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Purchase College Senior Contributes to a Forum on Global Governance at the United Nations

Date Released: 5/27/2008

Purchase College senior Liana Thompson was one of 300 students selected from across the world to participate in a Global Governance Forum at the United Nations in April. She was chosen by ATHGO, a non-profit organization of the UN Global Compact that trains budding diplomats and social entrepreneurs across the world.

Ms. Thompson attended the Forum as part of the UN Global initiative to promote youth involvement in international policymaking and economic development in areas of technology, environment and governance for a sustainable future.

“A forum such as ‘Global Governance’ is a great opportunity for my students to see how the science of the environment is applied through policy in a social context,” explained Purchase Environmental Studies Professor George Kraemer.

The Forum examined the use and advancement of technology in global governance, as well as the role of young people in international policymaking and business development, among other topics.

Guest speakers and an “Ambassadors Panel” offered participants an opportunity to explore diplomacy and social entrepreneurial ventures with experts in those fields. Students worked individually and in groups to develop policy considerations and business decisions for possible implementation by ATHGO and its affiliated partners.