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From Paper to Practice: International Students Strengthen their Grasp of Sustainable Development

20 Jun 2017

From Paper to Practice: International Students Strengthen their Grasp of Sustainable Development

On 13 June 2017, UNRISD welcomed a group of 33 students from the University of Kassel as part of a course on business and human rights. Senior Research Coordinator Katja Hujo gave a presentation on the work of UNRISD, highlighting its independent research structure and its commitment to transformative change.

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UNRISD Research Informing UN and National Policy Making in the Middle East and North Africa Region

22 May 2017

UNRISD Research Informing UN and National Policy Making in the Middle East and North Africa Region

UNRISD has this year been an engaged partner with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) in the preparation and delivery of the annual Arab Forum for Sustainable Development. UNRISD expertise was in high demand and much valued by both organizers and participants.

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Five Days, Three Pillars, One Training Course: UNRISD Strengthens Capacity of Environment Ministries to Implement Agenda 2030

17 May 2017

Five Days, Three Pillars, One Training Course: UNRISD Strengthens Capacity of Environment Ministries to Implement Agenda 2030

UNRISD senior researcher Ilcheong Yi shared UNRISD research on transformative change with government officials from 28 countries, ranging from Afghanistan to Zambia, at an Executive Training Course for Policymakers on the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), organized by the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development. His contributions drew both on interesting findings from recent UNRISD research and unique expertise developed from UNRISD engagement with major UN processes.

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Opening Minds and Futures: UNRISD Unlocks Potential at Careers Fairs

25 Apr 2017

Opening Minds and Futures: UNRISD Unlocks Potential at Careers Fairs

UNRISD has again participated in the spring round of careers fairs in the local area, making sure it reaches out to the development students, experts, policy makers and activists of today and tomorrow. On 23 March 2017 in Geneva we participated in Connexion, the Careers Forum of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and on 21 April 2017 we were in Bern at the invitation of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs at their annual International Career Day.

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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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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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