Keynote Speaker for JJMUNC III: Paul Goodwin
Paul Goodwin works at the United Nations Development Programme at the Social and Environmental Compliance Unit. His work ensures that UNDP’s development projects in over 170 countries around the world are done in a manner that respects local communities’ human rights, environment, working conditions, cultural heritage, rights to information, and other fundamental imperatives. While usually unintentional, the UN can occasionally make mistakes in the design and implementation of its work. Since the UN enjoys “sovereign immunity”, it is difficult to hold it accountable for its actions in national court systems. It is for this reason that many international organizations have established internal and independent accountability mechanisms like the one Paul works at. He looks forward to discussing the details of his work further.
Paul is an attorney by training. He attended UC Berkeley School of Law and earned his Juris Doctor degree in 2013. Paul attended undergrad at Northwestern University just outside of Chicago, majoring in Communications and Science in Human Culture. He earned his International Baccalaureate degree from the International High School of San Francisco, and thinks the I.B. played a foundational role in his growth as a global citizen.
Throughout Paul’s education and career he has had the opportunity to study, work, live, and travel to about 45 countries. He spent his junior year abroad in France where he studied French society and language and lived with a host family. In addition to studying in France, he studied Spanish in Guadalajara and Brazilian law and society in Rio de Janeiro. Paul loves languages and through these experiences has become fluent or highly proficient in French, Spanish and Portuguese. English is his native tongue.
Paul is passionate about international development, human rights, and the environment. He firmly believes that it is within humanity’s capacity to alleviate poverty and human suffering while respecting the one planet we’ve all been given to share. This is the challenge of the day, and he knows that if enough smart and dedicated people out there work to find solutions to Earth’s pressing problems, we will. This includes today’s youth, who are the future of our fragile world.
Paul is honored to give the keynote speech to the John Jay High School Model UN Conference, and looks forward to meeting the many students interested in the UN’s unique work.
Keynote Speaker for JJMUNC II: David Buchwald
David Buchwald was elected to the New York State Assembly on November 6, 2012, and has quickly established himself as a strong advocate for job growth, lowering taxes, and fighting for our values in Westchester. He has achieved notable increases in state aid to local school districts, helping both students and property taxpayers, and he has pushed, with significant success, for the repeal of the 18-a utility tax that especially burdens small businesses and seniors. David has every year in the Assembly received a perfect score from Environmental Advocates of New York. He teamed with business leaders and environmental groups to hold a press conference opposing a bill that would have prevented the electric car manufacturer Tesla from selling its cars directly to consumers at showrooms, including in Mount Kisco and White Plains. A week after the press conference, Governor Cuomo forged a compromise that allows Tesla to keep its stores open and preserves jobs and consumer choice in Westchester. David is also the lead sponsor of a bill to strip public officials of their state pensions if they commit a felony involving a violation of the public trust. The bill, introduced in May 2013, gained 40 sponsors by the end of that year, 60 sponsors by March 2014, and today has 90 sponsors in the State Assembly.
Prior to joining the State Assembly, David was a member of the White Plains Common Council where he represented 57,000 residents of the City of White Plains. In that role, David was an advocate for the environment, senior citizens, and enhanced budget scrutiny. David authored legislation strengthening the City’s Code of Ethics, combating illegal dumping, improving sidewalk snow removal and establishing the ability of Council Members to have unpaid interns. David also served as Chairman of the White Plains Traffic Commission where he worked to promote efficient traffic rules, pedestrian safety, bicycle access and sensible on-street parking rules.
After graduating from Yale University, where he received a B.S. in Physics, David worked for three years at the Manhattan offices of NERA, an economics research firm headquartered in White Plains. At NERA, David’s research focused on antitrust economics ranging across numerous industries, from cable to music to retail stores. David then went on to receive a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a Masters of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. David then worked in the tax department of the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he represented both business and pro bono clients in need of tax advice.
David is active in his local community. Among other activities, he is an active member (and former board member) of the White Plains Historical Society and is a former board member of the White Plains Downtown Residents Association. He has also been a volunteer at the White Plains clinic of the Westchester County Earned Income Tax Credit Program, where he has helped low- and lower-middle-income residents in filling out their tax returns. In June of 2008, David was appointed by New York’s Governor to serve as one of Westchester County’s representatives on the Metro-North Railroad Commuter Council (MNRCC), an oversight and advisory body that seeks to improve the railroad’s services and responsiveness to the needs of riders. From 2010 through 2012, David served as Chairman of the MNRCC during which time he spoke out against fare increases and successfully pushed for quiet cars on trains and a Metro-North Pledge to Riders.
David grew up in Larchmont, New York, and attended the Mamaroneck public schools. David has lived in White Plains for thirteen years. White Plains is also the home of his parents, as well as his sister, a psychologist working with adolescents, his brother-in-law and his niece. David married his wife, Lara, on March 1, 2014.
JJMUNC I Keynote speaker: Dr. Ronald Jansen
JJMUNC is proud to offer the distinguished Dr. Ronald Jansen as our keynote speaker. Dr. Jansen is a long time employee of the United Nations Secretariat, where he now serves as Chief of the Trade Statistics Branch at the United Nations Statistics Division. His focus of work is international trade and economic globalization, and he is currently involved as well in the issues concerning the Post-2015 Development Agenda. In the last 12 months he gave lectures on the work of the United Nations at Rutgers University, the Harvard Kennedy School and Duke University. He will speak to our dele5gates about the United Nations, and give insight into its everyday actions. We hope this incredible experience will inspire students to continue on their track in Model UN and in the world abroad.