Bridging Science, Technology, and International Affairs as a Presidential Management Fellow

 

Since August 2016, I have been serving as a Presidential Management Fellow within the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Building Technologies Office (BTO), where I have been managing a portfolio of high impact technology projects for commercial buildings. This has involved coordinating technical research teams with experts from our national laboratories and the private sector to identify, evaluate, and prioritize technologies to support the optimization of commercial building components and systems.

As I enter the last portion of my fellowship, I am excited to announce that I will be spending the next six months on detail to the Department of Energy’s Office of Asian Affairs under the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia and the Americas within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for International Affairs. The Office of Asian Affairs is responsible for developing strategies to foster collaborative energy R&D and deployment activities and partnerships, and to encourage energy investment and trade that will improve energy security, strengthen economic competitiveness and further global environmental initiatives across Asia.

The Office of Asian Affairs also analyzes energy policy, market trends, investment and trade issues and their impact on U.S. national security, foreign policy, climate policy, and trade policy objectives. The Office coordinates DOE policy issues and working relationships with specific nations and international organizations and serves as the primary DOE point of contact with these countries and organizations.

For this 6-month detail, I am looking forward to leveraging my knowledge of science and technology policy to support DOE’s Office of Asian Affairs. I will be supporting project management function for projects spanning Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and India. Additionally, I will be leading the planning of the next U.S.-Indonesia Energy Policy Dialogue meeting. Follow along here on my blog for updates on the experience.

Jordan Hibbs Department of Energy

The Role of Women and Youth in Peace and Security: Perspectives from CSW62 Delegates

By Jordan Hibbs & Belgica Cucalon

During the United Nations 62nd Commission on the Status of Women, at the high-level side event, “The Role of Parliaments in Women, Peace, and Security,” contributor and co-founder of The International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) Sanam Naraghi Anderlini expressed a passionate albeit frustrated account of how 18 years ago she and fellow women’s civil society organizations had urged for the inclusion of women in peacebuilding and security responses. Throughout CSW62 it became clear that often the voices most systematically removed and ignored in security measures continue to be of those most affected by conflict. As UNA-USA Delegates at the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women, we recognize the importance of information-sharing for empowering communities and creating partnerships.  Ensuring inclusion and representation for women and youth at decision-making tables related to peace and security must be a top priority if sustainable peace is to ever be more than an aspirational agenda. Read more

Preparing for the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations

A few weeks ago, I was thrilled to find out that I was selected as a delegate to the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), to represent the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA). This week, thousands of representatives from government, international organizations, civil society, and the private sector from all over the world are preparing to make their way to New York City to take part in this year’s meeting of the United Nations’ CSW. Established by the UN in June 1946, the CSW is the principal global inter-governmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

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Graphic of the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women from March 12-23, 2018

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Celebrating the Power of Youth at the 2018 Global Engagement Summit at the UN

On February 23, 2018, I had the pleasure of traveling to New York City with members of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) to participate in the 2018 Global Engagement Summit hosted by the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) held at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters. Over 1,800 people attended the Global Engagement Summit to show their support for the UN and to participate in critical discussions on the world’s most pressing issues.

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Behind The Scenes At The 2018 United Nations Youth Assembly

Last week, I found myself on the crowded, bustling streets of New York City, commuting through morning rush hour traffic. I could hardly contain my excitement as I walked through Midtown East with a coffee in one hand and a bagel in the other. I first stopped by the Turtle Bay Music School to pick up my registration pass, I then headed to the United Nations Headquarters, where I would be joining over 1200 youth from all over the world to participate in the 2018 Youth Assembly. As a youth delegate representing the United States, I was ready to learn more about the United Nations, hear from great speakers, and discuss the role of youth in addressing global challenges.

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An Insider’s View to the United Nation’s Social Good Summit

Ever wonder what happens when you bring together global citizens, celebrities, and industry leaders to discuss how technology and new media can help make the world a better place? Well, that is exactly what I had the opportunity to experience while serving as a United Nations Association (UNA-USA) Blogger Fellow at the 2017 Social Good Summit. Read more