UNEP, science and the environment –a necessary partnership to save the planet

Raymond Saner & Lichia Yiu

The five legacy papers, Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future (2022), The People’s Environ-ment Narrative. pp 647-685, Utrecht, the Netherlands

This chapter provides an assessment of the current relation, interaction and importance of Science for the UN Environment Programme, UNEP, as a key enabler of its mandate to catalyze environmental policies, strategies and actions for the benefit of world citizens and the planet.

This review is based on semi-structured qualitative interviews with renowned international experts about their views on UNEP’s role and contributions to the international multilateral environmental system and on the emerging challenges and needs of knowledge production through science. Highlights will be given to exemplify the impact of proposed policy choices, the monitoring mechanisms created to track scientific knowledge - how it got translated and popularized - since UNEP’s inception in 1972. Observations made by these experts on UNEP’s challenges and shortfalls will also be reported. The authors conclude with recommendations on how UNEP could strengthen its science-policy-society interface and strengthen its role as key international advocate and custodian of sustained environmental development through effective science-policy-society dialogue and mutual learning.

COULD COOPERATIVES IMPROVE THE LIVELIHOOD OF SINGLE MOTHER HOUSEHOLDS IN ETHIOPIA?

Raymond Saner, Lichia Yiu and Nathan Eyasu, CSEND, 28th May 2024

The objective of this paper is to understand the poverty of Single-Mother households around the world and the factors contributing to their existence and struggles.

Using the sustainable livelihood framework, the paper analyzes the benefits cooperatives can bring to Single Mothers in addressing their poverty in developing countries in general and in Ethiopia in particular.

In Conclusion, the paper proposes additional data collection and studies to determine the impact that cooperatives can have on poverty alleviation for women and Single Mothers in Ethiopia.

THE EFFECTS OF STRESS ON INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS (ICRC) DELEGATES

by Raymond Saner, Lichia Saner Yiu with Nathan Eyasu & Kagan Rowland

Humanitarian Encyclopedia, Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies

University of Geneva, 23rd April 2024

Enable Agripreneurship of Smallholder Farmers in Developing Countries

Raymond Saner and Lichia Yiu
(Summary of the Research Study Report, “Closing policy gaps to enable agripreneurship of smallholder farmers in developing countries”, 2023, Saner & Yiu with Roberts, part of the Working Paper series on Development Policies, FERDI, Paris.

IMF Conditionalities for the Least Developed Countries

Raymond Saner & Ricardo Guilherme, G-24 Policy Brief Nr. 19; 1st March 2014 IMF Conditionalities for the Least Developed Countries.

This policy brief argues that, all too often, the Fund’s use of “conditionalities” for lending has stepped beyond its core legal mandate, particularly causing harm to the least developed countries’ economic development, for example by dictating their trade policies.