Biodiversity Conservation in Papua New Guinea: the work of the Wildlife Conservation Society

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Join Ambroise Brenier, 2020 World Fellow, for a discussion about what the Wildlife Conservation Society is doing with the government and hundreds of indigenous communities around the country of Papua New Guinea to preserve tropical rainforests and coral reefs and to promote the sustainable use of natural resources. Please register in advance to receive the Zoom meeting information. Ambroise is Wildlife Conservation Society’s Country Director for Papua New Guinea. He leads the largest field conservation program …
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Join Ambroise Brenier, 2020 World Fellow, for a discussion about what the Wildlife Conservation Society is doing with the government and hundreds of indigenous communities around the country of Papua New Guinea to preserve tropical rainforests and coral reefs and to promote the sustainable use of natural resources. Please register in advance to receive the Zoom meeting information. Ambroise is Wildlife Conservation Society’s Country Director for Papua New Guinea. He leads the largest field conservation program in a country home to the third largest tropical rainforest in the world and surrounded by the world’s most diverse coral reefs. Ambroise and his team are working with the government and hundreds of indigenous communities around the country to triple Papua New Guinea’s marine protected areas coverage, preserve intact forests, promote the sustainable use of natural resources, and improve people’s …
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A Conversation with Ambroise Brenier, Country Director, Papua New Guinea Wildlife Conservation Society

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Join Ambroise Brenier, 2020 World Fellow, for a discussion on conservation and the environment in Papua New Guinea. Ambroise is Wildlife Conservation Society’s Country Director for Papua New Guinea, where he leads the largest field conservation program in a country home to the third largest tropical rainforest in the world and surrounded by the world’s most diverse coral reefs. Ambroise and his team are working with the government and hundreds of indigenous communities around the …
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Join Ambroise Brenier, 2020 World Fellow, for a discussion on conservation and the environment in Papua New Guinea. Ambroise is Wildlife Conservation Society’s Country Director for Papua New Guinea, where he leads the largest field conservation program in a country home to the third largest tropical rainforest in the world and surrounded by the world’s most diverse coral reefs. Ambroise and his team are working with the government and hundreds of indigenous communities around the country to triple Papua New Guinea’s marine protected areas coverage, preserve intact forests, promote the sustainable use of natural resources, and improve people's …
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The Taliban Endorse Trump: American Choices in Afghanistan’s Peace Process

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Can peace talks in Afghanistan succeed? Is the establishment of a misogynist Taliban theocracy in Afghanistan inevitable? What choices face the next U.S. administration and what hope is there for a ceasefire? Dr. Naysan Adlparvar talks with 2020 World Fellows Musa Mahmodi, the former director of Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission, and Hamish Falconer, a former British diplomat about Afghanistan’s peace talks, which have been running for over a month in Qatar. With a Taliban …
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Can peace talks in Afghanistan succeed? Is the establishment of a misogynist Taliban theocracy in Afghanistan inevitable? What choices face the next U.S. administration and what hope is there for a ceasefire? Dr. Naysan Adlparvar talks with 2020 World Fellows Musa Mahmodi, the former director of Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission, and Hamish Falconer, a former British diplomat about Afghanistan’s peace talks, which have been running for over a month in Qatar. With a Taliban offensive in the south, terrorist attacks in Kabul, and ongoing US efforts to negotiate a reduction in violence floundering, the approach of the next American administration will be vital. Following his late-night tweet claiming that all US troops in Afghanistan would be home by Christmas, the Taliban have endorsed President Trump. Where next for U.S. policy in …
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Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Conflict

Friday, November 13, 2020 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
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Join Musa Mahmodi, 2020 World Fellow, for a discussion on human rights during conflicts. Musa is a human rights defender and lawyer based in Kabul, Afghanistan. He served as Executive Director of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission for ten years, providing strategic direction for programs and activities to monitor, protect, and promote human rights in a conflict-affected country. Open to the public, join the Zoom webinar using this link: …
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Join Musa Mahmodi, 2020 World Fellow, for a discussion on human rights during conflicts. Musa is a human rights defender and lawyer based in Kabul, Afghanistan. He served as Executive Director of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission for ten years, providing strategic direction for programs and activities to monitor, protect, and promote human rights in a conflict-affected country. Open to the public, join the Zoom webinar using this link: …
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African Women as Pillars of Resilience: Mitigating the Economic Impacts of the Pandemic on African Women

