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Shaping the Future: UNRISD Welcomes Maastricht University Public Policy Students

13 Mar 2017

Shaping the Future: UNRISD Welcomes Maastricht University Public Policy Students

On 1 March 2017 a group of Public Policy students from United Nations University MERIT / Maastricht University, the Netherlands, met with UNRISD as part of a study trip to Geneva. Senior Research Coordinator, Katja Hujo, welcomed the students and provided an overview of UNRISD and its research contribution to the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, including a summary of the key messages from the Institute's 2016 flagship report: Policy Innovations for Transformative Change.

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UNRISD Flagship Report on the Road: Lisbon and Barcelona

17 Feb 2017

UNRISD Flagship Report on the Road: Lisbon and Barcelona

UNRISD speakers have been taking the Flagship Report Policy Innovations for Transformative Change, launched last October, on the road around southern Europe in the last month or so with presentations in Lisbon and Barcelona. These events are a vital part of connecting our research findings with policy makers, thinkers, activists and practitioners, and influencing the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Engaging with the International Development Community in New York

8 Feb 2017

Engaging with the International Development Community in New York

UNRISD was at UN Headquarters again this February. Centring on the presentation of its biennial Activity Report to the Commission for Social Development, UNRISD made sure that its connections with UN member states and its visibility in the intergovernmental UN body to which it reports remained high, as in previous years.

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Fuelling the Think Tank Community: UNRISD Contributes to Geneva Winter School for Thinktankers

24 Jan 2017

Fuelling the Think Tank Community: UNRISD Contributes to Geneva Winter School for Thinktankers

Is UNRISD a think tank? Or a research organization? And what is in fact the difference? These were some of the questions covered in the exchange between UNRISD's Head of Communications, Jenifer Freedman, and the participants in the Geneva Winter School for Thinktankers on 23 January in the Palais des Nations, Geneva.

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Basic Income Gaining Momentum

16 Jan 2017

Basic Income Gaining Momentum

The idea of unconditional basic income seems to be making headway in both government and business circles. In January 2017 Finland launched a 2-year basic income experiment, and the topic is featuring for the first time at Davos, the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Annual Meeting. Is this an idea whose time has come?

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UNRISD to Host a Session at the Resilience 2017 Conference

13 Dec 2016

UNRISD to Host a Session at the Resilience 2017 Conference

UNRISD is hosting a session on “The Transformation we want: Towards a global policy environment for resilient futures” at the Resilience 2017 conference, taking place in Stockholm, Sweden on 21-23 August 2017.

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Bibliotherapy for Progressives after the US Presidential Election

22 Nov 2016

Bibliotherapy for Progressives after the US Presidential Election

In the wake of the US presidential election in November 2016, and similar political phenomena such as the UK referendum on leaving the European Union, many progressives and liberals are asking themselves where we go from here. UNRISD has put together a reading list to reinforce the arguments and analyses of why racism, xenophobia and misogyny are not the answer to (perceived) social and economic losses resulting from globalization and rising inequality.

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