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BSG Alumni, Security and conflict

A chance encounter in Yemen: gaining strength from the Blavatnik School community

A chance encounter in Yemen: gaining strength from the Blavatnik School community

For the past year I have been running a humanitarian mission in Yemen. It is not the first armed conflict I witness, yet the scale of carnage and suffering, destruction to civilian infrastructure, and continuous collapse of peace negotiations have been shocking. Nonetheless, the past few months have left me […]

by × 20 October 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law, Health, welfare and well-being

Ib Petersen speaks at the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 in 2019 (Image credit: UNFPA)

Creating a better future for women and girls: MPP alumnus interviews Ib Petersen

On 24 June 2020, Ib Petersen was appointed to serve as the Assistant Secretary-General, Deputy Executive Director, Management of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Mr Petersen brings over 30 years’ experience serving the Danish government in bilateral and multilateral affairs and development. He has served as Director for the […]

by × 24 September 2020 ×

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Mobilising UN Volunteers to address global challenges: MPP alumnus interviews Olivier Adam

Mobilising UN Volunteers to address global challenges: MPP alumnus interviews Olivier Adam

Olivier Adam took office as the Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) on 2 January 2017. Growing up during the Cold War, and witnessing the lasting impact of World War II on close family members, Mr Adam holds the UN Charter and the value of peace close to […]

by × 18 September 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

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Cooperation in Kyrgyzstan in times of pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that there are essentially two sides to handling the chaos in the health system: trust the government to fulfil his part of the social contract, and rely on solidarity and self-help. In Kyrgyzstan, COVID-19 led to a strong surge of solidarity. Thousands of volunteers got […]

by × 10 September 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

The WTO: Institutional reform and future leadership

The WTO: Institutional reform and future leadership

The changing scene of global trade After graduating from high school, I spent the summer of 2011 at the Université de Fribourg in Switzerland. I visited international organisations, interacted with international experts and senior officials, learned about trade and advocacy, and developed an understanding of the role of international organisations […]

by × 03 September 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Getting things done: what we can learn about policy implementation from the COVID-19 crisis

Getting things done: what we can learn about policy implementation from the COVID-19 crisis

In theory, there’s no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is. A famous example discussed in the past few months has been that of the United States being considered de jure the most prepared country in the world in terms of detecting and responding rapidly to and mitigating […]

by × 01 September 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

Sample pooling as a strategy to contain the transmission of COVID-19

Sample pooling as a strategy to contain the transmission of COVID-19

COVID-19 is currently spreading at an alarming rate. Despite showing signs of slowing down, the total number of infected individuals stands at around 13 million as of late July 2020, which is astounding compared to previous instances of the coronavirus, including SARS and MERS. In light of this, a strategy […]

by × 17 July 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Security and conflict

Srebrenica: Remembering the human consequences of hate 25 years on

Srebrenica: Remembering the human consequences of hate 25 years on

A couple of years ago I found a letter from the Red Cross dated 1997, responding to an enquiry from my mother. They had received her file on her missing brother who was killed during the Srebrenica Genocide in 1995 and confirmed they would undertake an investigation to find his […]

by × 14 July 2020 ×