This week’s UN High-level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance spotlights a fundamental threat to human health, development, and security, but wastewater research must be recognised as a critical component of understanding and combating the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
Does migration cause development or vice versa? There is often a misunderstanding — or even a wilful ignorance — about the linkages between the two.
UNU Junior Fellow Bavo Stevens looks at some of the prevailing models of migration governance and the challenges presented by fragmented migration policy perspectives among nations, regions and global forums.
In the lead-up to the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, UNU Junior Fellow Bavo Stevens discusses the developments surrounding the summit’s framework of proposed commitments for protecting migrants and refugees, and stakeholder responses to the outcomes of this process.
In a climate of soaring Islamophobia, Muslim women living in Western countries face perhaps the greatest challenges due to multiple layers of discrimination rooted in religion, appearance, gender equality and migration.
While socio-economic and gender inequalities are at the core of the transnational “marriage industry”, migration policy can be informed by how the commodification of marriage is understood and experienced by the women involved, and how the typical lines between freedom and coercion, and empowerment and subjugation are increasingly blurred.
With the launch of the new migration report “In Safety and Dignity”, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discusses recommendations for collective action to address the challenges of responding to large movements of refugees and migrants.
Two years of marathon negotiations have finally yielded agreement on the New Urban Agenda to be adopted at the Habitat III summit in Quito in October.
A new UNU report on fighting human trafficking in conflict reviews the tools available to the UN Security Council and member states and suggests 10 ideas for action to sever the link between conflict and slavery.
The first international water decade was a great success, but there is a need for another to raise awareness of the critical state of water resources around the world and inspire more action.
To mark the fifth anniversary of Japan’s 2011 triple disaster, the Guardian interviewed six people whose courage and determination demonstrate and inspire the Tohoku region’s recovery.
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.
Experiences from Fukushima show that providing channels for public participation and dialogue is a crucial first step towards ensuring a sustainable recovery for communities impacted by complex disasters.
Knowing how key resilience is following a disaster, small-scale fishers of Japan’s Tohoku region offer support to Chile’s artisanal fishers impacted by a recent tsunami.
Documentary filmmaker Kaori Brand reflects on the experience of producing this 30-minute video on the recovery efforts of the fishing communities hit by the March 2011 tsunami.
The Ministry of the Environment of Japan and UNU collaborate to produce a video documentary about the decontamination efforts in areas affected by radiation from the Fukushima nuclear accident.
The resilience demonstrated by communities in Japan’s Tohoku region may be one of the best modern-day lessons on what the rest of the world can do to prepare for disasters and the consequences of climate change.
Author Charles Eisenstein argues that even the most modest challenges to debt legitimacy have revolutionary implications if they help to prompt a common recognition that money is a sociopolitical construct and not an immutable feature of reality to which we can but adapt.
Eighteen years after attending the Kyoto Protocol negotiations, Brendan Barrett took part in last weekend’s People’s Climate March. Here he reflects on what’s ahead as regular people are foisted to the front lines of what author Jeremy Leggett calls “The Carbon Wars”.
A new open-access book provides a comprehensive assessment of growth and poverty on the African sub-continent, demonstrating that agricultural productivity is a powerful lever for achieving poverty reduction.
UNU researchers discuss two global conservation initiatives that have sprung from differing backgrounds of agriculture and biodiversity to promote and better understand the importance of harmonious human-nature relationships.
As citizens flee growing violence in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, it is critical for Mexico to improve programmes and policies that protect Northern Triangle migrants, particularly migrant women who are more at risk of abuse, kidnapping and violence.
As Mexico puts into place new policies to address increased migration from the Northern Triangle, it is vital that policymakers take into account the rights and needs of migrant women traveling to and working in Mexico.