Yale Climate Conference

The Kerry Initiative will host the Yale Climate Conference on September 18-19, 2017.

The conference will feature five sessions with key business, political and diplomatic leaders on critical topics including the future of energy; the role of the private sector; state, city and international efforts; bipartisan U.S. leadership; and citizen engagement and activism.

Confirmed speakers and sessions topics include:

Session 1: The Future of Energy

  • Dr. Ernie Moniz, Former U.S. Secretary of Energy
  • Mr. Jonathan Pershing, Former U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy for Climate Change
  • Mr. Tony Earley, Former CEO and Current Executive Chair of the Board, PG&E Corporation

Session 2: The Role of the Private Sector

  • Mr. Hank Paulson, Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
  • Mr. Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman of the Board of General Electric

Session 3: State, City and International Efforts

  • Mr. Jerry Brown, Governor of the State of California
  • Mr. Jay Inslee, Governor of the State of Washington
  • Dr. Jim Kim, President of the World Bank
  • Ms. Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris

Session 4: Bipartisan U.S. Leadership

Mr. James Baker, Former U.S. Secretary of State

Closing Plenary: Citizen Engagement & Activism

Leonardo DiCaprio, United Nations Messenger of Peace for Climate

Learn more about the speakers on the conference website:
yaleclimateconference.yale.edu

Politics Block Solution as Mounting Debt Threatens China

The International Monetary Fund has warned China that debt-fueled growth is not sustainable. Chinese leaders continue to delay financial reforms for containing corporate debt that has accumulated at a rate with few precedents in recent history, according to Chris Miller, associate director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy at Yale. The country has imposed stricter capital controls and slowed capital outflows, but is still at risk for a financial crisis. After the 2008 global financial crisis, China and other countries came to the rescue and provided stimulus funding that in turn hiked debt levels. In China, many of the companies and banks are state-owned, and an underlying assumption in heavy lending to such corporations is that the government will provide bailouts to prevent failures in key sectors. Household and government debt, while not reaching the levels of other countries like Japan or the United States, is also rising. Miller concludes, “Even as Beijing talks about reducing financial risk, a powerful array of political interests are aligned in favor of retaining the current system, whatever dangers it might pose.” – YaleGlobal

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Yale World Fellows events

12:10pm

2017 World Fellow Raheel Khursheed will discuss his work on civil tech projects and how law can facilitate or hinder that work. The talk, “Online Governance Delivery In India & South East Asia – Are platforms succeeding where Governments are failing?” is part of the Yale Law School’s Information Society Project.

Khursheed works at the intersection of news, politics, governance, online organizing, and disaster response. Currently, Khursheed heads News Partnerships for Twitter in India and Southeast Asia.

Details here:

https://law.yale.edu/yls-today/yale-law-school-events/talk-raheel-khursh…

Sterling Law Buildings (SLB)

127 Wall Street

New Haven, CT 06511

12:10pm

2017 World Fellow Bayartsetseg Jigmiddash will lead the Yale Law School human rights workshop, “Gender-based Violence in Mongolia.”

Jigmiddash is a lawyer with more than 15 years of professional experience in the field of rule of law and human rights. She has held senior government positions in the justice sector and has been at the forefront of Mongolia’s far-reaching reform initiatives. Currently, she is CEO and Founding Director of Veritas Consulting, an agency specializing in strategic development, management and government compliance.

Details here: https://law.yale.edu/yls-today/yale-law-school-events/human-rights-works…

Sterling Law Buildings (SLB), Faculty Lounge

127 Wall Street

New Haven, CT 06511

5:30pm

The Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program at Yale invites you to meet the 2017 World Fellows (http://worldfellows.yale.edu/class/2017) at World Fellows Night, their annual open house event. The 2017 World Fellows are change-making leaders in the fields of human rights, journalism, business, art, and others. Come and be inspired.

