Symposium on Language, the Sustainable Development Goals, and Vulnerable Populations

The Study Group on Language and the United Nations, an independent group of scholars and practitioners working on matters related to the international use of language, convened a symposium on Language, the Sustainable Development Goals, and Vulnerable Populations at the Church Center for the United Nations, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, on 11 and 12 May 2017. Its goal was to examine the implications of language for the treatment of vulnerable populations and their centrality in the development, implementation, and successful completion of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs were established by the United Nations General Assembly as the basis for the UN’s development agenda for the period 2015-2030.

The symposium was attended by some 110 academics, diplomats, NGO representatives and UN officials, and was sponsored by a number of organizations, including the Center for Applied Linguistics, the Centre for Research and Documentation on World Language Problems and its journal Language Problems and Language Planning, and the Universal Esperanto Association (an organization in consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council and associated with the UN Department of Public Information). Financial support was provided by the Center for Applied Linguistics and the Esperantic Studies Foundation.

João authored the Symposium’s Final Report (publication pending)

João’s Roles: Rapporteur, Administrative Assistant

Symposium on Language and the Sustainable Development Goals

The Study Group on Language and the United Nations, an independent group of scholars and practitioners on matters related to the international use of language, convened a symposium on Language and the Sustainable Development Goals at the Church Center for the United Nations, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, on 21 and 22 April 2016. Its goal was to examine the importance of issues of language in the formulation, implementation, and successful completion of the Sustainable Development Goals. The symposium was sponsored by a number of organizations, including the Center for Applied Linguistics, the Center for Research and Documentation on World Language Problems and its journal Language Problems and Language Planning, and the Universal Esperanto Association (an organization in consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council and associated with the UN Department of Public Information). Financial support was provided by the Esperantic Studies Foundation.

João edited the Symposium’s Final Report (PDF) (or buy on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles).

João’s Roles: Rapporteur, Panel Chair, Administrative Assistant

Marinotti, J. (2017). Symposium on Language and the Sustainable Development Goals. Final Report (H. Tonkin, Ed.). New York, NY: Mondial. ISBN:1595693394

Quantifying Success in Differing Reforestation Methodologies in the Atlantic Forest

Given that the Atlantic Rainforest, of which only about 7% remains, is a Conservation International-designated global hotspot, much effort is currently being implemented in  its conservation. The biodiversity found in this region is threatened by the fragmentation of forest ecosystems; therefore, many of the efforts focus on reforestation and the creation of forest corridors. In spite of the urgency of this problem, a definitive methodology for reforestation in the Atlantic Rainforest has not been established. This lack of certainty may be partly due to the lack of quantitative data comparing different methods of reforestation. By carrying out quantitative comparative studies, IPÊ hopes to find objectively faster method of reforestation, which will provide the most effect per capital input as well as per time scale. (Download the Presentation)

João’s Role: Author