The 2nd Yale-UNITAR Global Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy will take place at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA from 17-19 September 2010.

Focusing on the theme of Strengthening Institutions to Address Climate Change and Advance a Green Economy, the event will take stock of and examine the role of institutional structures and decision-making procedures in fostering (or impeding) low carbon and climate resilient development. Papers and discussions will cover various levels of governance (i.e. global, regional, transnational, national, sub-national, and local) as well as specialized governance topics, including governance of climate change science, financing and forestry.

The 2nd Global Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy aims to: 

  • Take stock of existing knowledge and research concerning the interface of institutions, stakeholder engagement, and effective decision-making and action to address climate change and advance a green economy.
  • Identify institutional features and stakeholder engagement practices that are conducive to fostering climate resilient development and a green economy at different levels of governance. 
  • Identify research gaps and develop a research agenda to advance institutional analysis that can help to address real world policy problems and challenges.
  • Explore opportunities for sustained sharing of knowledge on climate change and green development institutions and governance among the academic community and policy-makers.

Conference Themes
The conference will address a number of specific themes, grouped within two clusters. The first cluster is concerned with different levels of governance and the linkages among them. The second cluster deals with specialized topics, including governance of climate change science, financing and forestry.

The Conference is organized by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and Yale University and through partnerships with several organizations engaged in climate change governance. These include, to date, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future. Financial support for the event is provided by the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Fund of the MacMillan Center at Yale, and the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund of Yale Law School. 

More Information:

Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy
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New Haven, CT 06511
T: +1-203-432-6065
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Environmental Governance Programme

Palais des Nations
1211 Geneva 10
T:  +41 22 917 8525
F: + 41 22 917 8047