Overview

The MoU Conference is a forum for dialogue on the most effective methods of collaboration between the United Nations, as an employer of language professionals, and a group of universities, as providers of highly qualified candidates.

The United Nations is a welcoming environment for young language professionals, guiding them on a career path that places the power of languages at the service of humanity.

Members of the MoU Network meet periodically with representatives of DGACM to:

● Review collaboration within the MoU Network, and propose ways to strengthen and improve it;
● Share initiatives and innovations for the training of language professionals and trainers;
● Report on the outcomes of outreach and joint training activities;
● Discuss ways to align the academic training of language professionals with the requirements of the United Nations.

1. Opening Remarks

Person

Rola Dashti

Statement EN

Statement AR

Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)

Person

Movses Abelian

Statement EN

Statement RU

Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management

Monday, 17 May 2021, 15:05-15:15 (Beirut Time – UTC+3)
Format: Virtual

Presenters

Rola Dashti, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCWA

Movses Abelian, Under-Secretary-General, Department for General Assembly and Conference Management and Coordinator for Multilingualism of the United Nations

2. Plenary Sessions

Plenary Session 1 Monday, 17 May 2021

Monday, 17 May 2021, 15:15-15:35 (Beirut Time – UTC+3)
Format: Virtual

Presenter

Carole Maisonneuve, United Nations Headquarters, New York

Monday, 17 May 2021, 15:35-17:00 (Beirut Time – UTC+3)
Format: Virtual

Short introduction to the breakout sessions based on input provided by universities in a consolidated paper

Presenter

Deva Alexander, ESCWA, Beirut

Plenary Session 2 Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 15:00-15:20 (Beirut Time – UTC+3)
Format: Virtual

Presenter

Nidale Noun, Chief Conference Management Section, ESCWA

Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 15:20-16:00 (Beirut Time – UTC+3)
Format: Virtual

Presenters

Anne Lafeber, United Nations Headquarters, New York

Claire Gasnault-Vuiart, United Nations Office at Nairobi

Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 16:00-17:00 (Beirut Time – UTC+3)
Format: Virtual

Presenters

Lana Ayyad, United Nations Headquarters, New York

Nathalie Chiem, United Nations Office at Geneva

Jose Manuel Sanz Follana, United Nations Office at Vienna

Ana Maria Correa, United Nations Office at Nairobi

Plenary Session 3 Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Wednesday, 19 May 2021, 15:00-16:00 (Beirut Time – UTC+3)
Format: Virtual

Presenters

Cecilia Elizalde, United Nations Headquarters, New York

Natalia Bondonno, United Nations Headquarters, New York

Wednesday, 19 May 2021, 16:00-16:50 (Beirut Time – UTC+3)
Format: Virtual

(a) Presentation of the outcomes of the breakout sessions

(b) Presentation, discussion and adoption of the proposed conclusions of the MoU Conference

Presenters

Carole Maisonneuve, United Nations Headquarters, New York

Mary Yazbeck, St. Joseph University, Beirut

Wednesday, 19 May 2021, 16:50-17:00 (Beirut Time – UTC+3)
Format: Virtual

Presenter

Cherith Norman Chalet, Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management

statement

3. Breakout Sessions

Monday, 17 May 2021, 15:35 (Beirut Time – UTC+3)
Format:Virtual

4. KNOWLEDGE FAIR

5. Presentations

6. Documents

● Agenda link

● Organization of Work link

● Breakout sessions link

● Inputs by Universities Download

● Conference Report Download

7. PREVIOUS CONFERENCES

● Sixth MoU Conference: Monterey, USA, 2019 pdf report

● Fifth MoU Conference: New York, USA, 2017 pdf report

● Fourth MoU Conference: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, 2015 pdf report

● Third MoU Conference: Shanghai, China, 2013 pdf report

● Second MoU Conference: Mons, Belgium, 2012 pdf report

● First MoU Conference: Salamanca, Spain, 2011 pdf report

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