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.
SDC and KFPE are jointly organising a 2nd Research Fair to provide an opportunity for exchange and dialogue between science, policy, and practice on the implementation of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.
For the implementation of the synthesis work, r4d programme is seeking as of September 2016 or per agreement a Synthesis coordinator (15%). The position is offered as an ad personam mandate for a period of 5 years.
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.
The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and The Centre for African Studies Basel (CASB) call for applications for the 2nd CODESRIA/CASB Summer School in African Studies and Area Studies in Africa on the topic Interdisciplinarity in Area Studies - Basic and Applied Resesarch.
Mehr als 40 Millionen Tonnen Elektro- und Elektronikschrott (auch E-Schrott genannt) werden weltweit jedes Jahr produziert. Nur ein kleiner Teil dieses Mülls - im Jahr 2014 waren es ungefähr 15,5 Prozent - wird mithilfe von Methoden recycelt, die effizient und für die Umwelt unschädlich sind. Ghana ist ein wichtiges Zentrum für die Sammlung, Wiederverwertung, Rückgewinnung und Entsorgung von Elektroschrott.
The short version of the dispatch indicates the areas where the Federal Council has set its priorities in international cooperation for the period 2017–2020 – for a world without poverty, living in peace, and for sustainable development.
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.
In the context of the Swiss-South African Joint Research Programme (SSAJRP), the SNSF is launching another call for joint research projects (JPRs) with its sister organisation in South Africa, the National Research Foundation (NRF).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.