What I learnt from final project?

I learnt what the MPI is from my final project. Actually, I searched many papers to help me to understand it such as

  1. http://www.itu.int/en/sustainable-world/Pages/report-hlpf-2017.aspx

  2. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1815243

  3. http://siteresources.worldbank.org/EXTINFORMATIONANDCOMMUNICATIONANDTECHNOLOGIES/Resources/The_Role_of_Mobile_Phones_in_Sustainable_Rural_Poverty_Reduction_June_2008.pdf

I decided that I needed to do something that could complement my project partner. The first few days, I do not know much about MPI, and my partner built up the framework of our presentation. I really appreciate him. Later, I find a way to use my strength to improve our presentation. I show my demo to him, and I think I gain respect from him.

Although we have discussions, these discussions are very high level. I need to improve my English! Listen to TED talks every day? What else?

What I learnt from the UN?

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Final Project Reflection

For my final project, I chose to discuss food security and climate change. I already had a moderate amount of background knowledge on climate change, and when I looked into the development goals, I knew it was the one I wanted to focus on. However, I also wanted to use this opportunity to learn about something that was very new to me. I had read articles about how climate change would affect food production, so I decided I wanted to investigate this relationship further.

            What I learned at the UN reinforced my assumption that climate change would have huge impacts for food security. With so many people already being severely food insecure in developing nations, climate change brings an added layer of complications and uncertainty. The SDG targets for zero hunger specifically mentions the importance of climate change for the future of food security efforts. This idea was echoed in various meetings throughout the conference and it seemed universally unde...

My final project is on public-private partnership (PPP), a term to which I have never really paid attention before coming to the UN. I chose this topic out of curiosity about development policies’ implementation, since partnership and its various forms -- ‘global partnership’ ‘multi-stakeholder partnership’ ‘public-private partnership’ – pop up so often in the UN discussions and sound like promising solutions to world problems.

I first tried to study PPP’s effectiveness as a financing tool and yet found that my financial knowledge was too limited to answer that question. I then turned to research on PPP’s effectiveness in providing infrastructures for poor countries. I learnt the basics of public finance and gained a flavour of various ways governments mobilize resources for social construction. I also argued that PPP could only be successful in certain environments. Contrary to my initial belief that weak global partnership contributes to unsuccessful SDG implementation, I found there...

I want to first talk about my two weeks’ experience in the United Nations. I did not really care about the latest news or international issues before, but whenever I saw the UN on TV, I could not help wondering: what is this place for? What kinds of meetings do people have inside? So, I joined this internship program not only because I can expand my horizons and improve my skills, such as in public speaking and debate, but solve problems as well. The first few days when I was in UN, I carefully observed everywhere and kept notes from meetings. The first session we attended about the SDGs in Conference Room 4 motivated me the most. There were delegates from each country, NGO, panelists, and discussants. Being in the huge conference room and listening to everyone speaking makes me feel that I was one of the members in their teams to change the world. I knew much clearer about the UN through meetings and talking to different people that it is a harmonious place without any discrimination...

Participation, Challenge and Improvement

——Reflection of the UN Internship

It’s the first time I'm exposed to a brand new platform for me to the global world. It's the first time to be abroad. It's the first time to participate in bunches of intensive training courses. So many “first times”make up my impressing tour in New York City, that push me to discover myself and the world a lot.

Surprises are everywhere, we had conversations with UN officers, which showed me that every voice here can be equally treated. We communicated to different NGOs and listen to their working idea, which gave me innovative examples to solve problems. We took part in public speaking、debating、leadership workshops,directly improved my potential ability and self-cognition. It’s the sense of implementation that really matters on the way to enrich myself. I learn something about how find your own pathway towards future career. Also changed my mind what I”used to think” in my thinking stereotype. For example, I learn...

