The International Year of Global Understanding Newsletter #2

Greetings friends and colleagues,

As 2016 is well underway and gaining momentum, I am excited to provide you all with an brief update about the recent events associated with the IYGU and provide you with a bit of an insight into exciting upcoming events and actions. We have been busy, reaching out to the worlds of art, music, sports, education, research, and many more! We have a new form of collaboration, Friends of the IYGU. And of course all of this is only possible with the participation and assistance of all of our Regional Actions Centers, schools, organizations, and other interested participants, because of you!
From now on we will be producing a monthly newsletter. So please have a look, follow the links and see what's in store for the upcoming months.
Best wishes,
Benno Werlen, IYGU Executive Director

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Three of the six IYGU books, to be published as open access books by Springer, are on the way. The volume on Eating/Drinking//Surviving edited by Peter Jackson, Farhana Sultana and Walter Spiess is already in production and will be available for the International Geographical Congress in Beijing, August 21-25. The volume on Working/Housing//Urbanizing by Allen Scott, Peter Taylor and Jennifer Robinson as well as the one by Margaret Robertson on Communicating, Networking, Interacting are close to completion and will go in production in the next days or weeks.
 The IYGU has formed an exciting collaboration with Greens Futures at the Glastonbury Festival, one of the world's biggest music and arts festivals, with a yearly attendance of between 150,000 and 170,000 revellers. This year the IYGU will be presented in cooperation with Green Futures, who have said '2016 is also the International Year of Global Understanding. The Green Fields is the perfect arena for highlighting this as we continue to promote and elevate awareness of how the local impacts the global. You will find many practical examples of how we as individuals can make a difference to the whole.' The IYGU will be also searching for Ambassadors to spread the word. to find out more please click here
The IYGU was presented at the UNESCO Inception Symposium on Broadening the Application of the Sustainability Science Approach in support of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, held at the Paris UNESCO Headquarters 5–6 April 2016. The broadening of sustainability research refers to the stronger inclusion of the social and human sciences, exactly in the way as IYGU proposes. In her presentation Joanne Kauffman from MIT, advisor to the Alliance for Global Sustainability, and other important sustainability programs (University of Tokyo, ETH-Zurich, Switzerland) mentioned Apheleia and the International Year of Global Understanding as the two most important initiatives in this domain since 2014.
The Fourth Annual Conference of World Cultural Forum (Taihu, China) themed “Join Hands for a State of New Civilization in the Community of Human Destiny” took place from 7 to 9 June 2016 in Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR), China. The IYGU was presented by Benno Werlen during one of the preparatory conference for the World Humanities Conference in Liège 2017.
Since the last newsletter, many exciting developments have taken place. Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) have been signed with Ibadan, Hiroshima, Teheran, Genoa, Lueneburg, Santiago de Compostela, and Taipei. Numerous RACs have had their official opening ceremonies: Beijing, Washington, New Dehli, Santiago de Compostela, Geona, and Taipei. Other RACs, in Belgrade, Vilnius, Tunis, Buenos Aires, Hamilton, and Melbourne have began activities in the last months or weeks. 
A MoU has been signed for a Global Action Center with Mémoire de l’Avenir, Paris, and a Regional Action Program in Riydah. Plans to establish RACs in Praia, Kigali, Dubai, Lima, Havana, Bogota, Hong Kong, and Seoul, to name but a few, are underway. Click here to get an overview of the of 31 active RACs and contact details, here for a 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.
Share your story: Story Mapping the International Year of Global Understanding
Under the auspices of the IGU’s IYGU, the European Association of Geographers (EUROGEO) and the the IGU Commission for Geography Education (IGU-CGE) will organise a Story Map competition with the support of ESRI Inc. The competition will be officially launched at the EUROGEO Conference in Malaga, at end of September 2016 and the deadline for submission of entries will be in December 2016. 

