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Call for Papers for the 2019 Social Policy in Africa Conference—Governance of Africa’s Social Policy: Subverting Development and Democracy?

10 May 2019

Call for Papers for the 2019 Social Policy in Africa Conference—Governance of Africa’s Social Policy: Subverting Development and Democracy?

The 2019 Social Policy in Africa Conference will address a wide range of issues in the sphere of inclusive development in Africa—from the different national and regional modes of governance of the African social policy space, to the drivers of policy preferences and the dynamics of social policy making, to the nature of politics and the public sphere necessary for economic transformation, human flourishing, and new forms of social compact in 21st century Africa. The Call for Papers is open through 30 August 2019.

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Connecting with Governments and Civil Society

23 Jan 2019

Connecting with Governments and Civil Society

On 11-21 February, UNRISD will be using its channels within the UN to connect with government representatives and civil society organizations from UN member states at the Commission for Social Development, held every year at UN Headquarters in New York.

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From the Human Rights Council to the High-Level Political Forum on the SDGs: Channeling UNRISD Research

14 Jan 2019

From the Human Rights Council to the High-Level Political Forum on the SDGs: Channeling UNRISD Research

UNRISD is teaming up with the Human Rights Council (HRC) to make sure that research findings on synergies between human rights and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development feed into this year’s High-Level Political Forum, which reviews progress on the SDGs. Find out how.

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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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A Just Transition Must Include Climate Change Adaptation

16 Apr 2018

A Just Transition Must Include Climate Change Adaptation

Some effects of climate change — such as extreme weather, including droughts or flooding — are unavoidable, even if greenhouse gas emissions are reduced. Adapting to these effects, rather than suffering them, is a necessity. Trade unions should be more aware of climate change adaptation, and should include it when they bargain with employers or the state.

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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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