Celebrating October 24, United Nations Day

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. 


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?

Welcome remarks:

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

Development Programme.

– 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)