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PASCAL International Observatory Site Digest


We are all preoccupied with friends and family, activities planned long ago are suspended, projects that once looked important are now put to one side because there are new questions to ask and to try to answer. This is where PASCAL comes in - and hopefully, into your home office or make-do library. 

I hope that you will make the same effort that I am making to write for the PASCAL site, to share thoughts, observations, and yes concerns.  I hope to have something for you to read on what we still need to learn from the crisis of 2008 about a recovery plan for cities. The climate change and health agendas are going to be hard to bring together. 

The crisis will keep us apart but the website will bring us together.  Read the PASCAL Digest and visit the PASCAL family of sites!

Josef Konvitz, Chair

In this week's Digest:

Don't Waste A Crisis (Part One) - Fondation pour l'Innovation Politique (FONDAPOL)

Written by Josef Konvitz on Apr 09, 2020 02:54 pm

The COVID-19 Pandemic is already generating proposals for government-led initiatives for a post-crisis recovery. Josef Konvitz, CHAIR of PASCAL, has written a note that looks at the question through the lens of infrastructure investment, drawing on the lessons of the post-2008 recovery, and drawing attention to the importance of education for the future.

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PASCAL Learning Cities Networks (LCN) goes from strength to strength

Written by Mike Osborne on Apr 09, 2020 02:27 pm

We are very pleased to report that over the last few weeks, a number of new towns, cities and organisations have joined PASCAL's Learning Cities Networks (LCN). For convenience links with each of these are found below.

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UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning Bulletin, April 2020

Written by David Atchoarena on Apr 09, 2020 12:12 pm

Welcome to the newsletter of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) – the UIL Bulletin. In April 2020, education institutions in over 180 countries around the world have closed due to COVID-19, impacting almost 90% of the world’s student population. Never before have we witnessed educational disruption on such a large scale. UNESCO is well prepared to support Member States during this time of crisis to ensure that learning does not stop.

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Save the date: publication launch ‘Trends in Adult Learning and Education in Africa’ (15/16 April 2020)

Written by Mike Osborne on Apr 09, 2020 09:41 am

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) and the African Union (AU) cordially invite you to the launch of the report Trends in Adult Learning and Education in Africa – Findings from the Fourth Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE 4) via webinars on 15 April (English) and 16 April 2020 (French).

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Free event | Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, Tues 21 April 2020

Written by Matthew Coote on Apr 07, 2020 02:35 pm
Start: Apr 21 2020 12:30
End: Apr 21 2020 14:00
Timezone: Australia/Melbourne
RMIT Council Chamber, Building 1, Level 2R,
124 La Trobe St
Melbourne VIC 3000

From 2018–20, the Jean Monnet Sustainable Development Goals Network Seminar Series will address each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each seminar focuses on an individual Goal, offering an opportunity to explore the intent of the Goal, its targets, and some of the initiatives being undertaken to deliver on them. Each seminar will be accompanied by a Policy Brief

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How COVID-19 Turned Public Space Upside-Down | Placemaking Monthly

Written by Susan Kelly on Apr 05, 2020 01:39 pm

This newsletter from the Project for Public Spaces connects people who share a passion for public spaces to ideas and issues, news, quotes, places, and events from the placemaking movement. In this edition, we hope to support the global momentum around creating better public transit for all people, prioritizing those with fewer means and higher dependency on these systems.

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PRIA International Academy (PIA) announces new online courses in April

Written by Rajesh Tandon on Apr 03, 2020 08:41 am

Register Now for Online Courses in April 2020!

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Ukrainian university joins PASCAL’s Learning Cities Networks (LCN)

Written by Rob Mark on Apr 01, 2020 02:31 pm

Donetsk State University of Management (DSUM), located in the city of Mariupol, has become the first Ukrainian University to join the PASCAL Learning Cities Networks (LCN).

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