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Episode 26: Knowledge Rising - Holly Syrett & Colette Grosscurt on the global impact of our wardrobe, and acting for local and multilateral change.

Episode 26: Knowledge Rising - Holly Syrett & Colette Grosscurt on the global impact of our wardrobe, and acting for local and multilateral change.

May 29, 2020

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This episode begins a new series on the podcast called Knowledge Rising, which is dedicated to speaking with young activists, knowledge-shapers and knowledge-makers, in order to hear their own insights on the global issues they’re working on and are passionate about. The series is a space to build our understanding collectively about how we can act on the issues that affect our common future.

We kick off with a conversation on the global impact of what we wear: the fashion and apparel industry. Holly Syrett (Senior Sustainability Manager at the Global Fashion Agenda) and Colette Grosscurt (a Responsible Investment Officer at ACTIAM) are based in Amsterdam and are dedicating a lot of their work to helping change the fashion industry to a more sustainable one. They’re both part of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers community, a network of young people driving action and change on global challenges. They together co-founded the initiative called Shaping Fashion, and in this conversation share their own insights into this industry, which accounts for at least 8 to 10 per cent of global greenhouse emissions among other impacts on the environment, labor rights and gender equality. They also share what is needed to bring about change globally through multilateral efforts, but also what we can all do to act now by choosing more consciously what we wear.

Further Resources:

The Shaping Fashion initiative: https://www.weforum.org/projects/shaping-fashion & https://www.globalshapers.org/impact/shaping-fashion

Content:

Speakers: Holly Syrett and Colette Grosscurt.

Host & Editor/Producer: Natalie Alexander.

Images: Holly Syrett and Colette Grosscurt/Shaping Fashion.

Recorded & produced at the UN Geneva Library & Archives.

Episode 25: Scott Weber on the power of building peace through community, trust & resilience.

Episode 25: Scott Weber on the power of building peace through community, trust & resilience.

May 8, 2020

This episode brings a conversation on peace: how is it defined and achieved in communities and societies, and how does it stick? 

UN Geneva Library & Archives Director Francesco Pisano speaks with Scott Weber, the president of Interpeace. Interpeace was originally founded in 1994 by the United Nations, but as it evolved became an independent non-governmental organization in 2000, with continued strong links with the UN.   

Scott has dedicated his career to supporting people in many parts of the world to build peace for themselves. You'll hear his insights into what he sees as vital to measure and to focus on as communities seek to build peace amid conflict and after conflict; what he thinks are some key challenges in current peacemaking and peace-building; and some ways in which Interpeace is framing peace processes and tools in different ways, and building on the knowledge and resilience of communities. 

Interpeace Resources 

To learn more about Interpeace, visit their websitehttps://www.interpeace.org/ and follow Scott Weber on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/Scott_M_Weber  

Library & Archives Resources 

You can also visit our dedicated Research Guide on Peacehttps://libraryresources.unog.ch/peace or our more specific Research Guide on Women and Global Diplomacy: From Peace Movements to the United Nationshttps://libraryresources.unog.ch/womendiplomacy/peace  

Content:

Speakers: Scott Weber & Francesco Pisano.

Host & Editor/Producer: Natalie Alexander.

Image: Interpeace.

Recorded & produced at the UN Geneva Library & Archives.