An Experience to Remember: Youth Perspective on the U.N.

Below is a post written by a New York City high school student who participated in a day at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development with the Human Impacts Institute in the Spring of 2011 as part of our From Local to Global Program.

LIFTT High School Students with the Human Impacts Institute at the UN

Getting the chance to spend a day at the United Nations was an experience I will never forget! To my knowledge, not many people get the chance to sit in on an actual UN conference. It was kind of surreal that history could happening in this very building and I was there to witness it. I was very aware that it was an extreme honor to be in that building.

The Human Impacts Institute and the UN CSD -Youth Caucus were awesome. They had such amazing teamwork and I can’t wait to hear if their proposal went through. Granted that earlier in the day there were some disagreements, they really pulled through as a team and recognized that their little issues or disagrees were not as important as successfully achieving their goal. In connection to the United Nations, I saw a similarity between small working groups–just working on a project–and global leaders who are trying to solve the world’s problems.

I really feel like I learned a lot about team work on that day. I will bring all thoseskills I have learned back to my LIFTT group and project and hopefully in everything else i do in life. In addition to these skills I also got to get to know other LIFTT members really well.

Thanks again to the Human Impacts Institute and the Youth Caucus for this amazing day! Special thanks to Kate Offerdahl from the Human Impacts for letting me shadow her all day. She is a great inspiration.

By Allison O’HaganHigh School Student, WJPS LIFTT Chapter 2011, NYC

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