UNU Policy Adviser Rebecca Brubaker offers five recommendations for reinforcing UN sanctions as the Security Council seeks to bolster its “formidable instrument for global peace and security”.
The proposed UN global compact on migration acknowledges the positive impact that migrants have on development, but there needs to be more acknowledgement that migration cannot be “extracted” from development and managed separately.
New expert recommendations in the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration report could be crucial to ensure the autonomy and independence of women migrant workers across the world.
Beyond basic protections, many displaced people today face grave dangers because they defy the legal parameters used by policymakers to define them as a migrant or a refugee, and to determine the rights they are entitled to.
A new study demonstrates how poorly conceived policies that restrict the flow of money between migrants and their home countries could have drastic, far-reaching, socio-economic consequences.
As UN Member States begin the process of developing a global compact on safe, orderly and regular migration, they must put special focus on protecting the rights, risks and motivations of migrant children.
By establishing organisations and networks to represent their interests in European politics, female migrants are amplifying their voices and dismantling barriers to women’s political empowerment.
Due to US pressure, the UN General Assembly has voted to cut $600 million from the UN Peacekeeping budget. The impact on women and girls must be addressed, or the cuts could cause serious harm.
A new study finds that even in best-case scenarios, the fishing communities most hurt by climate change are those of small island nations such as Kiribati, the Solomon Islands and the Maldives.
According to UNU expert Obijiofor Aginam, if Japan doesn’t ban smoking in indoor public spaces ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics it could be singled out for violating an international treaty on tobacco control.
Recent crop shortages in Japan are reminders that climate change is uncharted territory which requires an integrated approach that safeguards landscapes, culture, biodiversity and traditional practices to create living libraries of resilience.
After four years of expensive and questionably effective combat operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it’s time for the UN to reduce offensive troops and focus on protecting civilians at risk.
Examining value chains of small-scale fisheries in Tanzania reveals gender-based division of labour, and the socioeconomic impacts of discrimination and of undervaluing the roles traditionally taken on by women.
Habitat III is an opportunity to pave the way for culturally and contextually sensitive solutions to the challenges of rapid urbanisation in small island developing states.
Building “resilience” is a common development goal, but the concept’s varied interpretation presents many challenges when moving from notion to political discourse and sound policy.
An emerging rural-urban disparity in carbon emissions demonstrates how equal access to resources should form the bedrock of future urbanisation and climate governance.
Kanazawa’s vibrant local cuisine reflects the diversity of the fresh foods provided by the surrounding sea, fields and mountains.
The 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.
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.
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 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.