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Geneva welcomes MEG10!
by Naomin Tan, MEG10
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As with previous generations, the MEG students of the 10th generation had the pleasure of visiting renowned institutions in Geneva in February 2015. On the morning of 19th February, we left Freiburg excited and enthusiastic to embark on a three-day excursion. We arrived at our first destination, the International Environmental House, where we received a comprehensive overview and engaged in fruitful discussions with representatives of various departments such as the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

On the next day we had a full day at the Palais des Nations, participating in a UNCTAD workshop “Climate Change” - the role and perspective of Geneva-based international/ environmental organizations. We were joined by numerous representatives from organisations such as UNCTAD, WTO, UNECE, ICTSD, IPPC and IOM, who shared insightful knowledge and address our questions regarding climate change.

Full of inspiration from two days of presentations, we finally arrived at the office of IUCN and WWF on the third day, which marks the last leg of our excursion. Presentations from both organizations on biodiversity protection, global policy work and cooperation with the private sector certainly did not disappoint and left us encouraged to engage in similar activities.
 
The excursion was a great end to our first semester as MEG students. Not only did we have the opportunity to visit these institutions, we had a chance to do some sightseeing and even enjoy the famous Swiss cheese fondue by the lake. As such, we would like to thank all presenters from the various institutions during the excursion and also the organisers from the faculty who made this possible. We hope that future generations of MEG will continue to have this wonderful opportunity to have a first hand glimpse of the work executed by these organisations!

  

MEG9 heads to Geneva!
by Alessandra Große, MEG9
MEG9GenevaEarly one February morning, the students of the MEG9 generation met exited and full of expectations for their three-day trip to Geneva. By afternoon, we were at the International Environment House listening to speakers who shared with us valuable personal and professional insights from their work at the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).  
The following day, we took part in a workshop on the MDGs and the post-2015 sustainable development agenda at the Palais des Nations, which featured speakers from various UN agencies, the World Trade Organisation and the International Labour Organisation. During our free time, we enjoyed the sights (including the famous “Jet d’Eau”), as well as the city’s international atmosphere with spicy Indian and delicious Ethiopian food. On the third and last day of our excursion, we headed to Gland to visit the IUCN and WWF headquarters, where a former MEG student had kindly organized the speakers of the day. With these three intensive days, we ended our first semester as MEGgies and spread across the globe, from the Swiss glaciers to the Ecuadorian rainforest, to enjoy the semester break. On behalf of the MEG9 generation, I kindly thank Michael Pregernig and Bleta Arifi for organizing and accompanying us during the excursion. We really appreciated this unique networking opportunity and had lots of fun, too!

 

MEG in Indonesia
by Peter Achuu, MEG8
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I bring you news from the eight days we spent participating in the annual DAAD students sponsored workshop, which was organised by the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and the Institut Pertanian Bogor of Indonesia, together with a consortium of non-government organisations.
Our exciting experience started as soon as we landed at Jakarta International Airport with the sudden change in temperature: it felt like getting out of a fridge and into a fireplace, nearly everyone including our Indonesian friends were sweating. The workshop combined fieldwork and a hands-on course, including the usual PowerPoint presentations. 
 
We spent 3 nights at Bogor and visited the famous Borog botanical gardens and the headquarters of the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). The nightlight was lots of fun, especially visiting the tropical pubs and enjoying Indonesian delicacies. On the fourth day, we went to Jakarta and stopped at Mount Gede Pangrango National Park - it was an awesome experience to be in a rainforest! Once in the capital, our mornings mostly involved working on presentation papers, while the afternoons an evenings were spent viewing the city's many sights. 
 
Overall, we were able to make new friends and network with other students, professors, researchers and professionals from around the world. I hope that MEG students will continue to attend such enriching events!