The International Year of Global Understanding Newsletter #4/2016

Dear colleagues,

Since our last newsletter in September, 2016, many exciting developments have taken place. There are two new Regional Action Centers, one in South Korea and in Turkey, and the Brazilian RAC just held their official opening ceremony! 

Keep reading to go over the most important events, updates, and developments for the IYGU!

Best wishes,
Benno Werlen, IYGU Executive Director
Spotlight on Latin America!
CNI Sustainability 2016 - IYGU, Biodiversity and Forests
"The International Year of Global Understanding has succeeded by gathering all the pillars, elements, actors and dimensions that should be involved to advance in view of the planet sustainability". (Eliezer Batista, key initiator of the 1992 Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit, Rio+20 Earth Summit, and patron of IYGU)
On September 22 the Brazilian Chamber of Industry (CNI) hosted its annual sustainability event in cooperation with the IYGU in Rio de Janeiro on “Biodiversity and Forests”: new business models for the industry of tomorrow”.
It was opened by José Sarney Filho (Minister of the Environment) and Robson Braga de Andrade (President of the National Confederation of Industry).  The event was facilitated by journalist Rosana JatobáUnfortunetly IYGU Patron Eliezer Batista was unable to attend, however Inguelore Scheunemann (below left) spoke on his behalf. Click the links to read the speech in Portuguese and in English

CNI Sustainability has established a new partnership with the International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU) in order to bring together corporate business, national and international specialists from different areas to discuss sceneries, challenges and opportunities of the sustainability agenda towards the industry of tomorrow.
First panel: ‘How socio-environmental values influence production and consumption patterns’: with the panellists Klaus Töpfer (IYGU Patron, above right), Gordon McBean (IYGU Steering Committee, bottom, second from the right), Marcos Troyjo (Director of BRICLab at Columbia University, Brazil), Kersten Karl Barth (Substainibility Director Siemens; International Chamber of Commerce - below left), and Benno Werlen (IYGU Executive Director), and others. 

Second panel "The market's role in the valuation of forests and biodiversity" For additional information click here.
More photos are available here.
CNI 2016 Sustainability Event highlighted in one of the most important brazilian newspapers in a seven pages documentary
O Globo - the secong biggest brazilian newspaper (the newspaper has a readership of around 1.5 million people) - has gave prominence to CNI's Sustainable Event with a special issue that could be downloaded here and article on its digital version.
Opening Ceremony for the Brazilian RAC
The Ordinary (daily) Look at Nature, Sports, and other Things....

The Opening Ceremony for the Brazilian RAC was held from September 6-10 at the Brazilian Academy of Philosophy in Rio de Janeiro. Table opening with Ambassador Luis Fernando Gouvea de Athayde, João Carlos Mariani, vice president of FIRJAN, Federal Judge and President of the Association of Federal RJ Judges, and Holy Spirit, Wilson Witzel, Joao Ricardo Moderno, President of the Academy Brazilian Philosophy, Inguelore Scheunemann, a member of the Executive Committee IYGU, Ambassador Lauro Moreira, and Sybelle de Jongh, coordinator of IYGU Regional Action Center for Brazil and Latin America. Find out more here

Global Understanding and UN Sustainable Development Goals
International event on September 20, 2016 in Itabira, Minas Gerais, Brazil: “Planting the future to change the world” - Global Understanding based on local actions. The discussion of the "2030 Agenda" and the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
International Colloquium from September 30 to October 1, 2016 in Alto Paraíso, Goiás, Brazil, on integrated cultural management: Strategies for articulation and implementation of sustainable development platforms. A few photo impressions and the program are above.
Political Ecology and Global Understanding in Chile

The RAC in Chile hosted the above event on September 26.

