MeriRand & the NW Passage

By randra

the Millennium Campus Conference

Here is Mikkel, escorting me to Northeastern campus and the Millennium Campus Conference hosted by the Millennium Campus Network, a "non-profit network of university student organizations working to end extreme poverty and achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals." It was actually the first I'd heard of this organization, and if not for the Jenzabar Foundation's support of this and Engineer's Without Borders, I might have been forever out of the loop.

Yesterday night, I attended Jenzabar's awards ceremony in the very delicious Brasserie Jo's restaurant. There I heard from groups like Living Water International, Face AIDs, and a neat University-led program that's had great success in its first year providing new university students monthly volunteer activities.

Today, I heard from speakers Jeffrey Sachs, a Columbia University professor and director of the Earth Institute; Emilia Pires, minister of finance of Timor Leste, an island nation that gained sovereignty from Indonesia in 2002; and Leymah Gbowee, a Nobel Laureate who works to promote gender equality in West Africa and the world. I networked with a variety of organizations and students dedicated to the UN's goals:

1. End poverty and hunger
2. Universal education
3. Gender equality
4. Child health
5. Maternal health
6. Combat HIV/AIDs
7. Environmental sustainability
8. Global partnership

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