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SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, March 15) – Stuart Beck, the Republic of Palau’s Ambassador to the United Nations and Ms. Youlsau Bells, the National Environmental Planner of Palau met with Professor Howard Schiffman and nine students from New York University on March 7. The meeting was held in the United Nations to officially launch the Mission’s 2007 Internship program in collaboration with New York University’s Global Affairs Graduate Program.

The students were picked by Professor Schiffman, Director of the M.S. Program in Global Affairs and Clinical Associate Professor for the Center for Global Affaires. They will work on advancing Palau’s national environmental initiative such as the Micronesia Challenge, a regional initiative spear headed by President Tommy Remengesau Jr. of Palau whereby the signatories have committed to preserve at least 30 percent of near shore marine and 20 percent of inland forest resources across Micronesia as ‘protected areas’ by 2020.

The interns will also work on other environmental projects such as the bottom-trawling initiative – a particularly destructive fishing practice, the minimalization of the impact of ocean noise, climate change, conservation and global warming.

The students will be working directly with Palau’s United Nations Ambassador, Stuart Beck who is well recognized for his work on behalf of the environment.

The following Global Affairs students participating as interns are: Jesse Cameron-Glickenhaus, Laura Chang, Estelle Fach, Douglas Horn, Irene Marinakis, Kimberlee A. Paone, Daniel Ramirez, Lorna Tychostup and Warren Wojciech.

Ms. Bells was here in New York to attend the United Nations sponsored Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting for the fifteenth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development. During the meeting, Ms. Bells briefed the interns on Palau’s National environmental policy, sustainable development and alternative energy resources. Ms. Bells stated, "I am impressed with the quality and professionalism of these interns and I look forward to working closely with them, their professor and Ambassador Beck to help advance and implement the environmental policy of the Republic of Palau."

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