On Wednesday, Sept. 20, DePaul student Baylee Ritter spoke at an opening ceremony for the 2017 United Nations General Assembly. Ritter, a junior studying public relations and advertising, has worked for the U.N. for almost five years in various capacities, most recently as a youth advisor for the United Nations World Oceans Day Council.
Erna Solberg, the Prime Minister of Norway, invited Ritter to share information about her work in oceanic management with the Presidents of Palau, Chile, and the Republic of Ghana, and the Vice President of Indonesia. Her speech aimed to inspire policy makers to develop tools to improve ocean management practices that incorporate ecological limits and climate change.
Before her role as a youth advisor, Ritter worked for the U.N. as a youth speaker, traveling on behalf of the United States to Kenya, Sweden, Turkey and Canada to speak about water conversation issues in the U.S.