The International Federation of Catholic Universities is present in different international institutions where it is involved in the following research projects:
OSCE- Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Religion and Conflict Project
As part of the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions, IFCU has been requested to contribute to a research-action project coordinated by Ambassador Philip McDonagh on “Religion and Conflict”.
COUNCIL OF EUROPE
Migration Watch Unit Project
Thanks to its participative status at the Council of Europe and its involvement in the work of the Conference of INGOs, IFCU will be involved in the recently launched “Watch cell on Migrations”. Having recently created an international research group on Migration (“RefugeesLab”), our Federation could bring its expertise and share initiatives from our member universities.
COUNCIL OF EUROPE
Democracy, Populism and Hate Speech Project
IFCU’s involvement at the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe is an opportunity to organize conferences and debates. Therefore, our Federations and the Secretariat of the Conference of INGOs are currently thinking of organizing a conference on Democracies and Populism by the end of 2018.
UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL (ECOSOC)
In 2015, 17 goals were adopted by the international community at the United Nations, with the aim of ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all. IFCU has a consultative status at the Economic and Social Council since 1967, and therefore as a presence during the sessions at the United Nations. SDGs are closely linked to the issued to be studied within IFCU Peace Studies Network, with a possibility of disseminating expertise of our universities. Several actions are possible with regard to the Economic and Social Council of the UN:
- To submit written statements in order to disseminate the voices of our universities during the sessions ;
- IFCU has recently become part of the NGO Stakeholder Group, representing various actors of the civil society, coming together to write recommendations and statements on specific topics.This work will be further developed during the next sessions of the Economic and Social Council ;
- To take part in the Education and Academia Stakeholder Group, an integral part of the High Level Political Forum held annually in New York. This organization brings together different actors in education (organizations and education networks based on a human rights approach, teaching networks) and is therefore based on a multidisciplinary approach ;
- To join the "Higher Education Sustainability Initiative" (HESI), a United Nations-recognized think tank as part of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF), working with a human rights approach ;
- To organize side events (conferences, debates) ;
The main themes on which the Economic and Social Council can relate to our research activities, and research-action are: Creation of decent jobs; Climate change; Adopt a data-based approach (for disability in particular); Social issues on the new partnership on Africa and its development; Innovative Communities: Using ICTs for a Scalable and Resilient Society; etc. This topic were all discussed during the High Level Political Forum this year, held under the general topic "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies".
The 2019 High Level Political Forum, dedicated to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will be held under the theme "Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality", and will especially be focusing on SDGs 4 (Quality Education), 8 (Decent work and Economic growth), 10 (Reduced inequalities), 13 (Climate action), 16 (Peace, justice and strong institutions).