for success from a global standpoint.

The Power of Speech

While being tortured by finals and an endless to-do list, a political controversy “close-to-home” plauged my Chinese social media feeds. Netizens argued back and forth, missing each other’s point in cross fire. I watched closely, in silence, and shuddered at the power of speech to spread anger, division, and even hatred.

It all started with a speech, a speech that may have faded into history like the hundreds of thousands of speeches delivered every year. But people were too offended to let it go.

Instead, offended audience members protested over social media, organizing campaigns to denounce the content of the speech. The video and transcript of the speech spread. More people got angry and joined the fight. The media picked up the news. All the Weibo and Weixin media accounts took it to be a hot issue and reposted the contents.

Even more anger spread. The comments turned vicious. Both sides escalated offenses. One side decried the speech for lying and sacrificing one’s homeland for personal gain. The other side praised the speech for its “bravery” and supported its message promoting free speech. One side turned to ad hominem attacks and publicize the “perpetrator’s” personal information. The other side escalated the matter to national politics and claimed the incident to be realtime proof that freedom of speech is threatened.

The person who delivered the speech cleared out all social media accounts and posted a public apology. Neither side, however, seemd satisfied. One side called for more investigation into the matter. The other side portrayed the person as a victim of internet violence.

For a time, the discussion was only a debate within the Chinese cyberspace. But soon, the controversy spilled over to English media. The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, NPR, one by one the major news outlets reported on the story. Great. Now everyone knew.

Throughout the back-and-forths between the two camps, it was striking to me how easily people were prompted to vehement attacks. Why is it that people could deliver such nasty attacks toward one another? Does free speech protect the expression of such sentiments, if they are sincerely felt? Should sensitivity to internet violence curtail such commentary? Should one not be responsible for the results of one’s public speech?

More dangerously, I noticed that both sides were literally talking past one another, not addressing the points the other side brought up and instead twisting the discussion to fit their own needs. This is not a real discussion. This is an incident hijacked by two camps with preconceived opinions. All they needed was a flicker to burst into a consuming flame.

Throughout all these debates and growingly pointless battles of insults, some key points were lost.

First, the main contention against the speech was its contested factuality. People were angry because they believed it to be spreading false stereotypes. Did the person really feel that way? Or were the vignettes simply fabrications that suited the general expectation? Should lies be protected under free speech? The other side, including the official statement issued on this matter, supported the speech on the level of principle. However, no one seems to be challenging the right to free speech in the first place.

Second is a question of national pride. If one were to love one’s country, would one use its weaknesses (let’s assume these are real for now) to contrast another country’s strength? Would one propagate negative propaganda against one’s homeland and confirm others’ skewed assumptions? If one were to protect one’s motherland and edits one’s speech, would that be considered censorship and suppression of the right to free speech? What kind of responsibility does one owe to one’s country? What would it mean nowadays to be “un-American”? What about one’s loyalty to one’s institution? The speech’s main function was, after all, to praise the institution.

Third is a issue of political incitement. If the content of the speech genuinely reflects the writer’s thoughts, what is the objective? It seems to say: not everyone can enjoy freedom, democracy, and fresh air, don’t take it for granted. Is it trying to encourage action? What type of action? If Americans are all so used to freedom and democracy already, would the point to incite them to promote such principles to countries that cannot enjoy such “luxuries”? Would its point be to draw attention to the “suppression” back home? If the premisde is that there are also threats to freedom and democracy in America, would it be encouraging more incidents like the LA riots? 60 people died during those violent confrontations. With the institution-in-question’s recent encounters with hate speech and hate crimes, is the timing intentional? Would the speechwriter be willing to take on that kind of responsibility?

But no matter how debates pan out, China has lost another P.R. battle. Both inside and outside the country, the incident is being framed as an example of internet violence, intolerance, and extreme nationalism. The portrayal of China in the speech is sinking even deeper into the mass consciousness. Given this result, I wonder if it was wise to protest against it publicly in the first place?

In truth, I am fearful to take sides on controversial political matters like this. Especially when I have access to such visible platforms as forums at the United Nations. Every word I utter can reflect upon my school, my countries, my people. I hope individuals will not be frightened to take the spotlight in the future because of fear of repurcussions. Speech can carry a lot of power; we just have to wield it carefully and purposefully.

