Ten years ago, Julie Larsen was a wide-eyed United Nations Association in Canada youth delegate. Along with 25 contemporaries from across the country, she worked on engaging young Canadians in the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development. Last week, the Royal Roads student watched the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development with the satisfaction of playing a part in making it happen.
“When I arrived at the UN for the first time, I never imagined I’d actually be working here,” she says. “One of the things that attracted me to the UN is that it is a convening power, it brings the right people to the table to have the discussions – governments and private sectors and engineers and academics. It brings the best of the best together to advance this tricky agenda, but one that’s full of opportunities.”