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International Organizations for Sustainable Development in the 21st Century

This course provides students with exposure to the particularities and challenges characterising the work of International Organizations in the 21st century. It is not a theoretical course on the fundamentals of international law and the structures of international organizations or sustainability science (which are covered by other related courses, but a practice-oriented course focusing on the concrete issues of International Organisations.
In this course, we will first analyze in depth the structure and functioning of international organizations and understand how they contribute to global efforts for sustainable development. Then, students will learn from the firsthand experience of invited expertsfrom several international organizations. In the latter part of the course, students will practice the lessons for the analysis of complex sustainable challenges (involving more than a single SDG). Finally, students are expected to be able to elaborate a proposal for an action plan for an international organization, including their own contribution if there would be to follow a career in such an organization.

Economic and social development has been historically fostered by technological change, which is one of the main drivers of growth. In the past few decades, the introduction of revolutionary communication and computing technologies has revolutionized the ways in which economies and societies function, allowing an enormous increase in productivity as wells as the creation of entire new sectors. New technologies are however also disrupting existing patterns and social arrangements, requiring complex and sometimes painful transitions, not without risks.
Numerous new technologies are about to be introduced in the coming future, with the potential for large-scale changes in almost all domains. Artificial intelligence, robotization, IoT, blockchain, genetic medicine, hydrogen, new space technologies, and many others, have the potential to completely reshape how people live, work, interact. They can also induce the collapse of more traditional sectors of the economy, with the need to create new professional profiles and job opportunities, potentially for many millions of people.
International Organizations, as the main actors in promoting sustainable development worldwide, necessarily need to engage with an ever-changing world, and to deal with new technologies in an upfront manner. This is articulated at least in two overlapping dimensions: 1) the world is changing and IOs need to keep pace with that change by proactively understanding and anticipating social and economic transformations induced by new technologies, also by formulating or contributing to the formulation of new policies at all levels, and 2) at the same time, new technologies can change the way in which IOs themselves operate and function. In this class we will therefore look at the problem of sustainable development and International Organizations through the prism of technological change, a privileged way to explore IOs, their activities and how they respond to the challenges of the 21st century.
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5130076
GPP-MP6Z30L3
International Organizations for Sustainable Development in the 21st Century
芳川 恒志
A1 A2
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英語
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2
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公共政策学教育部
授業計画
The course is scheduled to take place from the 2 October to December 2023 with a weekly pace each Monday from 14:55 to 16:40 (Japan Standard Time) (TBC), according to the following calendar (each name indicates the main speaker or guest aspeaker, and their IO): Date Class Content 2 October Class Introduction – Professor Yoshikawa 16 October Ms. Atsuko Okuda (ITU) 23 October Rei Kawashima (UNISEC Global) 30 October Ms. Celine Caira (OECD) 1 November Ms. Saruhashi (ISO) 6 November Mid-term debate 13 NovemberDr. Yuka Kubota (ASEAN-Japan Centre) 20 NovemberProf. Alain Labrique (WHO) 27 NovemberMr. Faryal Khan (UNESCO) 4 December Mr. Hiromi Yano (WTO) 11 DecemberFinal debate I 18 DecemberFinal debate II It is made up of 12 teaching units of 105 minutes each. For most of those meetings, a guest speaker is invited to deliver a lecture, followed by an open debate with the students.
授業の方法
Introductory lectures on global governance, international organizations, and sustainable development. Lectures with invited experts from international organizations. Class debate (one) on the analysis of issue related to sustainable development. Group presentation (one) on the analysis of sustainable development and concrete actions being taken by international organizations. An individual report analyzing sustainable development issue and proposal of an action plan including own contribution (if working in an international organization).
成績評価方法
Assessment involves the production of reports, presentation (individual and in group), active participation. The details of the assessment will be announced at a later stage.
教科書
Textbooks will be indicated at a later stage.
参考書
References for each class will be indicated at a later sage.
履修上の注意
No specific prerequisite knowledge is required. However, a basic understanding of international organizations and sustainable development will be helpful to follow and contribute to the class. The class is at the Graduate School of Public Policy but open to students from other departments and all disciplines. Please note that some limitations may be needed if too many applications are received.