Further information is available here
The IYGU held a Pannel Session at the 2016 American Association of Geographers annual meeting (March 29-April 2, San Francisco). The session included (left to right) Jack Dangermond, Esri; Lee R. Schwartz, U.S. Department of State; Gary Knell, National Geographic Society; Ronald F. Abler, IGU; Farhana Sultana, Syracuse University; Benno Werlen, IYGU, and Doug Richardson, AAG
Many exciting conferences and events have taken place over the past few months. Click on the images below to find out more or visit the IYGU events calendar for upcoming events

The 2016 Esri Education GIS Conference will run from the 25 till the 28 June, in San Diego, California. It will be followed by the Esri User Conference, from June 27 to July 1. The IYGU will have a presence at both conferences, with booths at each and a presentation by Benno Werlen, Bridging the Gap Between Local Acts and Global Effects
The IYGU, the  International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences, Most-Unesco & Mémoire de l’Avenir have launched a call to action. Artists of all forms of expression: fine arts, photography, film, music, performance, creative writing, poetry, numerical art, architecture, culinary artist… are invited to create a short video (1:30 max), in which you express, in your native language, the role of artists and the arts in society. Click here to find the open call in French, English, Portuguese, Mandarin, and Spanish. 
The 2016 Ethnografilm festival in Paris brought together (approximately) 100 filmmakers. The Executive Director, Dr. Wesley Shrum, engaged in a collective exercise where filmmakers created, during the four days of the festival, a global film on the IYGU.
At the upcoming 33rd International Geographical Congress, to be held in Beijing, P. R. China on August 21-25, 2016, the IYGU will be presented during two sessions, with one session presenting the IYGU books. In addition to this, a booth will be available for all interested parties to visit.
Click on the following links to read about new IYGU publications.

Luiz Oosterbeek, Maurizio Quagliuolo, and Laurent Caron have edited a book for Apheleia, titled Sustainability Dilemmas. Transdisciplinary contributions to Integrated Cultural Landscape Management, with contributions from Inguelore Scheunemann, John Corwley, Adama Samassékou, Renaldas Gudauskas

“Enxofrar a Rimar” (Rhyming with Sulphur ) by Maria José Moreno

Local cultures and global thinking by Dr-Edrees Sultan Hadhoudi 

Bridging the Gap Between Local Acts and Global Effects. The Importance of Global Understanding for Sustainable Living by Benno Werlen, 

A postcard competition has been held by the Feininger Gymnasium in Germany, with students from grades 5 to 10 participating and creating many wonderful postcards. More schools have joined in the fun, including the City Montessori School in Lucknow, India, with over 51,000 students, and the 10,000 UNESCO schools. Click here to view the winning pieces from Germany. If you or your school would also like to participate, please let us know.
The Global Learning Programme (GLP) engages thousands of schools across England, helping teachers in Primary, Secondary and Special schools to deliver effective teaching and learning about development and global issues at Key Stages 2 and 3. To find out more about the GLP, click here.
The IYGU has formed a cooperation with the movie “Tomorrow” which is a Cesar best documentary film winner. Tomorrow is a film that introduces audiences to the core ideas of the IYGU. Click here to view the official website
Friends of the IYGU.
Click on each image to find out more about a few of the exciting new collaborators.

The Erasmus Mundus project Apheleia, which is co-sponsered by the IYGU, is growingly becoming an international reference, namely concerning the re-foundation of the Humanities as part of the CIPSH and UNESCO efforts to prepare the World Conference of the Humanities, or concerning sustainability science. Although the Apheleia project is scheduled to end in 2017, plans are underway to see if it can be extended and expanded, to not only cover Europe but also Asia and South America. Recently, the Aphelia 2016 Intensive Programme, Territorial Matrices as Requirement for Integrated Cultural Landscape Management took place in Mação, Centro Cultural Elvino Pereira, from the 9-18 March, 2016.  
The 5th edition of the CNI Sustainability Meetings, organised by the National Confederation of Industry will be held on 22nd September in the city of Rio de Janeiro. In 2016, the focus will be on Forests & Biodiversity: new business models for a world online. Since Rio+20, in 2012, CNI organises annual meetings to debate new tendencies and business opportunities for environmental and global themes. CNI is the main body representing over 700.000 affiliated enterprises across the country and the targeted audience is mainly from the industry sector. Speakers at the conference include Eliezer Batista (Brazil), Klaus Topfer (Germany), Artur Grynbaun (Brazil), David Feffer (Brazil), Benno Werlen (Germany), Marcos Troyjo (EUA), and Gordon McBean (Canada).

The Brazilian IYGU will host their Opening Ceremony at the same time.
The Institute of Australian Geographers Annual Conference will return to Adelaide in 2016, from the 29 June to the 1 July. It will be organised by a consortium of Flinders University, the Universities of Adelaide and South Australia, CSIRO and the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia. For more information click here.

The IAG2016 intends on having a strong international flavour and  to be a major contribution to the IYGU  and in doing so flag Australia’s strong engagement with the international geographical community.

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