The United Nations
Join CGA faculty along with current practitioners to discuss the issues debated by UN member states as well as within the Secretariat, and approaches to global challenges offered by UN agencies and by other forms of multilateral cooperation.
REFLECTIONS FROM THE FIELD: THE ROLE OF YOUTH IN MAKING, BUILDING, AND SUSTAINING PEACE
CO-SPONSORED BY THE NYUSPS PEACE RESEARCH AND EDUCATION PROGRAM (PREP) AND THE PEACE AND CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION CLUB
Friday, September 21, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
A panel of MSGA students who have recently completed summer graduate student consultancies through the Workshop in Applied Peacebuilding will address the importance of Sustaining Peace from the perspective of youth—both young practitioners and young stakeholders. Following their discussion, join a panel of senior practitioners for a critical discussion about how youth-focused peacebuilding is becoming recognized as an increasingly crucial element of programs and processes that seek to contribute to the construction of peaceful societies globally.
Moderator: Thomas Hill, Clinical Associate Professor, NYUSPS Center for Global Affairs; Director, NYUSPS Peace Research and Education Program (PREP)
BEIJING, 25 YEARS ON: UNFINISHED AND NEW BUSINESS
CO-SPONSORED BY OXFAM'S JOURNAL, GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT
Monday, September 24, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
In just over a year it will be a quarter century since the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action at the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women. The Platform for Action was widely welcomed by feminists for the progressive global agreements embedded in its twelve action areas. Yet the Platform merits further development—it did not, for instance, develop an analysis of globalized capitalism and did not address structural changes in the economic domain to reduce gender, race, and other inequalities. It pre-dated social media, online violence, and the #MeToo process. Forged at the height of the optimistic post-Cold War moment, it did not imagine the democratic reversals of recent years that have included attacks on women’s rights by religious extremists as well as nationalist populist governments.
While the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals have a powerful goal on gender equality and women’s empowerment, there is still much to be done for gender equality beyond the SDGs. This panel discussion marks the 25th anniversary of Oxfam’s journal, Gender and Development, which has followed normative and operational advances on women’s empowerment in developing countries since before the Beijing Conference. It will begin a process of reflection in advance of the Beijing anniversary to outline some of the unfinished and new business in the global women’s rights agenda.
Moderator: Anne Marie Goetz, Clinical Professor, NYUSPS Center for Global Affairs
INTERNATIONAL CAREERS IN THE UNITED NATIONS AND MULTILATERAL ORGANIZATIONS
Monday, October 15, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Moderated by Christopher Ankersen, Clinical Associate Professor, NYUSPS Center for Global Affairs
LEGAL OUTCASTS: DEPRIVATION OF CITIZENSHIP AND ITS GLOBAL CONSEQUENCES
CO-SPONSORED BY THE STUDENT ASSOCIATION OF GLOBAL AFFAIRS (SAGA)
Thursday, October 18, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Every person has a human right to nationality; yet over 10 million people worldwide are “stateless” meaning no State considers them citizens. Stateless people have difficulty accessing basic services, such as medical care, education, or bank accounts. In some cases, governments create discriminatory policies that target specific groups’ nationality on a mass-scale due to their ethnicity, religion, gender, or other factors. The Rohingya in Myanmar, people of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic, and most recently four million Muslim residents of the Indian state of Assam have all have been rendered stateless due to mass deprivation of citizenship by their governments. Mass deprivation of citizenship by a government can leave entire communities vulnerable to the loss of property, exploitation, and even mass killing or genocide.
How can we understand these cases of reclassifying residents as non-citizens, and what do they signal about the intents or directions of governments that are taking these actions? Where might this happen next? Join us for a panel discussion on what can be done about mass deprivation of citizenship. Legal experts, activists, and diplomats also will discuss where we can expect the next debates over citizenship worldwide.
Moderator: Laura Bingham, Senior Managing Legal Officer, Open Society Justice Initiative