United Nations Partnership

The AUC Forum has partnered with the United Nations in its program titled The UN Dialogue with the Global South. The AUC Forum hosts UN fellows and sends AUC graduate students for internships in the UN headquarters in New York City as part of this exchange program. This program is funded by the UN Foundation to the benefit of three UN departments: Humanitarian, Peacekeeping and Political Affairs. A primary goal of the UN Dialogue is to tap into the creative thinking and research in developing countries in order to enhance UN policy making in peace and security. The project is also designed to enhance South-to-South dialogue and exchange on critical issues of peace and security.

The key participants in the project are the UN Secretariat and the five partner universities in the UN Dialogue project: The American University in Cairo, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU - Delhi), Peking University, the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM -Mexico City) and University of the Witwatersrand (Wits -Johannesburg). All five universities are participating in research related to the concept of human security and the particular challenges for human security in their regions. Although considerable research has been done on the concept of human security, most has been conducted at universities in developed countries. The focus has been largely on refining the definition of human security or developing methods for its measurement. Relatively little work has been directed to comparative regional analysis or to obtaining the perspectives of developing countries.

List of UN Fellows Hosted by AUC Forum

  1. Bruce Keopke, officer, Policy Planning Unit, Department of  Political Affairs, United Nations. 2007

  2. Anne Cubilie, policy officer, Policy and Guidance Management Project, Policy Development and Studies Branch, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. 2008
  3. Judy Hylton, political officer, Asia/Middle East Division, Office of Operations, United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations.

List of AUC Students Hosted by the UN for Internships

  1. Hend Medhat

  2. Hani Morsi