Monday, November 16, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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The year 2020, marking the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, was intended to be ground-breaking for gender equality. Instead, with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, even the limited gains made in the past decades are at risk of being rolled back. The pandemic deepens pre-existing inequalities and exposes vulnerabilities in social, political, and economic systems. In Africa, compounded economic impacts are felt especially by women and girls who generally earn less, …
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The year 2020, marking the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, was intended to be ground-breaking for gender equality. Instead, with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, even the limited gains made in the past decades are at risk of being rolled back. The pandemic deepens pre-existing inequalities and exposes vulnerabilities in social, political, and economic systems. In Africa, compounded economic impacts are felt especially by women and girls who generally earn less, save less, and hold less secure jobs. Join Stephanie Busari, 2020 World Fellow, as she moderates a discussion on the economic impact of COVID-19 on African women. The panelists are Ramatoulaye Diallo, former Minister of Culture and Tourism (Mali), Martha Karua, former Minister of Justice, MP, and presidential candidate (Kenya), and Maria Kiwanuka, Senior Presidential Adviser, Finance (Uganda). Open to the public, please register in advance to receive the Zoom …
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#EndSARS: Nigerian Activists Discuss Youth Protests, Social Media, and Government Censorship

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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Join Stephanie Busari, 2020 World Fellow, for a discussion of the #EndSARS movement in Nigeria featuring Nigerian activists. Other panelists include Aisha Yesufu, Akin Olaoye, Olorunrinu Oduala. Sponsored by the Council on African Studies, please register in advance to receive the Zoom webinar …
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Join Stephanie Busari, 2020 World Fellow, for a discussion of the #EndSARS movement in Nigeria featuring Nigerian activists. Other panelists include Aisha Yesufu, Akin Olaoye, Olorunrinu Oduala. Sponsored by the Council on African Studies, please register in advance to receive the Zoom webinar …
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Good Society Forum: The Power of Youth Voice in Creating a Good Society

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Recent social movements such as Black Lives Matter and climate campaign activism have shown the powerful positive impact on the world when young people find their voice and a sense of purpose. However, many young people in the UK (and around the world) are disempowered by the systems and structures that are intended to support them. Young people’s mental wellbeing is a serious and growing concern in UK schools with one in six children aged …
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Recent social movements such as Black Lives Matter and climate campaign activism have shown the powerful positive impact on the world when young people find their voice and a sense of purpose. However, many young people in the UK (and around the world) are disempowered by the systems and structures that are intended to support them. Young people’s mental wellbeing is a serious and growing concern in UK schools with one in six children aged 5-16 years now identified as having a probable mental disorder. Too many young people are disengaged from education, both in terms of dropping out, and also from being in school but with no enthusiasm or motivation to learn. And UK education is too focused on passing exams leaving young people with inadequate support to gain the knowledge, character, and skills to thrive in a rapidly changing and unpredictable twenty first century, leading to troubling outcomes for the individual, and society as a whole. This webinar will explore the importance of building trusting relationships with young people to empower them to find their voice and to make choices about their own lives - including real world examples from the youth sector. It will also cover the role …
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Arab Cultural Figures Through Art

Monday, February 15, 2021 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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We invite you to join the Yale Arab Students Association for their inaugural speaker event of the spring semester. Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi, 2018 World Fellow and Founder of Barjeel Art Foundation will give a talk titled “Arab Cultural Figures Through Art." Please RSVP ahead of time to receive the Zoom meeting …
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We invite you to join the Yale Arab Students Association for their inaugural speaker event of the spring semester. Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi, 2018 World Fellow and Founder of Barjeel Art Foundation will give a talk titled “Arab Cultural Figures Through Art." Please RSVP ahead of time to receive the Zoom meeting …
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Population Movements Under Lockdown: Refugees and Migrants in Greece and Lebanon