Also, our Chilean RAC is involved in the 2nd Latin-American Congress of Political Ecology, which will be held from November 8-11, 2016 in San Pedro de Atacama.
Cooperation of Future Earth & The IYGU
The cooperation with Future Earth, with its director Paul Shriastava, already a long time partner of IYGU, is now on the way to be implemented in form of specific actions. This includes to work closely together in the Future Earth and ICSU co-sponsored program ‚Integrated Research on Disaster Risk’ directed by Rajib Shaw and the recently launched  ‚Sea Change’ project:
Sea Change : Catalytic Conversion of Water Culture and Infrastructure
‘Sea Change aims to tackle the “problem of water”, particularly with regards to how decisions are made about water as resource, as culture, and as part of nature.’
The first step of this cooperation includes for the moment besides Future Earth, CIPSH and IYGU six other academic partners.
New Global Partners
The most import international scientific organizations in the field of Anthropology just joined efforts to IYGU! The World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA), which has more than 5000 members, and The International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), with more than 30 scientific comissions are now part of our global network in order to promote IYGU activities.
Regional Action Center update
Since our last newsletter, we have established two new exciting RACs: In the Republic of Korea Prof. Dr. Je-Hun Ryu is the contact person for our RAC located at the Department of Geography at the Korea National University of Education, and in Turkey Prof. Dr. Barbaros Gönençgil is responsible for our RAC located at the Department of Geography at Istanbul University.

Click here to get an overview of the active RACs and contact details, here for an upcoming events calendar, and here to see a world map showing activities in your area. Click here to meet the people behind the RACs and hear more about their institutions and projects.
Tell Your Story Competition goes live!
Find out more here!
Call for Proposals - World Humanities Conference 2017
The world Conference will accept proposals of sessions, symposia and of papers.
The sessions are organized under the sub-topics of six sections, as in the attached list; it is possible to propose sessions within the sections, until November 1, 2016.
The symposia are organized by a professional association or a specific group, and should address a specific theme not covered by the sessions. Symposia proposals must include a minimum of six papers by different participants, and may be proposed until January 31, 2017.
The papers are submitted for any of the sessions listed in the attachment and the conference website, and may be submitted until March 30, 2017. More informations here.
Science Council of Japan promotes the IYGU

The Science Council of Japan (SCJ) organizes the Symposium "Promotion of grassroot activities towards realization of sustainable society: an IYGU initiative". The event will be held in SCJ's Main Hall on December 3. Sponsors are the Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU), Japan Organization of Geographical Sciences (JOGS), and the IYGU Regional Action Center in Hiroshima. For more information click here. English version of the program could be found here.
Past events
Global Understanding at the Royal Geographical Society 
The British 2016 Annual International RGS-IGB Conference was held at the Royal Geographical Society in London, from Tuesday 30 August to Friday 2 September 2016. Peter Jackson (IYGU Springer Brief Editor and IYGU Scientific Panel member; shown above) presented the IYGU at the opening plenary to an audience of about 500 people. There was extended IYGU publicity at the conference. So it got a high profile among the approx. 2,000 delegates registered at the conference.
International Seminar in Genova

The RAC in Italy had an event on September 21.
Closing Ceremony of the International Year of Light at UNESCO
John Dudley, director of the International Year Of LIght and member of the IYGU Advisory Board at the presentation of the International Year of Light 2015 Final Report at UNESCO in Paris on October 3, 2016. On the ocasion of the closing ceremony of the International Year Of Light, Flavia Schlegel, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences of UNESCO, called the IYL as one of the most successful UN International Year so far.
Cooperation with the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute
Youth Leadership – Global Citizenship – Global Understanding
Constitutive Meeting for a New Education Program at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, October 4-5, 2016: "Sustainable Development, Global Citizenship and Peace, for Excellence in Leadership" (SCOPExL)

MGIEP is launching an executive youth leadership program SCOPExL to harness the combined expertise and commitment of young leaders from corporates, governments, civil society, academia, bureaucracy to help achieve the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030. It shall unite future leaders across disciplinary, sectoral and geographic boundaries. 
The Partners are the Indian Institute of Management Amehadad, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), UNESCO Gandhi Insitute of Delhi, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, and École Normal Supérieur de Lyon. The network shall be extended to 10 universities.
SCOPExL Project aims to contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular, Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 4.7 which is to ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development.

