22 May 2020

"75 for UN75: 75 Minutes of Conversation" Series of Online Dialogues

As part of  the United Nations 75th anniversary initiative (UN75), the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) is holding a global conversation with scholars, educators, researchers and students to discuss their priorities for the future, obstacles to achieving them, and the role of global academic cooperation in rethinking global issues. See below the program of online dialogues in the "75 for UN75: 75 Minutes of Conversation" series. Check back for updates, including speakers and registration information. 

Friday, 29 May 2020 (International Day of UN Peacekeepers)

Time: 9 to 10:15am EDT

Topic: Rethinking Peacekeeping 

Speakers:

  • Commander Carla Monteiro de Castro Araujo, recipient of 2019 United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year award
  • Ms. Susana Malcorra, Dean of the IE School of Global and Public Affairs in Madrid, Spain and former Chef de Cabinet to the Secretary-General of the UN
  • Ambassador Neil Pierre, Permanent Mission of Guyana to the United Nations
  • Dr. Maria Armoudian, Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland
  • Dr. Franz Baumann, Visiting Research Professor, New York University and former UN Assistant Secretary-General
  • Ms. Kiran Bedi, Lt. Governor of Pondicherry, India and first woman UN civilian police adviser

To see a recap of this webinar click here.

 

Monday, 1 June 2020                       

Time: 10 to 11:15am EDT

Topic: The Role of Higher Education in Combating Radicalization and Violent Extremism Online 

Speakers:

  • Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu, Under-Secretary-General of the UN and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs
  • Mr. Masood Karimipour, Chief of Terrorism Prevention Branch, UN Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Ms. Samantha de Silva, Senior Technical Specialist, The World Bank
  • Mr. Jhon Sanabria, Professor and Dean of the School of Public Safety at Ana G. Méndez University 
  • Ms. Anamaría Cardona, Director of Partnerships and Community Engagement, Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence, Canada

To see a recap of this webinar click here.

 

Thursday/Friday, 5 June 2020 (World Environment Day)

Time: Thursday 4 June, 10pm to 11:15pm EDT (Friday 5 June, 11am to 12:15pm KST)

Topic: The Role of Universities in Combating Climate Change 

Introductory performance by baritone Claudio Jung

Speakers:

  • Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Eighth United Nations Secretary-General
  • Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the UN and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
  • Ms. Yoonhee Hwang, Director of the Association of Korean Universities in Support of UNAI
  • Dr. Ducksu Seo, Assistant Professor, Department of Spatial Environment System Engineering, Handong Global University
  • Dr. Arvind Kumar, President of the India Water Foundation 
  • Ms. Jueun Han, Handong Global University, Republic of Korea 

To see a recap of this webinar click here.

 

Monday, 8 June 2020             

Time: 10am to 11:15am EDT

Topic: The Role of Higher Education in Combating Poverty and Ensuring Social Justice 

Speakers:

  • Ambassador Narinder Kakar, Permanent Observer of the University for Peace to the United Nations 
  • Dr. Dimitrios Mavrakis, Director, Energy Policy and Development Centre, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece (UNAI SDG Hub for Goal 7)
  • Dr. Balghis Badri, Director of the Regional Institute for Gender, Diversity, Peace and Rights, Ahfad University for Women, Sudan (UNAI SDG Hub for Goal 5)
  • Dr. Faisal Ahmad Khan, Pro Vice Chancellor, Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences, Pakistan (UNAI SDG Hub for Goal 8)
  • Ms. Esther Odi Tieku, MCN Fellow, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana

To see a recap of this webinar click here.

 

Friday, 19 June 2020

Time: 10am to 11:15 am EDT

Topic: Gender Equality and Higher Education: Ensuring Access and Creating Change 

Introductory performance by Beth Nielsen Chapman

Speakers:

  • Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women
  • Dr. Fernando León García, President, CETYS University System, Mexico
  • Dr. N’Dri Assie-Lumumba, Professor, Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University, United States
  • Dr. Mami Katsumi, UEA, Division of Institutional Strategies, Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan
  • Dr. Don Betz, American Association of State Colleges and Universities and, former President of the University of Central Oklahoma, United States

To see a recap of this webinar click here.

