1. Björn Kjellström, Head of UK Office, European Parliament


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    Dr Christine Reh, Director of UCL’s Master in European Public Policy, talks to Björn Kjellström, Head of UK Office, European Parliament. Björn joined the European Parliament Office in the UK after having spent six years as Head of the EP Office in Sweden. "Being here might be the most challenging, and most fun, job I can think of." says Björn. His previous posts include two years at the Swedish Foreign Office and a few spells working for the European Commission. But it all started with being a trainee in Brussels in 1992, three years before Sweden became a member. Educated in the USA and at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Björn has a deeply rooted interest in people, society and European Affairs. For career opportunities within the European Parliament see http://europa.eu/epso/ .

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      NATO forces helping Afghanistan return to civilian rule have already began withdrawing. The United States, by far the largest contributor, announced that 34,000 troops will have returned home by mid-2014. The drawdown will be completed in 2014 for most nations taking part in the Afghan mission. Although Australians and New Zealanders make up the largest number of soldiers from Oceania, smaller Pacific nations are also playing their part. They are drawn mainly from Guam, which has close to 600 men and women serving. Every part of the Pacific has soldiers serving, from tiny Micronesian states: Palau and Northern Marianas for instance; to Polynesians: Samoa, Tonga and Tahiti; there are even a few Melanesians from PNG, Solomon Islands and Fiji. (Most Fijian soldiers are deployed either in Iraq or on the Golan Heights.) PiPP exists to stimulate informed public policy debate. We have an interest in investigating the role Pacific islanders are playing in these international conflicts. The experience of Pacific soldiers, both at home and abroad, is an important and often-overlooked issue. What sort of policies are in place to cater for the physical and mental needs of service members once they return from the war zone? Given the financial constraints of many of participating nations, how are national governments responding to their needs? PiPP’s Communications Director Ben Bohane spent a month in Afghanistan observing how Pacific island soldiers are performing as the international aspects of the conflict wind down. Ben embedded with the US Army’s Guam Battalion, following its members as they went about their work. Name notwithstanding, Task Force Guam features other Pacific nationalities as well. Ben was fortunate that under one roof, so to speak, he was also able to meet up with many Pacific nationalities. They spoke to him about their experiences and how they have coped since the decade long conflict began. Their stories will help to inform policy makers decide the best outcomes for their own soldiers on other missions.

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      • Citizens Climate Lobby: Short Version


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        Citizens Climate Lobby is a nonprofit, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. They train and support volunteers to reclaim their democracy and engage elected officials and the media to generate the political will for solutions that will stabilize the Earth’s climate. This is their story, told through the eyes of volunteers and staff. Learn how to get involved on our website (citizensclimatelobby.org) and intro call (citizensclimatelobby.org/options-for-action/start-a-group/introductory-call/) Creative commons footage: Pumpjack and Windmills by oooooartooooo; Georgia Power Plant Scherer by Desiree Kane Watch the full film here: https://vimeo.com/69589362

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        • About the MIT Science Impact Collaborative


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          The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Science Impact Collaborative (MIT SIC) is a research team within the Department of Urban Studies and Planning that is developing and testing new ways to harmonize science, politics and public policy in the management of natural resources and the resolution of environmental disputes. Our focus is on testing the effectiveness of a range of collaborative planning and decision-making techniques. Our tools and approaches include collaborative adaptive management, joint fact-finding, scenario planning, mediated multiparty negotiation, and the use of role-play simulation exercises. Many scientists and scientific organizations believe that by doing more and better science, they will convince policy makers to take their findings seriously. We believe that there needs to be a fundamental realignment in the way science is produced and used in public policymaking. Absent this realignment, new scientific information will be marginalized in practice. The right kind of decision support tools can enable problem-solving conversations among stakeholders with radically different beliefs and interests. The MIT SIC was established in 2003 with initial support from the United States Geological Survey. Today, the Initiative has numerous partners and supporters, ranging from the U.S. National Estuarine Research Reserve System to the Dutch research organization TNO. The MIT SIC is directed by Professor Lawrence Susskind. By engaging in community-based action research projects, MIT SIC researchers – including doctoral students, masters students, undergraduates and faculty – train emerging environmental professionals while simultaneously testing the latest environmental planning methods and providing assistance to communities and policy-makers who seek our help.

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          • Global Leadership, Foreign Policy Consultant, IR Expert


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            Global Leadership, Foreign Policy Consultant, IR Expert http://www.PaulFDavis.com has touched 70 countries w life-changing messages (info@PaulFDavis.com) skype interview www.Facebook.com/speakers4inspiration www.Twitter.com/PaulFDavis www.Linkedin.com/in/worldproperties global leadership - foreign policy consultant - ir expert

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            • USA National Identity Crisis, Latin America Foreign Policy Failures 5of8


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              USA National Identity Crisis, Latin America Foreign Policy Failures http://www.PaulFDavis.com/academic-success-speaker (info@PaulFDavis.com) 70 nations touched w life-changing msgs http://www.Linkedin.com/in/worldproperties http://www.Twitter.com/PaulFDavis.com http://www.Facebook.com/speakers4inspiration usa national identity crisis, latin america foreign policy failures

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              • Future of Food Safety Geostrategy Foreign Policy


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                Future of Food Safety Geostrategy Foreign Policy http://www.PaulFDavis.com 70 nations touched w life-changing msgs (info@PaulFDavis.com) www.Linkedin.com/in/worldproperties www.Facebook.com/speakers4inspiration www.Twitter.com/PaulFDavis future of food safety geostrategy foreign policy

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                • PM2.5: The Invisible Killer


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                  This is an motion graphic piece, introducing the concept "PM 2.5", an air quality indicator. Text, narration & design by Yinan Song

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                  • Dr. Thomas Lovejoy: "Stories from 48 Years of Amazon Science & Conservation"


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                    Public lecture by SoGES External Advisory Board member Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, Professor of Science and Public Policy at George Mason University. Dr. Jon Foley's talk from the same day may be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/82231409

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                    • Shirley Ann Jackson, Furthering the Legacy of STEM Education


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                      March 14, 2012: Shirley Ann Jackson of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute speaks to how quality STEM education can foster dreams for success of students. This success can then extend to the nation, with proper fostering of STEM education priorities. Part of "STEM Education for an Innovative Workforce" held by ACS Science & the Congress and the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) on Capitol Hill.

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