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All Projects from the Annual Call for Projects 2003

Annual Call for Projects 2003 A Global Response to Elder Abuse Including Neglect: Building Primary Health Care Capacity to Deal with the Problem World-Wide

The Ageing and Life Course unit of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the University of Geneva Interfaculty Gerontology Centre, in association with institutions in eight countries, are collaborating in a research project aimed at tackling a substantial, yet hidden, societal problem: elder abuse. The aims of the project are: 1) To develop and validate universal and reliable screening tools to facilitate the detection of elder abuse cases by primary health care professionals; 2) To build the capacty of primary health care (PHC) workers...

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Annual Call for Projects 2003 Climate Change, Mountain Hydrology and Institutional Constraints: International and Local Dimensions

A crucial vulnerability faced by the international community in the near future will be access to fresh water in sufficient quantity and of adequate quality to meet increasing and more diverse needs of a growing world population. Mountains have always held a privileged relationship with water as the sources of the world's greatest rivers and as the home of the great reserves of water held in glaciers. Major global forces nevertheless threaten these mountain reservoirs. Climate change is predicted to modify quantities of water available as...

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Annual Call for Projects 2003 Facilitating Communication Between Languages and Cultures: A Computerized Interface and Knowledge Base

The United Nations University, the Information Systems Interfaces Research Group, the Universal Networking Digital Language (UNDL) Foundation and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) have combined their efforts on a project aimed at facilitating multilingual and multicultural communication on the Internet. The UNL (Universal Networking Language) is an artificial, formal and non-ambiguous language; it is independent of natural languages. The role of the UNL is to act as an intermediary. Unlike computer translation...

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Annual Call for Projects 2003 Globalisation, Migration and Human Rights

The main purpose of this research is to develop a framework of analysis and innovative proposals for guiding the different actors involved in migratory movements, namely States, international organisations, policy-makers and societies of origin, transit and destination of migrants. This comprehensive study will evaluate and describe, from both an interdisciplinary and an empirical perspective, the two main components of the migratory phenomenon: economic migration (work) and political migration (asylum). This study aims at providing a...

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Annual Call for Projects 2003 Human Genetic Databases: Towards a Global Ethical Framework

This project aims at studying the conditions under which genetic databases can be established, kept, and used in an ethically acceptable way. The technical possibilities for automated analysis of large DNA sample collections and the bio-informatic processing of the resulting data have developed dramatically during the past several years and are constantly being improved. Protecting the data available in such databases has consequently emerged as a highly complex ethical issue in the arena of health policy. The ethical issues become even...

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Annual Call for Projects 2003 Social Dialogue Regimes: Worker Rights, Collective Bargaining and Negotiated Policy-Making

This research project promises to generate important information on the desirability of particular labour market institutions and on the conditions in which these institutional configurations are sustainable. The project team will analyse the structural determinants (economic, social, cultural and institutional) as well as the socio-economic outcomes of "social dialogue regimes," i.e. socio-political regimes in which workers have the freedom to establish organisations of their own choosing, negotiate collectively over working conditions and...

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Annual Call for Projects 2003 Strengthening the Employment and Related Socio-Economic Dimensions in Response to Conflict and Natural Disaster Situations

Employment and job creation is becoming an essential ingredient of any crisis response program, a fact that experience has highlighted in many crisis contexts and diverse urgent situations on a world scale. This critical area manifestly requires further research. This project will analyse the employment and related social and economic aspects of armed conflict, socio-economic crises, and natural disasters. It aims to provide a better understanding of the challenges for sustainable development and more equitable social relations, in light of...

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