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  • 29.07.2016
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The Elsevier Foundation - TWAS Sustainability Visiting Expert Programme

This programme aims to provide institutions and research groups in developing countries, especially those with limited outside contacts, with the opportunity to establish long-term links with world leaders in sustainability and further build capacity building in their countries.
SDG-Report 2016
  • 29.07.2016
  • news

Progress Report on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The first progress report to track the SDGs was launched 20 July, with the most up-to-date statistics on poverty, hunger, education and sanitation. The SDG Index and Dashboards Report was also released.
  • 24.07.2016
  • news

Call for grants to research the “Energy - Health - Natural Disasters” nexus in African cities

The International Council for Science (ICSU), in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC), will support 10 research projects across Africa to the value of up to 90,000 Euro each over two years.
  • 07.07.2016
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EDCTP-Announcement of 2016 calls for proposals

In 2016, EDCTP will launch nine calls for proposals to support clinical research and related activities. These calls are worth approximately €138.6M in research against poverty-related and neglected infectious diseases.
UKCDS-Pic
  • 01.07.2016
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Making science work for development - an information hub

A new hub for researchers offered by UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS) with lots of valuable information
  • 27.06.2016
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Global Call for Research Proposals: Innovations in Livestock Vaccines

This IDRC call is open to applicants from research-focused organizations from academia, private sector and research institutes from around the world.
MIcrosite Pic
  • 21.06.2016
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Microsite on the 11 Principles & 7 Questions and a Youtube Channel

KFPE has developed and launched a microsite and a youtube channel with the aim of raising and broadening public awareness about its work, particularly among a younger audience.
  • 20.06.2016
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Call for seed money projects with Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, The Philippines and Vietnam

ETH Zurich launches a call for seed money projects to establish links between Swiss higher education institutions and partners from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, The Philippines and Vietnam.
  • 14.06.2016
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Call for applications of the TWAS fellowships

The TWAS Fellowships programme with over 470 PhD and 150 postdoctoral fellowships available annually in 10 developing countries with 19 programme partners is said to be the largest programme of its kind worldwide.
  • 31.05.2016
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Call for papers: Transformations 2017

Submit abstracts by 2 September 2016 for this international conference on "sustainability transformations in practice."
  • 28.05.2016
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Swissuniversities Development and Cooperation Network (SUDAC) accepted

The Swiss Conference of Higher Education accepted 14 projects of global interest for Swiss institutions of higher education for the period 2017-2020.
  • 27.05.2016
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New Database on environmental research groups in Switzerland

The Federal office for the Environment (FOEN) has created a new Database with many information
Making the Commodity Sector Work for Developing Countries
  • 2016
  • Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
  • fact sheet

Making the Commodity Sector Work for Developing Countries - Local Impacts, Global Links, and Knowledge Gaps

Switzerland occupies an important position in the global trade of hard and soft commodities. Companies headquartered within its borders directly or indirectly shape commodity extraction practices around the world, some of which carry considerable negative environmental and social risks on the ground, particularly in fragile contexts. Minimizing these risks and maximizing shared economic gains could enable mutually beneficial development and counteract persistent social and political inequality.
  • 09.05.2016
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Social research in Indonesia: Why and what next

Despite being one of the fastest growing economies in Asia, Indonesia continues to lag behind its neighbouring countries in terms of research capacity and publication. The situation is even worse in social science, where almost 90 percent of articles about Indonesia published in international journals are written by scholars who are not resident in the country.
International Year of Global Understanding IYGU
  • 08.03.2016
  • ICSU
  • media release

2016 International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU)

The International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH) jointly announced that 2016 would be the International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU). The aim of IYGU is to promote better understanding of how the local impacts the global in order to foster smart policies to tackle critical global challenges such as climate change, food security and migration.
Albert Krebs
  • 26.02.2016
  • Swiss Biodiversity Forum
  • media release

1st IPBES assessment: Pollinators vital to our food supply under threat

A growing number of pollinator species worldwide are being driven toward extinction by diverse pressures, many of them human-made, threatening millions of livelihoods and hundreds of billions of dollars worth of food supplies, according to the first global assessment of pollinators.
However, the assessment, a two-year study conducted and released today by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), also highlights a number of ways to effectively safeguard pollinator populations.
Mapping the vulnerability of mountain peoples to food insecurity (FAO-report, 2015)
  • 2015
  • Report

Mapping the vulnerability of mountain peoples to food insecurity

This study presents an updated geographic and demographic picture of the world’s mountain areas and assesses the vulnerability to food insecurity of mountain dwellers in developing countries, based on a specially designed model. The final section presents an alternative and complementary approach to assessing hunger by analyzing household surveys.
Switzerland  and the Commodities Trade
  • 2016
  • KFPE office
  • ProClim
  • SCNAT
  • Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
  • fact sheet

Switzerland and the Commodities Trade - Taking Stock and Looking Ahead

This factsheet outlines key challenges, knowledge gaps, and research questions centring on Switzerland’s role and potential responsibility as a leading commodity hub. It concludes with suggestions of possible avenues for future research and policy.
Menschen mit Wasserkanistern in Kenia (Archivbild Reuters) - Klima (KFPE)
  • 26.01.2016
  • University of Neuchâtel
  • media release

Aide au développement: Des retombées positives pour la Suisse

En 2014, chaque franc investi dans l’aide publique au développement (APD) a rapporté 1.19 franc à la Suisse. C’est ce que démontre une étude menée par l’Institut de recherches économiques (IRENE) de l’Université de Neuchâtel en collaboration avec l’Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement (IHEID), à Genève, publiée ces jours sur le site internet de la Direction du développement et de la coopération (DDC).
ICSU and climate change research
  • 30.11.2015
  • news

Climate negotiations: the contribution of global science

On the occasion of the climate negotiations in Paris, a brochure offers insights into the leading role of the International Council for Science in facilitating international research programmes on climate change and providing relevant scientific policy advice.
  • 10.11.2015
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LEMONOC Conference, 22nd-Sept-2015, Brussels and Videos

On 22nd September 2015, the LEMONOC conference in Brussels addressed the potential and challenges of learning mobility between the ‘Global South’ and the ‘Global North’. More than 60 stakeholders from universities, universities of applied science and other organisations in Europe and beyond met in order to exchange their experience, expertise and ideas. The event took place as the final conference delivering the outputs of the project as well as a platform to launch the LEMONOC Network as a follow-up.