The Roya Institute is pleased to invite you to join an event celebrating United Nations Day this 24 October! This event, titled Higher Education and Multilateralism: Academia Responding to Global Challenges, is organized by The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI).
Seventy-seven years after the foundation of the United Nations as the cornerstone of multilateralism, its principles and values remain valid. In the current global context, with the emergence of crises and conflicts and several global challenges, the United Nations is a center to harmonize actions and a beacon of hope for billions. For decades, institutions of higher education, particularly its faculty, have been studying this Organization extensively while teaching, researching, and writing about it. Lecturers, professors, and scientists have made significant contributions to the work of the United Nations. Moreover, the interest in the United Nations, and the expectations about the Organization, have grown significantly. And in parallel to it, youth, particularly university students, have been increasingly seen as more actively advocating for the different campaigns, causes, and initiatives the United Nations carries out.
Topic: HIGHER EDUCATION AND MULTILATERALISM: ACADEMIA RESPONDING TO GLOBAL CHALLENGES
Date: Monday, 24 October 2022
Time: 3pm – 5:15pm (EDT/New York time)
Venue: Conference Room 6, United Nations Headquarters, with broadcast (further details to be announced prior to the event)
RSVP/Registration form: Click here For those wishing to attend in person, please note that UNAI does not provide stipends or any other kind of financial assistance. Moreover, due to limited capacity, space for
attending in person might be restricted, and persons signaling their wish to attend in person might not be able to do so. We will send a confirmation e-mail Accordingly. Also note that as per established practice, UNAI does not issue certificates or letters of attendance or participation for those joining either in-person or online.
Objective: This event aims to highlight what universities and colleges worldwide are doing concerning global challenges, what multilateralism means for institutions of higher education, and what these institutions mean to the United Nations. It will also answer questions such as: How to improve the relationship between academia and the United Nations? What the role is there for faculty and students?
– Ms. Melissa Fleming, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Global
First panel: Teaching, researching, and writing about multilateralism
and the United Nations: Reflections, lessons learned and knowledge-sharing
– Mr. Robert Skinner, Deputy Director and Chief of Partnerships and Global
Engagement at the Outreach Division of the United Nations Department for Global
– Dr. Daniel Naujoks, Lecturer of International and Public Affairs and Interim
Director of International Organization and UN Studies Specialization, Columbia
University (United States), Former Research Consultant for the United Nations
– Ms. Savita Pawnday, Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility
to Protect at the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, City
University of New York (United States). Former International Development Fellow
with Catholic Relief Services in Zimbabwe.
– Prof. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Professor of International Affairs at The New School (United States). Former Lead Author and Director of the Human Development Reports at the United Nations Development Programme. Author of the book Millennium Development Goals: Ideas, Interests, and Influence.
– Dr. Ş. İlgü Özler, Associate Professor of Political Science and International
Relations at the State University of New York – New Paltz (United States) and
Founder and Director of its Global Engagement Program. Founder of the
Mid-Hudson Valley local chapter of the United Nations Association – USA.
– Dr. Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue, Professor at the Department of Global Development, Cornell University (United States). Member of the Independent Group of Scientists 2019 for the United Nations Global Sustainable Development Report. Former Consultant with the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and The World Bank.
– Dr. Courtney Smith, Dean of the School of Diplomacy and International Relations and affiliate with the Center for UN and Global Governance Studies, Seton Hall University (United States). Assistant Treasurer of the Academic Council on the
United Nations System. Author of the book Politics and Process at the United Nations: The Global Dance.
Second panel: Student activism and engagement on the United Nations goals and principles: Actions and voices from campus
– Ms. Jayashri Wyatt, Chief of the Education Outreach Section, at the Outreach
Division of the United Nations Department of Global Communications
– Ms. Sybil Wang, a Student at New York University (United States)
– Ms. Lulu Okeke, a Student at Pace University (United States)
– Ms. Maryam Albakarti, a Student at the New York Medical College (United States)
– Ms. Rolake Tomoye, a Student at Lehigh University (United States)