 

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Time: 10am to 11:15 am EDT

Topic: Confronting COVID-19 Through Innovation and Research: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic

Speakers:

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, United States (recorded)
  • Dr. Christoph Meinel, President and CEO, Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering, Germany
  • Dr. Lamiaa Mohsen, Dean of the School of Medicine, New Giza University, Egypt (SDG Hub for Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being)
  • Dr. Daniel A. Wubah, President, Millersville University, United States
  • Dr. Padmini Murthy, Professor and Global Health Director, New York Medical College, United States

To see a recap of this webinar click here

 

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

[This dialogue was held in Portuguese language] 

Time: 10am to 11:15 am EDT

Topic: Technology and Higher Education: Virtual Research and Education in the New Normal 

Speakers:

  • Ms. Maria Rebeca Otero Gomes, Coordinator of the Education Sector, UNESCO Office in Brazil
  • Dr. António Andrade, Researcher in Technology and Education, Portuguese Catholic University in Porto, Portugal
  • Dr. Magno Hernany Vieira Rocha, Director, Support Office for Distance Education, University of Cape Verde, Cape Verde
  • Dr. Joziana Muniz de Paiva Barçante, Pro-Rector of Research, Federal University of Lavras, Brazil
  • Dr. Domingos Dos Santos Andrade, Researcher on Educational Software at the Department of Science and Technology, University of Cape Verde, Cape Verde

To see a recap of this webinar click here

 

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

[This dialogue was held in Russian language] 

Time: 8:30am to 9:45am EDT

Topic: Green Cities and Economies: Solutions from Academia

Speakers:

  • Mr. Vladimir Moshkalo, Head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Russia Office
  • Mr. Sergey Korotkov, Director, UNIDO Center for International Industrial Cooperation in the Russian Federation
  • Dr. Galimkair M. Mutanov, Rector, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Kazakhstan (UNAI Principle Hub for Sustainability)
  • Dr. Rahat Sabyrbekov, Researcher, OSCE Academy in Bishkek and Assistant Professor of Economics, American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan 
  • Dr. Olga Ponizova, Executive Director, Center for Environment and Sustainable Development, Russia
  • Dr. Zhanna Mingaleva, Professor of Economics, Perm National Research Polytechnic University, Russia

To see a recap of this webinar click here

 

Wednesday, 5 August 2020 (EDT) / Thursday, 6 August 2020 (JST)  

Time: 8pm to 9:15pm EDT on 5 August (9am to 10:15am JST on 6 August)

Topic: Rethinking Disarmament

Speakers:

  • Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization
  • Dr. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the UN General Assembly for its 73rd Session
  • Dr. Juan Carlos Sainz Borgo, Dean, UN-mandated University for Peace, Costa Rica 
  • Dr. Yoshiro Tanaka, Vice-President, J. F. Oberlin University, Japan (UNAI Principle Hub for the UN Charter)
  • Ms. Kehkashan Basu, Youth Ambassador, World Future Council
  • Ms. Yuumi Tobisawa, Leader of ASPIRE Japan and student of J. F. Oberlin University

To see a recap of this webinar click here

 

Thursday, 20 August 2020

Time: 10am to 11:15am EDT

Topic: Rethinking Trade

Speakers:

  • Mr. Robin van Puyenbroek, Executive Director - Business Development, World Trade Centers Association 
  • Prof. Jayashree Watal, Professor of International Trade, International Property Rights and Public Health, Georgetown University, United States. Formerly with the World Trade Organization
  • Ms. Andrea Garwood, Director, World Trade Center, Trieste, Italy 
  • Dr. María Priscila Ramos, Researcher at the Interdisciplinary Institute of Political Economy, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina (UNAI SDG Hub for Goal 12)
  • Mr. Luciano Montenegro de Menezes, Director, World Trade Center, Curitiba, Brazil

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