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World Social Science Forum 2015
On behalf of the International Social Science Council, I am pleased to invite you to the third World Social Science Forum which will be co-hosted by HSRC and CODESRIA.
A broad range of topics can be addressed under theme "Transforming global relations for a just world", many of which are open to interdisciplinary and comparative interrogation. These topics include amongst others -- global inequalities as it relates to governance, patterns of production and consumption, cultural exchanges, quality health and education, climate change and adaptation, and human rights and social justice. The action oriented nature of the theme will allow the Forum to demonstrate the relevance of social science for public policies and social intervention.
We trust that as we meet in Durban in 2015 to deliberate on global transformations for a just world we will have the wisdom to learn from our varied experiences as we examine social science for knowledge co-production, public policies and social intervention.
Prof Olive Shisana
Chairperson: WSS Forum 2015
Chief Executive Officer, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa
Organisers receive substantial number of abstracts
The WSSF 2015 organisers have received nearly 500 abstracts from authors representing 56 countries. We have received over 40 applications for panel sessions, among others a panel from the UNESCO Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme on Contributing to a just world within the post-2015 agenda: Which role for social science?; a roundtable discussion on Anthropological perspectives on inequality; and Achieving climate justice.
The abstracts adjudication committee is currently evaluating submissions.
East African ministers pledge support
On the 20th anniversary of the Copenhagen declaration and programme of action on social development eleven ministers from the eastern Africa region concluded their discussions on the topic of global justice with a call for the ‘active participation’ of policy-makers and researchers from the region in the World Social Science Forum 2015 (WSSF2015).
WSSF2015 is a global event of the International Social Science Council and is hosted by the Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa, and the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA).
The statement in the declaration on the WSSF reads that the minister’s meeting agree to undertake to engage with, as well as support the active participation of social science and humanities researchers from the region in the event.
The declaration was signed by the ministers of social development from Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Mauritius, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Tanzania.
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UNESCO places WSSF 2015 under its patronage
UNESCO has agreed to place the WSSF 2015 under its patronage.
This is particularly exciting, since the organisation celebrates its 70 year anniversary in 2015. Read more about the UNESCO 70-year celebrations.
The Forum also enjoys the privilege of having several international personalities as benefactors, including Sir Michael Marmot, Director of the Institute of Health Equity; Professor Thandika Mkandawire, Chair in African Development at the London School of Economics; George Monbiot, environmental activist and award-winning writer and journalist; Navanethem Pillay, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; and Emeritus Professor Pierre Sané, founder and President of the Imagine Africa Institute.