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Check this site to get the latest information on upcoming conferences, reports and events at the United Nations and what is going on at George Mason University.

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UN NEWS AT MASON FEB. 15, 2015:

WIN A PAID TRIP TO A UNITED NATIONS SUMMIT in NEW YORK July 20-26, 2015
“Many languages, one world” contest (Airfare, room, tours, and meals for ):
70 students will be selected to present their plans of action at the 2015 United Nations Academic Impact Global Youth Forum where they will create plans of action related to the United Nations Post-2015 Global Development Agenda.
Write an essay (2,000 words or less) related to the post-2015 global development agenda, in the context of the 70th anniversary of the UN, and the definition of new goals reflecting global sustainable development that recognises, and is enriched by, cultural and linguistic diversity. (Please visit the website sustainabledevelopment.un.org for background material.)

Entries must be in an official language of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) that is not your first language and was not your principal language of instruction during your primary or secondary education. Open to all full-time university students, 18 years of age or older and sponsored by a Faculty Member of the university one is currently attending.

Essay Submission Deadline: Wednesday March 25, 2015 at 11:59pm EST
Complete information is available at: http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations/files/2015/02/ELS2015Contest-Rules29122014.pdf

UPCOMING EVENTS:

6 Mar.: 1-4:30pm. “The Potential and Role of Education in an Era of Global Markets and Powers” at George Washington University, Duques Hall 151. Joni UNESCO Chairs from GW celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of UNESCO, in the first of a series of public forums on t the ways education can contribute (or not) to the civic good. Register at https://unescocivicgood.eventbrite.com

Feb. 17 – March 17, 2015 – “2015-electronic discussion, Managing the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the sustainable development goals: What it will take”. The 2015 e-discussion is expected to provide the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with concrete ideas and proposals for defining the steps required for the successful transition from the MDGs to the SDGS. Scholars, stakeholder groups, experts, and policymakers will engage in a global dialogue on policy choices, partnerships and to formulate critical policy messages and recommendations for ECOSOC to consider during its July meeting in New York, leading to the adoption of the Council’s 2015 Ministerial Declaration. Participants may join the e-discussion during the month at http://www.unteamworks.org/amr2015.

Feb. 18, 2015 5:30pm- 6:30pm The First Lady of Afghanistan, Mrs. Rula Ghani
Speaking at the “Smart Women, Smart Power” series at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
Feb. 18, 2015 5:30pm- 6:30pm
Location: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1616 Rhode Island Ave, NW, Washington DC 20036
Cost: Free
Reservations: Contact Model UN President Sarmat Chowdhury atgmumun.president@gmail.com.

MODEL UN NEWS:

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Student Government Senator, Senate Liaison and Model UN member Musirah Khan: https://www.facebook.com/MasonStudentGovernment/photos/pcb.557276197709410/557275847709445/?type=1&theater

UN BRIEFING for Non-Governmental Organizations: Mason student Charlotte Gueye attended the first UN briefing of the year for non-governmental organizations on January 22 at the UN headquarters in New York, NY.

The briefing “Inspiring Voices: Transforming the World, Lives and Communities”, reinforced the idea that the United Nations is a people’s organization. Four guest speakers shared their personal stories explaining what links them to the United Nations and being part of positive global changes.

Guest speakers included Roszel Morris, who works for UN’s department of Counter Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate as a Team Assistant to the section chief and Senior Legal Officers. She shared her story of surviving a terrorist attack, which is part of what led her to work with the United Nations.

The second speaker, Karim Abouelnaga is the founder of “Practice Makes Perfect,” an intergenerational program that helps struggling students to apply for college and scholarships by pairing them with mentors. Abouelnaga emphasized that even our smallest efforts can make a difference, and advised the audience to put their efforts into their local community first, where it is easier and more effective to make a difference. Imani Woomera and her son Zion Miyonga enforced the ideas Abouelnaga evoked with a spoken word poem they wrote themselves called “Mosquito” in honor of the famous proverb by the Dalai Lama “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”

These speakers’ stories highlighted how they are doing their part in making the world a better place. This briefing reminded me that everyone does have a story that can lead to a potential life purpose and it inspired me to find mine.”

(Charlotte Gueye is majoring in Global Affairs and studying at George Mason’s Songo, Korea campus. She is interested in working for organizations that have peacekeeping, equality and UN development goals.)

