On 14 July, UVC Director Tatiana Carayannis participated in a workshop on rethinking United Nations engagement in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and options for MONUSCO’s mandate. The meeting was hosted by the International Peace Institute (IPI), the Stimson Center, and the Security Council Report (SCR), and included members of the Security Council.
Measure of America's Vikki Lassiter will speak at Bringing Education Home: Affordable Housing and Education Summit, hosted by the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA). The summit brings together experts and senior staff from the nation's largest public housing authorities with the goal of foster peer-to-peer problem-solving, sharing of best practices, and networking.
CPPF consultant Richard Horsey produced a paper examining the changes in media freedom since Myanmar began opening up, the laws that are used to target journalists, and the recent increase in prosecutions and the implications for freedom of expression and freedom of the press.
On 16 June 2017, members of the UVC’s DRC Affinity Group briefed the Office of the Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide on developments and risks in the Democratic Republic of Congo in advance of the Special Adviser’s trip to the region. This discussion emphasized the importance of history in understanding the tragic recent events in the Kasai provinces, but also stressed that there are number of worrying trends in other provinces that are also worthy of attention.
On 14 June 2017, the UVC, in partnership with the Security Council Report and the World Peace Foundation, co-hosted an event on “AU-UN Cooperation in Peace Operations.” In light of the May 2017 Special Issue of the African Security Review journal, a number of the authors including presented their findings from their articles, including UVC Director, Tatiana Carayannis, who spoke to lessons from the Central African Republic. The meeting also served as an opportunity to discuss the lessons from earlier UN-AU partnerships on security governance.
On 12 - 13 June 2017, CPPF facilitated an expert brainstorming on the Horn of Africa Region at Greentree Estate in Manhasset, New York. The meeting, held under the Chatham House rule, brought together United Nations policymakers from the Secretariat and the region together with independent experts to discuss evolving regional dynamics and to help the UN think through a regional strategy for the Horn.
CPPF organized a regional dialogue on the English Speaking Caribbean to discuss the challenges facing the region today and brainstorm on ideas for better engagement by the UN system. The meeting brought together the Resident Coordinators from the region as well as colleagues from UNDPA, UNDP, UNHCR, UNFPA, UNWOMEN, UNESCO, UNICEF, FAO, and WHO, as well as experts from and on the region.
Measure of America co-director Sarah Burd-Sharps participated in the County of Los Angeles’ 2017 Commissioners’ Leadership Conference, Embracing a Changing Demography as a speaker. Sarah presented the upcoming Portrait of Los Angeles County report to the County’s public policy community. See Sarah's presentation here: https://vimeo.com/219230958.
CPPF organized a two day meeting on Libya to examine the work of the UN in the country and consider the architecture of future engagement. The meeting brought together key stakeholders from the UN system as well as experts on and from Libya.
CPPF consultant Richard Horsey produced a paper examining the challenges facing the second Panglong-21 peace conference to be held in May 2017. The paper examines the views of the different armed groups and stakeholders, the prospects for the peace process to move forward, and the state of ethnic policies in the country today.
On 11 May 2017, UVC Director Tatiana Carayannis presented during a facilitated discussion on “Tensions between local and national dynamics: dilemmas for international interventions in the DRC” at the UN Secretariat. This was prompted by an editorial debate in the pages of Foreign Affairs between Columbia Professor Séverine Autesserre, and Tatiana and a few colleagues over the nature of conflict in the DRC. The meeting was convened by the Department of Peacekeeping’s Division for Policy, Evaluation and Training, but also brought together representatives from the Civil Affairs Unit in MONUSCO, and many others from the UN various departments, field missions and agencies. The panelists explored the relationship between the local, national and international in the DRC and discussed their implications for MONUSCO’s political and community engagement strategies.
Measure of America co-director Kristen Lewis facilitated LeadersUp’s Career360 Innovation Session, a day-long convening of young adults, employers and community partners to brainstorm new solutions to help disconnected young adults achieve workforce readiness in Chicago. Kristen presented Measure of America’s latest findings on youth disconnection and led the group discussions.
Measure of America and the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families will host a joint webinar on MOA’s latest youth disconnection report. The expert panel in “Moving the Needle on Youth Disconnection: Insights from Measure of America’s New Report: ‘Promising Gains, Persistent Gaps: Youth Disconnection in America’” will feature MOA co-directors Sarah Burd-Sharps and Kristen Lewis, as well as NLC YEF Institute’s Director of Youth and Young Adult Connections, Andrew Moore. Please see description link to register.
Congressman Bobby Scott will host "Opening Doors for Youth: Investments in Employment Opportunities for Opportunity Youth Are Investments in Our Communities and Our Nation", a discussion with youth, community leaders, advocates, and experts about the Opening Doors for Youth Act, which would expand federal investment to maintain youth connected to school and work. Measure of America co-director Kristen Lewis will participate as a panelist and discuss the latest data and findings on youth disconnection.