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Public Event: Human Capital, Geopolitical Complexities, and our Sustainable Future

A public event to address and debate geopolitical complexities and tensions in many regions of the world, migration, refugees, education, and other issues among academia, politics, and governmental agencies.

09 March 2016
Austrian Academy of Sciences,
Festsaal, Doktor-Ignaz-Seipel-Platz 2, 1010 Vienna

In 2015, major international fora, among them the UN General Assembly in New York in September and the UN Conference of Parties (COP) in Paris in December, adopted the major global agenda for sustainable development and sustainable transitions. In parallel, geopolitical complexities and tensions in many regions of the world, including larger Europe and Euro-Asia, present additional challenges in implementing New York and Paris commitments. In the European Union, this complexity is further exacerbated by the situation concerning migration and refugees. Human capital, access to education, as well as socio-economic, cultural, and religious aspects of our future demographic profile will be the key determining factors, and Europe is one of the leading world regions where interplay among all these factors calls for a simultaneous academic and political debate and solutions.

Against this backdrop, Professor Pavel Kabat International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in collaboration with Professor Anton Zeilinger Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), Dr. Franz Fischler European Forum Alpbach (EFA), Professor Jeffrey Sachs Leadership Council of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (LC UNSDN) and der Standard are jointly organizing a public event to address and debate these issues among academia, politics, and governmental agencies.

Here you can find the Agenda.