INTERNSHIPS:

Marriott International Headquarters – Graduate students: Opportunities available in Global Operations, Global Marketing, Communications and more: http://jobs.marriott.com/careers/JobDetail/Bethesda-MD-United-States-College-Internship-Graduate-Level/161559?lang=en

Marriott International Headquarters – Undergraduate students: Opportunities available in Global Operations, Global Marketing, Communications and more: http://jobs.marriott.com/careers/JobDetail/Bethesda-MD-United-States-College-Internship-Undergraduate-Level/161718?lang=en

National Council of US-Arab Relations: Applications due Feb. 27, 2015. A stipend is available upon completion of internship. http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=d977be4b-4d5c-4456-8244-472798b3a9ad&c=7bf25f60-40ca-11e3-b051-d4ae5292c36f&ch=7df470f0-40ca-11e3-b0d0-d4ae5292c36f

PROFESSIONAL JOB OPENINGS:

Regional Coordination Officer for the 2016 Global Humanitarian Summit, Turkey
http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=53810

Program Coordinator, Economic and Social Rights, Center for Women’s Global Leadership: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey http://uhrapps.rutgers.edu/jobs/JobDetail.aspx?pst_num=15-000333

EVENTS 2014:

Trip to Qatar (Thanksgiving) and Saudi Arabia (Winter Break)

The National Council of U.S.-Arab Relations is offering two opportunities to learn more about the region for a small group of former Model Arab League participants with most expenses paid.  Applicants must have previously participated in the Model Arab League Program as a student delegate, be U.S. Citizens holding a valid passport, and be enrolled in an accredited college or university for the duration of the program.

Learn more:

Qatar

Saudi Arabia

Get engaged!

Interested in attending a United Nations conference, workshop, or tour the United Nations?  George Mason University has UN DPI/NGO status and can provide certain services for Mason faculty, staff, and students with advance notice.  Services include:

  • registering as an NGO to conferences and events in the UN’s online database;
  • ground passes to the UN events, briefings, and meetings;
  • access to the UN DPI/NGO Resource Centre.

Please contact Dr. Sonja Taylor at staylor9@gmu.edu for more information.

Interested in becoming an intern?

Students at George Mason University have the unique opportunity to work with UN agencies, funds, and programmes as an intern.  The Washington, D.C. area is home to twenty UN system Liaison and External Affairs/Relations Offices and over a dozen supporting organizations.  Students can also work with regional organizations and embassies located in D.C. and New York.  Opportunities for students interested in studying and/or interning abroad can work with UN agencies in Bangkok, Bern, Geneva, The Hague, London, Madrid, Nairobi, Paris, Rome and Vienna.

Please contact Dr. Sonja Taylor at staylor9@gmu.edu for more information.

Internship with the National Council of US and Arab Relations, Washington, DC.
Unpaid, summer 2015. (Students can receive a $1,000 stipend at the end of successful completion of academic and internship requirements.) Deadline: All materials must be postmarked by Friday, February 27, 2015. http://ncusar.org/programs/15-NCUSAR-Summer-Intern-Program-Application.pdf

Internships with the UN Foundation:
Unpaid spring internship. Currently, there are three positions available. Congratulations to Adam Abutta for his internship with the UN Foundation, working on issues relating to UNESCO and more. Adam’s major is Government and International Relations and his minor is in Business.

Fellowship relating to UNESCO
Applications for the UNESCO related Laura Bush Traveling Fellowship are open.
Open to U.S. citizens (ages 18-25) enrolled in a college or university who express an interest in international collaboration but have not had many opportunities to travel abroad.

The fellowship is intended to help fund a proposal designed by a student to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO – using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations.

Application: Includes an essay (up to 500 words, double spaced) explaining your interest in being considered for the award and how your proposed project reflects or is related to both UNESCO’s mandate and U.S. interests in promoting peace by sharing advances in education, science, culture, and communications.

Read more at: http://www.state.gov/p/io/unesco/programs/143138.htm
Deadline: Monday, February 23, 2015 by 5 pm.

Environmental March Madness!

In Spring 2013, the second annual Environmental March Madness tournament, hosted by green information technology company Enviance, pitted Mason against a national field of universities known for promoting environmental sustainability in academics and operations while supporting a robust culture of sustainability on campus.

Mason reached the Finest Four based on an invitation to submit a survey of sustainability-related teaching and research, student engagement opportunities, and operational commitments, along with a second round of supplementary essays, videos, and photos submitted by students and faculty.  Mason submitted 265 photos, half a dozen student-produced videos, and more than 20 essays by students and faculty members, including Mason President Cabrera.  Submissions were evaluated by a panel of judges from leading environmental nonprofits, top media and education publications, and large for-profit companies that promote sustainable business operations.

Mason’s advance to the Finest Four proves emphatically that our university has gained a national reputation for our campuswide commitment to environmental sustainability.