Partially translated from the original article published in German on the General-Anzeiger
(...)The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) is now part of the UN family in Bonn. On Thursday afternoon, the Institute introduced itself at a reception in the Old City Hall. Among those present were Lord Mayor Ashok Sridharan, Paul Ladd, Director of UNRISD, and Ambassador Jutta Schmitz, Head of the Federal Foreign Office Liaison Office on the UN Campus.
UNRISD is an independent research institute within the UN that conducts interdisciplinary research and policy analysis on the social dimensions of current development issues. According to Director Ladd in his welcome address, the aim is always to build a bridge between science and political practice. The objectives of the institute, which was founded in 1963, remain the same. With its research, the institute wants to contribute to the fact that social balance, inclusion and justice are central aspects of thinking, policy and practice in the field of development. (...)
(...) Initially, three UNRISD projects are planned to start in Bonn, as stated by Isabell Kempf, Head of the new UNRISD Bonn Office. "First, we want to investigate the impact of financial crises on environmental protection." For one could observe that whenever money becomes scarce, environmental protection projects are the first to be cut back. Furthermore, a project on the social aspect of the restoration of ecosystems, such as the reforestation of an area, is planned. "It is important to involve society in such measures," said Kempf. The third project will inquiry on the impact of precisely such a restoration on society which will emerge from the "Great Green Wall of the Sahara and Sahel Initiative", a landscape programme of the African Union.
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