Scientists and representatives of 129 countries met up last week at a global UN conference in Medellín, Colombia - to discuss scientific insight into the effects of nature and land degradation worldwide. Among them was an ITC researcher Wieteke Willemen who warns: ‘If we keep degrading nature, we will feel it very hard.’
‘Think big, start small.’ That is the main idea behind the Global Goals Jam, which is being hosted in the DesignLab on the 15th and 16th of September. During this two-day event, UT students can form groups to think of solutions for big United Nations (UN) issues like poverty, hunger and education.
‘It was the most exciting thing I’ve ever done. The United Nation General Assembly Hall is the place. It’s the place, where everyone important – like Nelson Mandela or Obama - had spoken. And I got to speak there too,’ says UT student Hannah Kuhn. A few weeks ago, she participated in the National Model United Nations (NMUN) in New York - as a member of the first ever NMUN delegation to represent the University of Twente.
Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a member of the United Nations and to find diplomatic solutions to large societal problems? Then the Model United Nations (MUN) in May might be something for you.
Taiwan has its own government, its own currency, its own capital city. Yet, it is not a recognized country, at least not in the eyes of the United Nations and most states in the world. What is it like to run a country, which technically doesn´t exist? That was the main topic of yesterday´s Studium Generale lecture by Maite Vermeulen, a journalist who had investigated this issue.
Sinterklaas. It is one of the first things that Dutch people mention when you ask about something typically Dutch. Simultaneously, it is amongst the most ill-explained celebrations abroad. And every year, there is the ongoing discussion on whether it is racist or not. This week, even the United Nations decided to get involved. Some clarifications.
Dead elephants for the ivory trade. Lions killed to prove manhood. Bush meat consumption. Wildlife crime is not only very sad for the animals (or plants!) involved and a risk to biodiversity, it also increases the spread of unknown infectious diseases. Remi Chandran is working on a transboundary monitoring system to keep officials as well informed as possible. They can then take appropriate action.