This September, attention will again focus on the United Nations as world leaders gather in New York for an unprecedented summit to address some of the world’s greatest challenges, with a particular focus on global health. The UN Foundation announced today a special fellowship for U.S.-based journalists during the week of the UN General Assembly, to provide the latest information to U.S. journalists on these pressing global issues and offer unparalleled access to renowned policymakers and experts.
This 4-day fellowship, from September 18-21, will have a special focus on global health issues and give fellows unequaled access to country leaders, celebrities, UN experts, and NGO representatives to report on the events and announcements being made during UN Week. The fellowship will also include access to the 2011 Social Good Summit.
“Last year’s fellowship, and its focus on the Millennium Development Goals, provided journalists with an opportunity to see the impact of the UN first-hand and was a tremendous success,” says Aaron Sherinian, Vice President of Communications and Public Relations at the UN Foundation. “By talking and learning about chronic diseases, vaccines, maternal health, and innovation, these journalists will have a chance to experience a behind-the-scenes look at some of the biggest global challenges and the work being done to solve them.”
With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this fellowship is designed to foster participants’ understanding of the issues surrounding international development and global health, and will provide the exclusive opportunity for fellows to participate in on- and off-the-record issue briefings, roundtables, and conversations with experts and high-level officials.
This fellowship is intended for U.S.-based reporters who do not have regular access to key UN experts, but are interested in global health, international development, and the United Nations. Special consideration will be given to journalists whose portfolios include health.
For more information about how to apply for the UN Foundation 2011 Fellowship Program, please visit: www.unfoundation.org/fellowship.
About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation builds and implements public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and works to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through campaigns and partnerships, the organization connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The campaigns reduce child mortality, empower women and girls, create a new energy future, secure peace and human rights, and promote technology innovation to improve health outcomes. These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.