Partner Countries: In the first phase (2017-2021),the project will reach out to ten countries in all the five UNESCO regions and one Small Island Developing States (SIDS): Germany, India, United States of America, Fiji, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa and China

Participants: International experts from academia from, civil society and government working on education for peace, sustainable development and global citizenship
Specialists from the UNESCO Headquarters

Participants from the IYGU: Anantha Duraiappah (Director UNESCO MIEP and IYGU Steering Committee), Benno Werlen (Executive Director of IYGU and Prof. of Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena)
Seminar series in Vienna. Global Change - Global Understanding
The opening of a seminar series on "Global Change - Global Understanding" was held at the University of Vienna in Austria on October 4, 2016. The series will run throughout the winter term 2016/17 and the full program is available here.
Upcoming events
Belo Horizonte, Brazil October 4-7: Latin American Conference of the Humanities, will prepare for the World Humanities Conference (organized by CIPSH) at the Federal University of Minas Gerais; one of the topics is Global Understanding.
Vienna, Austria October 11: First talk in the seminar series on "Global Change - Global Understanding" at the University of Vienna. The series will run throughout the winter term 2016/17 and the full program is available here.

Aix en Provence, France  October 14: In the framework of the 8th Intercultural Seminar of Agency ITER a Workshop titled "The power of intercultural communication in Sustainable Organisations" will be held. As the event is on invitation only, please sign up here. The event will be held from 5:30-9:30pm at the Building Multimedia, Faculte de Lettres, Ave Robert Schuman, Aix en Provence. Participation is free of charge and you will receive further details by October 7.

FortalezaBrazil  October 17-20: The 26th Anprotec Conference proposes discussing the evolution of support for entrepreneurship and innovation. Science parks, business incubators and accelerators, corporate ventures and coworking spaces need to work in harmony in order to leverage the systematic creation and rapid growth of new projects, thereby contributing effectively to the consolidation of the innovation ecosystem.

Dresden, Germany   October 21-29:  The 8th UMUNDU Festival Our urban future - wie wir Zukunft in unseren Städten gestalten (how we shape future in our cities) 

Nuremberg-Erlangen, Germany  October (2016) - January (2017): The geography department at the University will be hosting lectures that focus on Global Understanding during the winter semester 2016/17, with a presentation by Prof. Benno Werlen on October 24.

Bern, Switzerland   September (2016) - January (2017): The lecture series 'Global Understanding – Wir leben in EINER Welt', will be held by the 'Geographische Gesellschaft Bern. More informations here.

Basel, Switzerland   September (2016) - March (2017): The lecture series Globales Verstehen als Conditio Humana, will be held by the Geographische - Etnologische Gesellschaft Basel. More informations here

St. Gallen, Switzerland   October (2016) - December (2016): The lecture series 'Jahr der Geographie - Brücken bauen zwischen globalem Denken und lokalem Handeln', will be held by the Ostschweizerische Geographische Gesellschaft. More informations here.  

Zürich, Switzerland   October (2016) - January (2017): The lecture series 'Brücken bauen zwischen globalem Denken und lokalem Handeln', will be held by the Geographisch-Ethnographische Gesellschaft Zürich. More informations here.   

Arnsberg-Neheim, Germany November 3-4:  The 8th Arnsberger Forest Forum 'Ressource Wald. Wie viel Nachhaltigkeit ist in uns?' (Forest Resources. How Sustainable can we be?), where there will be a two day symposium and discussion.

Taipei, Taiwan November 21-24: The First IASS KLASICA International Case Studies Symposium. The Taiwan KLASICA symposium is the first in a series of events intended to advance understanding of and stimulate action on collective behavior change (CBC) toward just and equitable sustainable futures. In this symposium, the focus will be on cases of island and isolated communities in Asia seeking paths to sustainable futures.

Hiroshima, Japan November 28: An IYGU Congress, organized by the Regional Action Center for Japan, will be held at the University of Hiroshima

Bern, Switzerland   December 15: Prof. Werlen will present 'Mutually Assured Diversity in the International Year of Understanding' at semester long forum run by the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Tokyo, Japan   December 3: The Science Council of Japan (SCJ) organizes the Symposium "Promotion of grassroot activities towards realization of sustainable society: an IYGU initiative". The event will be held in SCJ's Main Hall. Sponsors are the Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU), Japan Organization of Geographical Sciences (JOGS), and the IYGU Regional Action Center in Hiroshima. For more information click here. English version of the program could be found here.

Liège, Belgium   August 6-12, 2017(!): World Humanities Conference with the motto "Challenges and Responsibilities for a Planet in Transition" organised by UNESCO, CIPSH, and LIEGETOGETHER.
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