Πέμπτη, 9 Ιουνίου 2011

Legitimacy and Development

UNU Legitimacy Series

Legitimacy and Development     


  


Date: Monday, 13 June 2011 
Time: 1.15 - 2.45pm (EST) 
Venue: Conference Room 7, North Lawn Building
United Nations Headquarters, New York

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Due to overwhelming response for the UNU Legitimacy Series, we have added one more seminar: Legitimacy and Development. We hope you'll join us! 

This seminar considers the opportunities and challenges of United Nations development activities. The UN takes part in many development initiatives around the world aimed at addressing economic, social, political and environmental challenges. How effective are the UN's development initiatives? Is the work under-taken by the UN considered to be legitimate and helpful by the communities it is meant to serve? What does the lack of comprehensive progress in the Millennium Development Goals mean for developing countries and what more needs to be done to address this? This seminar considers the opportunities and challenges of UN development activities.

The seminar is part of the UNU Legitimacy Series, which provides a platform for critical discussions with academics and public intellectuals about issues of legitimacy as they arise in various aspects of the work of the United Nations.

Chairs:
  • Jean-Marc Coicaud, Director, United Nations University Office in New York.
  • Ian Hurd, Associate Professor at Northwestern University and visiting fellow at the Niehaus Center on Globalization and Governance at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
Speakers:
  • Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) 
  • Other speakers to be confirmed

Τετάρτη, 1 Ιουνίου 2011

Legitimacy and Peace Operations

UNU Legitimacy Series

Legitimacy and Peace Operations  

(Live Webcast)    

Date: Wednesday, 8 June 2011 
Time: 1.15 - 2.30pm (EST) 

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Operations in defense of international peace and security are highly prominent representations of the United Nations in the world, prompting frequent questions about the legitimacy of their presence. Do UN peace and security operations reinforce or undermine the legitimacy of the organization as a whole? This session considers the connections between legitimacy and peace operations in practice, and examines the challenges and opportunities presented by these missions.

The seminar is part of the UNU Legitimacy Series, which provides a platform for critical discussions with academics and public intellectuals about issues of legitimacy as they arise in various aspects of the work of the United Nations.

Chairs:
  • Jean-Marc Coicaud, Director, United Nations University Office in New York.
  • Ian Hurd, Associate Professor at Northwestern University and visiting fellow at the Niehaus Center on Globalization and Governance at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
Speakers:
  • Roland Paris, University Research Chair in International Security and Governance, University of Ottawa
  • Ms. Leanne Smith, Deputy Chief, Peacekeeping Best Practices Section Policy, Evaluation and Training Division

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Contact: Portia Gama
Email: unuony@unu.edu
Phone: (1) 212-963-4381

