Special invitation from UNCTAD and more academic opportunities from the Virtual Institute network

by ayanendu1

Dear Vi friends,
I am pleased to forward the following special invitation from UNCTAD, as well as new academic offers proposed by Virtual Institute members. I hope you find them of interest.

What kind of world do you want? As states gear up for the post-2015 Millenium Development Goals agenda, UNCTAD is leading an e-discussion on Development-led Globalization, and has invited Vi members to give their views on these questions:

  1. What are the employment implications of current trade patterns? Which groups and sectors are the most affected in different countries, and how is this affecting political and social responses?
  2. Given the current state of the Doha Round, is there an alternative trade agenda that can be pursued at the regional and international levels in support of inclusive and sustainable development?
  3. What reforms to the international financial system are needed in support of an inclusive and sustainable development agenda? Are such reforms possible given the power and influence of financial markets?
  4. Is there really a crisis in economic multilateralism? If so, where does responsibility lie? Can the UN play a more positive and dynamic role in revitalizing the multilateral economic architecture?

The World We Want will gather the priorities of people from every corner of the world and help build a collective vision that will be used directly by the United Nations and World Leaders to plan a new development agenda launching in 2015, one that is based on the aspirations of all citizens.

We hope you will take the time to join the discussion, which will be open until February 22.