Monday, November 30, 2015

Water, megacities and global change, international conference at UNESCO

UNESCO Media Advisory No.2015-40


Water, megacities and global change, international conference at UNESCO


Paris, 30 November – UNESCO and ARCEAU1 Île-de-France are organizing an international conference on water, megacities and climate change on 1-4 December at UNESCO Headquarters, during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21).

Since 2011 more than half of the world’s population lives in cities and the number of megacities, urban settlements with more than 10 million residents, is growing fast.

Achieving water security for such megacities is a major challenge. Beyond demographic issues, climate change will require major adaptation in the face of the profound transformations to come.

Because of their defining features, concentration of population, goods and services, megacities are particularly vulnerable to water-related risks, which are further amplified by climate change: large-scale flooding, pollution of water sources, water shortages etc. Faced with such difficulties, these cities also host a multitude of resources, including technical, scientific and human resources, to meet the challenges ahead.

The international conference “Water, megacities and global change” will be a forum for exchange on these issues between representatives of megacities from around the globe and experts who will present results of international research on this topic. Case studies from 12 megacities2 from all regions will also be presented.


The conference will end with a public statement calling for the creation of a shared platform through which water management and climate change adaptation projects could be developed in megacities.




1 Association of the water professionals, researchers, decision makers and elected officials from the Paris Metropolitan Area

2  Bombay, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Istanbul, Lagos, London, Manilla, Mexico, New York, Paris, Pekin, Sao Paulo, Tokyo



Journalists wishing to cover the conference should request accreditation

UNESCO Media Contact: Pilar González +33-(0)1 45 68 16 86



More information:


JNU Talk "The Euro, the Crisis and the Future of the European Union" by Prof Michael Heinrich | 2nd December

PC Joshi Archives on Contemporary History

School of Social Sciences, JNU and


Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, South Asia - INSAF


Invite you to a lecture on


The Euro, the Crisis and the Future of the European Union



Prof. Michael Heinrich

University of Applied Sciences, Berlin


Wednesday  2nd December 2015     3.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room, Ground Floor, School of Social Sciences I.


Prof. Michael Heinrich teaches Economics in University of Applied Sciences, Berlin and is Managing Editor of PROKLA: Journal for Critical Social Science.

The Lecture will focus on the banking crisis of 2008 overcome by an enormous intervention of the European states. The consequence was a state debt crisis. However this state debt crisis hit the members of the EU in rather different ways and degrees. Especially the southern member states, Portugal, Spain and especially Greece had and have huge problems, while Germany is the clear winner of the crisis. This unequal situation creates the biggest challenge the EU ever saw.

Tea at 4.30 pm

Special Edition: Survey UNESCO Office in Bangkok

The ICT in Education Newsletter, November 2015, is now available. Please feel free to forward it to members of your networks.  To view online click here.


Special Edition: Survey

November 2015 | UNESCO Bangkok Office



Dear readers,

Greetings from ICT in Education, UNESCO Bangkok!

This is a special edition that hopes to collect your feedback and ideas on the Newsletter through an online survey. This edition also provides an overview of our two latest important events: the RDTC Regional Seminar 2015, and the Regional Policy Forum on the Promotion of ASEAN Integration through Open and Distance Higher Education.

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Highlights: Regional Policy Forum on the Promotion of ASEAN Integration through Open and Distance Higher Education (23-24 November 2015, Radisson Blu Plaza, Bangkok)
The Forum brought together higher education and government officials as well as experts to discuss and engage in an exchange of knowledge on quality assurance and accreditation in regard to working with open and distance education. Resource Distribution and Training Centres (RDTC) Regional Seminar 2015 (11-13 November 2015, Guangzhou, PRC)
The Seminar, convened since 2010, explored the theme of teacher training and safe, effective and responsible use of ICT, with the sub-themes of media and information literacy, OERs, and teacher professional learning communities.


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Friday, November 27, 2015

JNU Talk "Censure and Censorship Academic Freedom and Public Comment" | 1st Dec | JNU Convention Centre

International Collaboration

is organising a Public lecture by

Vice Chancellor and Principal
The University of Sydney
Sydney, Australia

Censure and Censorship
Academic Freedom and Public Comment

on 1st December, 2015
at 4:00 PM
in Auditorium II, Convention Centre, JNU

This Public Lecture is to commemorate the valuable partnership between The University of Sydney and JNU.

Professor S.K. Sopory, Vice Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University will preside over the function.

All are cordially invited.

Centre for Media Studies
School of Social Sciences
The University of Sydney

is conducting a Workshop on

Media and Transnational Civil Society

and cordially invites you to a talk by

Dr. Alana Mann
(Media & Communication, University of Sydney)

Food Politics: Media and Human Rights

Date &Time: 01st December 2015, 01.30-2.45PM
Venue: CMS Committee Room

Dr Alana Mann teaches media studies, public opinion and international relations in the BA (MECO), Masters of Strategic Public Relations and Bachelor of International and Global Studies. The focus of her research is political communication, specifically the engagement of non-state actors in international politics. She applies an interdisciplinary approach with a strong focus on democracy, social justice and citizenship that is reflected in her focus on the power relations between the media, governments, institutions and civil society actors in the field of food politics. Dr. Mann published widely which includes her recent book Global Activism in Food Politics: Power Shift (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan). The book draws on grounded case studies of agrarian movements in countries including Chile, Mexico and Spain to theories a diversity of counter-movement organising strategies and political alliances.

