The Politics of Social Inclusion. From Knowledge to Action

Geneva, Friday, 15 November 2019, 12.30 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Library Events Room, Palais des Nations, B Building, 1st Floor

In collaboration with UNRISD.

The idea of social inclusion is the bedrock of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its promise to leave no one behind. How have slum dwellers in Kampala made their voices heard in the planning and upgrading of their environment? How do social workers support the most vulnerable people in the cities of Beijing and Chongqing, where there are strong state controls on individual behavior? What government policies are being put in place in India to counter gender, caste and faith-based discrimination, and are these interventions succeeding?
We have invited experts to unpack the concept of social inclusion in the United Nations and in academic discourse. Combining examples drawn from a range of countries with critical reflections on the politics and rhetoric of social inclusion, the speakers will share insights into why combating exclusion and fostering inclusion—realizing promise of leaving no one behind—is such an enormous analytical and policy puzzle, and what actions need to be taken to begin to solve it.  

A discussion with:

  • Fadia Kiwan, Director-General, Arab Women Organization; Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee of MOST, UNESCO; Professor of Political Science, Saint Joseph University, Beirut
  • Gabriele Köhler, Development economist; Former UN official; UNRISD Senior Research Associate
  • Juan Telleria, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of the Basque Country; Researcher, HEGOA Institute for Cooperation and Development Studies
  • Moderated by: Katja Hujo, UNRISD Senior Research Coordinator

The panelists are contributors to a new edited volume, The Politics of Social Inclusion: Bridging Knowledge and Policies Towards Social Change. The book is a result of collaboration between the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP) of the International Science Council (ISC), the UNESCO Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme, and the University of Bergen (UiB). It includes chapters based on ethnographic field research in Bogota, Kingston, Port-au-Prince, Kampala, Beijing, Chongqing, Mumbai, Delhi, and villages in northern India.

The Politics of Social Inclusion: Bridging Knowledge and Policies Towards Social Change
Edited by Gabriele Koehler, Alberto D. Cimadamore, Fadia Kiwan and Pedro Manuel Monreal Gonzalez

This event will be held in English.
For those without a UNOG badge, registration for this event is obligatory.
Interested participants are invited to register on-line before 15 November 2019.

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