Lecture Series

  • International Migration and the SDGs
  • Democratic Governance and Development
  • (Democracy Building)
  • Climate Change and the Future of the Paris Agreement
  • Behavioral Insights
  • “A Better Planet: Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future”, The Yale Environmental Dialogue
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International Migration and the SDGs

SEMINAR

Orderly and humane governance of international migration is widely recognized as essential for States as for the persons affected. In pursuing this objective, States of destination and origin have the responsibility to protect the human rights of migrants and nationals, and to take into consideration the interests of both, within the parameters set by international principles, standards and norms (globally referred to as International Migration Law or “IML”). What is more, the significance of migration to furthering development goals is well reflected in the SDGs whose targets include promoting better migration governance, protecting the rights of migrant workers, countering human trafficking, and reducing migration costs, to name a few. This seminar’s objectives are two-fold: first, to improve participants’ understanding of international migration law; and second, to glean the legal, policy and programmatic implications of migration as a motor for development in the context of implementing the SDGs.

Duration: 1/2 day

Key Objectives

  • Learn about the root causes of displacement and migration;
  • Discuss the interplay between state sovereignty issues and humanitarian crises in migration;
  • Prepare to create a framework to aid and care for future displaces people

Democratic Governance and Development (Democracy Building)

SEMINAR COURSE

This seminar aims at producing critical thinking on the role of the United Nations system in the area of democracy building. Recent negotiations on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the United Nations have shown the sensitivities expressed by Member States with respect to such issues as democracy, human rights and the rule of law in the face of old and new threats to peace & security and development alike, as developments over the last few years have testified to an increasingly complicated situation for democracy building. The seminar will focus on policy guidance adopted by the UN and its impact on the ground. Beside the analysis of relevant UN resolutions and declarations, the seminar will assess how UN action is influenced and shaped by the main priority areas of the broad field of democracy building like electoral assistance, constitutional reforms, the strengthening of the judiciary, parliaments, political parties and civil society actors, the role of the media, the political participation representation of women, the engagement of the youth and the measures aimed at addressing all forms of exclusion.

Duration: 1 day

Key Objectives

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the potential and challenges of UN’s engagement and action in the field of democracy assistance;
  • Clearly articulate the main democracy-related policy issues emerging in current UN mandates and policy debates;
  • Critically assess recent analyses produced by social scientists and practitioners, and to reflect on the main lessons drawn from selected case studies of UN action on the ground

Climate Change and the Future of the Paris Agreement

LECTURE

In December 2015, countries adopted the Paris Agreement on climate change. For the first time, 195 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) pledged to curb emissions, strengthen resilience and joined to take common climate action. This followed two weeks of negotiations at the United Nations climate change conference. Overall, this lecture aims to discuss the implications of the agreement made in Paris. What impact this new agreement will have in the achievement of the SDGs? What challenges rise ahead for the implementation of the new climate change commitments? What efforts do countries have to face in order to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change? Also discussed will be the treaty frameworks required to successfully implement and track adherence to stated goals.

Duration: 1/2 day

Key Objectives 

  • Discuss the impact of the climate deal and its meaning for the world;
  • Reflect on the necessary efforts countries will need to take to achieve the commitments;
  • Deliberate on the financial frameworks needed to implement the agreement in developing and developing countries;
  • Consider the share of responsibility between developed and developing countries to implement all the commitments made in the climate change agreement;
  • Analyze the importance of this agreement for the achievement of the rest of the goals in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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Behavioural Insights

SEMINAR

In January 2016, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon engaged the first-ever Behavioral Science Advisor to the United Nations as a way to bring together behavioral science insights to the forefront of policymaking and programming. The UN Secretariat and the United Nations Development Programme Innovation Facility launched a small team of behavioral science experts known as the UN Behavioral Initiative. By translation and application of behavioral science insights, the United Nations Behavioral Initiative is improving performance management to be more effective and efficient, significantly impacting programme outcomes. The purpose of this lecture aims for a better understanding in achieving better outcomes when approaching development challenges with behavioral insights. Behavioral Insights lead to better diagnoses of problems and to better-designed solutions through research findings from psychology, economics and neuroscience.

Duration: 1/2 day

Key Objectives

  • To raise awareness of behavioral insights and their usefulness for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • To build participants’ understanding of common biases and barriers to optimal decision making;
  • To build knowledge of tools in the Behavioral Insights toolbox;
  • To encourage evidence-based mindsets for critical decision making.

“A Better Planet: Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future” - The Yale Environmental Dialogue

SEMINAR COURSE

Please join leading scholars from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies for an engaging seminar on some of our most pressing global environmental challenges —and potential concrete solutions as spelled out in the new Yale book (edited by Daniel Esty), A Better Planet: 40 Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future. This educational event will include a panel discussion with a diverse set of speakers on a wide range of pathways to a sustainable future including law, policy, business, science, and multilateral agreements. The seminar will focus on various ways to advance sustainability through actionable strategies based on rigorous analytical research. Speakers for this event have recently contributed their cutting-edge thinking to the Yale Environmental Dialogue, which provides a platform for debating sustainable solutions. Diplomats and Delegates of the United Nations are invited to join in the discourse for what will be a stimulating and thought-provoking event on global sustainability. Professor Dan Esty of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale Law School, and Yale School of Management will deliver the event’s keynote address. Professor Esty has served in several senior positions in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as Connecticut’s Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection (2011-14). He is the founding director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and has published 12 books on issues connecting energy, environment, sustainability and development.

Duration: 1/2 day

Key Objectives

  • Understanding of important environmental challenges,
  • Applying a multidisciplinary, “systems thinking”, approach to responding to a range of energy, environmental, and sustainability issues;
  • Pathways for global cooperation towards a more sustainable future.

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