UMass Grad Students Invited to Apply to UN Sustainability Program

UMass Amherst graduate students are invited to apply for the UN Global Sustainable Solutions Winter School, a free, ten-week course focused on 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 Dec. 3 to Jan. 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 of the 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 Friday, Nov. 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 at