Δευτέρα, 30 Μαΐου 2011

Environmental & Social Risk Analysis Online Course

The Environmental & Social Risk Analysis (ESRA) Online Course provides in-depth and personalised training. Tutors engage with participants online on a daily basis, providing guidance and facilitating debates. As a participant, you will be involved in a range of activities, from simulating implementation of environmental and social policies and guidelines and analysing case studies, to carrying out exercises based on your own clients’ environmental and social impacts.
Courses in 2011:
DatesLanguageTutors
14 February - 4 MarchSpanishLawrence Pratt (Costa Rica) and Edgar Rojas (Colombia)
28 February - 18 MarchEnglishLawrence Pratt (Costa Rica) and Christina Wood (South Africa)
28 March - 15 AprilFrenchIsabelle Blaes (France)
9 - 27 MaySpanishLawrence Pratt (Costa Rica) and Edgar Rojas (Colombia)
30 May - 17 JuneEnglishLawrence Pratt (Costa Rica) and Melissa Makwarimba (Mozambique)
1 - 19 AugustSpanishLawrence Pratt (Costa Rica) and Edgar Rojas (Colombia)
8 - 26 AugustEnglishLawrence Pratt (Costa Rica) and Jacylyn Shi (China)
3 - 21 OctoberFrenchIsabelle Blaes (France) and Regina Scharf (United States)
31 October - 18 NovemberSpanishLawrence Pratt (Costa Rica) and Edgar Rojas (Colombia)
7 - 25 NovemberEnglishLawrence Pratt (Costa Rica) and Mariángeles Camargo (United States)
The ESRA Online Course Partners also offer Private Editions of the courses to the staff of a single FI or of a small group of FIs. Contact us for further information on terms and conditions.
Target audience: Risk managers and analysts in commercial, corporate, investment and retail banking in or dealing with developing countries and emerging markets.
A limited number of places are also available for representatives from relevant stakeholder audiences including: supervisory/regulatory bodies, banking associations, government agencies, academic institutions, NGOs and civil society organisations involved in finance and sustainability issues.
Please note that places for non-financial institution representatives are limited. Courses will not address how to financially analyse or how to set up a business plan for an environmental/socially oriented project in search of funding. The courses teach participants how to include environmental and social variables in the traditional analysis made by financial analysts when making lending and/or investment decisions, whatever the nature of the project.
Contents: Each course is made up of five consecutive modules:
  1. Introduction to Sustainable Finance
  2. Identification of Environmental and Social Risks
  3. Categorization
  4. Evaluation of Environmental and Social Risks
  5. Administration of Environmental and Social Risks
Course contents and materials can only be accessed by participants. The course modules cannot be disaggregated.
Course Programme (PDF: 34KB)
Duration: Three weeks
Time commitment: Two hours/day on average, Monday to Friday
Timetable: Flexible, participants to set their own study times
Cost*:
Participant Profile Fee
Representatives of multinationals, multilaterals, private banks and large public FIs 750 USD
Representatives of small local banks, sme/microfinance oriented entities 600 USD
*Discounts are available for Programme Partner members or associates (e.g. UNEP FI Signatories)
Please note that course fees serve exclusively to cover the costs of running the course.
Applications: All applications should be submitted via our online form at least one week prior to the course you wish to participate in. Please consult our FAQs concerning applications.
On-line registration: English Spanish
The ESRA Online Course is a product of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, and the INCAE Business School, with the support of the Ecobanking Project. Initially developed in Spanish in 2006 by the UNEP FI Latin American Regional Task Force, with the support of Bank of America, the English-language edition of the course was produced in 2007 thanks to the support of FMO. The French edition of the Course was produced in 2010 thanks to the support of DEG - Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH ("DEG"), Promotion et Participation pour la Coopération économique (Proparco) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD).

Σάββατο, 21 Μαΐου 2011

Final call for applications for HREA e-learning courses -- September-December 2011

Dear Colleagues,

HREA is issuing a final call for applications for the following upcoming e-learning courses:

- The United Nations Human Rights System (23 May-3 July 2011)
- Use of ICTs and Social Media for Human Rights Work (15 June-30 August 2011)
- Armed Conflict, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (19 September-4 December 2011)
- Child Rights Programming (14 September-29 November 2011)
- Election Observation (14 September-29 November 2011)
- Gender Mainstreaming (31 August-15 November 2011)
- Human Rights Advocacy (14 September-29 November 2011)
- Monitoring & Evaluation in the NGO Sector (14 September-29 November 2011)
- Monitoring Women's Rights (14 September-29 November 2011)
- Project Development and Management in the NGO Sector (14 September-29 November 2011)
The application deadline is 1 June 2011. Applications can be submitted online. For further information about each course please click on the course link above. For a listing of all upcoming courses, please visit www.hrea.org/courses

Best wishes,

Sandra Quintin
Distance Learning Programme, HREA
http://www.hrea.org/courses/

About HREA's Distance Learning Programme

Since 2002, over 4,000 human rights defenders, development workers, staff members of international organisations and graduate students have successfully participated in Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)'s e-learning courses.

Further information about HREA's Distance Learning Programme can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/DLP/

HREA - www.hrea.org

Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) is an international non-governmental organisation that supports human rights learning; the training of activists and professionals; the development of educational materials and programming; and community-building through on-line technologies.

