Development Policy

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Joan Clos
IIEA5th July 20172min

The recognition of the transformative power of urbanisation as an engine for sustainable development is a historical paradigm shift initiated by Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. Dr Clos argued that cities provide a unique opportunity to effectively address many of our problems today: social inequality, economic development, climate change and resilience to natural and man-made disasters. At this critical junction in our global history, innovative solutions are required to meet the most pressing challenges faced by our cities. The New Urban Agenda is an action-oriented plan which sets global standards for sustainable urban development, rethinking the way we build, manage, and live in cities, contributing to prosperity, employments and development.

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Brian Nolan
IIEA19th June 20172min

According to Prof Nolan, the 2008 financial crisis triggered the first contraction of the world economy in the post-war era. Children and young people, already at a greater risk of poverty than the population as a whole, were among the main victims of the crisis and ensuing austerity in advanced economies, and the countries most severely affected recorded some of the largest increases in child poverty. In his address to the IIEA, Prof Nolan discussed the lessons learned from the economic crisis, and gave his perpectives on the options available to shape economic policies that better protect children from future economic crisis.

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Volker Türk
IIEA6th June 20172min

There are more than 16.5 million refugees in the world today and policymakers continue to rely upon the 1951 Convention as a tried and tested guide in their responses to refugees. This requires the commitment of States and the support of civil society. With the adoption of the New York Declaration, States recognised that displacement is a reality in the modern world that needs to be addressed in a more comprehensive, equitable, and thoughtful manner. The New York Declaration represents a sea change in the international approach to refugee situations, and opens up possibilities for strengthened engagement with a broad range of public and private actors to ensure a more timely and predictable support for refugees and the communities that host them.