Fellowship: 100 Years of Multilateralism, UN Geneva

I was one of the delegates in the 57th Graduate Study Programme organized by the United Nations, the Information Service at Geneva with the theme of “Looking Back at 100 years of Multilateralism: Taking Stock and Preparing the Future”.

Background

The United Nations Information Service’s Graduate Study Programme provides an opportunity for participants to deepen their understanding of the United Nations system through first-hand observation and study. The Graduate Study Programme is held at the United Nations Office at Geneva each year during the month of July.

Each year, as part of the educational outreach programmes undertaken by the United Nations, the Information Service at Geneva organizes the Graduate Study Programme. This seminar provides an opportunity for outstanding graduate and postgraduate students from all over the world to deepen their understanding of the principles, purposes and activities of the United Nations and its related agencies through first-hand observation and study at the United Nations Office at Geneva. There are three main components of the programme, namely, lectures, institutional visits, and working group.

Lectures

Lectures were about various UN agencies and their respective nature and scope of work

Offices included: United Nations, Information Service, UN Library, UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, International Labour Organization, World Health Organization, UN Mines Action Service, International Organization for Migration, World Meteorological Organization, UN Development Programme, UN Environment Programme, UN Economic Commission for Europe, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Save the Children, and UN Refugee Agency.

Institutional Visits

Palais des Nations, International Labour Organization, Digitization Process, League of Nations Museum, International Committee of the Red Cross 

Working Group

I formed part of the working group on Multilateralism that was supervised by Dr. Pierre-Etienne Bourneuf, Research Advisor of the Institutional Memory Section, United Nations Geneva Library. My group examined the contemporary issues on multilateralism, wrote a 40-page research paper entitled “Enhancing multilateralism in the 21st Century” and provided suggestions for an enhanced practice of multilateralism. This paper was co-written with Baye Modou Sambou, Ifunanya Faith Orisekeh, Danel Loushi, Jumana Alasaad, Emmanuel Bernard Muzingwani, Kelechi Amakoh, Elna Enanga Esembe, Hanane Thamik, Naad-e-Ali Sulehria, and Zohra Abdullah.

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Cover photo by Kyle Glenn from Unsplash

More information about the program can be found at https://www.unog.ch/80256EDD006AC19C/(httpPages)/8E865A1942E8E45B80256EF30034C255?OpenDocument

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