CRP Undergrad Joins U.N. Panels on Youth and Environment
Hung Vo (B.S. URS '17) is focusing his CRP education on humanitarian and environmental issues, and recognition of his efforts is growing.
As the North America Representative on the U.N.-Habitat Youth Advisory Board, Vo sat on two High-Level United Nations panels that were part of Habitat III's "Informal Hearings with Stakeholders" held in June at the U.N. Secretariat Building in New York City.
Also during the week-long event, Vo attended a session on Youth in Humanitarian Action, where he delivered a report authored by U.N.-Habitat titled Youth and the New Urban Agenda, to the U.N. Secretary General's Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi of Jordan.
In addition to the events at the U.N., Vo was a contributing author to the new Global Environment Outlook (GEO) report for North America that was released by the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP), titled GEO-6 Regional Assessment North America.
"My involvement isn't as important as the general work that is being done by the U.N. to ameliorate the human condition, especially when it concerns urbanization," says Vo. "I think CRP should pay more attention to these issues."
Putting this thought into action, he invited fellow CRP student Amanda Micklow (Ph.D. CRP '19) to attend an Expert Group Meeting on Gender Perspectives of the New Urban Agenda hosted by U.N.-Habitat and U.N.-Women, among others, also held in June.
"I think the U.N. is doing amazing work that is highly relevant to architecture and planning," he adds. "More awareness of these events would be exciting."
In the past, Vo was the lead organizer and facilitator of the session on youth at the European Habitat Conference; a moderator for the "My World 2015 Consultation" on disadvantaged urban children and youth; the Lead Focal Point for the U.N. Open Working Group topic of sustainable human settlements; and facilitator for an Urban Lab session on participatory governance at the NYC Urban Thinkers Campus. In 2014, he was invited by the Youth Ministry of Sri Lanka to attend the World Conference on Youth as an International Facilitator for the theme of "Environmental Protection, Emergency Preparedness, and Youth-centered Urbanization." In addition to speaking engagements for TEDx, colleges, and universities, he is a blogger for Huffington Post.
By Patti Witten