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NEW YORK, a cultural melting pot and home to the United Nations

For centuries, New York has been crowned the “melting pot” of cultures. Home to a rich tapestry of nationalities, religions, and languages- it’s no wonder why the United Nations made their home here in 1945. From its historic landmark buildings such as the Empire State Building or Central Park’s majestic scenery to cultural hubs like Chinatown and Little Italy that serve as beacons to immigrants past to iconic museums exhibiting ancient artifacts collected from around the world, New York City plays host to a vibrant hub for both innovation and international society development.

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On a domestic or international business immersion, discovering the vibrancy of New York City offers endless learning opportunities for business students across many industries. As a global hub, it is home to multinational companies, renowned financial stock exchanges, and influential international organizations.

Among the many multinationals and iconic NYC-based companies to visit is the renowned United Nations headquarters. From its inception in 1945, the United Nations has been at the forefront of advancing human rights, supporting economic progress, and addressing various social and environmental challenges.

A GUIDED VISIT TO THE UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS

A guided United Nations (UN) visit as part of your business program is a fascinating and highly insightful educational experience.
Here’s what you can expect and learn during a guided visit:

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The tour begins with an introduction to the history, mission, and structure of the United Nations to learn about the founding principles of the UN and its role in promoting peace, security, human rights, and sustainable development.

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One of the highlights of the visit is entering the General Assembly Hall, where world leaders gather annually to address global issues. You will learn about the decision-making process and witness the symbolism embedded in the layout and design of the room.

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Throughout the UN complex, you will encounter various artworks and architectural features reflecting member states’ diversity and cultural heritage. These pieces often convey messages of peace, unity, and human rights.
Sustainable Development Goals: The UN’s commitment to sustainable development is showcased through exhibits highlighting the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). You will learn about initiatives aimed at eradicating poverty, ensuring quality education, promoting gender equality, and combating climate change.

The tour provides insights into the UN’s efforts to protect and promote human rights worldwide. You will gain an understanding of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, peacekeeping operations, and initiatives to address humanitarian crises.

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A guided visit to the United Nations offers a unique chance to learn about global governance, diplomacy, and the complex issues that affect our world. It showcases the importance of international cooperation and collective action in addressing global challenges. By immersing yourself in this experience, you can gain a deeper appreciation for the role of the UN in shaping a more peaceful and sustainable future as part of an action-packed New York City itinerary.

Today, the UN’s vision for a better world has never been more relevant, with businesses and universities increasingly recognizing the need to align their practices and strategies with responsible management and sustainability principles.

The UN adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015, which outlines 17 interrelated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that recognize the interconnectedness of environmental, social, and economic issues. These SDGs provide a comprehensive roadmap to addressing the world’s most pressing challenges: poverty, inequality, climate change, and biodiversity loss. By embracing the SDGs, businesses can create shared value and mitigate risks while also contributing to the common good.

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Just a few blocks away from the UN headquarters building we find the offices for the UN Global Compact and PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education). Both are easily visited in a single morning, presenting a fantastic opportunity to delve into the world of sustainable goals and the 2030 agenda, and create a themed day centered around purposeful collaboration.
Just a few blocks away from the UN headquarters building we find the offices for the UN Global Compact and PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education). Both are easily visited in a single morning, presenting a fantastic opportunity to delve into the world of sustainable goals and the 2030 agenda, and create a themed day centered around purposeful collaboration.

The United Nations Global Compact and PRME: An Essential Guide for Future Leaders

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Sophie Kacki

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Manager of Engagement, Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)

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Universities align themselves with the SDGs through the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). This UN-backed initiative aims to transform business education to meet sustainability challenges. PRME has over 800 signatories worldwide, including leading business schools and universities that have integrated sustainability into their teaching, research, and outreach activities. PRME provides a framework for universities to develop responsible leaders to address complex social and environmental issues.

At the heart of PRME is transformative learning, which involves challenging assumptions, embracing diverse perspectives, and fostering critical thinking and self-reflection. Transformative learning emphasizes experiential and participatory approaches to education, where students actively address real-world problems and reflect on their values and biases. By emphasizing transformative learning, universities can develop responsible leaders to navigate the rapidly changing business landscape and create positive social and environmental impacts.

Always ahead of the current trends among top universities, we at Austral Group has noticed a marked shift in focus to include sustainability in their international trips and study abroad programs, reflecting their dedication to sustainable development and responsible management education, which aligns perfectly with our core values and goals. We are committed to making a positive impact through global learning experiences in the local communities and businesses where we operate. We focus on highlighting purpose-driven companies, connecting MBA consulting teams with these companies, and promoting racial and gender equality in our programs within the balance of our programming, speakers, and providers we select.

Recently, some universities have been requesting entire programs themed around renewable energy and sustainable practices, including community service projects that address local social and environmental challenges. By incorporating sustainability into study abroad programs, universities can provide students with a hands-on, immersive learning experience that enhances their understanding of sustainability and responsible management.

The United Nations and PRME continue to lead the way regarding sustainable development and responsible management education. Its Sustainable Development Goals provide a comprehensive roadmap for addressing interconnected social, environmental, and economic challenges, while the Principles for Responsible Management Education provide a framework for universities to develop responsible leaders who can create positive social and environmental impacts. By incorporating sustainability into study abroad programs and other experiential learning opportunities, universities can provide students with the skills, knowledge, and values they need to transform the business landscape and create a more sustainable future for all.  So, while in New York City, why not include a visit to the UN and Prime Secretariat as part of your academic immersion?

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So why do we love New York so much? This city truly has it all regarding business opportunities, financial markets, innovation, and international headquarters for iconic companies.  

Visit New York for a business immersion and expand your knowledge in countless captivating subjects. There are endless possibilities in this metropolis!

We’d love to learn how you would like to incorporate sustainability, sustainable business practices, and responsible management into your business immersion, whether in the US or elsewhere.  Contact our team to help you design a sustainability-focused travel program and active learning project opportunities.