Northeastern to host Millennium Campus Conference

Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and special advisor to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, will be a featured speaker at this year’s conference. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP/GettyImages.

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity will host the fourth annual Mil­len­nium Campus Con­fer­ence on Sept. 14–15, bringing together world-​​renowned speakers and 1,000 col­lege stu­dents to dis­cuss issues of sus­tain­able devel­op­ment and extreme poverty.

The two-​​day con­fer­ence will focus on addressing the United Nation’s Mil­len­nium Devel­op­ment Goals, which all 193 U.N. member states have pledged to achieve by 2015. These goals include erad­i­cating extreme poverty and hunger; achieving uni­versal pri­mary edu­ca­tion; and com­bating HIV/​AIDS, malaria and other diseases.

The con­fer­ence aligns with Northeastern’s focus on con­ducting use-​​inspired research that solves global chal­lenges in health, secu­rity and sus­tain­ability, and dove­tails with the university’s unique model of expe­ri­en­tial edu­ca­tion in which stu­dents work, study and con­duct research in 92 coun­tries world­wide. In hosting the pres­ti­gious con­fer­ence, North­eastern joins an elite group of uni­ver­si­ties com­prising Columbia, Har­vard and MIT, which hosted the inau­gural event in 2008.

Nate Bessa, a junior com­puter sci­ence and entre­pre­neur­ship com­bined major and the director of the 2012 con­fer­ence, said that the event rep­re­sents a unique oppor­tu­nity for students.

“Stu­dents from around the world will hear from global leaders and hugely impactful orga­ni­za­tions, and then be inspired to apply their edu­ca­tion, abil­i­ties and pas­sion to make a pos­i­tive impact on someone’s life on the other side of the globe,” he explained.

The con­fer­ence will fea­ture pre­sen­ta­tions by a series of glob­ally promi­nent speakers including 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee; Part­ners In Health co-​​founder and chief strategy officer Paul Farmer; and Jef­frey Sachs, director of the Earth Insti­tute at Columbia Uni­ver­sity and spe­cial advisor to U.N. Secretary-​​General Ban Ki Moon.

North­eastern pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun will deliver wel­coming remarks at the start of the events on Sept. 15.

Sachs is looking for­ward to taking part in the con­fer­ence. “This is the greatest chance to get together with 1,000 stu­dents or more,” said Sachs, speaking in a YouTube video posted to the MCC web­site. “I’m going to be there with lots of friends [and] lots of leaders in making the Mil­len­nium goals real, making them within reach and making sure we achieve them before 2015.”

In addi­tion to pow­erful pre­sen­ta­tions from global leaders, the con­fer­ence will fea­ture work­shops designed to pre­pare and empower stu­dents to address world­wide challenges.

The con­fer­ence is orga­nized by the Mil­len­nium Campus Net­work, a non­profit net­work of uni­ver­sity stu­dent orga­ni­za­tions on 30 cam­puses in Boston, Chicago, New York and Wash­ington, D.C.

To pur­chase tickets to this year’s con­fer­ence or for more infor­ma­tion, visit www​.mcc2012​.org. North­eastern stu­dents can pur­chase half-​​price tickets by using the code “neu10” at checkout.