The Anxieties of Democracy program's Working Group on Climate Change, in collaboration with the Media and Democracy program and Princeton University, will host “Witnessing Professionals and Climate Change” a conference on the ethics of professionals in the face of climate change. Hosted by Professor Nancy Rosenblum, "Witnessing Professionals" will feature panels with lawyers, scientists, public health and university officials in order to discuss the role of professionals and institutions in combating climate change. This event is made possible with funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Carnegie Foundation, the Knight Foundation, and the Democracy Fund.
On 16 March 2018, the Understanding Violent Conflict (UVC) program organized a Central Africa Policy Forum on current developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with featured speaker Sylvain Saluseke of the Congolese pro-democracy youth activist group, LUCHA. The meeting, held at the Security Council Report and in the margins of Security Council debates on the mandate renewal of the UN mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), brought together representatives from UN country missions, the UN Secretariat, NGOs, and researchers. LUCHA or Struggle for Change (Twitter: @luchaRDC) is a non-violent, non-partisan citizen's movement formed in 2012 and based in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Neither a classic NGO nor a political party, Lucha has mobilized in innovative ways to ensure young people’s voices are heard in DRC. Sylvain Saluseke, a businessman and activist, was held by Congolese security forces for over a month in 2015 for his work with the movement.
Please join us at The New School's Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies for an upcoming debate between Michael Dawson (University of Chicago) and Nancy Fraser (The New School) on the relationship between Race and Capitalism. The conversation will center on two distinct themes, "Black Politics and the Neoliberal Racial Order" and "Expropriation and Exploitation in Racialized Capitalism." The debate will be followed a meeting of graduate students interested in the Race and Capitalism Network. The work of Race and Capitalism is supported in part through a partnership with the Scholarly Borderlands Initiative.
In 2017, the Measuring College Learning panel in Art History convened to lay the groundwork for establishing a framework of essential concepts, competencies, and potential avenues for an assessment tool in the introductory course in Art History. The panel, composed with the help of the College Art Association (CAA), will be featured in a session at the CAA's 2018 Annual Conference. The session is designed as an opportunity to share this draft document with CAA members, solicit feedback and suggestions, and respond to questions from the community.
CPPF, in partnership with the International Peace Institute (IPI), hosted the launch of a joint report on drugs, sustainable development, and the drive for policy coherence. The event, which took place on February 22, centered on how drug policy can help or hinder member states’ efforts to achieve the SDGs. The forum also examined the findings following a year of work by a group of researchers and policy makers—convened by CPPF and IPI—on ways in which the drug policy agenda overlaps with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). CPPF Program Manager Sabrina Stein, who co-authored the report, was a member of the panel. During her remarks, she addressed the concern that drug policy has not been developed in concert with the SDGs, and described six concrete recommendations from the paper that would enable this mutual consideration. The paper is available on the CPPF and IPI websites.
On 16 February 2018, CPPF convened a small, off-the-record meeting on Mali at the request of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). The meeting brought together senior UN policymakers, both in New York and Bamako, and a number of experts working in and on Mali, to brief the team charged with the Independent Strategic Review of MINUSMA. The discussion took stock of the current state of implementation of the peace agreement, the deteriorating security conditions and their implications for MINUSMA’s work, as well as challenges and opportunities for the future of MINUSMA.
On February 9th, 2018, the Anxieties of Democracy program’s working group on distribution convened at Yale University. The conference brought our working group members together to explore how changes in the structure of the global economy affect the viability of long settled features of distribution.
In partnership with the UN Department of Political Affairs, CPPF hosted an off-the-record brainstorming session on Burundi to look at the current state of the Inter-Burundian Dialogue, mediation challenges encountered at the multiple layers of governance, and opportunities for the UN to help build internal system coherence on the country. This high-level meeting, which took place from 8-9 February in Maputo, Mozambique, also helped inform the new Special Envoy and Resident Coordinator of Burundi.
At the request of DPA, CPPF organized a meeting with experts from the region on 5-6 February 2018, to discuss cross-cutting issues in Southern Africa with a view to feeding into a UN regional strategy of intervention. During the meeting, which took place in Maputo, Mozambique, an analysis of particular cases (including Namibia, Angola and Zimbabwe) were also conducted with the aim of assessing risks associated with transitions and overall preparedness for the region to respond to related challenges. The two-day, off-the-record meeting was attended by numerous Resident Coordinators from the region.
On 2 February 2018, the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF) and the International Peace Institute (IPI) convened a small, off-the-record briefing to take the pulse of the drug policy debate two years after the UNGASS; and as the system prepares the path towards 2019, when the 2009 Political Declaration and Plan of Action needs to be revised.
CPPF, together with Department of Political Affairs and the region’s Resident Coordinators, convened an off-the-record meeting on 17 January 2018 in order to analyze the UN’s approach to non-conventional violence in the Northern Triangle and examine how the system can better respond to this crisis and the humanitarian needs it produces.
On Monday, December 18th 2017 UVC Director, Tatiana Carayannis, gave a talk on the nature of public authority in the DRC and UN peace operations to a group of Chinese scholars, researchers, students, and faculty members at Peking University in Beijing (PKU). Hosted by Dr. Liu Haifang, Associate Professor and the Deputy Director of the Centre for African Studies at Peking University's School of International Studies, Carayannis' talk is part of the UVC's work to build and strengthen inter-disciplinary research networks and establish international partnerships that provide mutual benefits while producing high-quality, evidence-based scholarship. The UVC is planning to offer field research methods training workshops for researchers working in insecure, conflict-affected places in the near future.
UVC Director, Tatiana Carayannis, meets with Ms. Zhang Dan, Vice-President and Director-General of the United Nations Association China. Dr. Carayannis gifted Ms. Zhang Dan a book on the history of the UNA.
On 13-14 December, CPPF organized the third annual MENA RC Forum at the request of the DPA. The closed-door, off-the-record meeting brought together 16 Resident and Humanitarian Coordinators, members of various UN agencies (including UNDP, OHCHR, UNHCR, and the Executive Office of the Secretary-General), experts from academia, and key stakeholders from other parts of the region to examine the challenges facing the Middle East and North Africa. Participants took stock of issues such as national dynamics and the challenges they pose to peace and security, the geopolitics of non-regional actors, and trends in socio-economics and human rights that run through the region. The meeting concluded with recommendations for the system’s work in the region.
The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Tokyo Office and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) jointly sponsored an Abe Fellowship Colloquium on Tuesday, December 12th at the Sakura Hall, Japan Foundation Headquarters. The colloquium featured a report by 2008 Abe Fellowship recipient Ying Hua of Cornell University on her research into sustainable buildings and the Tokyo Cap and Trade Program. Yuko Nishida from the Renewable Energy Institute and 2015 Abe Fellowship recipient Dana Buntrock of UC Berkeley served as commentators, leading follow-up debate from the audience.
In early December, CPPF organized a closed-door, off-the-record expert meeting to examine the status of women in Iraq; examined the challenges and opportunities to advance the meaningful participation of women in all peacebuilding efforts in post-ISIL Iraq; and assessed the legal, economic, and cultural dimensions that perpetuate discrimination against women and girls in Iraq. Participants helped formulate policy-oriented and actionable recommendations for the UN system at the close of the one-day meeting.