Students from Wilkes University will have a chance to discuss and study international issues when they visit the United Nations on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. Twenty students and 5 faculty members will attend programs and presentations sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Students will meet with other university students from Kazakhstan in a classroom conversation, then have an interactive discussion via the Internet with students in Mexico City about climate change and student activism lead by U.N. Information Officer on Sustainability Issues Dan Shepard.
Students also will receive a general briefing on the UNDP and discuss sustainable development goals and post-2015 plans. A comprehensive tour of the U.N. headquarters will be followed by a seminar on America’s role in international economic development. Students will close the day with a speech on career options working with economic and sustainable nation development.
The opportunity to attend this event comes from Wilkes’ partnership with the Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI) and its Higher Education Alliance. Wilkes is the only college in Northeast Pennsylvania participating in the program, which also brings speakers to the University campus each semester. A non-profit based in New York City, HDI launched the Higher Education Alliance in 2010 to bring global perspectives to the nation’s college campuses. The alliance builds bridges between higher education and the United Nations and the international community by organizing lectures and conferences, facilitating internships, and giving behind-the-scenes looks at the United Nations.
The UNDP partners with people from around the globe to help build strong, self-sufficient nations. With a presence in 177 countries and territories, UNDP offers a global perspective and localized insight to help empower people and build resilient nations.
Goals of the program include achieving solutions and developing strategies for poverty reduction, democratic governance, crisis prevention and recovery, environmental issues, and sustainable energy.