There is a common misconception that refugees are a financial burden on European societies. However, many possess knowledge and experience of value and are dedicated to learning new skills. If we remove barriers, explains UNU-GCM research intern Alice Beste, this diverse group has the potential to contribute positively to receiving countries.
We must work to overcome hunger not only for economic and political reasons, but also because it is the right thing to do, argues former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. The public, private and nonprofit sectors, as well as religious leaders, all need to become fully engaged, she says.
There’s a big difference between knowing about the ocean and knowing the ocean, reflects UNU-INWEH’s Professor Peter Sale in a thought-provoking article about the things that go through his mind when he’s conducting underwater research.
Internal politics can be coloured by the use of identity for political gains. UNU-GCM’s Alex Lazarowicz worries that Muslim immigrants have become caught in a political grudge between the Catalan independence movement and the Spanish government, taking Spain’s identity politics to a new low.
How can young people help themselves, practically and professionally? How can developing countries cut youth unemployment and realise youth’s full potential? How can the United Nations University make a difference? For World Youth Skills Day, two young members of the UNU community share their thoughts.
Today’s technology has made photography ubiquitous, erasing some of its magic, suggests Prof. Parvati Nair. However, she explains, for an innovative new UNU project, the photo’s new vernacular was harnessed precisely because its accessibility empowers the scattered subjects of globalization to give meaning to their world.
Economically beset Greece got a stay of execution from the European Central Bank ahead of its controversial referendum this weekend. Whilst headlines abound regarding the chances and impact of the nation exiting the eurozone, UNU-MERIT’s Howard Hudson asked senior researcher Dr. Thomas Ziesemer for insight on the situation.
You might never have heard of the Coral Triangle. Yet nearly 10% of the global fish supply comes from this bioregion, and much of this oceanic biodiversity is highly endangered or soon will be. Marine Protected Areas are a must, argues Belinda Waymouth, if the oceans are to truly recover from pollution, ocean acidification and rampant overfishing.
An all-electric tractor-trailer hit the road in Munich, Germany, this week — the first time such a large electric vehicle made by a European manufacturer has gone into regular service in Europe, according to BMW, the company behind the project.
Researchers warn of a serious threat to fish, mussels and other marine species as carbon dioxide acidifies the world’s waters and increases temperatures.
Brendan Barrett discusses Naomi Klein’s and George Marshall’s new books on climate change and concludes that we must stop running away from the glaring science.
Equipped with the latest research and measurements of various anomalies, scientists warn countries in northern Europe to plan for dramatic new worst-case scenarios of coastal flooding as climate change increases the risk of seas sweeping inland.
With a young Bangladeshi girl’s survival of a powerful cyclone on her mind, UNU researcher Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson argues that no one should need luck to survive a disaster. Which is why, she explains, the Gibika research-to-action project is bridging gaps in vulnerable communities’ preparedness.
UNU’s Ana Mosneaga, lead researcher for the Fukushima Global Communication Programme, reports how the recently adopted Sendai Framework, while falling short of expectations on many fronts, took some important steps towards integrating lessons from the Fukushima nuclear disaster.