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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 B…
 
Based on analysis from his recent book "Plunder of the Commons: A Manifesto for Sharing Public Wealth", Guy Standing introduces a new appraisal of the commons and how much of it has been privatized, from land and state housing, health and benefit systems, to justice systems, schools, newspapers and even the air we breathe. He proposes a charter for…
 
The remarkable economic growth of sub-Saharan Africa in the first 15 years of the 21st century did not always go hand in hand with greater equality. While income inequality during the 2000s decreased in 17 countries, it went up in 12 countries. What were the determinants and consequences of these divergent trends?…
 
In this seminar, Lucas Chancel presents new empirical research findings on global economic and environmental inequalities. He highlights the close link between social and environmental (in)justice, and discusses policy options that can address the unsustainability of economic inequality.By UNRISD
 
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 to…
 
Based on examples from Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and Jakarta, Indonesia, the speakers at this seminar discussed how issues of land rights and informality shape uneven vulnerability to climate change in coastal zones, and highlighted the need for more integrated and transformative approaches to adaptation.…
 
In the framework 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, UNRISD organized a side event on 17 July 2018 to present and discuss new research evidence and local government experience of Social and …
 
What is needed to safeguard trans* people's rights? At this Side Event of the 38th Session of the Human Rights Council, policy makers, influencers and practitioners discussed good practices and lessons from policy formulation and implementation at the national level, the role of civil society, the impact of social research and the effects of the 20…
 
Since 2008, many countries in Europe have been hit by a series of crises—economic, political, migratory. According to Maria Maxi (Institute of Citizenship Studies, University of Geneva) even more intractable than these, and exacerbating them, is one caused by a profound lack of solidarity. In this podcast, she introduces a new research project and …
 
Many would be sceptical at the idea of fashion brands as a strategy for helping mitigate the migratory crisis in Mediterranean Europe. Heidi Christ, Artisan Value Chain Expert at UNHCR, walks us through experiences that show that employment opportunities can be created by combining artisanal work, creative humanitarian programmes and the cultural r…
 
Most international migrants are migrant workers, many of whom find themselves in vulnerable situations, up against the risks and insecurity of the informal economy. Simel Esim (ILO) has investigated how cooperatives can help enable a decent work environment for migrant workers, hence opening pathways toward improved livelihoods.…
 
A robust body of evidence shows that Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) can foster the economic, social and cultural rights of individuals and communities. Ibrahim Said, UNRISD Research Analyst, argues that the emancipatory and developmental potential of SSE could make responses to humanitarian emergencies, such as Europe’s refugee crisis, empower…
 
Three things could better equip us to overcome refugee precarity, according to UNRISD Senior Research Coordinator Katja Hujo: (i) a clearer understanding of what we mean by "precarity" and “vulnerability” in the context of involuntary (forced) migration, (ii) moving from migration management to a rights-based approach to migration governance and (i…
 
Refugees and migrants face enormous threats and impediments to the enjoyment of their human rights. Ambassador Anna Korka from the Permanent Mission of Greece in Geneva tells us how recent legislative endeavours in Greece aim to create an environment that enables new types of economic activity, combat long-lasting socioeconomic problems—such as une…
 
Links between gender-based violence and the world of work, and how policies are changing to address them, are the subject of this interview with Jane Aeberhard-Hodges, former Director of the ILO's Bureau for Gender Equality and currently an UNRISD Senior Research Associate. Jane discusses recent policy innovations in Australia in which employers ar…
 
Matthias Rüetschi presents the work he and his team lead at Services Industriels de Genève (SIG) in engaging with the current Swiss energy transition strategy. Matthias offers an overview of local programmes that aim to optimize energy efficiency while reducing CO2 emissions in Geneva, a city that as of 2017 runs entirely on renewable energy. Nora …
 
Dunja Krause (UNRISD) explains why energy transition is a social issue as much as a political, environmental and a technological one. Drawing from UNRISD’s most recent research, Dunja considers the energy transition through an eco-social lens, and sees social barriers and challenges as well as policy responses and exemplary innovations from Africa …
 
SDG 7 holds the promise of access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, as well as a substantial increase in the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. But what are these commitments likely to translate to, in practice? In this UNRISD seminar, we teamed up with local and global thinkers and actors to discuss t…
 
Urbanization, migration and displacement, climate change and development are all inextricably linked. In this podcast, Elizabeth Maclean analyses how sexual and reproductive health and rights can be integrated with environmental justice as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Elizabeth is Research Coordinator at the International Ce…
 
In this podcast, David Chipanta discusses social protection in the context of sexual and reproductive health and rights. His presentation touches on the rights of key groups such as trans men and women, prisoners, sex workers and people who use intravenous drugs. David is Senior Social Protection Advisor at UNAIDS.…
 
In this podcast, Paola Daher explains how sexual and reproductive health and rights can be protected in conflict situations. She also analyses the effects of international policy changes curtailing funding for abortion. Paola is Global Advocacy Advisor at the Center for Reproductive Rights.By UNRISD
 
How can people’s sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHRs) around the world be better protected and promoted? A human rights-based approach to development means that national policies must be designed in a way that protects individuals' dignity, autonomy and the right to choose which family planning methods are best for them. Listen to the intr…
 
In this podcast, Yanghua Huang, walks us through China’s industrialization pattern, the country’s main achievements in poverty reduction and employment, the effects and challenges of an industrialization-driven model, and possible solutions towards sustainable production. Yanghua Huang is Research Fellow at the Institute of Industrial Development a…
 
In this podcast, Dian Yang gives us a historical outlook on China’s social policy scheme as well as a presentation of policy innovations designed to alleviate poverty in China. Dian Yang is Research Fellow at the Institute of Sociology at CASS and his presentation was held at "Innovation and Sustainable Development", an UNRISD Seminar in collaborat…
 
In this podcast, hear the three key messages of the UNRISD 2016 Flagship Report, "Policy Innovation for Transformative Change" presented by UNRISD Research Coordinator, Katja Hujo, complemented by examples of what eco-social policies are and what they should be, as well as what is needed to maximize their potential and thus enable sustainability pr…
 
What are the key policy, institutional and technological innovations that can be harnessed to realize the 2030 Agenda, especially in the context of developing economies such as China? In this podcast, hear Paul Ladd (UNRISD Director) and Zhang Yuyan (Director-General, Institute of World Economics and Politics, CASS) open the UNRISD Seminar "Innovat…
 
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…
 
How can we understand the events, individuals and institutions that change the world? Can we use this to change things for the better? During this Geneva stop on his global book tour, Duncan Green introduced the arguments of his new book, "How Change Happens", which combines research with practical experience to explore the topic of social and poli…
 
Is a universal (or unconditional) basic income (UBI) an effective way for states to meet their social protection commitments in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development? Is it a utopian vision within reach of only the richest countries, or as several pilot schemes have shown, a realistic option for developed and developing countries alike to red…
 
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 UNRI…
 
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: …
 
Partnerships, and their accompanying networks, are now presented as an essential ingredient for fair SDG implementation, to mirror the participatory spirit in which the Goals were created. But what happens in practice? Network analysis reveals how development ‘partners’ may in fact informally depart from established rules and relationships, with th…
 
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. If all our planet's inhabitants are to be able to enjoy the dividends of the Sustainable Development Goals, everyone will have to contribute, participate and adapt their behaviour. But…
 
In this podcast, discover more about how women’s movements mobilize for policy change on the key areas of violence against women, land rights, domestic workers’ labour rights and unpaid care work. What are the effective strategies women advocates use to influence policy change? How do different women’s groups reach a consensus and build alliances? …
 
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