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UNRISD Expertise to Strengthen UN Capacity on SDGs at Country Level

11 Dec 2018

UNRISD Expertise to Strengthen UN Capacity on SDGs at Country Level

Identified as one of the most relevant and knowledgeable thought leaders in the United Nations, UNRISD has been appointed to the new United Nations Learning Advisory Council for the 2030 Agenda, created this month by Deputy Secretary-General and UN Sustainable Development Group Chair, Amina J. Mohammed. The purpose of the Council—to challenge conventional thinking and develop new insights on knowledge and learning around key global and national SDG-related challenges—aligns well with UNRISD’s mandate.

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UNRISD at Science-Policy Dialogue on Just Transitions to a Low-Carbon World at UN Climate Conference

6 Dec 2018

UNRISD at Science-Policy Dialogue on Just Transitions to a Low-Carbon World at UN Climate Conference

"The transition must accelerate. (...) Only a transition that challenges systems of exclusion and discrimination, and seeks to improve prosperity and well-being for all, can be considered a truly Just Transition." This was one of the main messages presented by UNRISD on behalf of the Just Transition Research Collaborative to participants at the UN Climate Conference, COP24, currently under way in Katowice, Poland.

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“Inequality is a result of policy choices, it's not an economic inevitability.” Round-up of the UNRISD Conference Overcoming Inequalities in a Fractured World

13 Nov 2018

“Inequality is a result of policy choices, it's not an economic inevitability.” Round-up of the UNRISD Conference Overcoming Inequalities in a Fractured World

Insightful, inspiring and relevant were perhaps the most frequent words that participants used to describe the UNRISD Conference Overcoming Inequalities in a Fractured World: Between Elite Power and Social Mobilization, which took place on 7-9 November 2018 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Find out which sessions are now available on video.

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UN Public Service Award Goes to Switzerland’s Federal Office for Gender Equality

7 Aug 2018

UN Public Service Award Goes to Switzerland’s Federal Office for Gender Equality

UNRISD Board Member Sylvie Durrer was in Marrakesh, Morocco, on 23 June–UN Public Service Day—to accept the UN Public Service Award presented to Switzerland for the work of the Federal Office for Gender Equality, of which she is the Director. Find out more about the successful initiative to reduce the gender pay gap in Switzerland.

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Call for Papers for the UNTFSSE: Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: What Role for Social and Solidarity Economy?

1 Jun 2018

Call for Papers for the UNTFSSE: Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: What Role for Social and Solidarity Economy?

The United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) is launching a Call for Papers to assess the contribution of SSE to inclusive and sustainable development, with a particular emphasis on local contexts. Organized by UNRISD, in its role as coordinator of the Task Force’s recently established Knowledge Hub, the Call for Papers aims to identify and mobilize research from different regions and territories that critically examines the role of SSE as a means of implementation for the SDGs for a conference planned for April 2019.

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Appel à contributions—Surmonter les inégalités dans un monde fracturé: Entre le pouvoir des élites et la mobilisation sociale

9 Mar 2018

Call for Papers—Overcoming Inequalities in a Fractured World: Between Elite Power and Social Mobilization

UNRISD invites researchers and practitioners to take part in our Call for Papers! Key themes include the role and influence of elites; the role of institutions in perpetuating or curbing inequalities; shifting class structures and identities; the effects of deepening inequalities on local lifeworlds; and actors, alliances and social mobilization for progressive change. The call is open from 1 - 29 April. The papers selected will be presented at UNRISD’s next major international conference in Geneva in November 2018.

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Year in Review: What You Liked in 2017

16 Jan 2018

Year in Review: What You Liked in 2017

As 2017 segues into 2018, the time has come to take a look at what stood out for UNRISD in the last 12 months. Here’s our review of our greatest hits during 2017 .

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