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Stevenson comments on UN economist gender gap

May 17, 2021 Foreign Policy
After an internal memo from the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) came to light, a debate about the U.N.'s hiring practices arose. The memo asked for managers to drop a requirement for a doctorate degree, in order to be able to hire...

PhD student shares view on COP24 in Nature

Dec 6, 2018
PhD student Michael Lerner was published in the December 5, 2018 issue of Nature. The commentary comes during this week’s 24th annual Conference of Parties (COP24) session at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland. The...

Alum announces new UN strategy for fuel, energy

Jun 30, 2014
On May 13, Steven T. Corliss (MPP/JD '88) formally announced the UN Refugee Agency's Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) strategy, a global initiative that will help meet the energy needs of refugees living in camps in Africa, Asia, and...

Internship Field Report: Michele Majors @ UNHCR, Geneva

Jun 30, 2014
An email interview with Michele Majors, interning with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland.Review more internship field reports from Ford School students serving organizations around the world. Q. What do you love...

Close to the heart

Aug 19, 2013
The statistics are sobering: nearly half of every 100 children born in Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in India, will be underweight; six will die before their first birthday. More than 80 percent of all children report repeated physical...

Arms Trade Treaty an important milestone, says Susan Waltz

Aug 1, 2013
The Arms Trade Treaty, which would staunch the worldwide flow of military-grade weapons, passed easily at the UN General Assembly in April, by a vote of 154-3 with 23 abstentions. Opened for ratification on June 3, the treaty will go into effect...
State & Hill

Something worth fighting for: The future of an arms trade treaty

Dec 18, 2012
In July 2012, an eleventh hour phone call with instructions from the White House abruptly stalled passage of an all-but-complete 193-nation Arms Trade Treaty at the United Nations. Susan Waltz, professor of public policy, believes that was a...

Robin Wright to deliver Ford School 2011 commencement address

Jan 10, 2011
Noted journalist, foreign policy analyst, and author Robin Wrightwill speak at the 2011 Ford School commencement ceremonies.Wright grew up in Ann Arbor and earned two degrees from the University of Michigan, but her career has taken her all over the...

Ford School students attend 2010 UN Climate Change Conference

Nov 29, 2010
Two Ford School MPP students, Katlego Moilwa and Marisol Ramos, will travel in a group of thirty University of Michigan students, alumni, and faculty to Cancun, Mexico for the 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference. The conference, lasting...

Michael Pan (MPP '99) to give Ford School commencement address

Mar 19, 2010
Michael Pan, Senior Policy Advisor to Susan E. Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, will deliver the Charge to the Class at the 2010 Ford School commencement ceremonies.Pan is a 1999 MPP alumnus of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public...

Fireside chat with Vera Songwe and Susan Collins

Feb 15, 2021, 8:30-9:20 am EST
Following opening remarks by President Mark Schlissel, U.N. Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa Vera Songwe and U-M Provost Susan M. Collins will kick off U-M Africa Week with a fireside chat.