After completing my final project on gender equality and child marriage, I harvested a solid, comprehensive understanding towards child marriage: its status quo, negative impacts, and potential solutions. Although child marriage is not a novel concept for me, I have never paid any close attention to child marriage before. Growing up in urban areas, I feel that child marriage is so distant from me that it solely means news articles illustrating sheer madness. Therefore, based on my own living experience, I made the naive assumption that child marriage must be a rare case in the world, and I also assumed that a few legislations could easily eliminate child marriage. However, on July 12th 2017, a UN meeting called “Guaranteeing Girls' Freedom to Live, Learn and Be Protected” proved me wrong. I discovered that 15 million girls suffer child marriage every year in the world; in Brazil, one third of the girls get married before 18 years old. Along with the information about the negative impac...

Woodenfish Dunhuang Buddhist Studies Workshop took place from June 16 to 27, 2017 at the Dunhuang Buddhist Research Center of the Dunhuang Academy. The workshop attracted outstanding guest speakers and participants to study Buddhist art in Dunhuang through lectures, site visits, and discussions to further enrich the studies of Buddhist culture in Dunhuang and to promote relevant discoveries internationally. Thirty graduate students and young scholars came from top universities in twelve countries, including current students from Oxford, Harvard, Princeton, Peking University, National University of Singapore and others. All of the guest speakers are reputable scholars in East Asian Studies, Buddhism, Art History and History, who include but are not limited to Professor Stephen Teiser from the Religion Department at Princeton University, Angela Howard, Professor of Asian Art from Rutgers University, Professor Sarah Fraser from the Art History Department at Heidelberg University, and Dr....

At 8:30 a.m. on June 26, 2017, the opening ceremony of the Buddhist Studies Center at Dunhuang Research Academy took place at Mogao Caves. Xudong Wang, Director of the Dunhuang Research Academy, Ven. Fabao, Vice President of the World Fellowship of Buddhists, and Ven.Dr. Yifa, the founder and President of Woodenfish Foundation attended the ceremony and delivered speeches. Angela F. Howard, Honorary Professor at Rutgers University and an expert in East Asian cultures as well as Buddhist art, Professor Siyan Jin—Dean of Eastern Studies from University of Artois in France, student participants from twelve countries, and supervisors and staff of the Dunhuang Research Academy participated in the opening ceremony with the Deputy Director of the Academy, Dr. Shengliang Zhao as the host of the ceremony.

In his speech, Director Wang mentioned that the power of Buddhism enables the continuation of the legacy of Mogao Caves. “We should not only be content with appreciating these exquisite wall p...

Hello everyone! I am Xiao (Shawn) Lin from Tongji University and my major is computer science. I was born and lived in Fuzhou for 18 years until I went to my university. I think I am a little bit unique in this internship, since I guess I am the only master candidate, and my major is relatively most far from social science. I was a support engineer intern in Microsoft, and now I am an OpenDaylight developer in Tongji-Yale System Network Lab.

I was the volunteer for Woodenfish Forum on Buddhism & New Technology, and I was impressed by exploration of one’s inner life and inventions such as Xian Er, and Hero robot monks. This volunteer experience increased my desire to participate in this internship significantly. I really want to know how UN works and how development of IT could potentially change the world in different aspects. This internship is also a rare opportunity for me to cooperate with people from different backgrounds. And it could potentially improve my public speech and team...

On June 11, 2017, a three-day International Woodenfish Forum, "Shanghai Buddhism and New Technology Conference" kicked off at Intercontinental Shanghai Puxi hotel. Over one hundred experts, scientists, and artists from around the globe specialized in the studies of Buddhism, Sinology, Theology, and Psychology participated in the event and delivered talks about their work. For student scholars, relevant youth forums were held each evening. Young rising talent thus could also engage in spreading the ideas of collaboration between Buddhism and Science.
The forum covered a wide variety of topics and themes, including artificial intelligence, meditation, study of consciousness, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, IT, music, and education. Intellectuals from around the world took the stage to make their ideas heard, and these speakers represented the top talent from domestic and international fields: famous scientist and academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Mr. Qingshi Zhu; vice c...

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