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The Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) has launched a call for the 2023 International Geneva Award, which distinguishes three recently published academic articles that are particularly relevant for International Organizations. The Award is a prestigious prize that encourages scientists to reach out to policy makers.

The articles must be in the domain of International Studies (academic studies on issues that transcend national borders). The authors must specify the relevance of their work for International Organizations in the submission form. 

To be eligble, submitted artcles must have been published after 1 September 2022. NB Papers issues from SNIS-funded projects are not eligible. Members of SNIS Juries & Committees are not eligible for submission. Forthcoming articles are also accepted, pending publisher confirmation. The applications will be reviewed by the SNIS International Geneva Committee. Entrants must be professors or researchers at a post-doctoral level working in a Swiss institution of higher education at the time of the paper's publication. 

Each of the three awarded papers will receive CHF 5000-. 

Submit your article here.

Submission deadline: 3 November 2023, 12:30 CET.

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The Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) encourages its network members to participate in the global efforts led by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Volume 43, number 2 of the Mountain Research and Development journal is now available online and open access.

Ahead of the SDG Summit, a new UN report by an independent group of scientists launched today calls for transformational shifts rooted in science that would urgently reverse course and turbocharge the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report recognizes individuals and organizations who contributed to an open call for inputs held from September 2021 to November 2021, including the mention of the MRI (represented by Dr Carolina Adler on behalf of the network).

Climate science and services are central to solutions.

At the half-time point of the 2030 Agenda, the science is clear – the planet is far off track from meeting its climate goals. This undermines global efforts to tackle hunger, poverty and ill-health, improve access to clean water and energy and many other aspects of sustainable development, according to a new multi-agency report coordinated by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Following the designation of 2022 as the 'International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD),' the United Nations General Assembly has now proclaimed 2024 to 2033 as the 'International Decade of Sciences for Sustainable Development (IDSSD).'

As the world contends with raging wildfires, floods, droughts and record-breaking temperatures, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) initiated its seventh assessment cycle by electing the leaders who will guide the Panel’s work in providing timely information to support policymakers as they confront a rapidly changing environment.

The new Working Group on Droughts in Mountain Regions within the new scientific decade HELPING, by the International Association of Hydrological Sciences, is seeking survey contributions and links with the MRI research community. They aim to provide inclusive opportunities for communities living in mountains to co-analyse emerging drought hazards, co-determine sources of vulnerability and resilience, co-quantify emerging risks, and co-design solutions for droughts in mountain regions.

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