New York University’s Center on International Cooperation will be hosting a Data for Peace Discovery Day for mission-driven organizations in the peacebuilding and conflict field to advance their work through data and emerging technologies.
Data science methods can bring immense potential to support peacebuilding and humanitarian work. However, we must recognize that these methods come with an extreme risk to both the privacy and lives of vulnerable populations if the data is misused or used inappropriately. Although these risks exist across different contexts, the sensitive nature of conflict or violence affected areas uniquely exacerbates these challenges. In order to “do no harm,” we must be able to understand and tackle the technical and ethical issues of working with data about crisis-affected people.
Over 40 million people today are trapped in modern slavery and conditions of severe exploitation worldwide. One in four of them are children, and almost 71 percent are women and girls. Governments are already behind in their commitment to eradicate modern slavery and achieve UN Sustainable Development Goal 8.7 by 2030. Data about this form of human rights abuses and vulnerabilities can be difficult to collect and patterns of exploitation difficult to see. On top of that, armed conflict, natural disasters, and other humanitarian settings increase vulnerability to certain forms of forced labor, modern slavery, human trafficking, and child labor. In response, some organizations and researchers are looking into available data and the potential of computational science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning tools to help stop modern slavery.
Join the June Data for Peace Dialogue to hear more on the latest and potential future applications of emerging technologies and tools to advance the mediation and peacemaking and discuss challenges and risks they are bringing.
BRAC, UN Women, and New York University’s Center on International Cooperation (CIC) recently concluded a study of the demographic and socioeconomic changes induced by the unprecedented reverse (urban-to-rural) migration that took place in Bangladesh following the COVID-19 lockdown. This virtual dialogue will provide an opportunity for the research partners to discuss these and other findings, and identify solutions, with regional and migration experts. Additionally, a keynote address will be delivered by Professor Dr. Gowher Rizvi, International Relation Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
The Center on International Cooperation is hosting a panel discussion on the recently published book, "The Future of Diplomacy After COVID-19: Multilateralism and the Global Pandemic." Written by a team of authors who have directly worked in international public policy and the establishment of global agendas at the United Nations, this book considers the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on international diplomacy and the future of multilateralism in key areas including public health, sustainable development, economics and financing, digital cooperation, peace and security, and the rule of international law.
The 2021 Practitioners Workshop on Conflict Early Warning/Early Action will take place virtually on 18-20 May. This year’s workshop will bring more visibility to specific advancements in the conflict and violence early warning and early action (EWEA) fields, with the idea to share global lessons from different actors and offer specific skills-building opportunities.