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Student & Alumni Achievements

Columbia: Student Selected to Participate on UNFPA Panel with Swedish Foreign Minister

Ms. Sahar Momin, a Columbia Mailman School first year global health certificate student in the Department of Health Policy and Management, was one of two students nominated to participate in a panel discussion with Foreign Minister of Sweden Margot Wallstrom on the occasion of the 15th Rafael M. Salas Lecture at the UN Population Fund. The event was held at the UN Secretariat on April 30th.

Foreign Minister Wallstrom delivered the keynote speech on gender equality, feminist foreign policy, and sexual reproductive health. Following the talk, Ms. Momin was one of two students who took part in a panel discussion with the Foreign Minister.

Prior to beginning her Master’s degree, Ms. Momin was a registered nurse in the Department of Maternal Neonatal Health and Wellbeing at Scarborough General Hospital in Canada. She also worked in public health nursing in Hamilton, Ontario and did clinical research work on heterotrophic bone ossification. Ms. Momin holds a BS in Nursing from McMaster University.

Dr. Rafael M. Salas served as the executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) from its creation in 1969 until his untimely death in 1987. Under his leadership, UNFPA grew into the world’s largest provider of multilateral population assistance. The Rafael M. Salas Memorial Trust Fund was established in 1987 in recognition of the critical role Salas played in developing a global awareness and consensus about the importance of population in relation to social and economic development.

More than 500 persons from within and outside of United Nations attended the lecture including the Secretary-General, representatives of Member States of the United Nations, senior officials of the United Nations, heads of United Nations agencies, and representatives of non-governmental organizations.