Monday, February 22, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Join us as Epaminondas Farmakis, founder of HumanRights360, and Sally Abi Khalil, 2020 World Fellow and Country Director of Oxfam in Lebanon, bring us up to date on the refugee and migrant experience during the Covid19 year in Greece and Lebanon. As the political and social landscape of Greece shifted with a new conservative government, the military response to the expulsion of refugees from Turkey in February 2012, the banning of the neo-Nazi and anti-immigrant …
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Join us as Epaminondas Farmakis, founder of HumanRights360, and Sally Abi Khalil, 2020 World Fellow and Country Director of Oxfam in Lebanon, bring us up to date on the refugee and migrant experience during the Covid19 year in Greece and Lebanon. As the political and social landscape of Greece shifted with a new conservative government, the military response to the expulsion of refugees from Turkey in February 2012, the banning of the neo-Nazi and anti-immigrant party Golden Dawn, and the burning of Moria camp on Lesvos, we revisit the ongoing humanitarian crisis now under the worst medical threat of the century. Lebanon’s proximity to Syria, the apocalyptic explosion at Beirut’s harbor, and the exacerbation of chronic political corruption that has brought the country’s economy to the brink of collapse, call for a reappraisal of and refocusing on this historic demographic shift that has been obscured by the pandemic and the concurrent political turmoil in the United …
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Good Country / Good Society: Can We Have both?

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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So much effort has been put into learning how to build societies that enjoy domestic peace, prosperity and justice, but much less into building a better-functioning and fairer global society. Yet in our age of advanced globalisation, no nation is an island, unconnected to the rest of humanity and the planet: and countries that treat their own citizens well whilst harming the citizens of other countries deserve our condemnation, not our praise. Equally, a country …
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So much effort has been put into learning how to build societies that enjoy domestic peace, prosperity and justice, but much less into building a better-functioning and fairer global society. Yet in our age of advanced globalisation, no nation is an island, unconnected to the rest of humanity and the planet: and countries that treat their own citizens well whilst harming the citizens of other countries deserve our condemnation, not our praise. Equally, a country that takes care of its own slice of territory but pollutes the air and the oceans or ships its garbage and its hydrocarbons elsewhere, should be called out, not held up as a model state. What Simon Anholt calls a “Good Country” – one that successfully harmonises its domestic and international responsibilities – is surely the gold standard for good governance in the 21st century and beyond. We discuss how feasible it is for countries, both rich and poor, to manage this tricky task in practice. Is it always a matter of difficult compromises, or could thinking more internationally actually produce better policy outcomes at home? Our panelists are: Simon Anholt, Independent Policy Advisor to the Heads of State and Governments of 57 Countries Uffe Elbæk, Member of …
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Lebanon in 2021: An Examination of the State of Humanitarian Work, Public Health, and Finances

Monday, March 1, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Join the Yale Arab Students Association for a panel discussion on Lebanon in 2021, featuring Sally Abi Khalil, 2020 World Fellow and Country Director of Oxfam in Lebanon. Please register in advance to receive the Zoom meeting …
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Join the Yale Arab Students Association for a panel discussion on Lebanon in 2021, featuring Sally Abi Khalil, 2020 World Fellow and Country Director of Oxfam in Lebanon. Please register in advance to receive the Zoom meeting …
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Good Society Forum: Human Rights Protection in Africa

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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The new normal way of living as a result of COVID-19 has huge repercussions on the human rights (economic, social and cultural rights) of most vulnerable groups. Human rights as defined by the UN means ‘’rights that are fundamental to all human beings regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, nationality, language, religion or any other status. These rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the …
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The new normal way of living as a result of COVID-19 has huge repercussions on the human rights (economic, social and cultural rights) of most vulnerable groups. Human rights as defined by the UN means ‘’rights that are fundamental to all human beings regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, nationality, language, religion or any other status. These rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more such as clean environment have become important to uphold. Everyone is entitled to these rights without discrimination or threat of any kind’’. In most low-income countries in Africa, these rights have been violated, which has made its citizens vulnerable. This vulnerability is easily impacted due to existing system challenges and adverse social determinants. In an effort by governments to curb the spread of COVID-19, these human rights have been greatly tampered with. It is true that the virus is a major threat to life but the barrier measures imposed by the states have far reaching consequences which are more threatening to human existence. It is therefore important to address the issues of human rights violation while fighting COVID-19 …
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