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Annual Reports

The First Four Years, 2009–2012 (29 page, 4.1 MB PDF)

This report focuses on the first four years since UNU-ISP was established in January 2009. It looks back on our key achievements and activities, illustrating how UNU-ISP research, capacity development and policy dialogue have contributed towards addressing pressing problems of global change, development, peace and human rights.

The report is also available in Japanese.

Published: April 2013


The Global Governance of HIV/AIDS
Intellectual Property and Access to Essential Medicines

The Global Governance of HIV/AIDS explores the implications of high international intellectual property standards for access to essential medicines in developing countries. With a focus on HIV/AIDS governance, the volume provides a timely analysis of the international legal and political landscape, the relationship between human rights and intellectual property, and emerging issues in global health policy. It concludes with concrete strategies on how to improve access to HIV/AIDS medicines.

by Obijiofor Aginam, John Harrington and Peter K. Yu

Published: April 2013

Sustainable Development in Amazonia

This book argues against the assumption that sustainability and environmental conservation are naturally the common goal and norm for everyone in Amazonia. This is the first book focusing on agency, reflexivity and social development to address sustainable development in the region. It discusses the importance of looking into societal dynamics in order to deal with deforestation and sustainable development policies through the ethnography of an Amazonian settlement named New Paradise.

by Kei Otsuki

Published: April 2013

Culture, Development and Social Theory

Culture, Development and Social Theory places culture back at the centre of debates in development studies. It introduces new ways of conceptualizing culture in relation to development by linking development studies to cultural studies, studies of social movements, religion and the notion of ‘social suffering’. The author expertly argues that in the current world crises it is necessary to recover a more holistic vision of development that creates a vocabulary linking more technical (and predominantly economic) aspects of development with more humanistic and ecological goals. Any conception of post-capitalist society, he argues, requires cultural, as well as economic and political, dimensions.

by John Clammer

Published: April 2013

After Oppression: Transitional Justice in Latin America and Eastern Europe

The decline of authoritarianism in Latin America and Eastern Europe marked the end of a dark chapter in the history of these societies. In both regions, transition to democracy was accompanied by distinct efforts to come to terms with the traumatic experiences of the past and to demand accountability from the oppressors. The impact of these efforts rippled far beyond national boundaries, expanding the frontiers of international justice, and yielding indelible lessons and inspiration.

by Vesselin Popovski and Mónica Serrano

Published: November 2012

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Reconciling Enemy States in Europe and Asia

Drawing from sources in English, French, Korean, Italian, German and Japanese, Heo establishes a model that clarifies why certain countries reconcile while others do not. Discussing historical and contemporary cases ranging from Europe to Northeast Asia, she gives a unique insight into various means of arriving at a genuine reconciliation.

by Seunghoon Emilia Heo

Published: June 2012

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Policy Documents

12 November, 2012

Enhancing Protection Capacity: Policy Guide to the Responsibility to Protect and the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflicts (136page, 1.5 MB PDF)

Short Version (70 pages, 764KB PDF)

This Policy Guide seeks to enhance the ability of policy makers and practitioners – in governments, regional and international organizations, and civil society – in strengthening their efforts to protect civilians from conflict-related grave harm and mass atrocity crimes.

Written by Hugh Breakey, Angus Francis, Vesselin Popovski, Charles Sampford, Michael G. Smith and Ramesh Thakur

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Policy Brief No. 6, 2013

Towards Zero Waste in Industrial Networks: Policy Recommendations from the ZeroWIN Project (332 KB PDF)

In this brief, we explore the policy implications of the four key waste reduction methods identified by the thirty consortium partners of the ZeroWIN project: industrial symbiosis, supply chain management, product stewardship and eco-design.

Written by Claudia Luepschen, Ruediger Kuehr,and Federico Magalini

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Research Reports

December 2011

Synthesis Report on Subregional Research in Asia and Pacific: Global Environmental Partnership Nexus (964 KB PDF)

This report assesses progress towards implementing sustainable development as spelled out in Agenda 21, the main outcome of the UNCED – or Earth Day conference – in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992.  It does so by focusing on partnerships and regional initiatives by synthesizing country case studies from researchers in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, China and Vietnam.

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Sustainability Science Journal

Sustainability Science is published by Springer on behalf of The Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science of the University of Tokyo (IR3S) and the United Nations University (UNU).