Students stand in front of the United Nations building in New York City
Photo courtesy of Daniel Pacheco

Group of forty-three students who participated in the UN Student Seminar stand in front of the United Nations building in New York City

In New York City from November 2-4, forty-three undergraduate students from nine colleges in Canada and the US (mostly Anabaptist-related) participated in the MCC UN Student Seminar, "Ukraine and armed conflicts: Pursuing justice and peace.”

The students, from about 12 countries, toured the United Nations and engaged UN diplomats and MCC speakers working in Ukraine, Myanmar, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and New York City. Students had the opportunity to engage with Ambassador Ferit Hoxha (Permanent Representative of Albania to the United Nations in New York, serving on the UN Security Council), and their mutual energy and conviction led him to spend 90 minutes with the group instead of the pre-planned 45 minutes. See the Ambassador's tweet here.

One student said, "My overall experience at the MCC UN Student Seminar was extremely encouraging, and even life-changing. The range of speakers and activities really enriched my understanding of peacebuilding in navigating the complexities of the modern world. The myriad of interesting perspectives...made me think deeply and has given me hope for the future."


(Actions, alerts, events from our December 2022 Global Briefing)

Albanian Ambassador to the United Nations Ferit Hoxha standing with group of students

Some of the speakers from the UN Student Seminar stand together