Please RSVP at https://worldfellowsnight2017.eventbrite.com

Horchow Hall (HRCH ), 103 (GM Room)

55 Hillhouse Avenue

New Haven, CT 06511

8:30am

2017 World Fellow Raheel Khursheed will present a talk as part of the “World Fellows Unplugged” lecture series.

Raheel Khursheed works at the intersection of news, politics, governance, online organizing and disaster response. Currently, Khursheed heads News Partnerships for Twitter in India and South East Asia. At Twitter, Khursheed has lead the conception, development and roll-out of civic tech products—Twitter Seva, Twitter Samvad, SmartFeed—that democratize information, help governments do their jobs with accountability and transparency, and enable meaningful citizen engagement at scale. Khursheed’s innovative product and partnerships work—from Twitter SMS alerts to live data on national television— has dramatically altered how elections and politics are narrated in India. He previously served as director of communications for India at Change.org, leading an effective strategy that successfully seeded petitioning as an organizing tool. He organized the ‘Stop Rape’ campaign that helped change the rape laws in India. A cross-platform journalist and storyteller, Khursheed has worked in, written, produced, field produced and broken stories for outlets such as Vice, PBS, ProPublica, BBC-PRI and a host of publications across the world. For Mercy Corps International, Khursheed executed a highly successful Participatory Planning Youth Leadership Project in Kashmir, where more than 700 Kashmiri youth received leadership and negotiating training. Khursheed then extended the training to key stakeholders, including law enforcement agents and political and business leaders in Kashmir. Khursheed is passionate about the intersection of technology and social change and speaks frequently at conferences and media outlets globally. Khursheed is a 2017 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard & a member of the 2017 class of Asia 21, the Asia-Pacific’s foremost network of young leaders.

Horchow Hall (HRCH ), 103 (GM Room)

55 Hillhouse Avenue

New Haven, CT 06511

8:30am

2017 World Fellow José Luis Chicoma will present a talk as part of the “World Fellows Unplugged” lecture series.

José Luis Chicoma is the executive director of Ethos Public Policy Lab, a Mexican think tank recognized as one of the most innovative and relevant in Latin America. Over the last five years, he has spearheaded a wide range of projects—including research and public policy proposals, hackathons, and storytelling through comics—which promote innovation, new instruments for public-private collaboration, government transparency, and anticorruption efforts. He was named by the prestigious Semana Economica magazine as one of the 25 people under 45 that will change the Peruvian economy. Previously, he held various high-level positions in the Peruvian public sector, including as Vice Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises and Industries, Director of Export Promotion for PROMPERU, and Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism. Chicoma has lectured on innovation, competitiveness and public management in various universities and contributes to Latin American magazines and newspapers such as Letras Libres, PODER, América Economía and Animal Político. He has served as president of the National Pisco Commission and Innovate Peru, and member of several boards from the public sector and civil society. He holds a master’s in public policy from Harvard University and a BA in economics from Universidad del Pacífico.

All talks will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, (55 Hillhouse Ave., New Haven). The talks are open to the public.

Horchow Hall (HRCH ), 103 (GM Room)

55 Hillhouse Avenue

New Haven, CT 06511

8:30am

2017 World Fellow Chude Jideonwo will present a talk as part of the “World Fellows Unplugged” lecture series.

Named by Forbes as one of Africa’s 30 best entrepreneurs under 30, Chude Jideonwo is co-founder and managing partner of RED – a Nigerian media company that inspires young Africans to take action. RED consults for global brands including Facebook, Uber and the British Council, and the company has successfully managed communication for three successful African presidential campaigns. Jideonwo’s work deploys the media to build people, communities and nations. His immediate interests lie in social movements that shake up political, cultural and faith establishments, and return power to the hands and will of citizens. A lawyer, Jideonwo has a master’s degree in media and communication from the Pan-African University and he is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School and the Strathmore Business School in Kenya. He has been a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum, and sits on the boards of the Oando Foundation and Microsoft 4Afrika. In 2014, he was announced winner of the CNBC All Africa Young Business Leader of the Year. He is a research fellow with the Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy. In 2016, he joined the faculty of the School of Media and Communication, Pan-Atlantic University, where he teaches journalism and corporate communication to undergraduate and post-graduate students.

All talks will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, (55 Hillhouse Ave., New Haven). The talks are open to the public.

