On the Invitation from the Belgorod University of Cooperation, Economics and Law (Associate Member of GJASD International) Mr Igor Vokatch, General Secretary, and Dr Hagen Henrÿ, Assistant Professor at the Ruralia Institute of the University of Helsinki, visited Belgorod (Russian Federation) from 11 to 13 October 2018. Dr Henrÿ is a partner of the GJASD International in the area of sustainable cooperatives development.
This was the second visit of the representatives of GJASD International Senior to the University. The visit had the following major objectives: (i) review the progress made on the preparation of a joint Text Book for University students; and (ii) deliver a series of lectures on the latest developments in the area of cooperative statistics and green jobs, including the “Guidelines concerning statistics of cooperatives” endorsed by the 20th ICLS (October 2018). In addition, the Programme of the visit covered the following activities:
The special session debated the role of the private sector and, more specifically, the role of start-ups in addressing global development challenges. It also discussed how start-ups were contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals by designing innovative technological solutions to these challenges.
A conceptual overview
The Agenda included the following events:
The Miassine Foundation and GJASD International, in partnership with the International Labour Office and the Swiss NGO "Tourism for Help", worked together and organised the 2nd Conference on Social and Solidarity Economy: Local Development and Rural Tourism in Armenia, which was held on 25 October 2018. The Conference that brought together 140 people began with the official opening ceremony with the participation of the Senior UNDP Officials, representatives of the Government of Armenia, including Vice-Minister Deputy Minister of Territorial Development, and Mr Stefano Lazzaretto, Swiss Ambassador to Armenia. GJASD International representatives participated in two panel discussions and Mr Vokatch made presentation on the co-operative issues related to rural tourism and green jobs.
The Conference was the first attempt to bring together all the protagonists of rural development together and to initiate dialogue among them.
Through the opportunity of meetings and trainings of 5 days, this event provided a unique platform for networking, capacity building and access to new market opportunities for Armenians through an exchange of good practices and experiences with Swiss economic actors. Particular emphasis was placed on raising awareness about environmental protection and the promotion of renewable energies, waste sorting and the use of local materials for construction.
HiLyte is a rechargeable iron battery providing clean, affordable and on-demand energy for off-grid communities.
Ecotech Ceram provides sustainable heat storage solutions for secure, clean and efficient energy.
Sabella is a turbine nestled on the seabed to capture energy from ocean currents and tides.
Spouts is the first ceramic water filter factory in Uganda, providing clean and safe drinking water for millions in need.
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Participants shared experiences, stories and lessons on how to create a dynamic environment for start-ups to access technologies and investments. They also called for more attention to the potential of start-ups to tackle development challenges.
The five-invited start-ups received seed money from the Solar Impulse Foundation to support the following innovations:
For two days, the Show offered workshops, meetings, forums and round tables, around 83 stands of exhibitors.
Representatives of GJASD International participated in the 1st International Climate Show (Geneva 2018), where they met Mr Bertrand Piccard. Mr Yves Chamorel, President, and Mr Igor Vokatch, General Secretary, represented GJASD International at the 2nd International Climate Show. They organised, moderated and made presentations at the Workshop “Eco-Tourism: My green trip - Experience in Armenia”, jointly with Ms Astrig Marandjian-Lapeyre, President and Founder of the Miassine Foundation (Armenia).
Mr Igor Chernyshev was the Organiser and Chair of the above STS (more information on the session can be found on ISI2019’s website: www.isi2019.org). The session was held on 21 August and organised around the following four interrelated presentations:
The main objective of that STS was to show interrelationships existing among green economy, green jobs and the sustainability of tourism through putting the grassroots or local perspective as a high profile focus of sustainable tourism discussion. More specifically, the areas of common interest are (a) whether a host community is heavily affected due to the negative impact of tourism activity on its habitat including fauna and flora; and (b) how to involve a host community in tourism related activities as a means to bring them out of poverty and stimulate participation in preserving their habitat and the nature.
Mr I. Chernyshev is a member of the Working Group of Experts on Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism and its Sub-Group on tourism employment. He was invited to the 2nd Working Group Meeting (Madrid, 24-25 October 2018) and contributed to the meeting by writing one of the three a papers from the Sub-group entitled: “Measuring the sustainability of tourism: Issues in measuring the employment aspects of sustainable tourism” (see GJASD International at: statistics.unwto.org/event/wge_mst_2ndmeeting).
As a follow-up to the WG Meeting, Mr Chernyshev continued working with Mr. Manpreet Singh, Senior Statistician at ILO Department of Statistics, on the discussion paper “Key Findings and Recommendations” presented by Mr Singh at the 19th meeting of the Committee on Statistics held in Madrid (Spain) on 26-27 February 2019 (cf.cdn.unwto.org/sites/all/files/pdf/19th_statcom_item_5.2_doc.pdf).
The International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) meets roughly every five years. Participants include experts from governments, mostly appointed from ministries responsible for labour and national statistical offices, as well as from employer’s and worker’s organizations.
