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German UN Ambassador Braun on "Business as a Force for Good"
Ambassador Braun's remarks as the incoming Chair of the Government Group of the UN Global Compact, on occasion of the Global Compact Anniversary Session in June.Henrike Landré's insight:Calls upon other governments with local networks to join the Government Group
New Executive Master in IO management
Launch of a new Executive Master course to improve managerial skills at IOs Contributed by our lead partner, the UN System Staff College. EMMIO is built on the synergic expertise of SDA Bocconi School of Management, the International Training Center of the International Labour Organisation (ITCILO), and the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC). The Program will combine academic theory with dynamic teamwork and a direct approach to UN priorities. Through a hands-on learning approach, participants will have the opportunity to build knowledge and managerial skills relevant to work in international entities.
Femicide Volume III: Targeting of Women in Conflict
Key resource in contribution to the worldwide campaign to stop femicide and all forms of violence against women and girlsContributed by our lead partner, the ACUNS Vienna Liasion Office
.We take great pride in sharing with you the third volume of our Femicide Publication
which we have been releasing annually since the first Femicide symposium in November 2012. Each year, on the occasion of the International Day on the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Vienna Liaison Office of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) has organized a symposium on a different theme related to the most extreme forms of violence.
Looking for research on the new UN global partnerships
As part of a new research on UN-business relations in the renewed global partnership context, as coined by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Who else is working on similar issues?
Call for Applications for the 2015 ACUNS/ASIL Summer Workshop
Excellent opportunity for early-career UN practitioners and scholars to jointly discuss and work on UN peacekeeping isuses; this year hosted by the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs.Contributed by our lead partner, the Academic Council on the United Nations System.
2015 is an important year for the United Nations. It has been 70 years since the signing of the UN Charter, 10 years since the establishment of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture and 15 years since the Brahimi Report on Peace Operations. In this spirit, the 2015 ACUNS Summer Workshop will focus on “The Evolution of UN Peace Operations: Contemporary Challenges and Requirements”.Apply today to join us in Oslo from October 26 - November 1, 2015.Deadline: June 8, 2015.
5th Civil Society Hearing on World Drug problem
Debate in support of the process towards the 2016 Special Session of the General Assembly on the World Drug ProblemJean-Luc Lemahieu ante OSCs: "UNODC also seeks to overcome the stigma associated with the stigma associated with drugs" http://t.co/zkqnl5tdA8
Henrike Landré's insight:Highly interesting opening statements by civil society, delivered by UNODC, among others
Establishing China’s Green Financial System
Report of the UN Environment ProgrammeIn 2014 the Research Bureau of the People’s Bank of China convened a Green Finance Task Force made up of 40 experts from ministries, financial regulators, academics, banks and other financial institutions, complemented by international experts brought together by the UNEP Inquiry to consider the steps that China could take to establish a green financial system.
Survey on US Public Opinion and UN Favorability
Graduate students from Seton Hall’s School of Diplomacy & International Relations have completed a landmark study of US public attitudes toward the UN based on a survey of 800 randomly-selected registered voters conducted by the Better World Campaign in October 2014.Among the key findings: Support for the UN is diffuse; Objections to the UN are concentrated. Discuss the results with the SHU team!
EDITORS' PICK: Technology boost for UN peacekeepers ‘essential’
Report of the Expert Panel on Technology and Innovation in PeacekeepingFrom the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to the Central African Republic (CAR), United Nations’ peacekeeping missions must make greater use of technological advances in order to better confront the dynamic challenges of the 21st century, according to a group of UN experts.The five-member Expert Panel on Technology and Innovation, led by peace and security expert Jane Holl Lute and published a report
which includes a number of practical recommendations that call on the UN Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support to keep pace with innovation and take full advantage of readily available and existing technologies that are considered essential to success in the field.Henrike Landré's insight:Interesting, among many other aspects of this report: the "digital peacekeeper".
Henrike Landré's insight:A former UN peacekeeper's blog. Most recently: his reflections on mediation.
Handbook for AU practitioners
Ingrid Lehmann on media and peacekeeping.
