2018 October

WELCOME TO THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF GLOBAL UNDERSTANDING

The International Council for Science, the International Social Science Council and the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences have announced the year 2016 as the International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU).

During the world, social science forum held in Durban, participants were informed that various research projects, information campaigns and educational programmers’ will be conducted all year round. This worldwide campaign is aimed at relating how peoples’ daily activities affects “the global fronts in relation to climate change and food security.”

On each day in 2016, the IYGU will highlight a change to an everyday activity that “has been scientifically proven to be more sustainable than the current practice,” said a statement. This will have a paradigm change on how people view their simple daily activities.
Though the United Nations has not granted the IYGU status of an international observed year, it aims at raising the voice of science. So far, it’s the only year that has obtained the scientific community support.

IYGU CURRENT ACTIVITIES

IYGU has moved from the traditions of solving climatic problems from above. Dealing directly with the people is the new approach. The reason behind this is to exchange notes with the people on the ground, make them understand the outcomes of their activities and take a corrective measure.

Anantha Duraiappah, the director of UNESCO’S Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace, is optimistic that the year will offer incites to students and an opportunity for policy makers to engage with scientists.

IYGU has taken the challenge further by inviting short video from artists. Musicians, photographers, film makers and other artists have been requested to produce a video in their own language and understanding. The video will include their motivation, objectives and the impacts of their works in the society.

Rob Cartridge, the head of Action Aid in UK, is optimistic that international years can be sufficient vehicles to highlight issues and IYGU seems to achieve that.

By igu on October 15, 2018 | Environmental Organizations

THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE STRUCTURE AND MANDATE

International Social Science Council (ISSC) was started in 1952 under the umbrella of the United Nations. Its headquarter is in Paris, France. It is an international body headed by Alberto Martinelli. It was started by a resolution of the UNESCO general meeting and registered under the French law.

ISSC core mandate is to promote and develop social sciences worldwide. This encompasses numerous human behaviors, relations, activities and their effects on their environment. It strives to collect, analyze and compare data on human behavior to come up with evidence based policy making decisions.

ISSC has spread its influence to countries with poor social capacity and devised ways of improving their status. The world has become a global village, therefore, a solution in one part of the world imparts positively to the greater world.
This fact has led to the organizations worldwide approach to solve the global crisis. The organization works with funders, policy makers, database collectors, researchers and renowned scientific organizations to conduct education and transmit knowledge.

ISSC ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

Climate change, an environmental ill that is changing weather patterns, is a real concern to policy makers. The floods, droughts and desertification are issues that call for concerted efforts to be halted. Seminars and conferences are continuously conducted worldwide to come up with solutions for halting this phenomenon.

ISSC organizes networks of young social scientist to observe behaviors and report them to a central location where they are analyzed and definitive action taken. In addition, ISSC awards two scientific prizes to scientists who have excelled in interdisciplinary research. These are the Rokkan and Foundation Mattei Dogan prizes.

To make the world a habitable place with lasting peace is the ultimate goal of ISSC. A concerted effort with all stakeholders is sustained to achieve this aim. By discovering the human understanding of issues affecting the society, the organization can step in and offer sound solutions.

By igu on October 4, 2018 | Social Organizations