Horchow Hall (HRCH ), 103 (GM Room)

55 Hillhouse Avenue

New Haven, CT 06511

8:30am

2017 World Fellow Rema Rajeshwari will present a talk as part of the “World Fellows Unplugged” lecture series.

An Indian Police Service officer with a distinguished career of integrity and passion, Rema Rajeshwari has held various responsible and dynamic positions for nearly a decade. She has been instrumental in running successful operations against extremists, a women- and child-trafficking nexus, and other criminal activities. She has in-depth knowledge of police management, human rights, international relations and the United Nations policies and programs. She has won accolades as the first female Indian Police Service officer from Munnar, Kerala State and as the topper of the Indian Police Service class of 2009. She successfully implemented a much-needed initiative, “Community Outreach Program,” which creates awareness against social vices and runs campaigns such as “Saving Child Brides,” “Child Laborers’ Rescue,” “SHE Teams,” “Legal Literacy For Underprivileged Rural Women,” “Rehabilitation of Joginis – a type of prostitute who is called as servant of god” to name a few. Her most recent initiative, “Balyaniki Raksha,” is a community outreach program on child safety that works to educate the children of rural India to break the silence around child sexual abuse. Through her collaborative policing efforts, she encourages women to break gender stereotypes and empower them to emerge as leaders. Her meticulous research and adept professional experience has resulted in publishing articles in major papers and presenting conference papers in numerous organizations.

All talks will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, (55 Hillhouse Ave., New Haven). The talks are open to the public.

Horchow Hall (HRCH ), 103 (GM Room)

55 Hillhouse Avenue

New Haven, CT 06511

8:30am

2017 World Fellow Melvis M. Ndiloseh will present a talk as part of the “World Fellows Unplugged” lecture series.

Melvis Ndiloseh is CEO of the Foundation for Peace and Solidarity, a Cameroon-based non-profit outfit with catchment and outreach operations across Africa which works to reconcile conflict-ridden communities through human rights and peace education. The organization also runs a pioneering flagship international training program on civilian peace support operations with the goal of building and consolidating effectively deployable African human resource capacity for conflict management and humanitarian operations across the continent. At the international level, Ndiloseh is a highly solicited independent consultant/expert on human rights, electoral governance and peace, with viable international consultancy experiences with supranational organizations such as the African Union, UNECA, EU and IIDEA – helping to advise and elaborate future-proofed policies and programmes. She recently completed a two-year mandate as member of the Technical Committee of the Tana Forum on Peace and Security in Africa. She also works at the core of Cameroon’s diplomacy, serving as the youngest and lone female English-speaking Senior Lecturer at the prestigious International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC), where many diplomats from African countries are trained; and as a visiting professor in other African universities where she regularly lectures on the African human rights system, peace and security issues—lighting the path for change and mentoring/coaching hundreds of graduate students and aspiring diplomats.

All talks will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, (55 Hillhouse Ave., New Haven). The talks are open to the public.

Horchow Hall (HRCH ), 103 (GM Room)

55 Hillhouse Avenue

New Haven, CT 06511

8:30am

2017 World Fellow Taras Shevchenko will present a talk as part of the “World Fellows Unplugged” lecture series.

After the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine, Taras Shevchenko and Euromaidan activists co-founded the Reanimation Package of Reforms (RPR), a coalition of reform-oriented NGOs and experts. Shevchenko serves as Board Co-chairman for RPR, which brings together 73 NGOs that develop, promote, and control implementation of reforms. It has proved to be a unique coalition that has advocated more than 100 laws. Shevchenko is also founder and executive director of Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law, an influential Ukrainian think- and act-tank that focuses on rule of law, independent media, anti-corruption, and civil society development. He established this organization in 2005 after the Orange Revolution. Shevchenko has been involved with drafting numerous legislative acts, including the Access to Public Information Law. He has started successful civic initiatives in different areas including good governance, transparency, media self-regulation, anti-tobacco, and road safety. He was elected as a member of the Supervisory Board of the Public Service Broadcasting Company in 2015. Shevchenko holds two master degrees in law and in economics from the Kyiv National University.

All talks will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, (55 Hillhouse Ave., New Haven). The talks are open to the public.

Horchow Hall (HRCH ), 103 (GM Room)

55 Hillhouse Avenue

New Haven, CT 06511

8:30am

2017 World Fellows Lin Kobayashi and DU Yang will present a talk as part of the “World Fellows Unplugged” lecture series.

