Videoconference Brings United Nations Representatives to NCC

Posted: November 6, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

New Century College (NCC) participated yesterday in a videoconference, “Peace in Action,” with United Nations leaders and other faculty members and students from universities across the country. The two-hour videoconference was an interactive process allowing young people to discuss and examine how to build peace and security in the 21st century through education and tolerance.

The videoconference was sponsored by the nonprofit organization, We, The World, which hosts youth forums each month involving leaders, educators, and students throughout the world.

“This event provided a great opportunity to learn about peace and sustainability efforts around the world, to hear from passionate experts, and to ask important questions,” says Janette Muir, associate dean for NCC. “Our technological capabilities and skilled staff, coupled with academic programs that foster an understanding of conflict and peace issues, made George Mason a perfect choice for participation in this videoconference. I’m pleased NCC helped to facilitate this important event.”

Speakers included Nana Osei Boakye Yiadom II, the queenmother and chief of Aburi, Ghana, and cofounder of the Apeadu Peace Center; Audrey Kitagawa, advisor, United Nations Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict; Andres Guerro, a representative of UNICEF; Lori Heninger, Quakers office of the United Nations; Heather Moore, youth leader from Miracle Corners of the World; and Blair Bodine, singer and songwriter.

Students and faculty members from NCC interacted with dozens of students from across the United States during the conference, discussing topics such as the reduction of weapons sales, the creation of democratic practices and institutions worldwide, the empowerment of women, and the support of peace education.

For more information about the videoconference, visit We, The World web site.

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