Living in New York, just a few miles from the United Nations building, brings global issues into sharp focus. I am a member of the United Nations Association USA, and was honored to attend the 2017 UN Humanitarian Awards Gala Dinner honoring recipients Vice President Joe Biden and Elsevier Chairman and Humanitarian Mr. Youngsuk Chi. Now I have been invited to attend the Worldview Institute Spring 2018 semester.
The Worldview Institute provides a forum in which New York professionals in different fields can engage and discuss global issues with experts in foreign policy and international affairs. The program consists of ten seminar modules geared to develop and enhance the scope of the work and activities of business executives at U.S. based multi-national corporations, as well as professionals within the NGO, UN, media, law, government, diplomatic, and academic communities.
Seminar topics are designed to stimulate informal but academic discussions with presenters from the international arena, and to illuminate and explore business, political, economic, and social trends in different regions of the world. Where appropriate, they also address the role of the UN within these contexts.
The Worldview discussions are led by distinguished lecturers, including UN ambassadors, noted academics, and leaders in global business. For example, Ambassador Riyad H. Mansour, from the Permanent Observer Mission of the State of Palestine to the UN, is opening this season’s semester with an overview of the current situation on the Palestinian home front. Other topics featured in Worldview Spring 2018 include:
- Is China Reshaping the World?
- Understanding North Korean Political Strategy
- Post Brexit : UK and International Relations
- The Fourth Industrial Revolution: What it Means and How We Will Live and Work
I am very excited about the opportunity to participate in this seminar series. This knowledge has extensive applications, as world-leading corporations such as BNP Paribas align with UN-defined Sustainable Development Goals as part of their Corporate Responsibility Strategy. Launched in September 2015 by the UN, the Sustainable Development Goals aim to end poverty by 2030 while protecting our planet’s environment. It’s wonderful to see banks in the private sector taking an active part in implementing the SDGs. The French bank, BNP Paribas, with headquarters in midtown, New York, has become one of the first companies to include a clear reference to the SDGs in its CSR strategy.