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UN75 Day Three: Sustainable Cultures

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Essential Ingredients for Successful Agricultural Food Security Projects

This session will provide insight into the required factors for successful implementation of collaborative agricultural projects aiming to improve food security in developing countries and will showcase the activities of NTU in this aspect of UN SDG2 and the strength of our collaborations.

Time: 09:00 - 10:30 GMT

Lead(s): Professor Emily Burton

Partners: Dr Shaher Abdullateef, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security, Council for At Risk Acadaemics (CARA, Cara Syria program & Academic Centre for Development and Peace Studies (ACDP); Dr Jane Wamatu, International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Climate Change and International Law: Addressing Current and Future Challenges

The speakers on this panel will introduce the challenges that Climate Change disruption will bring to fundamental tenets of international law. This will include disappearing islands leading to the extinction of States; the primary unit of authority under international law; the viability of climate change ‘refugees’ under international refugee law as well as taking on developing economy perspectives on the climate change regime and the increasing acceptance of the need to avert climate change risk within financial investment and asset management decision-making processes.

Time: 10:30 - 12:00 GMT

Lead(s): Professor David Ong, Professor Helen O’nions, Kshitij Bansal from Global Law School

Partners: Jindal Global Law School, at O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU), India; Ms Deirdre Sheahan, Director, Paragon Law, Nottingham

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Cultural Heritage Research Peak

Building Sustainable Impact on global heritage, putting communities and cultures at the centre of research excellence

This panel will offer an overview of NTU Global Heritage research activities, projects and ground-breaking innovations achieved through sustained partnerships with several stakeholders, communities, and governments across the globe with UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as the centre.

12:30 - 12:40: Cultural Heritage Research Peak Introduction

Professor Nigel Wright, Deputy Vice Chancellor – Research & Enterprise

12:40 - 13:00: Building Sustainable Impact for global heritage, putting Communities and Cultures at the centre of research excellence

Professor Gamal Abdelmonem, Director, the Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Global Heritage (CAUGH)

Professor Abdelmonem will present his research on the development of advanced virtual heritage technologies to record heritage sites with  a focus the humanitarian value of heritage preservation. He will also underline the research programme of the Heritage Borders of Engagement Network (ENGAGE) that attempts to challenge current top-down approach of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Programmes, shifting the focus from governments-led initiatives toward more community-led partnerships in most needed and vulnerable communities in The Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

13:00 - 13:20: Science for Heritage: from remote sensing and machine learning to the history of the UNESCO site of Mogao Caves along the Silk Road

Professor Haida Liang, Director, Imaging, Materials and Engineering Centre (IMEC)

Professor Liang will give an overview of the research carried out in the Imaging & Sensing for Archaeology, Art history & Conservation (ISAAC) Lab, which focusses on the development and application of cutting-edge non-invasive imaging and sensing instruments and data science methods for interdisciplinary research in cultural heritage. As an example, she will show the latest work of her team at the UNESCO world heritage site of Mogao Caves along the Silk Road, which was the at cross-roads of global connections from the 4th to the 14th century.

Time: 12:30 - 13:30 GMT

Lead(s): Professor Nigel Wright, Deputy Vice Chancellor – Research & Enterprise; Professor Gamal Abdelmonem, Director, The Centre for Architecture, urbanism and Global Heritage (CAUGH); Professor Haida Liang, Head of Imaging & Sensing for Archaeology, Art history & Conservation (ISAAC)

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Migration and Sustainable Cultures

This session will focus on migration and cultural sustainability and include perspectives on a global alliance perspective regarding Vitamin provisions and the importance of combining academic, teaching and consultancy to deal with the problems in a global context.

Time: 14:00 - 15:30 GMT

Lead(s):  Professor Ursula Ott, Dr Ofelia Palermo, Dr Olu Aluko

Partners: Dr Luciana Manfredi, ICESI Columbia; Meshkat Akanda, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, UN Collaboration, Switzerland, NBS; Professor Maria Elo, University of Southern Denmark; Dr Lina Martinez, ICESI Columbia

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The Welfare Citizen

One of the strands of UN75 is the question of poverty and inequality and nowhere are such themes played out more keenly than in the operation, absence and adequacy of welfare avenues and welfare systems. Covid-19 has revealed the fragility of western welfare systems in the face of sustained and widespread crisis. Looking forward, the leitmotifs of the near future will be unemployment, sustained debt and a welfare system under long term pressure. While this is particularly apparent in Britain, even the welfare systems of Scandinavia have not been immune to a watering down of benefits and worries about the ability of states to pay for the promises made by politicians of earlier generations. We will need a new conversation between states and citizens about welfare and a new version of the welfare citizen. In this, history is crucial. The western welfare model and the welfare citizenship it created was a product of the coalescing of international thinking from the 1870s and into the interwar years. Now that the model is creaking, history is a tool for understanding what a new welfare conversation might look like.

Time: 15:00 - 16:30 GMT

Lead(s):  Professor Steve King

Partners: This roundtable brings together speakers from the UK, France, America and Germany to reflect on how and why histories of welfare, inequality and poverty matter for a western future.

Dr Raul Carstocea, Europa University Flensburg, Germany; Professor Paul-André Rosental, Sciences Po, Paris; Professor Dr Andreas Gestrich, University of Trier, Germany

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