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The UNRISD Anti-Racism Reading List: Research to Challenge Racial Injustice

17 Jun 2020

The UNRISD Anti-Racism Reading List: Research to Challenge Racial Injustice

Protests sparked by recurring incidents of racially motivated police brutality in the US, and the larger racist structures such incidents are both embedded in and actively reproduce, have spread across the world. Individuals, particularly those who do not experience systemic racism and structural forms of racial injustice and discrimination, are being called upon to educate themselves about the injustices behind current inequities, and to work to challenge these. UNRISD proposes the following resources in support of this global effort.

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Global Institutions Unite around Key Actions for Green and Fair Economic Recovery from COVID-19

5 Jun 2020

Global Institutions Unite around Key Actions for Green and Fair Economic Recovery from COVID-19

On World Environment Day, 5 June 2020, global institutions working on development, labour and environment have united around set of actions to spur a green, just and transformative recovery. UNRISD has joined the Partners for Inclusive Green Economy statement that calls for recovery efforts that recognize the interdependencies between human and environmental health, and integrated policy approaches, developed in consultation with stakeholders and civil society, that respond to COVID-19 in ways that accelerate efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement.

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First Results Out From New UNRISD Research on Measuring Corporate Sustainability Performance

6 May 2020

First Results From New UNRISD Research on Measuring Corporate Sustainability Performance

Rethinking corporate sustainability disclosure and reporting is the ambitious goal of the UNRISD Sustainable Development Performance Indicators project, and the first set of research findings from one of the main workstreams is well on its way to achieving that aim. With the full report on transnational corporations and other large companies due out in a couple of months, the accompanying Research and Policy Brief setting out the main highlights is already available, providing a preview of the innovative insights from this research. The Brief casts into startling relief the gaps in the system that need to be changed if sustainability reporting is to assess the issues, indicators and targets that really matter from the perspective of sustainable development.

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Réunir les preuves pour un changement porteur de transformation : Enquête de l'UNRISD sur les  communautés vulnérables face aux réponses apportées à la pandémie du Covid-19

27 Apr 2020

Evidence for Transformative Change: UNRISD Survey on Responses to Covid-19 and Vulnerable Communities

UNRISD launches global survey to gather data and analyse how well current government policies on Covid-19 in all countries and regions are responding to the needs of vulnerable people.

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Hommage à Thandika Mkandawire (10 octobre 1940 – 27 mars 2020)

31 Mar 2020

In Memoriam – Thandika Mkandawire (10 October 1940 – 27 March 2020)

Thandika Mkandawire passed away on 27 March 2020 in Stockholm. In mourning this loss, UNRISD joins Thandika’s family, as well as innumerable friends, colleagues and students: Thandika was well loved, well known and well regarded, and he will be truly missed.

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“Climate action has to be fast but also fair”. Interview with Isabell Kempf, Head of UNRISD Bonn Office

19 Feb 2020

“Climate action has to be fast but also fair”. Interview with Isabell Kempf, Head of UNRISD Bonn Office

With a new office in Bonn, launched on 6 February, UNRISD aims to create new interagency collaborations and strengthen research uptake linkages to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. We sat down after the launch event for a short interview with Isabell Kempf, the newly appointed Head of UNRISD’s Bonn Office, who told us about her vast experience with knowledge challenges at the United Nations, the role of research in the face of the current climate crisis, how science and action can work together, and much more.

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Call for Papers: Financial Crises, Poverty and Environmental Sustainability [International Workshop]

15 Jan 2020

Call for Papers: Financial Crises, Poverty and Environmental Sustainability [International Workshop]

The Sussex Sustainability Research Programme, UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Action for Sustainable Development Goals, and UNRISD are pleased to announce a Call for Papers for an international workshop which aims both to advance state-of-the-art research in the financial distress-poverty-environmental sustainability nexus, and to produce recommendations for policy action needed in the framework of the SDGs.

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