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Essential Information
Where: Global Foundation for Democracy and Development, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
When: August 4–13, 2017
Application Deadline: Saturday, April 15, 2017 (UN Secretariat Staff); Monday, April 24, 2017 (All Other Applicants)
For Early-Career Scholars and Practitioners: Senior doctoral students, junior faculty, and equivalent representatives from international organizations, government agencies, and nongovernmental organizations working in areas of international relations and international law, and other fields relevant to the theme of the Workshop.
Funding: The selected participants will receive lowest-cost economy class return air travel between their location and the workshop site, accommodations and some meals for the duration of the workshop.
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Program Theme & Policy Relevance
The rise of new populist movements, growing expressions of political intolerance, and mistrust of others – expressed in the rise of far-right movements in several European states, and most recently in the UK’s ‘Brexit’ vote and the support for Donald Trump’s US presidential bid – all suggest a general sense of frustration with existing institutions and processes of global (and national) political and economic governance.

These developments indicate significant disenchantment with the idea that open liberal-economic societies, and the multilateral institutions of global governance that embody this idea, can deliver improved global public goods. Indeed, these institutions are blamed for causing or failing to resolve financial, economic, social, and climate crises. The alternative may be a disintegration of these institutions, and a retreat to narrower conceptions of nationalism, bilateralism, and mini-lateralism or regionalism in political-economic relations.

Set against this context of challenges and criticisms, how should (or how can) the United Nations system, and the institutions of global economic governance including the IMF and World Bank, OECD, and G20, be managed and revitalized in order to recognize and deliver on the reasonable needs and values of these critics? How can the new UN Secretary-General ensure that the global organization is able to respond effectively to the many challenges and criticisms it faces, especially in the context of supporting achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals? What needs to be done, by whom, at what level(s), and what values or goals might inform these efforts at reform and revitalization?

 

Learning Objectives
Participants in the workshop will gain scholarly and practice-based knowledge and applied skills in the analysis of a number of issue areas related to the workshop theme. In some measure, the specific issue areas will be determined by the research proposals of the selected participants, but more broadly the themes and skill-sets to be addressed may be anticipated to include (but not be limited to):

  • Identifying and addressing current challenges of strategic coherence between the political, security, development and human rights dimensions of the UN, and between the UN and other global intergovernmental organizations (IOs);
  • Managing and balancing the roles and interests of actors at the local, national, and regional levels, including intergovernmental, non-governmental, and civil society parties, with those of the global IOs;
  • The current state of scholarly knowledge regarding ideas and debates, and of practitioner understanding regarding policies, doctrine and practices, related to UN and Member State progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Identifying and reflecting upon the ‘lessons learned’ from the Millennium Development Goals, and how these best might be used to promote positive new policy outcomes.

 

Workshop Benefits
Through presentations by young scholars and practitioners (that is you!), case studies, guided research, special lectures and innovative pedagogies geared towards post-graduate level professionals, this workshop will encourage participants to improve their own skills and capacities for engaging constructively at different stages and in varying environments in the complex but critical areas of scholarship and practice in contemporary global peace operations.

 

Participant Selection

  • Up to 20 participants will be selected by a review committee for the Workshop.
  • Normally, approximately half of the participants come from within the United Nations.
  • Those selected will be expected to submit a ten-page draft of a research or policy paper to his or her director (directly via Dropbox) no later than 4 weeks in advance of the workshop – terms of references will be provided. Following the workshop participants are asked to submit a revised version of their paper/presentation to the director within 2 months’ time (by the middle of October 2017), which will be made available on the ACUNS website.
  • The working language of the workshop is English.
  • The selected participants will receive lowest-cost economy class return air travel between their location and the workshop site, accommodations and some meals for the duration of the workshop.
  • The workshop is designed to promote collegial exchange and networking in an intense program. Participants are expected to take part fully in all aspects of the program. For this reason, participants are not encouraged to be accompanied by spouses, children or other dependents. Neither ACUNS, the host institution nor any other associated organization will be able to offer any services or support for anyone accompanying a workshop participant.

 

Application Procedure for Scholars and Other non-UN Secretariat Applicants

Applications must be completed by Monday, April 24, 2017.

Scholars in international relations and international law, and from other fields relevant to the workshop e.g. development, international public policy; and practitioners from NGOs and government institutions in all countries are encouraged to apply. Applications are due April 24, 2017, and must include all of the following:

  • A brief (~1,000 words) statement of research interests apropos of the workshop themes
  • A curriculum vitae
  • One letter of reference
  • Online Application Form

If you have any questions about the application procedure please email [email protected]

Applicants will be notified of the Selection Committee’s final decision by May 5, 2017. Due to the high number of applications, the Committee is not able to provide individual explanations of its selection decisions.

 

Application Procedure for UN Secretariat Staff

Applications must be completed by Saturday, April 15, 2017.

While the same application and submission requirements as mentioned above apply, UN Secretariat Staff should apply through the internal application process by sending completed applications to Andreas Lange at [email protected] and Daniela Lima at [email protected] by April 15, 2017.

Applicants who work for the UN but are not part of the Secretariat should apply as “Scholars and other non-UN Secretariat Applicants”.

When submitting the internal application for UN staff it should include the research statement, curriculum vitae, reference letter, and the application form for UN staff