The "Creating a Workable World" conference is this weekend! The full conference program, including Conference Presenter's Photos, Biographical Sketches and Presentation Summaries is now available here. Seats are still available; on-site registration available starting at 3:30pm Friday, October 9th.
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Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota / October 9-10, 2015
Joseph E. Schwartzberg, Director of The Workable World Trust and author of Transforming the United Nations System: Designs for a Workable World, recently shared the following update on the Trust’s activities:
The Workable World Trust was established by Joe Schwartzberg in December 2014. Its principal purpose is to promote and disseminate proposals for better global governance, mainly through rational and equitable transformation (not merely reform) of the UN system. Its Honorary Director is Mark Ritchie, Minnesota's just past Secretary of State. All members of the Trust's Advisory Board -- Michael Andregg, Dick Bernard, Nancy Dunlavy, Gail Hughes, Ron Glossop and Louise Pardee -- are also members of Citizens for Global Solutions.
The Trust has been active on a number of fronts. Particularly exciting is our upcoming conference on "Creating a Workable World," to be hosted by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota on October 9-10. It will have a truly stellar international group of presenters coming from as far away as Germany and Trinidad. I can think of no other public conference in the past decade that has assembled a comparably exciting group of thinker-activists. If you have not yet done so, now is the time to register! http://www.workableworld.org/oct-2015-conf.html
Another exciting area of Trust activity is its sponsorship of translations of Joe's book, Transforming the United Nations System: Designs for a Workable World (Tokyo and New York: United Nations University Press, 2013) into Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish, with a view to making the work accessible worldwide via inexpensive e-editions. The Spanish text is expected to be finished by this October, and all seven translations within the next two years.
Finally, we are pleased to note the establishment of two Workable World Trust Fellowships, to be awarded annually, at the University of Minnesota, one in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the other for students in the Center for the Study of Global Change in the College of Liberal Arts. The first Humphrey award should be announced this September; the CLA awards will commence a year hence.
The Trust has also made some small grants for projects compatible with its own goals. Perhaps you have a project that you feel would be appropriate. If so, please contact our Administrative Advisor, Nancy Dunlavy, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hilary French is a Program Officer at the United Nations Environment Programme's Regional Office for North America, where her work currently focuses on climate change, air pollution, the green economy, and resource efficiency. She previously served as a special advisor to UNEP on a broad range of issues, including civil society engagement and globalization and the environment. Ms. French came to UNEP from the Worldwatch Institute, where she served in diverse capacities, including as Vice President for Research, as Director of the Globalization and Governance Project, as Senior Advisor for Programs, and as a Senior Researcher.
Ms. French will speak at the "Creating a Workable World Conference" on Saturday, October 10th, addressing the topic of "Meeting the Environmental Challenge." She shares the following summary of her presentation:
As environmental issues have risen rapidly on the international agenda in recent years, the United Nations has been called upon to respond. International conferences such as the December 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Conference and the June 2012 “Rio+20” United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development have attracted the participation of world leaders and of tens of thousands of civil society and the private sector representatives and led to important international accords. Unfortunately, though, environmental decline has continued apace. This presentation will highlight several significant ongoing U.N. environmental processes such as the 10 Year Framework of Programs on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10 YFP), the soon to be adopted Sustainable Development Goals, and the upcoming Paris 2015 United Nations Climate Conference, and assess their prospects for effectively managing today’s urgent environmental threats.
Andreas Bummel, Director of the Committee for a Democratic U.N. (http://www.kdun.org/), will be traveling from his home in Mainz, Germany to join our "Creating a Workable World" conference (October 9-10 at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs). On Saturday October 10th he will share a presentation on the topic of a World Parliamentary Assembly.
Andreas explains, "A World Parliamentary Assembly would represent the voice of the world's citizens at the U.N. and in global governance. In recent years, support for the establishment of such a body has grown considerably. My presentation will provide an introduction to the proposal, tracing the possible development from a consultative assembly to a world legislature."
Here are links to two articles on the subject, recently authored by Mr.Bummel:
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