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How to keep the UN Environmental Agenda in Times of Crisis

March 29, 2023
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027 IAB 404

Because of a personal emergency, one of the speakers is unable to come to New York this week.
For this reason, we regret to inform you that the event:


How to keep the United Nations Environmental Agenda in Times of Crisis

by  SIPA International Organization/UN Studies Specialization and  Climate School The Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has shaken political institutions and the ways they prioritize some issues over others. In the United Nations system divided into programs and agencies working on separate issue areas, such a crisis challenges those in charge of promoting long-term concerns. Professor Lucile Maertens and Dr. Luis Rivera-Vélez from the University of Lausanne share insights into how UN actors keep an issue, which is not seen as a priority, on the agenda in times of crisis? Based on an investigation of the UN environmental agenda in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, Maertens  and Rivera-Vélez highlight the practices through which UN staff attempts to maintain the environment on the agenda at the operational and policy levels. 

In conversation with Daniel Naujoks, Director, International Organization & UN Studies, School of International and Public Affairs and Fabien Cottier, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Center for International Earth Science Information Network of Columbia University. 


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