The 2019 Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference (“PrepCom”) was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City from April 29 to May 10. I had the privilege to join the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) delegation along with other young professionals and students interested in and working on nuclear issues.
On February 26-27, the Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) hosted a workshop on meeting the new challenges of extended deterrence, particularly the “compete, deter, win” strategy in the 2018 National Defense Strategy. As a member of the Pacific Forum’s Young Leaders Program, I was invited to participate in this critical dialogue which brought together over sixty participants from the U.S. and allied countries.
As part of my time serving as a Presidential Management Training with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), I am required to complete 80 hours of training each year. Last year, DOE provided me the opportunity to complete a Key Executive Leadership Certificate program through American University.
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 International Affairs leads and develops the Department’s bilateral and multilateral R&D cooperation, including investment and trade activities, and represents the Department and United States Government in interagency processes, intergovernmental forums, and bilateral and multilateral proceedings that address the development and implementation of energy policies, strategies and objectives.” Learn more about the office here: https://www.energy.gov/ia/office-international-affairs
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.
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
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.
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.
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.