St. Gallen Students Visit UNITAR for the Second Time
The 2nd school visit of students from the St. Gallen Kantonsschule am Burggraben (Switzerland) to the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) took place on Wednesday, 1st February 2017 in Geneva. The visit was requested by the school as part of the 3-day Students’ United Nations simulation in Geneva. St. Gallen students participated in the 1st Youth Climate Dialogues with the Lilongwe Girls Secondary School (Malawi) on November 2015.
To briefly explain what UNITAR and its different programmes do, Ms. Emily Fraser from the office of the Executive Director, Mr. Rabih Haddad, Manager of the Multilateral Diplomacy, and Ms. Amrei Horstbrink from the Green Development and Climate Change briefly introduced their programmes and explained the role of UNITAR in reaching SDGs and its attempt to shape the international relations agenda (i.e. Paris Agreement on climate change). Many of the students were in the final years of High school and still undecided on their professional endeavours. Getting to meet professionals within the UN and how the system works, could help the students in their decisions.
Students had the opportunity to listen to career guidance, with special emphasis on the role of soft skills in any career and organisation, including the UN. Students met UNITAR staff (IT, project management, communication and social media specialists), understanding that professionals from various academic backgrounds make organisations function.
In the end, students had a group exercise and discussed their thoughts on the following three questions related to climate change:
1. What comes to mind when you hear the word climate change?
2. How do you learn about climate change?
3. How can we get more youth interested in climate change? What are some of the factors that would push you to changing your habits for the environment?
Upon the success of the meeting, Mr. Ueli Albrecht, students' International Relations class teacher, requested the possibility for UNITAR to become a regular part of the annual Model UN conference itinerary. The visit has been helpful to the students in better understanding the UN, the role of capacity building in international relations and most importantly, that the students are able to make informed decisions about their future careers.
To know more about their visit in 2016, please read: http://www.uncclearn.org/news/st-gallen-students-visit-unitar-learn-about-new-agenda-sustainable-development
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UN CC:Learn is a partnership of more than 30 multilateral organizations supporting countries to design and implement systematic, recurrent and results-oriented climate change learning. At the global level, the partnership supports knowledge-sharing, promotes the development of common climate change learning materials, and coordinates learning interventions through a collaboration of UN agencies and other partners. At the national level, UN CC:Learn supports countries in developing and implementing national climate change learning strategies. Through its engagement at the national and global levels, UN CC:Learn contributes to the implementation of Article 6 of the UNFCCC on training, education and public awareness-raising, and the 2012-2020 Doha Work Programme. Funding for UN CC:Learn is provided by the Swiss Government and UN partners. The Secretariat for UN CC:Learn is hosted by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).