Eye-opening lessons and thoughts

 

Aalto Global Impact organized in co-operation of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland an outreach event for United Nations Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) on April 3-4. The purpose of the event was to stimulate new partnerships, strategies and innovations for financing sustainable development.

Six Aalto students participated in this outreach event to assist in organizing and documenting the event. One of them was Lap Duöng who shares her experiences below.

I was honored to participate in this outreach event in Helsinki-Espoo region, to assist in organizing the event – under instruction of and as part of Aalto Global Impact. From my personal background as a Creative Sustainability student and a sustainable development enthusiast, the topic and the progress of this event was certainly interesting and promising.

High Expectations

Towards this high-level meeting, I positively looked forward to the learning experience, expanding my knowledge through experts’ insight, and strengthen my interest and enthusiasm for sustainable development. Shared with my personal hope were the diverse expectations of participants on a cozy gathering night just before the meeting. We students were tasked to question perspectives and expectations of participants for this meeting. Ambassador Pertti Majanen shared his optimistic look at the meeting, where high, new, and innovative kinds of partnerships would arise for the promotion of sustainable development.

A Learning Experience

The Outreach event was intensively informative, provided a student like me with eye-opening lessons and thoughts. Looking back at the event, I reflect a whole learning process: Observe – Absorb – Rethink – Apply. It is not only the tremendously honored contacts I gather through the event, it is also the thinking process I developed for myself before, during and after the event that was valuable. Listening to the speeches and comment, and discussing with the participants during breaks were the opportunities for me to combine knowledge, experiences and open more thoughts for future references. Especially, the enthusiastic spirit shared by Ambassador, sessions’ chairs and all the participants is the inspiration for me to continue engaging with sustainable development study and work. Likeminded people share same vision – I share the optimistic view towards a future of sustainability and equality, as the event’s participants expressed.

This post was written by AGI

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