The International Conference of Labour Statisticians is invited to make recommendations on selected topics of labour statistics in the form of resolutions and guidelines, which are then approved by the Governing Body of the ILO before becoming part of the set of international standards on labour statistics.
Mr Igor Chernyshev, Vice-President of GJASD International, participated in the 20th ICLS held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 10-19 October 2018 (www.ilo.org/global/statistics-and-databases/meetings-and-events). It was his seventh conference, where he participated this time as a Senior Adviser to the Head of the Ukrainian Delegation.
On 1 November 2018, at the invitation of Professor Тetiana Melnyk, Head of the Chair of International Economics at the Kiev National University of Trade and Economics, Dr Igor Chernyshev, Vice-President of GJASD International, delivered the open lecture on the Sustainable Development as a Concept Encompassing Environment, Society and Economy for Master Programme students. The renowned Ukrainian scholar, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine, Dr Volodymyr Sidenko, opened the lecture (www.knteu.kiev.ua/gallery/view).
The ISI World Statistics Congresses (ISI WSC) take place once every two years in different countries and are usually organized by or in partnership with the host country's National Office of Statistics. The WSCs and their associated events are the highpoint of activities of the ISI where all its Associations, Committees, members and participants involved in statistics worldwide come together to participate in the many different activities and highlights of the WSC for an entire week and associated activities immediately before or after this week.
On the initiative of GJASD International, the organisers of the 62nd ISI World Statistics Congress 2019 accepted a Special Topic Session (STS-429) entitled Green economy and green jobs: tourism sustainability and the issue of measurement. The 62nd ISI WSC was held from 18-23 August 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (link to the video). It was attended by 2,500 delegates from over 140 countries and united statistical researchers, academia, industry practitioners, analysts and policymakers to share insights on development in statistical science and to advance application of statistics for discovery, innovation and decision-making. The moto of the ISI 2019 was “Come, Connect, Create”.
Prime Minister of Malaysia, Yab Tun Dr Mahathir Bin Mohamad, Prof. Helen MacGillivray, President of ISI, Minister of Economic Affairs, Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, Governor of the Bank Negara Malaysia, Datuk Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus, and Dr. Mohd Uzir Mahidin, Chief Statistician of Malaysia, were present at the Opening Ceremony. GJASD International was represented by Mr Igor Chernyshev, Vice-President.
Green Jobs and Sustainable Development International Centre
On the occasion of the 22nd United Nations Commission on Science, Technology and Development (CSTD), a special session was co-organised with Mr Bertrand Piccard, President and Founder of the Solar Impulse Foundation, in Geneva on 14 May 2019.
Being a member of the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions by Solar Impulse Foundation, GJASD International took part in this special session. Mr Igor Chernyshev, Vice–President, and Mr Hugo Oberson, Team Leader for Central Asia and the Caucasus, represented the Association.
Ms Isabelle Duran, Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD, opened the even and gave the floor to Mr Bertrand Piccard who shared with the participants an emotional and straightforward message about the role of start-ups in addressing today’s most pressing development challenges (available at: www.facebook.com/UNCTAD/videos)
In December 2017, GJASD International was subcontracted by the Statinformconsulting Ltd. (Ukraine) to participate in the implementation of the project “Development of approaches and implementation of control mechanisms related to social support”. The Project was launched in September 2017.
The activities in which GJASD International is involved include:
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After the first edition last year in Geneva, the second edition of the International Climate Show was held at the Palais de Beaulieu Lausanne. The Show opened on Wednesday, 13 February, in the presence of Mr. Mike Horn, guest of honour and the adventurer of the extreme. Among his most famous adventures are a trip around the world by the equator, crossing Antarctica on foot (the longest part (5,500 km), has never been travelled alone and without resupply), descent of the Amazon in hydrospeed ... At the age of 51, the Swiss-South African explorer continues to combine the exploits.
"Each of us can make a difference for the planet," said Horn at a conference in front of more than 300 people.
In November 2016, GJASD International was subcontracted by the ICC Group (Slovakia) to participate in the implementation of a pilot project on driving low-income families out of poverty. The Project was launched in August 2016.
Mr Hugo Oberson, Team Leader for Central Asia and the Caucasus, and Mr Vokatch, General Secretary, of GJASD International participated in the event called “Meetings for the development of rural tourism in Aremnia” organised by the Miassine Foundation in partnership with GJASD International in Armenia from 20 to 25 October 2018.
The above event was held outside the formal agenda of the XVII Summit of La Francophonie (Yerevan, 11-12 October, 2018) under the auspices of the Swiss Embassy in Armenia. Mr Emmanuel Julien, Deputy Director of the ILO Enterprise Department, participated in the “Meetings for the development of rural tourism” on behalf of the ILO. Ms Astrig Marandjian-Lapeyre, President and Founder of the Miassine Foundation, took part on behalf of her organisation.
Mr Bertrand Favre, Deputy Mayor of the Commune of Grand-Saconnex (canton of Geneva), was part of the Swiss delegation.
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