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Capacity Building

Applications for the MGG Academy 2021 are possible until 31 March 2021

The Managing Global Governance (MGG) Academy brings together young professionals from government institutions, think tanks and research institutions, civil society and the private sector in rising powers and Europe. The main objective of the course is to support and prepare future change-makers for a professional and personal life dedicated to sustainable development at home and in the world. Building trust, exchanging perspectives and developing a mutual understanding belong to the core assets of the Academy.

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The Global Mountain Safeguard Research (GLOMOS) Programme: Linking Academia and the United Nations System for Transformative Resilience in Mountain Regions

Population growth, climate change, and unsustainable natural resource management are putting pressure on mountain ecosystems and making mountain communities increasingly vulnerable to climate and disaster risks. The international academic community is committed to finding solutions to the challenges faced in mountain regions. Governments, too, have been developing adaptation plans and policies to improve living conditions and opportunities for mountain communities.

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Understanding and assessing flood risk in Vietnam: Current status, persisting gaps, and future directions

Vietnam is exposed to different types of floods that cause severe economic losses, damage to infrastructure, and loss of life. Reliable information on the drivers, patterns and dynamics of flood risk is crucial for the identification, prioritization and planning of risk reduction and adaptation measures. Here, we present a systematic review of existing flood risk assessments in Vietnam. We evaluate the current status, persisting gaps, and challenges regarding the understanding and assessment of flood risk in the country.

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No easy fixes: Government workers perception of policy (in)coherence in the implementation of the Post-2015 Agenda in Mexico

The Paris Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals, the Sendai Framework and the New Urban Agenda share a vision of global sustainable development, with several overlapping goals and targets. However, these agendas are often treated along sectoral boundaries leading to highly branched implementation. Underusing potential synergies is not only a burden for governments due to the costs of redundancies and inefficiency but can also hinder collective goals and lead to inter-agenda trade-offs. Despite growing attention on policy coherence in research and policy, existent literature fails to explain why it is so hard to achieve despite widespread recognition of its theoretical value.

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From Managing Disasters To Managing Risks

How Can Risk Analytics Help Us Shift the Paradigm?
It is widely established that it makes sense to invest in risk prevention. Loss of life and economic damage can be prevented if disaster situations are avoided, or if their effects are reduced. However, it appears that societies at large are risk-takers, especially when it comes to rare and high-impact events. Risk management and prevention are often not a priority for us, neither at the individual level, nor for households, enterprises and governments. This is a problem especially for disadvantaged groups as their specific needs tend to be overlooked in disaster situations.

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Mobility and Migration

A behavioural perspective on the drivers of migration: studying economic and social preferences using the Gallup World Poll

This paper addresses the self-selection of potential migrants. In particular, the study examines whether risk and time preferences explain a significant proportion in the movement heterogeneity of individuals. It is further intended to shed light on the role of social preferences (trust, altruism, reciprocity) as potential migratory determinants. By making use of a unique cross-sectional data set on migration intentions (Gallup World Poll) and experimentally-validated preferences (the Global Preference Survey) covering 70 countries worldwide, a probit model is estimated.

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Mobility and Migration

Imme Scholz as an expert on sustainable development in the Citizens’ Council Germany

The second German Citizens’ Council was established at the beginning of 2021: from now on, 160 people will discuss the important questions of our time and formulate recommendations for action to German policymakers. The participants have been selected by draw and represent the diverse perspectives of German citizens within the Council. They address significant topics in their ten virtual sessions, such as the question of Germany’s role in securing international cohesion or the country’s performance in EU migration policy.

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