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UVU highlighted during United Nations Economic and Social Council segment

17 May 2017 No Comment

Utah Valley University student engaged learning through the promotion of the sustainable mountain development (SMD) agenda of the United Nations was highlighted for the first time during the session of the 2017 United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Integration Segment, May 8-10 at the UN Headquarters in New York. The theme of this year’s segment was “Making eradication of poverty an integral objective of all policies: What will it take?”

The 2017 ECOSOC Integration Segment served as a platform for key stakeholders at the United Nations to identify and discuss opportunities and challenges in developing integrated approaches to tackle poverty in a sustained, inclusive and sustainable manner. The segment brought together high-level representatives of UN member-states, including heads of state and government, ministers, parliamentarians and mayors, representatives of the United Nations system, international organizations, civil society and other non-governmental organizations, academia and the private sector.

“The Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, in concert with Utah Valley University, emphasize the important role which academic institutions might play in eradicating poverty and promoting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” said Rusty Butler, former UVU associate vice president for international affairs and diplomacy, and currently the main representative of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (RANS). “Since 2007, the curricular and extracurricular programs encourage traditional and non-traditional students to promote the SMD agenda through student experiential learning. As a result, students combine education with experiences, time and resources for poverty alleviation through SMD promotion.”

This is the second time this year when RANS and UVU successfully collaborated at the United Nations. RANS assisted a UVU delegation comprised from two faculty and five students an opportunity to get officially registered and engaged at the activities of the 61st session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in March 2017.

For more information, see: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/sites/www.un.org.ecosoc/files/files/en/integration/2017/RANS.pdf ###

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