DU Yang is the co-founder and chief analyst of China Philanthropist Magazine and CiMedia Group, a pioneering joint venture and an influential media source for the philanthropy industry in China. His work focuses on building partnerships and networks with global philanthropists and China’s growing philanthropy sector. As a culture “ambassador” in the philanthropy industry, he has been involved in the process of launching a platform of China’s top philanthropists and an east-west cultural program. Du has a Bachelor’s degree from the Beijing Institute of Technology.

Lin Kobayashi is an entrepreneur and educator who is passionate about bringing positive change to society. She founded and chairs the board of the International School of Asia, Karuizawa (ISAK), Japan’s first international boarding high school designed to nurture the next generation of transformational leaders. The establishment of ISAK is perceived to be one of the most successful social entrepreneurial projects in the recent years with strong support from both the public and private sectors. Following the successful opening of ISAK in 2014, Kobayashi worked with the Minister and Ministry of Education on decentralization of teacher training, hiring, and evaluation, while serving on the Council for the Implementation of Education Rebuilding in Japan. She is also a member of Educational Policy Strategy Council in Nagano Prefecture, serves on the Accenture Japan Inclusion and Diversity advisory board as well as on the board of Endeavor which promotes entrepreneurship in Japan. She was selected as a Young Global Leader in 2012 by the World Economic Forum, Change-Maker of the Year 2013 by Nikkei Business, Woman of the Year 2015 by Nikkei Woman, and Management of the Year 2016 by Zaikai. She started her career at Morgan Stanley, and holds a BA in economics from the University of Tokyo and an MA in education from Stanford University.

All talks will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, (55 Hillhouse Ave., New Haven). The talks are open to the public.

Horchow Hall (HRCH ), 103 (GM Room)

55 Hillhouse Avenue

New Haven, CT 06511

8:30am

2017 World Fellow Lorna Solis will present a talk as part of the “World Fellows Unplugged” lecture series.

Lorna Solis is Founder and CEO of Blue Rose Compass, a non-profit organization dedicated to giving gifted young refugees the opportunity to develop their talents and become agents of change in the world. Blue Rose Compass travels to conflict zones in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and East Asia to identify young adults who have exceptional academic talent and leadership qualities and helps them to apply to top universities and to find work when they graduate. Lorna is also Founder and CEO of Lynke, a B-Corporation that empowers disadvantaged young refugees and ease pressure on host communities by creating employment and education opportunities in conflict regions. Previously, she was Director for Latin America and Africa at Institutional Investor and worked at I.D.E.A on Wall Street, an environmental consulting firm, covering Latin America, and at Water & Air Research. She is a member of Council on Foreign Relations, a Young Global Leader (YGL) with the World Economic Forum, a member of the Global Future Council on the Future of the Humanitarian System, and a member of the Women’s Empowerment and Gender Parity (2011-2012). She was a Finalist for HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco’s, Prince’s Prize Innovative Philanthropy Award, an Organizational Partner of Global Dignity Day, a UNHCR Innovation Council Board member and an Advisory Board member of the Humanitarian Innovation Project at the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre. She graduated from the University of Florida and Harvard Kennedy School’s Global Leadership and Public Policy Executive Program.

All talks will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, (55 Hillhouse Ave., New Haven). The talks are open to the public.

Horchow Hall (HRCH ), 103 (GM Room)

55 Hillhouse Avenue

New Haven, CT 06511

8:30am

2017 World Fellow Annemie Turtelboom will present a talk as part of the “World Fellows Unplugged” lecture series.

Annemie Turtelboom is a member of the Belgian Federal Parliament. Until May 2016, she served as Deputy First Minister, Minister of Budget, Finance and Energy in the Flemish Government. Prior to this position, Turtelboom served as Minister of Justice in the Federal Government of Belgium. During her time as Minister of Justice, Turtelboom instituted a sweeping reform of the judiciary, which reduced the number of judicial regions and increased the autonomy of prosecutors. She also oversaw the abdication of King Albert and the investiture of King Philippe—a first in Belgian history. Prior to serving as Minister of Justice, Turtelboom served as Minister of Migration and Minister of the Interior in the Belgian federal government. During her tenure in those positions, Turtelboom had oversight over the Belgian intelligence and security services. She led highly sensitive negotiations with her counterparts in the U.S. government and the European Union regarding the arrest, prosecution and extradition of suspected terrorists. She also arranged for the return of illegal migrants to Morocco, a first in Belgian history. Between 2008 and 2014, she represented Belgium as Minister at the European Union’s Council of Justice and Home Affairs. Turtelboom has spoken extensively on topics related to security and migration in Europe at the United Nations, in Washington, D.C., and in various European capitals and she has visited refugee camps in Africa. Turtelboom started her political career as member of the Belgian Federal Parliament in 2003 after teaching marketing for 10 years. Turtelboom is fluent in Dutch, English and French, and obtained a BA in economics at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

