1963-2018 - 55 years of Research for Social Change

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  • 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • Interview with Isabell Kempf, Head of UNRISD Bonn Office (7 Feb 2020)
    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.
  • Inequality and The 1%: Is a Transformative Fiscal Policy Possible? (24 Oct 2019)
    Reducing inequality (SDG10) requires progressive and substantial shifts in fiscal policy and an essential equality-enhancing instrument with the potential to do three things: (1) raise necessary revenues for public spending which tackles vertical and horizontal inequalities; (2) stem market incentives for accumulation of income and wealth at the top; and (3) forge a credible fiscal compact between citizens and the state. But how can such progressive policies be implemented while those in power benefit from the status quo? Experts from the United Nations, the IMF, Oxfam and the research community discuss these and many more questions on fiscal policy and socioeconomic disparities, in the context of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), the United Nations main platform to review progress and provide guidance and recommendations on implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • 2016 UNRISD Flagship Report Launch (14 Nov 2016)
    In this podcast, recorded at the Geneva launch of the UNRISD 2016 Flagship Report (http://www.unrisd.org/flagship2016) “Policy Innovations for Transformative Change”, panellists discuss how to put the vision of the 2030 Agenda into action, exploring how innovative policies that integrate and balance the social, environmental and economic dimensions can lead to inclusive societies that leave no one behind. Drawing on numerous policy innovations from the Glabal South, the UNRISD Flagship Report goes beyond buzzwords and brings to the development community a definition of transformation which can be used as a benchmark for policy making towards the 2030 Agenda, and explores what transformative change really means for societies and individuals.
  • Food Trade, Food Security and the SDGs (28 Apr 2016)
    In addition to SDG2, which aims to end hunger, food security and food trade have implications for other goals related to energy, equity and global partnerships. But there would seem to be some disconnect between the vision of the SDGs and the current global food trade architecture. In this podcast, Sophia Murphy, UNRISD Visiting Fellow, discusses: (1) whether countries can create and enforce trade rules that respect other global commitments to sustainable and inclusive human well-being, (2) how the international community can rebuild confidence in international food markets and the rules that govern them, and (3) how governments should reform multilateral trade rules to limit future risks to food security while ensuring everybody’s food needs are met in a sustainable way. After her presentation, Susan Mathews, Human Rights Officer working at the Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, brings another perspective to the discussion of trade from a social development and human rights angle. She explains why and how OHCHR is engaging on trade as a human rights issue, highlight some lessons learned from past experiences with human rights impact assessments of trade agreements, and describes current efforts to initiate a human rights impact assessment of the Continental Free Trade area agreement in Africa, focusing on agriculture, including food security and livelihoods, as well as employment.
  • Gender and the Sustainable Development Goals: Are the SDGs Good News for Women? (28 Apr 2016)
    Agenda 2030 is ambitious in its vision, "transforming our world", broad in its 17 goals and 169 targets, and universal in its application to all countries. Women's rights are explicit in the preamble, and in Goal 5 "Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls", and are mainstreamed in several other goals. In this event, part of the UNRISD Seminar Series, experts from the UN and academia reflect on the SDGs’ potential, strengths and weaknesses from a gender perspective, and the challenges of their implementation. This was the Geneva launch of the open access Oxfam journal Gender & Development devoted to the Sustainable Development Goals, co-edited by Valeria Esquivel and Caroline Sweetman.
  • Capacity Building for Global Action to Achieve Agenda 2030 (8 Jan 2016)
    In September 2015, heads of state adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, an ambitious set of goals that will change the global approach to development. However, many countries will need to increase their capacity before they can engage effectively and benefit from the Sustainable Development Goals, At this event organized the the UN Library in Geneva, UNRISD Director Paul Ladd spoke on a panel of UN experts in training and research, and member state representatives, that looked at the capacity needed to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and what the UN is planning to do in terms of research and the design of tools to help countries generate this capacity.
  • Global Goals as National Goals: Lost in Translation? (16 Apr 2015)
    The MDGs were important as shared global goals. However, in this UNRISD Seminar, Charles Gore argues that the misunderstood translation of those global goals into national goals shifted responsibilities and national priorities. As a result, the poorest and least powerful countries in the world made the most national effort to achieve the goals. This outcome has been damaging for them. Is there a danger that the SDGs will be misunderstood in the same way?
  • Civil Society and Global Movements
  • Combating Poverty and Inequality
  • Financing for Development
  • Food Security
  • Gender
  • Global Crises
  • Green Economy and Sustainable Development
  • Knowledge and Ideas; Research in the UN System
  • Migration
  • Precarious Employment and Basic Income
  • Social and Solidarity Economy
  • Social Policy
  • Social Protection and Social Security
  • UNRISD Seminar Series