Remodeling Global Cooperation 

 

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Showcase your ideas at the United Nations

Have creative ideas about global governance? Want to help solve the world’s biggest problems? Apply to join the UNRISD—Graduate Institute team working on a joint entry to the Global Challenges Foundation’s “New Shape” contest, looking for radical yet realistic new models of global cooperation to handle today’s global challenges.

The world is experiencing unprecedented change and volatility in many dimensions. The forces behind these dynamics cross national borders and bind people together in complex ways. Yet international cooperation, essential to shape this future, proceeds at a glacial pace. What can be done to reinvigorate international cooperation, to broker common goals, and incentivize action?

The Graduate Institute’s Programme for the Study of International Governance and the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) are looking for creative ideas from Graduate Institute students on how global cooperation should be organized to better respond to today’s challenges.

Students who are selected to join the team developing a joint entry to the “New Shape” contest will:

  • work closely with researchers from UNRISD and the Graduate Institute
  • showcase their ideas within the United Nations and the Graduate Institute
  • receive a certificate of collaboration from UNRISD and the Graduate Institute

Opportunities will also be sought to connect the students to relevant conferences and discussions on global governance.

For more information, see the full call for ideas and the Global Challenges Foundation’s “New Shape” website.

 

Submit your ideas

  • You can apply to be a part of this team by submitting your one-page idea for remodeling global governance, along with a short statement explaining why you want to participate—by 9am (CET) on Monday 12 June to comms@unrisd.org.

 

How it works

  • Your ideas will be evaluated by researchers from UNRISD and the Programme for the Study of International Governance, and six to eight students will be selected and invited to the first team meeting to be held on Friday 23 June. The team will meet for about two hours every two weeks from mid-June to the end of September, when the proposal will be submitted.
  • These meetings will include brainstorming sessions with researchers from UNRISD and the Programme for the Study of International Governance, to tease out, develop and polish our ideas for re-shaping global governance. The team will jointly prepare a proposal in line with the criteria specified by the Global Challenges Foundation.
  • Only students enrolled in an academic course at the Graduate Institute are eligible to apply to be part of the joint UNRISD-Graduate Institute team submitting a proposal, and you must be physically present in Geneva to attend fortnightly meetings from mid-June to the end of September.

 

 

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