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Dispatch from the Canadian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva: Emily Miller’s Third Blog from the Field

Photo credit: Emily Miller By: Emily Miller, MAGG student These last couple months in Geneva have given me much to think about and I have not had the chance to completely process everything. Fortunately, I was able to be here physically in person to get the true Geneva experience. I was very excited to enter […]

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Dispatch from the United Nations Development Programme in Fiji: István Kéry’s third blog from the field

Photo credit: István Kéry By: István Kéry, MIPP student I am proud to share that I have been offered a new contract with the UNDP Pacific Office as a Program Analyst! This contract will begin after the completion of my placement in UN Association of Canada’s (UNA-Canada) International Development & Diplomacy Internship Programmes (IDDIPs). I

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Dispatch from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Germany: Jenna Phillips’ first blog from the virtual field

Photo credit: UNFCCC (2015) By Jenna Phillips, MAGG student My name is Jenna Phillips (she/her), I am nearly two months into my virtual internship with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. In April I started working with their Communications and Engagement Division, supporting the development and delivery of key communications materials related to

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Nine women sitting in chairs in front of an audience. A banner with the European Union symbol is behind two people and the EU flag is behind someone else. A presentation is on the screen.

Dispatch from the Canadian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva: Emily Miller’s Second Blog from the Field

Photo credit: Emily Miller By Emily Miller, MAGG student During my time with the Permanent Mission of Canada, I have had the opportunity to learn more about Canada’s priorities at the UN in Geneva. Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) places gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls as a priority for the

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Dispatch from the United Nations Development Programme in Fiji: István Kéry’s second blog from the field

Photo credit: István Kéry By István Kéry, MIPP student I would like to speak to an important theme of my internship experience: immersion. I think it is important to acknowledge and highlight how immersion has been a crucial element to my learning and development in this internship. I like to think that immersing myself in

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Blue starfish on a coral reef with small fish swimming nearby

Dispatch from the United Nations Development Programme in Fiji: Shaza Ahmed’s third blog from the field

Photo credit: Shaza Ahmed’s friend By Shaza Ahmed, MAGG As I write this, I cannot help but reflect on how uncertain life is. My civil society counterpart passed away unexpectedly. He was a very knowledgeable activist in the field of disability rights. I only met with him a handful of times but he was essential

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Children in school uniforms sitting on the floor reading or writing in books.

Dispatch From UNESCO India: Larissa Prata Varella’s third blog from the virtual field

Photo credit: UNICEF/UN0685096/Magray By: Larissa Prata Varella, MIPP Winter has turned to Spring here in Canada, which means that my remote internship with the UNESCO New Delhi Multisectoral Regional Office is coming to an end. In this final blog post, I would like to share my insights into what I believe makes the ideal candidate

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A crowd of adults and children standing in front of teh UCIWAI District School building holding signs showing the UN Sustainable Goals

Dispatch from UNDP in Fiji: Mackenzie White’s third blog from the virtual field

Photo Credit: UNDP Pacific Office, 2023 By: Mackenzie White, MAGG Hi everyone/Bula! It is bittersweet to be writing my final blog post for this internship experience as a Junior Professional Consultant (JPC) with the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji, and the IDDIPs programme through UNA-Canada. While my last two blog posts provided technical insight into the

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Emily Miller's image projected onto a large screen in a room full of people

Dispatch from the Canadian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva: Emily Miller’s first blog from the field

Photo credit: Emily Miller By: Emily Miller, MAGG I am four months into my internship with the Permanent Mission of Canada to the UN in Geneva. I was really excited to come to Geneva to complete my internship in person. This was my first time moving abroad and my first time in Europe. In the

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Photo of Istvan Kery infront of the UNDP office in Fiji

Dispatch from the United Nations Development Programme in Fiji: István Kéry’s first blog from the field

Photo credit: István Kéry By: István Kéry, MIPP student Bula from Fiji! My name is Isti Kéry and I am a recent graduate of the Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) program at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, where I specialized in international environmental policy. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to be

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Sunset shot with a palm tree and hammock in the foreground

Dispatch from the United Nations Development Programme in Fiji: Shaza Ahmed’s second blog from the field

Photo credit: Shaza Ahmed By Shaza Ahmed, MAGG I have been asked to attend as a rapporteur to a three-day workshop on the Coral Coast along the southern shores of the main island of Viti Levu. I have been to the Coral Coast before, it is a little slice of paradise just outside the capital

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View of the rainforest and ocean through the trees

Dispatch from the United Nations Development Programme in Fiji: Drake Kindred’s first blog from the field

Photo credit: Drake Kindred By Drake Kindred, MIPP Graduate To be honest, I knew very little about Fiji before arriving here, I merely knew of what Canadians interpret as bougie Fiji water, regional climate challenges, and their sugar cane industry. Knowing so little, it was an opportunity to broaden my horizons in a new hemisphere,

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