This blog is dedicated to spreading information on conferences relevant to the Millennium Development Goals and UCP-SARnet's vision.  Here details and descriptions of upcoming conferences can be posted as well as discussion of details related to these events.

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The problem of leadership in Nigeria and Ebira land in particular can be associated with lack of commitment on the part of both the leaders and the led. In my own view the time has come for us to stop the blame game and find ways in which we can help our leaders to be that great leader we want them to be, to either deliver the dividend of democracy or help us improve our living standard. This is because the essence of “leadership in any polity is the recognition of real need, the uncovering and exploiting of contradictions among values and between values and practice, the realigning of values…The leader’s fundamental act is to induce people to be aware or conscious of what they feel – to feel their true needs so strongly, to define their values so meaningfully, that they can be moved to purposeful action.” (Macgregor Burns, 1978, p. 43).
Hence, building a prosperous society with progressive growth in all areas of their lives requires value driven leaders who are visionary and can translate such visions into developmental achievements for their followers, thereby empowering them in the process and ensuring an all inclusive leadership.

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The paper is based largely on a desk review of existing policy documents and targeted interviews of key individuals within the MNKOAL as well as other actors perceived to be critical in determining the content and direction of national development and climate change policy. These include the Ministry of State for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Livestock Development, Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat, Agricultural Sector Coordination Unity (ASCU), the Kenya Livestock Marketing Council (KLMC) and Pastoralists Parliamentary Group (PPG). Also included in the interviews were development partners and civil society organizations engaged in ASALs-related policy work.


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The Sustainable Brands Innovation Open is a competition for social start-ups and sustainable innovators. Sustainable Brands is an international community of learning and action focused on understanding and leveraging the role companies can play in shaping a sustainable future.

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On behalf of the organizing partners Global Interactions Inc., Thunderbird School of Global Management, UCP-SARnet, and the World Academy for the Future of Women, we invite you to consider this 3-week International Leadership Summit designed to train participants for leadership roles essential to solving pressing global issues, most notably the 8 United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.

Registration Deadline Extended to April 30th.

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Impeccable diversity is what the International Youth Peace Fest in peace-city Chandigarh stood for. Be it demographically, culturally, regionally, linguistically or geographically, the peace fest has been over the years, a perfect example of a beautiful amalgamation of cultures co-existing. Its striking diversity had magnetized every person.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in service of others”-MK Gandhi

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Local and Trans-Tasman events of interest to social justice activists and researchers.

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"Achieving the Promise of Community-Engaged Health Disparities Research: A National Community Partner Forum," invite community partners involved in community-engaged research to apply to participate in the forum. The forum will be held Dec 6-7 in Boston. Applications are due Oct 3 and applicants will be notified by Nov 1. Registration for all invitees is free of charge, supported by a grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

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INTERNATIO​NAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE​, Phuket, Thailand -16-18 May 2012
International Conference: Innovative research in a changing and challenging world16-18 May 2012 – Phuket Thailand Conference website:


AYS 2011 is looking for social entrepreneurs, community activists and people with a track record of volunteering who have not taken part in any earlier Global Changemakers summits.
Applicants need to be between 18 and 24 years.
They need to be available in India between Sunday, 17 July and Saturday, 23 July.

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