In early October, the Virtual Institute had the privilege of hearing Ann Pettifor, one of the intellectual architects of the Green New Deal, speak at UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Board Meetings. Pettifor, who serves as director of the U.K-based Policy Research in Macroeconomics, focused her remarks on the need to adopt a Global Green New Deal to pull up the people and cool down the planet, as UNCTAD unveiled its new flagship report, “Financing a Global Green New Deal”.
UNCTAD’s Division on Globalization and Development Strategies hosted its second annual “Summer School”in Geneva, from August 26th to 30th, co-organized with the Institute for New Economic Thinking’s (INET) Young Scholars Initiative. The weeklong gathering drew policymakers and scholars of all ages from 40, mostly developing countries.
Now more than ever, there is a real opportunity for building lasting peace through shared prosperity in the Middle East, says a new UNCTAD report.The potential olive branch, according to “The Economic Cost of Occupation for the Palestinian People: The Unrealized Oil and Natural Gas Potential”, published by UNCTAD’s Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, is the abundant oil and gas fields discovered in the eastern Mediterranean in recent years. Estimated at over US$500 billion, these deep-sea reserves are claimed by Egypt, Palestine, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and Cyprus.
In an effort to enhance knowledge about the links between structural transformation, industrial policy and development, the UNCTAD Virtual Institute (Vi) developed this online course for stakeholders in developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The seven-week course is based on the Vi teaching material on structural transformation and industrial policy and will be held from July 8 to August 25.
The course targets academics (from universities and research centres), policymakers, and representatives of civil society in developing and countries with economies in transition involved in research, teaching, policy formulation and implementation, or field work in the area of development. Qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.
Applicants must hold a Master's degree in economics, international relations or political science, and have completed courses in development economics. Excellent knowledge of English, including technical terminology, is also required.
Participants with passing grades in the course will receive a certificate of completion.
Your application must include a completed application form, detailed curriculum vitae and a letter of nomination from your institution indicating its support of your application, and explaining how your participation in the course will contribute to your future work and the work of the institution.
The deadline for applications is June 30. Applications received thereafter or incomplete applications will not be considered. Selected participants will be notified July 5.
The Vi is a space where a lot of opportunities and support for professional development arise. We found intellectual partners in the development debate, contributed our research, and benefited from fellowships for two of our young professors.
Valentina Delich, Vi member coordinator