More than 100 world leaders and heads of government were converging on the New York headquarters of the United Nations to mark the beginning of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly. In a recent sweeping report, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres envisioned “a stronger, more networked and inclusive multilateral system”, that would include new, crisis-ready “emergency platforms”, more robust approaches to global issues, and a greater emphasis on youth and their role in the future.
Associate Professor of Global Governance Maria Ivanova said the tone of the report has been striking to observers.
“This is a different secretary-general that we’re seeing, one with ambition, with a very clear North Star of global solidarity,” she told Al Jazeera, adding it will be telling to see how much of Guterres’s vision is reflected in leaders’ speeches.
The McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies co-sponsored the final Boston mayoral debate before Tuesday's preliminary election, with the five major candidates trading views on the pandemic, housing, education and crime.
Just as Black Americans lost their jobs and health at a higher rate than whites during the COVID-19 pandemic, Black homeowners also struggled more to hold onto their homes. The pandemic exacerbated and exposed longstanding systemic inequities, says Professor of Public Policy Christian Weller, who co-authored an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau's Household Pulse Survey data.
Even as mortgage interest rates hit record lows, fueling home-buying, Black Americans lost ground on homeownership, the gap between Black and white owners growing.
“The different changes in homeownership rates between Black and white families show that opportunities to build wealth moved further and faster out of reach for Black families than for white families,’’ says Professor of Public Policy and Public Affairs and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress Christian Weller. “Yet Black families actually need to build wealth faster than white families because they typically have a lot less to begin with.”
In one of his first acts in the White House, President Joe Biden signed an executive order to have the United States rejoin the Paris climate agreement. Biden’s move was hailed by world leaders and applauded by environmentalists at home. But the climate convention wasn’t the only global environmental agreement from which the country has been conspicuously absent.
Associate Professor of Global Governance and Graduate Program Director Maria Ivanova talks to The Revelator about The Convention on Biological Diversity that has been ratified by most of the world's countries but not the United States, “which is just a disgrace,” she said.
The Center for American Progress (CAP) published a report exploring how much money became a problem for all families in America in the face of the pandemic. They focused on the already large disparity of wealth between minorities and white Americans. Professor of Public Policy and senior fellow at The Center for American Progress Christian Weller clarified the results of this report.
“We’re not saying white households didn’t suffer in the pandemic. But their health and jobs were less severely hurt than that of Black Americans and other people of color. And when white households did have emergencies, they had more resources to help them barrel through.
In a profession where writers are often accused of bias, Bob Turner was respected for being fair, even by those whose reputations withered in the face of his incisive reporting. After leaving the Boston Globe, Mr. Turner was hired by the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, and worked on the Commonwealth Compact, a partnership between the college, the Globe, and WBUR to foster more diversity in Boston and the state.
“He was dedicated to that, he was dedicated to social justice, and he was dedicated to economic development that was fair and equitable,” said Dean and Associate Professor of the McCormack Graduate School David Cash, who added that Mr. Turner “was a real gift to us and everyone he worked with.”
From multiple heat waves and raging wildfires in the western United States and Canada, to deadly flooding in Germany, Belgium and China, a string of extreme weather events across the globe this summer have driven home the pressing threat of climate change.
Dean and Associate Professor of the McCormack Graduate School David Cash joined Greater Boston to discuss the link between such extreme incidents and the human-caused global warming that scientists have been warning about for decades, and what action needs to be taken.
Though Boston has the highest total number of Latino residents in the state, the city shows a lack of Latino representation in key political roles, according to a report from UMass Boston.
The “Latinx Political Leadership in Massachusetts” report, released last week by the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at the McCormack Graduate School, highlights the disparities in representation at both the municipal and state level, with the State House the most lacking in Latino representation.
Connecticut has backed out of the regional Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI), leaving just Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Washington D.C. on board with the initiative, which was designed to create a regional strategy for paying for emissions and investing in green technology. Dean and Associate Professor of the McCormack Graduate School David Cash joined Radio Boston to talk about what's next for the TCI.
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