3rd UNITAR-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy

Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, Post-2015 Development, and the Future Climate Regime

Yale University, 5-7 September 2014

Last Slots Available: Registration by 14 August 2014

The 2014 Conference on Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, Post-2015 Development Agenda, and the Future Climate Regime will take place from 5-7September 2014 at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. The Conference is organized by Yale University and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United National Development Programme (UNDP), and the World Resources Institute (WRI).

The Conference will bring together more than 100 scholars and policy experts to discuss state-of-the-art knowledge at the nexus of human rights and the environment, building on more than 70 papers which will be written by researchers and expert practitioners from 40 different countries as a contribution to the Conference. The keynote presentation will be given by John Knox, the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment. Given that the Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals has just completed and the upcoming climate change negotiations in Peru are approaching, the Conference also provides an opportunity to develop policy insights for strengthening the human rights-environment interface at the international level.

The Conference themes are as follows:

  1. Constitutional Environmental Rights: A Driver for Environmental Policy Making?
  2. Human Rights and Environmental Justice: Cases from Countries and the Field
  3. Procedural Environmental Rights: Why and How Do They Matter?
  4. Human Rights, Environment, and Corporate Responsibility
  5. Effective Participation of Civil Society and Vulnerable Groups
  6. Environmental Rights,  Post-2015 Development, and the Future Climate Regime

The Conference will feature a combination of policy discussions in plenary and parallel sessions to discuss contributions and topics in more depth.

The outcomes and conclusions of the Conference are expected to inform: (1) the discussion on sustainable development goals and a post-2015 development agenda by the 69th UN General Assembly in 2014/2015; (2) the negotiation of a future climate change regime by the end of 2015 under the UNFCCC; (3) the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples; and (4) the 2015 report of the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment whose mandate was initiated by the Human Rights Council in 2012.

The last slots are available for application! Individuals interested in participating in the Conference are requested to complete an Application form.  The deadline to apply for registration is 14 August 2014. Inquiries may be sent to envdem.yale@gmail.com with cc to envdem@unitar.org.


Call for Abstracts: Extended Deadline - 20 April 2014

Abstract submission for 3rd UNITAR-Yale Conference papers is no longer open.

The organizers have invited policy experts, scholars, and practitioners to submit abstracts for three types of papers:

  • Synopsis Papers highlight key outcomes and conclusions from relevant past events such as workshops, consultations, expert meetings, etc.
  • Review and Discussion Papers succinctly review state of the art knowledge concerning a particular theme or question addressed by the Conference.
  • Case Study Papers describe, analyze, and draw conclusions from a particular situation/case (e.g. national, local).

Details concerning the Conference are included in the Information Note. The extended deadline for submitting abstracts is 20 April 2014. All Abstracts should be sent to envdem.yale@gmail.com with cc to envdem@unitar.org, using the standard template.