Andreas Rechkemmer

Dr. Andreas Rechkemmer is a senior professor at Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) College of Public Policy (CPP) in Doha, Qatar. Prior to joining HBKU, he was a tenured full professor and held the American Humane Endowed Chair at the University of Denver. Rechkemmer has held senior positions with the United Nations, including that of executive director of the International Human Dimensions Program on Global Environmental Change at the United Nations University. He also served as chief science and policy adviser of the Global Risk Forum in Davos, Switzerland. His previous academic appointments and affiliations include the University of Cologne, Free University of Berlin, Beijing Normal University, Colorado State University and the United Nations University. Dr. Rechkemmer has authored, co-authored and edited several books as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. He is one of the editors of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook on Complex Disaster Risks and Resilience and the editor of the book “UNEO: Towards an International Environment Organization.” He is the chief editor of the new book series, “Sustainable Development in the 21st Century.”
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The Global Climate Crisis Is the New Frontier of Justice

These past two years have made the international community finally realize that complex global challenges and crises will not go away easily and are likely to become the norm rather than the exception in this turbulent 21st century. First, the COVID-19 pandemic is obviously far from over. While global vaccine distribution continues to be spotty and a matter of economic and political... Continue Reading

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Why the US Return to the WHO Matters

In compliance with major statements made repeatedly during his electoral campaign, US President Joe Biden, on his first day in office on January 20, signed two important executive orders — among 15 others, a record number — signaling the United States’ return to the international arena, to global cooperation and multilateralism. One of these orders was for the United States to rejoin the... Continue Reading

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Will the Pandemic Revitalize Ideas of the Global Common Good?

Two decades into the 21st century, humanity is faced with a plethora of unprecedented global crises. After SARS-1, multiple novel avian influenza strains, and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the current COVID-19 pandemic is by far the most severe and widespread public health crisis in at least a century. Global climate change is finally being recognized as the single most severe threat to... Continue Reading

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Social Learning Can Help Transform Crisis Into Opportunity

Global events, such as announcements that an effective COVID-19 vaccine could be available before the year’s end or the outcome of the US election, have raised hopes that the schism between science and populist ideology may become a thing of the past. That, in our view, is somewhat naïve. Unless we engage in a conscious process to heal the rift, we fear the idea that there has been a return... Continue Reading

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A New Social Contract Amid a Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic coincides with a worldwide movement toward more authoritarianism and fewer civil liberties — a movement that has been going on for some time, well before the outbreak. Populism, conspiracy theories, disinformation campaigns, right-wing political extremism and the rise of autocratic governments are not a new phenomenon. However, their convolution and combined speed,... Continue Reading

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Scientists’ Social Engagement Is Needed to Stem the COVID-19 Pandemic

The global COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the unpreparedness and inability of many countries to effectively manage complex risks and ensure community resilience. An important dimension of this dangerous flaw is the sharp divide between those who rely on science to shape policies and actions, and those who undermine or dispel science when inconvenient to their viewpoints and agendas. The divide... Continue Reading

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