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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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Dispatch from UNESCO India: Saya Soma’s third blog from the field

Photo credit: https://maldives-magazine.com/news/soneva-aims-new-sustainability-achievements-for-2022.htm By Saya Soma, MAGG Both of my parents are elementary school teachers in rural Japan, where I am originally from. Growing up, I watched them exhaust themselves, working very long hours on weekdays and most weekends. My father was ‘voluntold’ to coach the afterschool baseball team at his school, which made him work

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BSIA and UNITAR partner to offer collaborative short course on “UN Career for Climate Action”

The Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) in Waterloo, Canada and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in Geneva, Switzerland, are pleased to announce the launch of a new short course entitled “United Nations Career for Climate Action Programme.” The course is the first collaborative venture between the two institutions, and is

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

Photo Credits: UNDP Pacific-Team Blogs, and Personal Photo of Social Media Takeover @unac_iddip By: Mackenzie White, MAGG Hi everyone! This is Mackenzie White, Junior Professional Consultant (JPC) with the Gender Department at the UNDP Pacific Office in Suva, Fiji. I am writing to you remotely from my home in London, Ontario, Canada, for my second

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

Photo credit: Whisper India By: Larissa Prata Varella, MIPP student In my last blog post, I gave you an overview of interning in the Education Sector of the UNESCO New Delhi office. Today, I would like to focus on a specific project that has been the core focus of my experience with the team: the

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

Photo credit: Shaza Ahmed By Shaza Ahmed, MAGG Words fall short of my gratitude at being able to experience this internship opportunity in-person at the UNDP Pacific Office. I have the privilege of working and living in another country, learning about a new culture, and making some impact. Not only is this opportunity in another

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Dispatch from UNESCO India: Aleyna Aygor’s third blog from the virtual field

Photo credit: Lumina By Aleyna Aygor, MIPP As we are nearing the end of my internship experience with UNESCO New Delhi, this blog post will unfortunately be the last update I share with you – so let’s make the most of it! To recap, I have been working on providing comments and editing student and

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Remembering our dear friend and colleague, BSIA Faculty member Will Coleman

William D. Coleman, 1950-2023 On Friday March 24, 2023, Will Coleman passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton. He will be remembered by friends, colleagues, and students as deeply ethical, academically innovative and fearless, a supportive and collaborative researcher, an exceptional teacher, and a very kind and generous friend. Will joined the Department of

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Dispatch from UNESCO India: Saya Soma’s second blog from the field

Photo credit: UNESCO By Saya Soma, MAGG One of the benefits of interning at UNESCO is the access to its career development resources prepared by the Headquarters in Paris for the interns. In the past month and a half while interning at the UNESCO New Delhi Cluster Office, I have attended several online workshops for

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Dispatch From UNDP in Fiji: Chelsea Sidloski’s third blog from the virtual field

Photo credit: UNDP-Pacific Office By: Chelsea Sidloski, MIPP Hi there! It’s me again happy to update you all with a third blog post about my internship with the United Nations Development Programme-Gender Division at the Pacific Office in Suva, Fiji. I am currently writing from my desk at home in downtown Toronto, Ontario where I

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Dispatch from UNDP in Fiji: Chelsea Sidloski’s second blog from the virtual field

Photo credit: UNDP Capture-Gender Division By: Chelsea Sidloski, MIPP Hello! My name is Chelsea Sidloski, and this is my second blog post about working remotely as a Junior Professional Consultant (JPC) in the UNDP Gender Department at the Pacific Office based out of Suva, Fiji. With having gained experience in a number of projects over

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Professor Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger awarded world’s first Visiting Chair in Sustainable Development Law and Policy in the University of Cambridge

Building on a highly successful Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship, BSIA Fellow Professor Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger commences her new visiting chair in sustainable development law and policy at the University of Cambridge with creativity, courage and commitment. As the world recovers from a devastating pandemic, countries and communities are scaling up efforts to implement international accords

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