"The United Kingdom remains committed to the Non Proliferation Treaty"
Statement by Baroness Anelay, Minister of State at the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, at the UN 2015 Review Conference of the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
PRME Anti-Corruption Toolkit
Comprehensive anti-corruption guidelines for curriculum change in business schools and management-related academic institutions around the worldContributed by our lead partner, the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)
, an initiative of the United Nations Global Compact
. The toolkit offers eleven modules, which can be used individually or as a stand-alone course, aim to address the ethical, moral, and practical challenges that students will face in the marketplace. The Toolkit was developed by the PRME Working Group on Anti-Corruption in Curriculum Change
with support from Siemens as part of the Siemens Integrity Initiative.Henrike Landré's insight:Check out this toolkit and other resources developed by the various PRME working groups.
UNODC Full Course on the UN Convention against Corruption
EDITORIAL TEAM's PICK: TEDxUW - Tanya De Mello - Here's how you get a job at the UN
Whether acting as a United Nations Field Officer or as a local student volunteer, Tanya De Mello's work has always been focused on building communities. Listen to her inspiring, passionate TED talk at the University of Waterloo in 2011.Henrike Landré's insight:Mostly important, Tanya explains why she happened to work for the UN, and why you should do something -- not necessarily at the UN.
ACUNS 2015 Dissertation Award Winner
Dahlia Simangan, PhD Candidate, Department of International Relations: "The Responsibility to Rebuild: Exploring the future of UN’s approach to post-conflict peacebuilding"
UNODC e-learning course catalogue
E-learning for law enforcement officials. With modules on human rights or human trafficking.
presents Rio +20 Global Youth Music ContestHenrike Landré's insight:Preparing for the 2015 Rio +20 Global Youth Music Contest. Stay tuned for more information or listen to the winner's of the 2012 contest.
Best papers of the year awarded by the Regional Academy on the United Nations
You are invited to comment on the following three winning papers:- Evaluation of battery storage technologies- The Role of Female Offenders in Sex Trafficking organizations - New eye: 'A look from above' on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (coming soon)Please use the survey form provided on the RAUN website.Henrike Landré's insight:Read two of the best RAUN papers, awarded at the 2015 ACUNS Vienna conference. The young authors are looking forward to reading your comments!
EDITORS' PICK: New online Pastoralist Knowledge Hub
New UN knowledge hubMillions of pastoralists, from the Bedouin of North Africa to the Sherpa in Nepal and Navajo in North America – will benefit from a new online knowledge hub launched today by the United Nations that will help them raise their voices in international policy debates and share valuable information to strengthen their agricultural livelihoods.
UKUN Ambassador Speech: "The role of Secretary-General is one of the most important jobs in the world"
Thank you very much Co-Chairs.Today is my first day as British Ambassador to the United Nations and I look forward to working with all of you. I align myself with the statement delivered by the European Union on behalf of its Member States.Henrike Landré's insight:Ambassador Rycroft's views on the search for the next Secretary-General.
Collaboration and Leadership for Sustainability
2014 Sustainability Report by MIT Sloan Management Review, BCG and the United Nations Global Compact highlights new global collaborationsContributed by our lead partner, the UN Global Compact
.Given the implications of sustainability’s evolution within the corporate sector, we — MIT Sloan Management Review (MIT SMR) and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) — focused this year’s research on the critical role of sustainability collaborations that address systemic issues, and on the role of the board of directors in guiding their companies’ sustainability efforts. To better understand these two topics, we surveyed nearly 3,800 managers and interviewed sustainability leaders from around the world.For this research, we joined forces with the UN Global Compact.Henrike Landré's insight:Learn about the greatest barriers to board engagement and how a change of the responsibilities might help overcome these barriers.
Webinar on Women and Energy, May 6, 2015
Webinar by @UNIDO @energia_org @UNEP @Empower_Women on #womenandenergy,6May. Join: http://bit.ly/1zV7bJB
Call for Action: Support the UN Humanitarian Response in Nepal by the United Nations Foundation
Learn how the UN humanitarian system responds to the crisis and how you can help.
