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Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity, Columbia University

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Sustainable Development

Major group affiliation:
  • Non-governmental organization
Affiliation with other organizations: AC4 is a research center at the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

Social Development

Accreditation to: Indigenous Forum
Affiliation with other organizations: AC4 is a research center at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. The Earth Institute, under the direction of Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, comprises more than 30 research centers and some 850 scientists, postdoctoral fellows, staff and students. Working across many disciplines, we study and create solutions for problems in public health, poverty, energy, ecosystems, climate, natural hazards and urbanization. At our largest research unit, the renowned Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, some of the world's leading scientists study geology, oceans, freshwater systems, climate and atmosphere. Our scientists map the ocean floor and measure the movements of ice sheets; they bore into ancient trees and pull cores of mud from the sea bottom to uncover secrets of past climate; they chart the flow of ocean and the swirl of atmosphere around the planet. Millimeter by millimeter, they measure the movements of the earth's crust as it thrusts up from far below or dives down into subduction zones. This fundamental knowledge about the dynamics of the earth is key to addressing our biggest challenges. Earth Institute experts work hand-in-hand with academia, corporations, government agencies, nonprofits and individuals. They advise national governments and the United Nations on issues related to sustainable development and the Millennium Development Goals. They are educating the next generation of leaders in basic sciences and sustainable development. We focus on the protection of earth's environment and the spread of social and economic opportunities for all people. We believe that dealing with issues such as extreme poverty must involve tackling issues such as environmental degradation, and lack of access to health care and education. Our work reflects the fundamental belief that the world possesses the tools needed to effectively mitigate climate change, poverty and other critical issues.
Publications: “The Contribution of Reconciliation and Victim Memory to Sustainable Peace in Colombia: A Dynamical Systems Analysis Pilot Workshop,” July 2015, once. “Gure Esau Dage and the Right to Decide: Viewpoints, Challenges and Ways Forward,” November 2015, once. Members of the AC4 staff also publish on a frequent basis.
Purpose of the organization: AC4 strives to foster sustainable peace through innovation and integration. We work to enable and support integrative research and practice on sustainable peace, constructive conflict engagement, and sustainable development. This is built on an understanding that building peaceful and sustainable societies requires a systemic approach, leveraging the expertise and knowledge of scientists and practitioners from across disciplines and areas of practice. By connecting thought leaders at Columbia University and around the world, AC4 works to build opportunities to apply leading-edge science to generate solutions for some of our most pressing social and environmental challenges.
Activities relevant to the conference of States Parties to the convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: not applicable
Confirmation of the activities of the organization at the regional, national or international level: AC4 initiatives encourage the establishment of necessary and sufficient conditions for working collaboratively and effectively across a variety of disciplines to address conflict, violence, peace, and sustainable development locally and globally. To that end, AC4 has organized its projects around four primary themes for the 2015-2016 academic year: Coordinated Management of Meaning, Dynamical Systems Theory and Practice, Sustainable Human Development, and Constructive Engagement in the Arab World. Among others, research initiatives have included: the Urban Violence Prevention project in Colombia and New Jersey, designed to strengthen the capacity for promotion of peace and harmony in cities where lives of youth are disrupted by violence by providing practical support and advice to young community leaders who serve as agents of change; the Sustainable Human Development project, which is conducting new research into the fundamental parameters that define Sustainable Human Development (SHD) in collaboration with the Agirre Lehendakaria Center for Social and Political Studies at the University of the Basque Country; and the Sustainable Peace Mapping Initiative which employs leading areas of science in dialogue with the insights and understanding of specific societies to help realize a vision of sustainable peace. For more details on AC4’s initiatives, please visit the website at http://ac4.ei.columbia.edu.
A list of members of the governing body of the organization, and their countries of nationality: not applicable
Description of the membership of the organization, indicating the total number of members: There are 9 staff members as well as graduate student fellows associated with AC4. AC4 is not a membership-based organization.