Σάββατο, 14 Μαΐου 2011

Legitimacy and Civil Society

UNU Legitimacy Series
 (Live Webcast) 

  


Date: Thursday, 26 May 2011

Time: 1.15-2.30pm
(EST)
Venue:
UNU Video Portal 

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The relationship between the United Nations and its partners in the private sector and civil society involves accommodating diverse parties with competing values and priorities, and potentially contradictory notions of legitimacy. This session examines the challenges of legitimacy, focusing on key questions of the processes and politics of accountability, from the perspective of the UN's relations with various non-state actors. These include, but are not limited to, local groups that interact with UN field operations, partner groups that provide funding or operational expertise, activist NGOs that seek to influence the UN, and countless other groups and individuals with a stake in UN operations.

The seminar is part of the UNU Legitimacy Series, which provides a platform for critical discussions with academics and public intellectuals about issues of legitimacy as they arise in various aspects of the work of the United Nations.

Speaker
  • Thomas Christiano, Professor of Philosophy and Law, University of Arizona
  • Valerie Sperling, Associate Professor of Political Science, Clark University
  • Robert Skinner, Associate Director, United Nations Foundation Office in New York
Moderator
  • Jean-Marc Coicaud, Director, United Nations University Office in New York
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   Contact: Portia Gama
Email: unuony@unu.edu
Phone: (1) 212-963-4381 
 From Maria Em

Homo Europaeus: Where do Europeans stand in the Globalization Era?


(Live Webcast) 

  


Date: Thursday, 26 May 2011

Time: 10.00 - 11.30am
(EST)
Venue:
http://videoportal.unu.edu 

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Where do Europeans stand in the globalization era?  
Do they form a new unified, cohesive social group, or do they remain nationalists at heart? Are they ready to play a bigger role in international affairs, or will they continue to rely on the US government? Will they be akin to artifacts in a museum compared to emerging economies, or will they seek to become major brokers of peace and stability? Will they be able to solve their debt issues before the US and Japan? Are European and American values still compatible, or are they drifting apart? The seminar will offer some insights into these questions, and also engage the audience in a dialogue on these issues.  

The seminar is part of the UNU Midday Forum Series, which offers an intimate and informal platform of discussion for the UN permanent missions, the UN Secretariat, UN agencies, academia, NGOs and the private sector to exchange ideas on important topics related to the UN.

Speaker
  • Antoine Ripoll, Chairman's Chief of Staff, European Parliament
Moderator
  • Jean-Marc Coicaud, Director, United Nations University Office in New York
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Email: unuony@unu.edu
 From Maria Em

Carbon Tax vs. Carbon Trading

 
(Live Webcast) 

  


Date: Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Time: 1.15-2.30pm
(EST)
Venue:
UNU Video Portal 

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In this seminar, Professor Charles Sampford argues that our fundamental problem is that an unsustainable, high-carbon version of the "good life" was developed in the west, and increasingly sought by the rest. The development of sustainable versions of the good life and mechanisms that put a price on carbon is essential. The speaker examines carbon trading schemes which create property rights in carbon emissions activities and allocate them to the countries which do the most environmental damage.
Professor Sampford outlines a number of arguments for the superiority of carbon taxes over carbon trading schemes and outlines a proposal for a carbon added tax (CAT) which operates like a VAT. He also indicates how the legal and ethical norms and the institutions that monitor carbon could form a 'Global Carbon Integrity System'.

The seminar is part of the UNU Midday Forum Series, which offers an intimate and informal platform of discussion for the UN permanent missions, the UN Secretariat, UN agencies, academia, NGOs and the private sector to exchange ideas on important topics related to the UN.

Speaker
  • Charles Sampford, Director, Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law; President, International Institute for Public Ethics  
  • Moderator
  • Jean-Marc Coicaud, Director, United Nations University Office in New York
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Email: unuony@unu.edu
 From Maria Em