Are you interested in international law and human rights; economic and social development; or global health? Would you like to learn how to work at the regional and international levels to impact policy and culture that supports and nurtures the dignity of each human person?
If so, don’t miss out on learning about the World Youth Alliance! Founded in 1999, The World Youth Alliance (www.wya.net) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) at the UN with special consultative status. They are a global coalition of young people with more than a million members worldwide, bringing youth delegates to various UN commissions, including the Commission for Social Development, the Commission on the Status of Women, and the Commission on Population Developemtn to bring about person-centered policies.
The World Youth Alliance works with young people to train them to be effective advocates for the human person, and bulid solidarity among youth from developed and developing nations. With offices in 6 regions of the world, and full-time presence at the UN and EU, members of the WYA are able to influence global debates directly. Over the past 14 years, WYA members have influenced global documents, banning human cloning and successfully deleted population control language, and instead, providing a positive vision of human relationships and the family at the UN and at the grassroots level, worldwide.
Through an examination of history, philosophy of the human person, and specific examples of international development work, this workshop will reveal how policy and development projects can respect and embrace the whole human person while using scientifically proven best practices to address concrete development needs, especially in the areas of education, reproductive health, and maternal health.
Clare Halpine is the WYA Regional Director for North America. She is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada. In 2008, she was the winner of the S.E.VEN Fund, Undergraduate Essay Competition on solving the Issues of Poverty in the Developing World, and was the winner of the Red Cross young humanitarian award in Canada in 2009. Clare has been an active member of the World Youth Alliance since age 12, serving as a volunteer, an intern, and as a regional committee member before becoming a full-time staff member as the North American Director. Through WYA, Clare has had the privilege of participating in conferences at the UN as well as both the International AIDS Conference in Toronto and Mexico City.
In addition to her involvement with WYA, Clare has worked in the film industry in NY and as a writer and humor columnist. Prior to taking the North American Director position, Clare worked for the FEMM foundation, a women’s health initiative of WYA.
Marie Murray graduated summa cum laud with a Bachelors degree in International Studies from Ramapo Collge of New Jersey. While at Ramapo, Marie was an active member of the Model UN club. She enjoyed serving as Head Delegate for International Conferences in which her team won various diplomacy awards. She then moved to Lebanon to pursue a Masters in International Affairs from the Lebanese American University. During her studies, Marie received the Mary Turner Lane award for a paper on Women’s Participation in Lebanese Parliament.
Marie is orignially from New Jersey, but she has also lived in Monterrey, Mexico, where she spent a year volunteering and learning Spanish. Her love for learning about other cultures has taken her to many places throughout the world. Marie is a former WYA intern and regional committee member. She is happy to return to New York to work with WYA as the North American Director of Operations.