Podcasts from UNRISD.org
Interview with Isabell Kempf, Head of UNRISD Bonn Office
With a new office in Bonn, launched on 6 February, UNRISD aims to create new interagency collaborations and strengthen research uptake linkages to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. We sat down after the launch event for a short interview with Isabell Kempf, the newly appointed Head of UNRISD’s Bonn Office, who told us about her vast experience with knowledge challenges at the United Nations, the role of research in the face of the current climate crisis, how science and action can work together, and much more.
Plunder of the Commons: A Manifesto for Sharing Public Wealth
Based on analysis from his recent book "Plunder of the Commons: A Manifesto for Sharing Public Wealth", Guy Standing introduces a new appraisal of the commons and how much of it has been privatized, from land and state housing, health and benefit systems, to justice systems, schools, newspapers and even the air we breathe. He proposes a charter for a new form of commoning, of remembering, guarding and sharing that which belongs to us all, to slash inequality and soothe our current political instability.
Podcast: Income Inequality Trends in Sub-Saharan Africa: Explaining Divergence, Determinants and Consequences
The remarkable economic growth of sub-Saharan Africa in the first 15 years of the 21st century did not always go hand in hand with greater equality. While income inequality during the 2000s decreased in 17 countries, it went up in 12 countries. What were the determinants and consequences of these divergent trends?
Podcast: Global Inequalities and Unsustainability - A Conversation with Lucas Chancel
In this seminar, Lucas Chancel presents new empirical research findings on global economic and environmental inequalities. He highlights the close link between social and environmental (in)justice, and discusses policy options that can address the unsustainability of economic inequality.
Podcast: Inequality and The 1%: Is a Transformative Fiscal Policy Possible?
Reducing inequality (SDG10) requires progressive and substantial shifts in fiscal policy and an essential equality-enhancing instrument with the potential to do three things: (1) raise necessary revenues for public spending which tackles vertical and horizontal inequalities; (2) stem market incentives for accumulation of income and wealth at the top; and (3) forge a credible fiscal compact between citizens and the state. But how can such progressive policies be implemented while those in power benefit from the status quo? Experts from the United Nations, the IMF, Oxfam and the research community discuss these and many more questions on fiscal policy and socioeconomic disparities, in the context of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), the United Nations main platform to review progress and provide guidance and recommendations on implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. → Welcome remarks 00:00:14 Luise Rürup, Director, FES New York → Opening remarks Ambassador Luis Bermúdez, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Uruguay Mr. Inge Herman Rydland, Special Envoy for the 2030 Agenda, Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs → Panel Discussion Paul Ladd, Director, UNRISD Katja Hujo, Senior Research Coordinator, UNRISD 💬 Overcoming Inequalities in a Fractured World—the Politics of Transformative Change and Fiscal Policy Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva, Executive Director, Oxfam Mexico 💬 Grabbing the Spoils: Economic Inequality, Political Capture and the Decay of the Social Contract Shahra Razavi, Chief of Research and Data, UN Women 💬 Turning the Tide of Intersecting Inequalities: the Role of Family-Friendly Policies Dora Benedek, Deputy Division Chief, Fiscal Policy Department, IMF 💬 Fiscal Policy for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development Fernando Filgueira, Senior Researcher, CIPPEC (Argentina) and CIESU (Uruguay) 💬 Achievements and Challenges of an Egalitarian Growth Strategy: Tax, Social Policy and Wage Coordination Reforms During Uruguay’s Frente Grande Administrations This event was organized jointly with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) New York Office. Read the summary of the event http://www.unrisd.org/eb8 Visit the project page http://www.unrisd.org/overcominginequalities Get in touch with UNRISD and be part of our community https://twitter.com/unrisd
Podcast: Transforming Adaptation to Climate Change in Coastal Cities
Based on examples from Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and Jakarta, Indonesia, the speakers at this seminar discussed how issues of land rights and informality shape uneven vulnerability to climate change in coastal zones, and highlighted the need for more integrated and transformative approaches to adaptation.