MY FIRST DAY AT THE UNITED NATIONS: AN EXPERIENCE TO BE TREASURED

1By Juliana Maria Marques Boyd, SNDatUN Intern:  April 27, 2017 was my first day at the United Nations (UN) in New York. It was like a dream come true. I have walked many places in my life, but walking into the United Nations Headquarters for the first time filled my heart with hope, love, and happiness. I have always pictured myself being part of the UN. For many years, I have dreamt of making positive difference in the world by helping young people in Latin America have better opportunities in life. This period of my internship with Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur at the UN is for me, the beginning of the realization of that dream.

On my first day at the UN, my supervisor, Grace Amarachi, SNDdeN showed me round2 the UN and informed me as to how to access the conference rooms, the library and cafeterias. We visited the Department of Disarmament where there was a display of daily military expenditure worldwide. I was shocked to notice how much little money is spent on disarmament and peacebuilding in comparison to military spending. The display shows a circle the size of my kitchen table representing the amount of monies spent on war and then another circle the size of an apple representing what is spent on disarmament and peacebuilding. It is clear to see the purpose of the UN and how the organization strives for a just and peaceful world. This is also the world that many of us desire for ourselves and for our children.

3As we ended our orientation, this beautiful painting of faces of people from different nations, races and religion caught my attention.  I stood before the painting and gave a big smile so a photo could be taken. I was very happy and the photo portrays my feelings. Overall, I would describe the UN as a holistic place which breeds knowledge, history, beauty and peace. It is the only place where all nations come together on a common ground to discuss a better world. After this overwhelming experience, as I exit the UN, I felt like a different person, I knew that I was no longer    just an American or a Brazilian citizen, but a citizen of the world.

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One Response

  1. Dear Juliana, Thank you for sharing your reflections! Please continue to share your journey with us! Kind regards, Dr. Byrnes

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