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Zu Besuch bei den Vereinten Nationen

Am 23. November öffnete das Büro der Vereinten Nationen in Wien seine Tore (und seine Sicherheitskontrollen) für interessierte oikees – schließlich wollten wir uns genau ansehen, wo die SDG’s unter anderem entwickelt wurden.oikos goes UN 2

Neben dem Amtssitz in New York und den Büros der Vereinten Nationen in Genf und Nairobi gibt es seit 1979 auch einen Hauptsitz in Wien, wo derzeit etwas mehr als 4000 Personen aus ca. 110 Ländern angestellt sind.

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SDG 2: Zero Hunger

Seen as the probably greatest solvable problem on the planet hunger affects the lives of over 840 million people who go to bed hungry every night. That fact leaves us with a number of 795 million people undernourished. The vast majority of those people live in developing countries. Neither unusual nor very surprising large-scale problems like hunger affect mostly the weakest, but most important part of our society and our future – the children. Poor nutrition causes nearly half of the deaths of children younger than five years old, which sums up to 3.1 million deaths each year. One in four of the world’s children suffers stunted growth, mostly due to hunger and malnutrition. Just in Africa 23 million primary school-age children have to attend classes hungry. Those overwhelming and dramatically high numbers of human suffering display the inequity and ineffectiveness in the global production and distribution of human kind’s basic need – food.

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A view point on the variables of global food production

(c) Luisa Escobar

(c) Luisa Escobar

On October 23th, 2016 Vandana Shiva joined the Festival des Libertés (in collaboration with SOS Faim) in Bruxelles to talk about the deficits and challenges in food security.

Vandana Shiva was born in India in the 1950ties where she already learned from her parents, who left their jobs to become farmers, about the importance of the land. She finished her PhD in quantum physics in Canada and continued in inter-disciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy when returning to India.

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Linking the SDGs and Management Education at Universities – 3rd RME Research Conference

Last week, on the 9. & 10. November, the 3rd RME Research Conference took place on the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems. oikos also contributed to this conference – members joined the panel discussions, conducted a workshop and were responsible for the documentation of the different conference sessions. On our oikos Blog Katherina and Bernhard present you an excerpt of the keynotes.


Our planet faces massive economic, social, environmental and governance challenges. To address these, the “Agenda 2030” defines 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 related targets that represent an unprecedented opportunity to lead the world on a sustainable path. The challenges addressed in the SDGs also require integrated thinking, action and coordination at a university level. Thus, the key objective of this conference is to create awareness for SDGs in management education and to discuss initiatives, methods and pioneering activities for including SDG-related issues in strategies, curricula and lectures.

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SDG 3: Health Care and Well-Being

Nowadays a high percentage of the population still does not have access to basic healthcare services. A lot of people are living in poverty and highly polluted environment, or working in health threatening conditions, which is particularly common in the developing countries. Because of the importance of healthcare-related issues and well-being, the third SDG of the UN is designed to achieve universal health coverage, financial risk protection, and access to essential health-care services and medicines, as well as to reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from health-damaging chemicals, air and water pollution.e_sdg-goals_icons-individual-rgb-03
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35 international chapters gathered – oikos LEAP Intermediate Meeting

Together with Denisa from oikos Bratislava I (Julia)  took the very early morning train (05:30 am!!!) from Vienna to St. Gallen (Switzerland) to attend the LEAP Intermediate Meeting by oikos International.

„The oikos LEAP is designed to inspire young leaders to become more responsible in their decision making and equip them with insights, knowledge, and tools to do so. The oikos LEAP program is divided into three tracks. One of them is he Intermediate track. In all tracks, the learnt knowledge, competencies and tools are expected to be implemented in oikos-related work and participants’ personal lives.“ 14991180_1163325903746211_250549338683762627_o Weiterlesen


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No Poverty und Zero Hunger in Wien

Nach der Sommerpause melden wir uns im neuen Wintersemester mit vollem Elan zurück. In den kommenden Monaten wollen wir uns, wie auch das restliche Programm von oikos Vienna, an den Sustainable Development Goals der Vereinten Nationen (UN) – kurz den SDGS orientieren, die Ende letzten Jahres verkündet wurden und seit dem 1. Jänner 2016 in Kraft getreten sind. Jeden Monat werden wir uns zwei der insgesamt siebzehn Gesamtziele widmen. Im Oktober bzw. November liegt der Fokus auf „No Poverty“ und „Zero Hunger“.

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