Henrike Landré's insight:Stay tuned and follow @OCHAAsiaPac
UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons
A Global Report on Trafficking in Persons launched today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) provides new information on a crime that shames us all.
Submission of the U.S. Intended Nationally Determined Contribution to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Submission of the U.S. Intended Nationally Determined Contribution to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
UNEP Finance Initiative: Innovative financing for sustainability
The UNEP Finance Initiative is a global partnership between the United Nations Environment Programme and the financial sector.
Guest Article #27: Climate Change: The Case for Engagement - Climate Change Policy & Practice
by: Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global CompactWith the critical Copenhagen UN Climate Change Conference just a few weeks away, it is worthwhile to recall what is at stake: any advances made and to be made in global integration, wealth creation, poverty reduction and peace building critically depend on our ability to address climate change now.At the same time, climate change presents a tremendous opportunity for business to create value. The critical question is whether the private sector can seize this opportunity to retool the global economy and lay the foundation for low-carbon growth.Of course, much will depend on the capacity and political will of governments to create the regulatory certainty needed to rev up the engine of green growth which drives innovation, spurs massive global investments and enhances efficiencies.Business has a vital stake in this process. In fact, it is only with the private sector that we will be able to turn the tide on climate change.How so? For one, companies are masters of persuasion – for better or worse. Business can create and shift demand for products and services, shape public opinion, and influence policy makers. It is about time these capacities are put to good use.More importantly, the private sector has unmatched resources and know-how to innovate. And much progress has already been made. According to a recent estimate, roughly 40% of future energy growth could be saved if existing technologies were to be applied. For an added incentive, investors everywhere have been steadily building climate risks and opportunities into their decision-making processes. It doesn't take much to recognize that transformation is indeed possible and economically viable.Moreover, global growth of the scale seen in the past three decades has been the result of widespread and massive economic integration. The long-term viability of this globally integrated economy is under threat. Without a new climate framework, there is a high likelihood of new trade barriers and other competition-distorting fallouts.These should be sufficiently compelling arguments.And yet, while the balance has been visibly shifting, too many continue to sit on the fence, and some are still using their lobbying power to undermine climate action. According to a 2008 study by the Ethical Investment Research Service, only 10% of companies in high impact sectors like oil and gas have adopted a good or advanced response to climate change risk.It is hard to pinpoint the exact causes of reluctance. Businesses often point to regulatory uncertainties or lack of clarity about carbon-pricing. A crucial factor appears to be that climate change is a long-term systemic challenge, and – lacking the cyclical nature of downturn and recession – is likely to stay with us for a long time. Much of the private sector, however, plans and operates in relative short cycles, having to meet the quarterly or annual expectations of capital owners. Managing this paradigm shift from short-term profit maximization to long-term sustainability will thus be one of the most important tasks ahead.The good news is that an increasing number of companies – of all sectors, sizes and regions – are leading by example, setting ambitious emission reduction goals, driving innovation and sharing good practices. Much of this has been taking place under the umbrella of Caring for Climate, the UN Global Compact's own climate engagement platform with more than 360 signatories from 65 countries.However, the climate leaders can and must do even more to push their peers to action – within their sectors, their markets, down their supply chains. Likewise, business should use its influence with policy makers to lobby for binding carbon reductions and workable technical standards. What we really need is a new era of business statesmanship driven by the simple truth that the price tag of action now is small in comparison to the future cost of inaction.Finally, while focusing on climate action and the reduction of carbon emissions, the help of business will also be needed to tackle the consequences of climate change, which affects all pillars of human prosperity, such as food security, water supplies, public health, security and stability. Forty-five million people are malnourished due to climate change. Sixty percent of the developing nations' workforce is linked to areas such as agriculture that are directly affected by climate change. These are alarming numbers likely to rise if we fail to act. We all – business leaders, investors, consumers and citizens – must adapt our value system to these realities. And we must do so now.
UN Global Compact Business Partnership Hub - Find new partners. Scale up your impact.
Find new partners. Scale up your impact. Create a business partnership that supports UN goals and advances sustainable development.