Designing Global Governance for Sustainability: UMass Boston Brings Research to Policy
On September 21st, 2012, the Center for Governance and Sustainability at UMass Boston celebrated its flagship event, “Designing Global Governance for Sustainability: UMass Boston Brings Research to Policy.” The event brought together more than 70 representatives of academia, international organizations, national and local governments, civil society, and students, and included relevant presentations from experts in the field of global governance.
The event served to launch the new PhD program in Global Governance and Human Security. Prof. Maria Ivanova and Prof. Craig Murphy, Co-directors of the Center, welcomed the first cohort of 12 students from 7 countries and several new faculty members whose scholarship and policy impacts span the globe.
The Center for Governance and Sustainability also hosted the launch in the United States of UNEP’s report, “Global Environmental Outlook GEO-5.” Prof. Ivanova was one of the coordinating lead authors for Chapter 17, “Global Responses.” The Global Environmental Outlook provides an integrated assessment of the state, trends and outlook for the global environment and is a consultative, participatory process that builds capacity for conducting research and analysis. Matt Billot, Head of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO) Unit within UNEP’s Division of Early Warning and Assessment, joined five of the leading and contributing authors in a discussion about the report’s central foci.
Finally, the event served to highlight another core initiative of the Center: the Readers’ Guide to the World Economic Forum’s Global Redesign Initiative. Based on the report, “The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Everybody’s Business: Strengthening International Cooperation in a More Interdependent World,” Dr. Harris Gleckman, Senior Fellow at the Center for Governance and Sustainability developed a guide to analyze the WEF’s numerous recommendations on security, health, environment, education, business ethics, and over 30 other spheres of international activities. The Readers’ Guide seeks to stimulate a broad-based discussion in the classroom and beyond and it is available at the Center’s website.