2012-2013 U.S. Youth Observer

Meet Brooke!

BrookeLoughrin_-_CopyBrooke Loughrin was the first-ever U.S. Youth Observer at the United Nations. She is a senior in the Presidential Scholars Program at Boston College where she studies Political Science and Islamic Civilizations and Societies. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Al-Noor: The Boston College Middle East and Islamic Studies Journal, and the Vice President of the Boston College Iranian Culture Club. Brooke is also an Undergraduate Research Fellow. Her research focuses on political cultures of the Middle East; comparative study of religion, civil society, and politics in the Middle East; and Iran’s social history and contemporary domestic politics and foreign relations. In Boston, she volunteers for ACEDONE (African Community Economic Development of New England), Haley House, and in the Education Department of the Suffolk County House of Corrections.

Since 2005, she has also volunteered for the Fabric of Life Foundation, based in Seattle, Wa., which works to stop the begging cycle of poor girls on the streets of Mali, Africa. She has studied abroad in Visakhapatnam, India and Dakar, Senegal, and has traveled extensively in Iran, Turkey, Nicaragua, and Tajikistan.


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Blog Posts by Brooke Loughrin


LGBT Rights are Human Rights

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One of the highlights of my experience at the United Nations in Geneva has been the opportunity to meet with human rights defenders from a variety of countries to discuss their courageous efforts to advance the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Read more >>

U.S. Youth Observer Travels to Geneva!

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Bonjour from Geneva! On my first overseas trip as the U.S. Youth Observer, I am spending one week at the U.S. Permanent Mission in Geneva, the United States’ largest overseas multilateral diplomatic post, reporting on the range of important international issues covered at the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva. Read more >>

Forging Partnerships to Help the UN Help the World

 hungerSeptember 27, 2012

Two of the major themes that have emerged from my past few days at the UN are the importance of civil society and public-private partnership in the work of the United Nations. Read more >>

Water Matters

 water_120September 25, 2012

Water is essential. In three days we die without it. Yet, nearly one billion people live without access to clean water. In India, Senegal and Tajikistan, I have experienced living without access to a reliable source of water, and in my volunteer work I continue to grapple with the alarming ways in which water scarcity can disarm efforts to solve global issues. Read more >>

Realizing the Potential of Women and Girls

 LunchwithSecretaryBrimmer_webSeptember 24, 2012

While the world has seen extraordinary progress in expanding opportunities for women and girls, significant gaps remain in the areas of political participation and economic opportunity. Read more >>

Can the Power of Social Media Inspire Effective Change?

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In this past year, we have seen movements led by young people that have removed dictators and challenged financial systems, but can social media and new technology inspire movements to eliminate gender inequality, ensure access to health care, and provide education that prepares young people for decent work? Read more >>

UN Initiatives, Innovative Thinking & Bold Creativity

brooke_sgsSeptember 22, 2012

I started my first day off at the UNA-USA Headquarters in NYC with a briefing from Leo Nevas Human Rights Fellow Ryan Kaminski. Ryan gave me an overview of all of the UN bodies and thematic issues related to human rights at the UN. One of the most exciting issues the UN is working on this year is a wide variety of initiatives to improve the status of women and girls. Read more >>

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