After COP21: How Are Countries Responding to the Paris Climate Accord?

Two years ago, representatives of more than 190 countries signed the Paris Climate Accord at COP21. Global Network Perspectives asked experts across the network about the policies that their countries are implementing in order to meet the commitments made in the agreement—and the challenges that remain.

Todd Cort, Lecturer in Sustainability, Yale School of Management

Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris climate accord, making it the lone dissenter in the world. By itself, this is a tragic and ironic story in which the myopic view of a minority in power creates economic, social and environmental destruction for both themselves and all of us around them. The “full” story, however, depends on whether you are an optimist or pessimist.

World Fellows 2017 Closing Ceremony

The 2017 Yale Greenberg World Fellows concluded their four-month journey at Yale during the Closing Ceremony in Horchow Hall’s GM Room on Dec. 7, 2017.

The 16 Fellows and two Associate Fellows were recognized for their contributions to the Yale community and each received a certificate. The ceremony was attended by friends and family members of the fellows, student liaisons who worked with fellows, Yale faculty and World Fellows & Jackson Institute staff.

“Thank you for enriching our community,” Professor Jim Levinsohn told Fellows. “We’re a better place because you’re here,” added Levinsohn, who serves as director of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, home to the World Fellows Program.

Yale program exposes local youth to new languages and cultures

A group of high school students studying Russian text on a chalkboard.
Local high school students study Russian as part of the World CLASS program, which provides area youth the opportunity to study languages not offered by their school districts.

Every Monday at 4 p.m., Ayala Mack visits Yale to study Arabic.

Languages fascinate Mack, a ninth-grade student at New Haven’s Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, and Yale is helping her to feed that passion. She is one of 280 students from area high schools who participate in the World Culture and Language After School Studies Program (World CLASS), which provides high-school students from New Haven and surrounding towns instruction in languages and cultures not commonly taught in local schools.

Arabic is so different from other languages taught at school, and I wanted to try it,” said Mack, seated in a seminar room in Henry R. Luce Hall. “I think more people should be interested in learning it. It’s really hard, but I’m enjoying the class.”


Yale School of Public Health: Breastfed


Working around the world, a Yale School of Public Health researcher seeks to increase breastfeeding one baby at a time.

Breast milk: it’s liquid gold. For the vast majority of babies and mothers, breastfeeding is a safe, free and healthful choice, one that saves countless lives.

Yet relatively few mothers breastfeed for long. Many of them add or substitute with formula long before the baby has fully benefited from breast milk. Completing the recommended six months of exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) after birth—the single most powerful way to reduce infant mortality—is uncommon. In low- and middle-income countries, only 37 percent of babies receive EBF for the first six months of life. The United States’ rate is 27 percent. In the United Kingdom, it’s less than 1 percent.

Firoz Academy Aims to Bring Education and Jobs to Troubled Regions

Students at Marefat High School where Firoz Academy is teaching career skills.

Wazhma Sadat (YC ’14, YLS ’19) was just four years old when the Taliban came to power in her native Afghanistan. Immediately, school was banned for all girls, and her young hope of joining her four older sisters and two brothers in starting school was dashed. Instead, education needed to happen in secret. Her parents would cover the windows with comforters, and her brothers would sneak novels home that the family would read together around a single light.

“I grew up thinking that getting educated was a crime,” Sadat relates.

Her father, a Pashtun, was expected to join the Taliban’s ranks. Instead, the family fled to Pakistan, making a living weaving carpets and later running an ice cream truck to pay for the children’s continued education. “I learned early not to take things for granted,” Sadat says.

US Adults Worry About Global Regard for Their Nation

Global challenges – including North Korea’s nuclear ambitions or climate change – require global leadership and partners. US citizens express less confidence in their government to lead global partnerships, with near 70 percent suggesting that the country is less respected by others, according to recent Pew Research Center surveys. The country is polarized, with both Democrats and Republicans expressing less confidence depending on the party holding office. Bruce Stokes, the center’s director of global economic attitudes, compares the results with a spring survey of 37 nations. Opinions were gathered before Donald Trump’s announcement on US withdrawal from the global climate treaty and may suggest global opinion is plummeting. Stokes notes that it is too early for conclusions about the Trump administration’s impact on global policies, but cautions, “History suggests anti-Americanism can have consequences for US foreign policy objectives.” – YaleGlobal