However much the speech gets lambasted, one line rings true: Our voices do matter.

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

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


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!

Intern for the NGO ExCom


The NGO DPI Executive Committee (  is comprised of eighteen representatives elected by organizations officially associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI). The Executive Committee was founded to promote a closer working relationship between the UN and NGOs associated with UN DPI and acts as a liaison between the NGO community and UN. In partnership with the UN DPI the Executive Committee organizes the annual UN DPI NGO Conference, at UN Headquarters or abroad, which increases public understanding of the United Nations critical efforts on issues of human rights, economic and social development, the environment, the rule of law and peace-building. This event is an important opportunity for NGOs to network and promote the efforts of their organizations. The Executive Committee through its popular Communications Workshops and other activities throughout the year also provides NGOs opportunities to become more knowledgeable about UN and NGO programmes as well as to how to make more effective use of their association with the UN DPI.


The NGO/DPI Executive Committee seeks an intern with a strong interest in the interplay of the United Nations and civil society organizations. Knowledge of the digital media landscape, including various social media is essential. The Executive Committee is revising their website and social media strategy outreach to civil society and youth. Applicants must possess critical thinking and excellent communication skills; demonstrate creativity, and an attention to details. This position offers an applicant a unique experiential learning opportunity. The selected candidate will receive an official UN NGO security badge to attend NGO briefings and open meetings over the course of the internship which will provide a rich learning environment in addition to the internship work with the ExCom. A learning agreement that meets the needs of the ExCom and the student’s current college/university faculty advisor can be crafted in advance of this internship.
You will perform a combination of the following duties:

* Work directly with officers and directors of the Executive Committee
* Interface with the UN Department of Public Information (DPI)
* Contribute to website design, maintenance, and optimization
* Monitor and post on blogs, forums, and social networks
* Conduct online outreach and promotion using Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter etc
* Schedule and coordinate speaking engagements, appearances, photo shoots, and other special events
* Write press releases and other materials
* Assist with print production
* Compile contact lists and databases
* Assist with planning and organizing fundraisers for an international conference


You should be available for approximately 10 hours a week to work on the responsibilities. You are expected to attend the monthly Board meetings which are usually held on the 4th Thursday of the month between Sept- June from 2pm-4pm. Exceptions to this are the September and Nov/Dec meeting when holidays are taken into consideration and there’s a longer time between meetings. Meetings are held at the DPI Resource Center on 45th near 1st avenue. You must have strong communication skills and a solid understanding of the youth demographic. You should also have strong writing skills, and an understanding of social media. Only interns proficient with Microsoft Office applications and competent to maintain web pages should apply.



Send an email (Please outline your availability to start) with the following attachments: resume, cover letter outlining qualifications, a letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor:
Applications will be reviewed on rolling basis as received.


Latest deadline to apply: 08/01/2017
Internship begins: Fall 2017 term. (Can start earlier based on availability)

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

NMUN 2017 Cohort Announced!

The official CCNY NMUN cohort has been chosen! These delegates have worked hard to reach this point in the semester and they know they have more to go. We wish them the best of luck in their studies and preparations for conference!

Committee: General Assembly (GA1)
Delegates: Sushmita Lamsal & Reena Afridi
Committee Advisor: Paul Aylward

Committee: General Assembly (GA 2)
Delegates: Aljenis Mora & Arieanna Jainarain
Committee Advisor: Paul Aylward

Committee: General Assembly 3 (GA3)
Delegates: Sofie Svelander & Fred Machado
Committee Advisor: Arlene Verapen

Committee: High-Level Political Forum (HLPF)
Delegates: Rosaury Valenzula & Sulaiman Alwadi
Committee Advisor: Cristina Cintora

Committee: Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
Delegates: Nancy Larcher
Committee Advisor: Amanda Jimenez

Committee: United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA)
Delegates: Yangchen Dolma & Kong Ming Cheung
Committee Advisor:  Arlene Verapen

Committee: World Food Programme (WFP)
Delegates: Sabrina Kostusiak & Emily Costa
Committee Advisor: Amanda Jimenez

Committee: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Delegates: Faria Tasnim
Committee Advisor: Amanda Jimenez

Committee: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Delegates: Satabongkot Laparam & Aaron Klauber
Committee Advisor: Josh Kemp