Global Podcast Series "Voices of Academia"


“Voices of Academia” is our latest effort to provide academics with a platform to showcase not only higher education’s role in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) but also the importance of academia and higher education institutions in shaping policy discussion by providing the necessary research and baselines for evidence-based policy-making on issues that affect all of us.

Together with hundreds of academics, the UNODC developed peer-reviewed materials and tools for lecturers to strengthen teaching on issues related to the rule of law at higher education institutions around the world. This includes modules on integrity and ethics, anti-corruption, crime prevention and criminal justice, organized crime, trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, counter-terrorism, cybercrime, firearms trafficking, and wildlife crime. 

This Global Podcast Series features leading academics talking about their work and latest research related to the topics covered by the Teaching Module Series and how higher education can make a difference in addressing today’s and tomorrow’s challenges and in strengthening the rule of law worldwide. In order not to miss any of the forthcoming episodes and/or future opportunities for higher education institutions and young scholars.

The views expressed in this global podcast series are those of the interviewees and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and higher education

Why is higher education crucial for the advancement of the SDGs? What are the different ways universities have chosen to promote the SDGs? How can impact be assessed & how can the “silo approaches” be left behind to strengthen cooperation for advancing the SDGs. These are just a few questions that are addressed in this episode.

The illegal wildlife trade in the context of zoonotic diseases

The episode focuses on illegal wildlife trade in the context of zoonotic diseases and touches upon several outbreaks of zoonotic diseases throughout the 21st century, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, it sheds light on potential policy actions and critically examines recent calls to ban wildlife facilities, such as wildlife markets.

Counting the global scale of intimate femicide

The prevalence of intimate femicide is an issue of increased global concern. This episode focuses on the need for a systematic global count of women’s deaths from intimate partner violence as part of a broader strategy to end violence against women.

Cybercrime jurisdiction: issues and options

Cybercrime can be perpetrated by offenders anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. The adverse impacts of cybercrime can be experienced outside of the country in which the perpetrator resides. The transnational nature of this crime challenges traditional notions of jurisdiction and requires cooperation of criminal justice practitioners across the globe. The Episode explores the jurisdictional conflicts posed by cybercrime and digital evidence.

Double victimization of trafficked persons: Technology, justice for the victims and ways forward

In this podcast we discuss about what happens when victims of trafficking are treated as offenders by the justice system. How is the principle of non-punishment applied in practice? What is the role of technology in trafficking in persons? What about the double victimisation of trafficked persons through technology?

Counter-Terrorism and international human rights and humanitarian law

Undeniably, terrorism is a threat to international peace and security. Even more so, as terrorism related criminal conducts are a form of crime that, in most cases, do possess transnational connotations. This episode discusses transnational and international offences from the unique perspectives of international human rights and humanitarian law.

Victims of organized crime and their rights

Millions of people each year become victims of organized criminal groups and their illicit activities. This episode focuses on them and their rights within and beyond the criminal justice system, stressing the importance of treating them with dignity and respect every step of the way. The discussion highlights examples and best practices from Latin America. (This episode is in Spanish; en español)

Firearms and crime

The phenomenon of illicit firearms trafficking is not yet fully understood and explored and calls for responses on multiple levels. As a starting point, this episode approaches the topic from the angle of the firearms' role in the criminal world and delves into the methods used by criminal groups to divert firearms from licit to illicit markets.

Youth and the Sustainable Development Goals: Agents of change or left behind?

With more than 1.2 billion young people (aged 15 to 24 years) living around the world, the active engagement of the youth in sustainable development efforts is crucial to achieve sustainable, inclusive and stable societies by 2030. But are young people empowered to contribute or is there more that can be done?

Corruption and gender

In this episode, academics from Brazil and Portugal discuss the interlinkages between gender and corruption, providing an overview on the current trends, challenges and existing research. The role of gender mainstreaming in tackling corrupt practices, and how the Sustainable Development Goal 5 is undermined by different forms of corruption, are also analysed. (This episode is in Portuguese; em português)

The social economy of rhino poaching in Southern Africa

In this episode, Jenna and Felix from UNODC’s Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime meet with Dr. Annette Hübschle from the University of Cape Town to discuss the case of rhino poaching in Southern Africa’s Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park and its interface with local communities.

The role of higher education and research institutions in achieving SDG 1

What is the role of higher education and research institutions (HEIs) in promoting the rule of law? How do their training, research, innovation and knowledge-sharing missions, as well as their governance and management, contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 on peace, justice and effective institutions? (This episode is in French; en français)

Universities + 2030 Agenda = Youth taking action

From Spain to Mexico, the universities are playing their part towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda. They are looking for different approaches to motivate the youth, not only by teaching the general principles behind the sustainable development, or the challenges for achieving the SDGs, or the importance of peace and security for the entire Agenda; but also, by inviting their students to act and be a part of the change. In this episode of the Global Podcast Series "Voices of Academia", we will get to know two academic programs currently in place and learn how their directors are bringing the 2030 Agenda into the academic world. (This episode is in Spanish; en español)


Further episodes are planned.

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