[UNESCO CI News] CI highlights

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Call for Participation: National Consultation on Open Educational Resources | 1-2 December | JNU Convention Centre, New Delhi

National Consultation on Open Educational Resources
1–2 December 2015
JNU Convention Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

UNESCO, the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) and Jawaharlal Nehru University are jointly organizing a National Consultation on the theme 'Open Educational Resources for Inclusive Development: Identifying Challenges, Addressing Opportunities'.

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the event, which will take place at the Convention Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru University on 1–2 December 2015. The concept note for the event has been uploaded here and the programme will be posted shortly.

The National Consultation will work towards identifying (a) present challenges to the creation and use of OER; and (b) opportunities for intervention for inclusive development through OER at the institutional and national levels. All discussions will be recommendation-oriented and action-oriented. In particular, the Consultation will focus on up to seven themes, each of which will be addressed by a dedicated consultative session. The themes are as follows:

1. Examining the benefits and implications of the 2014 Open Licensing Policy Guidelines of the National Mission on Education through ICT
2. Examining good practices and case studies on OER-based learning
3. Exploring the role of digital libraries vis-à-vis OER initiatives
4. Adapting existing institutional OER policies
5. Developing and applying frameworks to assess the quality of OER
6. OER for persons with disabilities
7. OER for skill development

We would be glad if you could confirm your availability and participation by 27 November 2015 at the latest. Please email Mr Anirban Sarma, National Programme Officer, UNESCO ( and Dr Manas Panigrahi, Programme Officer, CEMCA ( to confirm your participation.

Yours sincerely,
Anirban Sarma
National Programme Officer
Communication and Information Sector
UNESCO New Delhi


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

CSSP Talk "Experimental Governance, Advanced Therapy and Wound Care Innovation Policy in UK and India" by Prof Alex Faulkner, University of Sussex, UK, on 3rd Dec

Centre for Studies in Science Policy

School of Social Sciences, JNU

 Invites you to a

 Special Lecture on

Experimental Governance, Advanced Therapy and Wound Care Innovation Policy in UK and India


 Prof Alex Faulkner

Centre for Global Health Policy, University of Sussex, United Kingdom


Venue:  Room No. 227, 2nd Floor, SSS-1

Date:    Thursday, 3rd December 2015

Time:   3:00 P.M. 

About the Speaker: Alex Faulkner joined the University of Sussex in 2012 from the Department of Political Economy, King's College London. He is a sociologist specialising in biomedicine and biomedical technology, and previously worked in the UK's national Health Technology Assessment programme. His research encompasses the governance of medical technology innovation especially in UK and EU regulatory contexts, issues of cancer detection and screening, and adoption of technologies into healthcare systems. His current research includes an ESRC-funded project on the relationships between biomedical technologies and elite sport, ethical issues and public views; and an ESRC-funded 'Rising Powers' project on global state strategies of biomedical innovation in India, China and the UK, focusing on regenerative medicine, bioinformatics and regulation of pharmacogenomics.

He also published a paper in the CSSP Electronic Working Paper Series on S&T Policy and Innovation Studies.

  • CSSPEWPS 1:: How Law Makes Technoscience: The Shaping of Expectations, Actors and Accountabilities in Regenerative Medicine in Europe, by Alex Faulkner; March 2010


All are welcome to attend the lecture.

Coordinators, CSSP Lecture Series


Short Term Course on Times Series Modeling and Forecasting | NIT Rourkela | 27-30 January

Short Term Course on Times Series Modeling and Forecasting
Venue: National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela
Dates: 27 -30 January 2016

NITR is pleased to announce A Four Day Short Term Course On "Times Series Modeling and Forecasting: Using E-Views Package" 27 -30 January, 2016. The primary objective of this training programme is to provide first-hand experience to the participants in analysing and interpreting data using E-Views software package along with the theoretical conception.  Additionally, through interactive sessions this programme will provide training to effectively communicate research findings to policy audiences. Since research is best learnt by hands-on experience, this training programme emphasizes on "DO-IT-YOURSELF" approach. All methods will be demonstrated using large scale secondary data sets like RBI, WDI, IFS, India Stat, CMIE, DLHS, and NSS etc.


Faculty members of NIT, Rourkela, and experts from premier institutes will deliver lectures, followed by interactive sessions on the subjects.


The workshop is designed for faculty members in social science and humanities having less than/ up to five years of teaching experience and who are currently involved in teachings and research in social science and humanities of Central/ state Institution/ University Department, etc. Besides these the participants can be any of the following careers, such as: Finance Professionals, Market Analysts, Bankers, Business Planners and Analysts, Business Executives, Managers, Academicians, Development Practitioners and Research Scholars.


A maximum of 30 participants will be considered for this training programme. Application will be accepted on first-cum-first serve basis. Accommodation will be provided to out-station participants in the Institute Guest House on twin-sharing basis. Certificate will be given to the participants after successful completion of the Course under the Continuing Education Programme of the Institute.


Last date for registration is 31st December, 2015.


If you have any queries, then feel free to contact us at:

Dr. Mantu Kumar Mahalik | Principal Coordinator

Assistant Professor |  Economics

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HS)

National Institute of Technology, Rourkela

Sundargarh-769008, Odisha, INDIA

Phone: 06612462792 (O), +91-8093505772  (M)

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