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Research and academic activities aligned with every Sustainable Development Goal

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Smart Cities Measurements and Challenges to Address the Local Context

The aim of developing Smart Cities (SC) is to improve the people’s quality of life by adopting strategies to mitigate urban challenges.

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Predictive factors for interagency partnership success

Can development agencies’ project data, design, monitoring and evaluation, scrutinized by AI technologies, systematically inform evidence-based policy?

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Manuella Ribeiro

Manuella Maia Ribeiro is an Information Analyst at, researching government-citizen relationships using technology.

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International Women’s Day Webinar: Investing in Women to Advance Gender Equality in the Era of Polycrises

Navigating the 'polycrisis': Join us as experts discuss gender-inclusive solutions, resilience, and global solidarity for a sustainable future.

Article 26 Feb 2024

Risks of AI Prediction Performance Should Be Measured, Especially in Critical Areas like Health Care

The consequences of errors in health-care applications can lead to life-threatening misdiagnoses and lost opportunities for early intervention.

Series 26 Feb 2024

5 Things You Should Know about Space Debris

The recent UNU-EHS Interconnected Disaster Risks 2023 report includes the issue of space debris among its six risk tipping points.

News 22 Feb 2024

UNU and UNCCD to advance collaboration on desertification and drought work

United Nations University (UNU) and United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

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Ester van der Voet

Ester van der Voet Associate Professor at Leiden University in the Department Industrial Ecology of the Institute of Environmental Sciences, CML. 

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Prof. Ronald Tetzlaff

Ronald Tetzlaff is the Chief Officer for Technology Transfer and Internationalisation and head of the chair of Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering at the Technische Universität Dresden, Germany.

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Hasmik Barseghyan

Hasmik Barseghyan is an environmental management professional and is the current President of the European Youth Parliament for Water (EYPW).