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Archived Video Chats

The Education Outreach Cluster of the Department of Public Information presents a series of video chats in preparation for the Global Model United Nations (GMUN) conference. The video chats bring together senior UN officials and diplomats and GMUN delegates from different parts of the world to discuss issues related to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the work of the First, Second, Third and Fourth Committees of the United Nations General Assembly.

Each video chat lasts from 30 minutes to one hour, with the speaker’s presentation and a Q and A session between the students and the speaker. Please click the snapshots below to see our archived video chat sessions.


Sessions on the topics in the four Committees  and the MDGs

  First Committee (Disarmament and International Security)
Topic: Disarmament and achieving the MDGs.

Speaker: Ambassador Paul Badji, Permanent Representative of Senegal to the United Nations
Topic: How arms availability and armed violence negatively impact development and fulfilling the Millennium Development Goals - what the UN can do about it.

Speaker: Mr. Daniël Prins, Chief of Conventional Arms Branch, UN Office of Disarmament Affairs
  Second Committee (Economic and Financial)
Topic: The ongoing global financial crisis and its impact on the achievement of the MDGs in the least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, and small island developing states.

Speaker: Under-Secretary-General Cheick Sidi Diarra for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States
Topic: The impact of the current financial crisis on achieving the MDGs and the role of private sector in the achievement of the MDGs.

Speaker: Mr. Georg Kell, Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact Office
Topic: The impact of South-South Cooperation on the MDGs.

Speaker: Mr. Yiping Zhou, Director of the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Topic: Women and the MDGs.

Speaker: Ms. Joanne Sandler, Deputy Executive Director for Programmes, United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
  Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural)

Session 1: The human rights approach to the MDGs.   

Session 2: A brief presentation on human rights and environment and children of conflict and the MDGs (two topics in the 3rd Committee), followed by an extended Q and A.

Speaker: Mr. Craig Mokhiber, Deputy Director, New York Office of Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Topic: Children of conflict and the achievement of the MDGs.

Speaker: Ms. Susan Bissell, Chief of the Child Protection section, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization)
  Topic: UNRWA and the achievement of the MDGs (focusing on the Middle Eastern region).

Speaker: Mr. Andrew Whitley, Director of the New York Representative Office of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
  Topic: Bringing the benefits of space to humankind.

Speakers: Mr. Niklas Hedman and Ms. Sharafat Gadimova, UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA), Vienna

  Sessions on the MDGs

Topic: An overview of the achievement of the MDGs: progress and challenges.

Speaker: Dr. Gonzalo Pizarro, Policy Specialist for the MDG Support Team, UNDP
Topic: MDGs: progress and prospects in mid-2009

Speaker: Mr. John W. McArthur, Chief Executive Officer of Millennium Promise

Sessions on the work of the UN General Assembly and the Main Committees

  Topic: An overview of the General Committee and the General Assembly

Speaker: Mr. Kenji Nakano, Senior Political Affairs Officer at the General Assembly Affairs Branch
  Topic: An overview of the work of the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security)

Speaker: Mr. Jarmo Sareva, Secretary of the First Committee of General Assembly
Topic: An overview of the work of the Second Committee (Economic and Financial)

Speaker: Ms. Vivian Pliner, Deputy Secretary of the Second Committee
Topic: An overview of the work of the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural)

Speaker: Mr. Julio Peralta, Vice-Chairperson of the Third Committee of General Assembly (63rd Session)
Topic: An overview of the work of the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization)

Speaker: Mr. Saijin Zhang, Secretary of the Fourth Committee of General Assembly