UNSA Vienna and the SDGs

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UNSA Vienna and the SDGs
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Our aim

UNSA Vienna aims at promoting dialogue about and engagement with most commonly overlooked yet important topics within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework.

Our work

Since the beginning the UNSA Vienna team has worked hard in order to establish itself as an important connector and thematic initiator within the SDGs framework through

  • designing a functional and efficient process for the identification of relevant, yet mainly neglected topics within the SDG framework and
  • developing and implementing high-quality, solution-oriented and practical approaches towards the subsequently identified topics.

In concreto, UNSA Vienna is currently working on and raising awareness about two topics, namely

Additionally, two projects on YOUTH EMPOWEREMENT and CORRUPTION are planned for the near future.

Within its work on these specific topics the UNSA Vienna team contributes to the implementation of all 17 SDGs, as UNSA Vienna strongly believes that all SDGs are interrelated and cannot be understood separately – no matter which topic you are focusing on.

Our means

To serve its purpose, the UNSA Vienna team uses

  • publications formats,
  • event formats and
  • educational formats.

Recent Activities


: SDG Blog: Diplomatic Voices of Vienna. Afghanistan: Taliban Rising, Human Rights and Freedom for Women

Vienna serves as an international centre linking the academic world, international organisations, the United Nations, and foreign representations to a larger international community. Therefore, UNSA Vienna seeks to complement the UN’s SDG Blog with the diplomatic voices of Vienna. Every month, experts and foreign representatives will highlight current affairs in their country directly related to the SDGs. We kick off with our first blog article by Fausia S. Abdoel, with support of Sara Nawrozi (intern at UNSA Vienna), concerning the humanitarian crisis evolving in Afghanistan.

: "When the Climate Crisis claims your Home" - Kunstwettbewerb

UNSA Vienna veranstaltet einen Kunstwettbewerb, um auf die Tatsache aufmerksam zu machen, dass immer mehr Menschen aufgrund von Umweltkatastrophen gezwungen sind, ihre Heimat zu verlassen. / UNSA Vienna is hosting an Art Competition to raise awareness of the fact that nearly every day, people are forced to leave their homes due to environmental disasters.

: Book Launching Webinar: Crime Prevention and Justice in 2030 - In Honour of 75 Years United Nations

On 10th December an online/ZOOM virtual book launching hosted by the International Institute for Peace in cooperation with UNSA Vienna features 5 real-time topical statements with online discussants and other Q&A participants (75 minutes), preceded by 6 introductory pre-recorded & edited statements of other book contributors (45 minutes). 

On this given occasion, namely the COVID-19 crisis, FEMICIDE Volume XIV, Femicide in the History and Presence of Pandemics, aims to analyze and question the impact of pandemics on the issue of femicide from diverse perspectives.

Celebrating women’s leadership within the present global context.


This paper questions the relationship between datasets on fem(in)icide and highlights the complexities of rendering it comparable across time and spaces. Theoretically, it contributes to the sociology of knowledge as it offers a reflexive critique of the practices that create objectified forms of knowledge. Knowledge is conceived not just as an ‘abstract social “construct” [but], specifically a social product, generated by and embodied in particular forms of work’ (Connell et al. 2017: 24). The role of numbers in the shape of data, statistics or indicators are understood as ‘part and parcel’ of the object of study they seek to describe (Bigo et al. 2019; Bruno et al 2016; Desrosières 2002, Foucault 1968, 1978, Hacking 1980; Uprichard 2012; Ruppert 2019). This means that categories, concepts and patterns transmute along with the numbers used to represent them. The argument is divided into three sections, the first of which explores the theoretical conceptualisations and quantifications of fem(in) icide. It questions to what extent the problems of quantifying fem(in)icide are an epiphenomenon of its variance in definitions. The second section grapples with empirical ‘global’, ‘regional’ and ‘national’ efforts to compare fem(in)icide across time and spaces. By zooming in on Mexico as a case study, the paper highlights the complexities of generating comparable data on fem(in)icide due to distinct differences in context. The danger in reducing fem(in)icide to ‘intimate-femicide’ is highlighted as this leaves certain bodies outside of the ‘global’ logics of quantification. As an alternative, the paper’s final section stresses the need to embrace multiplicity through reflexivity in knowledge production. Given the rapid acceleration of digital technologies and data collection methods, it suggests how future studies could strongly benefit from looking into alternative ways of collecting data on fem(in)icide if our aim is to understand further the contextual particularities of this heinous phenomena.

Lead contact

Fausia Abdoel

FEMICIDE Editorial Team

Project partner


UNSA Global Network

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