All talks will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, (55 Hillhouse Ave., New Haven). The talks are open to the public.

Horchow Hall (HRCH ), 103 (GM Room)

55 Hillhouse Avenue

New Haven, CT 06511

India’s Population: Becoming Number One

India is poised to overtake China as the world’s most populous country by 2024. Poverty is linked to fertility rates, and individual and government attention to population trends contributes to sustainable development. Both China and India have reduced fertility rates and poverty since 1950, when each had fertility rates near six children per woman. Demographers Joseph Chamie and Barry Mirkin analyze India’s demographic trends in contrast to China’s: Both nations reduced mortality and fertility rates, and 57 percent of China’s population lives in urban areas versus 31 percent of India’s. Growth due to immigration is negligible for both countries. Challenges include an aging population, preferences for male children, fewer workers per retiree, the universal struggle to create enough jobs for those of working age as well as rising expectations for basic services. Chamie and Mirkin conclude that India must plan ahead: “The government must emphasize family planning while improving public health and the status of girls and women – or be hard pressed to sustain high rates of economic growth and meet mounting aspirations of its billion-plus inhabitants.” – YaleGlobal

Is a China-Centric World Inevitable?

In June, Chinese road-building crews accompanied by soldiers started construction in western Bhutan. India’s swift response, confronting the crew with troops, may have caught China off guard, and the two countries have been in a standoff since. “India must carefully select a few key issues where it must confront China, avoiding minor annoyances not vital to national security,” argues Shyam Saran, India’s former foreign secretary. The article is adapted from the inaugural lecture he delivered at the Institute of Chinese Studies and the India International Centre, New Delhi. “Doklam is a significant security challenge.” He questions China’s narrative of power and dominance in Asia, which relies on a selective reading of history along with the country’s role in the Silk Road trading routes across many nations and cultures. Saran concludes that India and other nations that share a vision for a multipolar world could reject senseless eruptions of nationalism and sectarianism and join to form another narrative for an emerging world order, one with global humanitarian interests at its core. – YaleGlobal

Islands are evolutionary cradle for Antarctica marine life

A view of a glacier on Livingston Island.

The largely barren islands reaching north from Antarctica are actually the birthplace of many modern species of marine life — and perhaps will be the first places to be impacted by invading species in the wake of climate change, according to a study by researchers at Yale University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

We used to think diversity was generated on continents and spread to islands,” said Thomas Near, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and the Bingham Oceanographic Curator at the Peabody Museum of Natural History, and senior author of the paper appearing July 24 in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution. “But in Antarctica, it is the islands that hold seeds of diversity and the continent that is home to the youngest species.”

https://news.yale.edu/2017/07/24/islands-are-evolutionary-cradle-antarctica-marine-life?utm_source=YNemail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=yn-07-27-17

Professor and surgeon leads medical mission to Nicaragua with Hand Help

A smiling doctor and youngster compare the spread of their fingers.

Yes, he was born with the little finger,” answers Jenifer, a pretty young woman with a high, bouncy ponytail, in Spanish when asked about the wriggling baby sitting in her lap. His name is Matias. His chubby arms and legs stick out of a onesie decorated with cars and trucks, and his big brown eyes stare, rarely blinking at the doctors and nurses. He turns six months old today, but he’s big enough to pass for 10 or 11 months old.

Jenifer shows Matias’ right hand to the group: growing alongside his thumb is a second thumb, slightly smaller than the first and moving in conjunction with it. She strokes the top of his hand with her thumb as he grips her index finger with his normal thumb and the extra little finger.

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