Sustainable Governance and Political Transformation in the Post Covid-19 Era

Sustainable Governance and Political Transformation in the Post Covid-19 Era


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    IAPSS Professional Workshop 

    Sustainable Governance and Political Transformation in the Post Covid-19 Era

    August 4-5, 2021

    Sustainable development has been the backbone of the international agenda in recent decades, mainly reflected in the 2030 Agenda established by the United Nations (UN), as it is defined as the “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (WCED, 1987) It is based on three intertwined pillars: society, environment, and economy. In the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative to strengthen the efforts for the governance in this field and the correspondent political transformation in each mainstay, since old and new phenomena have been exacerbated by the pandemic, and the risks for the world are increasing. Therefore, we need effective responses both to prevent new crises and to improve people’s quality of life.

    In this regard, more than ever, multidisciplinarity is crucial. In the frame of the mentioned pillars, economic crisis, gender inequality, and climate change are the main areas in which political and social sciences should work hand to hand with natural sciences to broaden the understanding of the impact of the COVID-19 for sustainable development in the present and future, but a big question emerges – how can we do that? It is common to immediately think about climatic change when you hear about sustainability, but it is important to keep in mind that it is a much more complicated issue that should be handled by the policy-makers considering the three spheres and they should include an analysis from different perspectives, since the impacts will be different around the world, based on particularities related to geographic, cultural, political, social and economic circumstances.

    Our political and economic relationship with the environment and global societies must be examined to ensure their prosperity, and we need more people on the frontlines championing sustainable solutions. To solve global issues like this, we need the help of people from beyond academia. The International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) seeks to gather an international body of professionals working in a range of disciplines to discuss tackling these major problems and mobilize a new generation of students passionate about sustainable development to explore related career paths.

    From August 4-5, 2021, IAPSS will be hosting a 2-day professional workshop dedicated to exploring potential career paths in the following three themes based on the pillars of sustainable development: economic crisis, social inequality, and environmental preservation. During these 2 days, participants will have the opportunity to hear professionals in all fields – from advocacy, policy, academia, and the private sector – discuss their work in sustainability. We will offer attendants panels from leading researchers, career Q&A roundtables from CEOs and activists, and networking sessions with top NGOs, think tanks, and companies to learn about how you can pursue a career in sustainability outside of academia.

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