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United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

The Vi is pleased to share with you an upcoming event that the Vi has been part of, and to extend an invitation from one of our members for a summer school in Russia, and invite you to submit your research for publication in Trans National Corporations journal of UNCTAD.

Live streamed panel discussion: A New Multilateralism for Shared Prosperity

Vi has been working closely with Boston University’s Global Development Policy Center on a project to discuss challenges of multilateralism and come up with an alternative set of principles for a new deal; “Geneva Principles for a Global Green New Deal”.

The multilateral system that was built in response to depression and war is in crisis.The 21st century has been marked by financial instability, rising inequality, and a climate breakdown that has given rise to populist forces that are pushing the system to its utmost limit. In this forum, thought leaders of international economics and development will discuss the current crisis of multilateralism and offer alternatives for a better future.

Please join us for a panel discussion, which is hosted by Boston University's Global Development Policy Center and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on April 12, 2019 from 8:30-10am (Eastern Standard Time Zone).

The panel features:

María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the United Nations General Assembly

Joseph E. Stiglitz, Professor of Economics and Nobel Laureate, Columbia University

Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados

This panel discussion will be live streamed on the GDP Center YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/QmIOI-5_G2I

If you cannot join us for the live streamed panel discussion but would like to read in detail  what is the Global Green New Deal, here is link to the paper titled “A New Multilateralism for Shared Prosperity: Geneva Principles for a Global Green New Deal"

Trans National Corporations journal – Call for papers

This year will issue the 26th volume of the Transnational Corporations journal, UNCTAD’s policy-oriented refereed research journal on investment, multinational enterprises and development. Contributions are welcomed from scholars in the academic community and beyond for future issues of the journal. As an official UN journal, papers feed into policy debates at the intergovernmental level. Guidance and more information on how to submit a paper can be found here

International Summer School in Russian Business 2019: 60% Discount for Students from Developing Countries and Vi Members

The World Economy Department of the St. Petersburg State University, one of the leading universities in Russia, has been conducting the International Summer School in Russian Business (ISSRB) since 2003. The program presents an opportunity to visit the city of St. Petersburg in the beautiful summer time, receive first-hand experience with Russia and study its economy for over 2 weeks under some of the leading experts from the academic and business communities.

Besides classes, the event includes a cultural program, a boat trip, welcoming and departure parties, company visits and a business forum. The participation fee is EUR1290; for students from developing countries and UNCTAD Virtual Institute members a 60% discount is offered in 2019, which lowers the price down to EUR515.

The classes are conducted in English. Official certificates are issued upon successful completion; the whole course takes place since June, 23 until July, 10. The summer school program follows a credit system that is aligned with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The workload is designed so that students can obtain 6 credits.

Detailed information on ISSRB can be found on www.issrb.ru