[By Elise Chen]
Despite the majority of resolutions passed under the United Nations being non-binding, the intergovernmental organisation has been influential to say the least, playing a tremendously important role in maintaining global and regional crises. With the recently finalised U.N. Sustainable Development Goals to the peacekeeping troops deployed all around the world, the is no doubt the United Nations is an organisation worth applauding to an extent.
To celebrate its 70th anniversary, Life Skills Development and SHINE Award Centre is organising UN Day at Taylor’s University this coming Saturday on 24 October 2015 in Lecture Theatre 20 from 9 AM to 5 PM.
In conjunction with this memorable day, Taylor’s University is launching the SHINE Distinguished Speaker Series and the SHINE Global Perspectives Seminar, both of which are core components of the Empowerment Series under Learning Package 4: Global Engagement of the SHINE Award Programme. The learning package aims to create opportunities to expose students to global trends and issues, allowing them to engage with the global community through various channels.
The SHINE Distinguished Speakers Series will feature our keynote speaker for the event, Yang Amat Mulia Tunku Zain Al-Abidin ibni Tuanku Muhriz, founder of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), and the crown prince of Negeri Sembilan, who will be speaking on the topic ‘Malaysia in a Global Community’.
In the afternoon, the SHINE Global Perspectives Seminar will feature a diverse panel of speakers who will engage in a forum on the condition of human rights in Malaysia:
- Datin Paduka Marina Mahatir, a socio-political activist and writer;
- Stevens Chan, the founder of the Malaysia Glaucoma Society, Save Ones Sight Missions Bhd., and Dialogue in the Dark Malaysia; and
- Brian Gorlick, the deputy representative (protection) of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Malaysia.
The event is free and open to all with lunch included – be it SHINE participants, non-SHINE participants, or students and working adults not affiliated with Taylor’s University.