Sustainable Development Partnerships
WCPUN is a host and co-convener of facilitated conversations considering collaborative intersections of media and sustainable development. Bringing together diverse stakeholders, including NGOs, the UN, Member States, Science, Media and Communications, Arts & Culture, Design, Academia, and Private sectors, the meetings are designed to provide an alternate space for people to think outside the boundaries of their respective organizations, exchange ideas and best practices.
A participant in the UN Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, collaborating with other organizations to promote a Rights-based Approach to Sustainable Development Governance, WCPUN continues to advance awareness of and engagement in the Sustainable Development Goals. WCPUN has served on the Facilitation Group for the global network Action for Sustainable Development
WCPUN partners regularly with universities and high schools internationally to facilitate educational and cultural programming on issues ranging from climate change, to immigration, leadership, media for sustainable development, and decent work. Partners have included Baruch College; Colegio de Mexico; Ecole Superieure de Gestion et Commerce International; Florida International University; HLA Gernsbach; New York University; Tecnologico de Monterrey; the University of Miami; Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.
Art and Culture
WCPUN recognizes the role of Artists in advancing the goals of the United Nations and regularly collaborates with international artists, inviting their contributions to WCPUN publications and events according to the featured topic; providing support for artistic installations in connection with UN Conferences; facilitating international public art installations for the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza/ Gateway to the United Nations; and co-sponsoring exhibits that merge art with education and activism. In 2020 WCPUN was a partner with UN75 and co-presenter of The Future is Unwritten.
Founded in New York City by Nina Colosi in 2008, Streaming Museum is a new hybrid museum for the 21st century that presents exhibitions in cyberspace and public space on 7 continents and cultural centers around the world. WCPUN and Streaming Museum regularly collaborate to bring to fruition innovative exhibitions and public programs showcasing international arts, culture, global data, and sustainable design, connecting communities worldwide via Internet. StreamingMuseum.org
Health and Wellness
WCPUN members include individuals in fields of medical research and development, as well as alternative medicine. Dr. XU Anlong, President of the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, is Chair of the WCPUN Advisory Council on Health and Wellness.
NGO/DPI Executive Committee
An active member of the NGO/DPI Executive Committee and Annual DPI/NGO Conference Planning Committee for over a decade, WCPUN had a leading role in fund-raising for the Annual DPI/NGO Conference; Development of the Communications Workshop model; development of the Media and Youth Sub-Committees; Co-production of public outreach events, including the Human Rights Village at the City Hall of Paris in 2008, and the first public information fair in New York City on the Millennium Development Goals, in 2004 “the No Excuse Concert and Information Fair” at the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. WCPUN members have also served as Chairperson for the Annual Conference. ngodpiexecom.org
Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize for Broadcast Journalism
WCPUN has been honored to co-sponsor the United Nations Correspondents Association Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize for broadcast journalism coverage of the UN, along with Antena 3 TV, Spain, named after Antena 3 correspondent, Ricardo Ortega who was killed while covering events in Haiti in 2004, and whose quality reporting of significant events worldwide earned him the lasting respect of his peers and the broader community.