By Brian Riley
Associate Professor of Geography Scott Carlin, has recently been nominated by United Nations as the co-chair of the 66 annual UN Department of Public Information Non-Governmental Organization Conference in Gyeonghu, Korea from May 30 to June 1.
This year the theme of the conference is Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together. At the conference there will be several roundtable sessions that feature speakers who are selected by the conference organizers, in addition to workshops, where NGOs propose topics related to the theme.
Carlin helped organize for the 2007 conference, held a panel on intergenerational opportunities for a sustainable future in 2011, and planned another panel in 2014, this year he was named co-chair. In addition to his work at the conference Carlin was the recipient of the 2009 award for Environmental Vision in Sustainable Development from the Long Island Progressive Coalition.
Carlin is responsible for managing 11 subcommittees that assissted in planning; each responsible for a specific task. For example: the youth committee is in control of keeping the younger individuals who attend the conference active and engaged over the several days. According to Carlin, the age bracket for youth ranges from 18-32. Other tasks the subcommittees are focused on include logistics, press and workshops.
The conference will begin with a keynote speaker, who has yet to be announced, followed by smaller sessions that focus on specific subjects within the theme.
Carlin currently teaches Introduction to Environmental Sustainability, Sustainable Land Use and Transportation, and three other geography courses. The Department of Earth and Environmental Science has introduced a new major, minor and graduate program in sustainability over the last five years.
Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Nicholas Ramer, believes Carlin is deserving of his position in this year’s conference. Ramer said, “LIU is very proud that Professor Carlin will serve as co-chair,” he added, “He has a notable record of representing LIU on the international stage”
Carlin anticipates a crowd of 2,000 at the conference. The conference will have an audience of those affiliated with a NGO or the UN, including universities from around the world as well as advocacy, policy, and religious organizations. Several hundred seats have been put aside for students who would like to attend. LIU students will be permitted to go because Post is a UN Department of Public Information associated NGO. Interested students can contact Professor Carlin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first day of the conference will be live streamed on un.org. In addition to the stream, the event will be covered on social media, including the United Nations’ Twitter and Facebook pages.