UN Global Sustainable Solutions Winter School

Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Scheme teams undertaking river restoration in Kerala. Photo by Sudmeier-Rieux/UNEP, 2019

UMass Amherst graduate students are invited to apply for the UN Global Sustainable Solutions Winter School, a free, ten-week course focused on water security, ecosystem-based climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction. The course is a partnership between the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy, McMaster University, and the United Nations University.
 
The course will run from December 3 to January 26. Students will take part in weekly seminars via Zoom, where they will hear from guest speakers from the United Nations, governmental agencies, NGOs, and other international organizations. The ninety-minute sessions will also include class discussions.
 
“Students will learn from international experts about water security and ecosystems for disaster risk reduction,” said Professor Marta Vicarelli at UMass Amherst School of Public Policy and Department of Economics, who is organizing the course with Nidhi Nagabhatla of the United Nations University and McMaster University.
 
“The Winter School represents a knowledge hub and a fantastic opportunity to network with scholars, international experts, and practitioners,” Vicarelli said. 
 
The deadline to apply for the program is November 20. The course will be offered free of charge and will be capped at twenty-five students.
 
The course is supported by the United Nations Environmental Program and the Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR), a global alliance of UN agencies, NGOs, and institutes.
 
For more information, email Marta Vicarelli.
 
About the School of Public Policy: Established in 2016, the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy prepares students for leadership in public service. The program’s focuses include social change and public policy related to science and technology.
Contact: Maureen Turner, associate director for marketing and communications, School of Public Policy.