March 2017

March 2017 Newsletter



UN-backed Syria Peace Talks Resume in Geneva

Author: Joseph Cook and Nsioh Macnight

The Syrian conflict is moving into its 7th year. According to the United Nations 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan for the Syrian Arab Republic, there has been a rapid rise in humanitarian needs across the country. The report highlights that 13.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, 6.3 million are Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), up to $3.4 US billion are needed to meet the humanitarian needs, 7 million are food insecure, 1 in 3 Syrian children are out of school, 60% require health assistance, and 30,000 people suffer war-related trauma every month. With the hope of bringing the conflict to an end, the United Nations have been facilitating discussions between the parties involved in the hostilities. Read More



Leadership for Sustainability

Author: Tamara Luisce

We live in a world where the need for leaders that can understand sustainability and lead accordingly in business, government and civil society is urgent. Now, more than ever, we need to be prepared to make informed choices and develop strategies that will realize sustainability goals in the sectors of the globalized world. At the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), fourteen students and professionals from eleven countries around the world met from March 13 to March 21, 2017, to participate in the course Leadership for Sustainability. Read More



UNU-IAS International Symposium underscores the link between Biodiversity and Sustainability

Author: Christmas de Guzman

Biodiversity provides essential ecosystem services that enhance human well-being around the globe and its conservation is sine qua non for human survival. Biodiversity conservation, directly and indirectly, contributes to attaining the objectives set out by the United Nations’ 2030 global agenda through benefits like climate mitigation, disaster risk reduction, food provision, and many others. Rapid population and economic growth are, however, posing unprecedented threats to the sustainability of the world’s biodiversity and its ecosystem services. Read More



UNU-EHS students at the Global Festival of Ideas in Bonn

Author: Nicole Anschell

At the beginning of the month, nine UNU-EHS students kicked off their semester break at the World Conference Center in Bonn as either participants or volunteers for the first annual Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development. This three-day conference, which was hosted by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Action Campaign welcomed over 800 development experts, civil society members, and policy makers from all over the world. To complement the plenaries and discussion sessions, the festival proved to be the first ‘playable’ conference, debuting an interactive policy game, HiveMind, in order to simulate the commitment, strategy and funding required to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read More