3rd Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy, 5-7 September 2014

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

The 3rd UNITAR-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance & Democracy took place from 5 to 7 September 2014 at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. It brought together more than 150 scholars and policy experts to discuss state-of-the-art knowledge at the nexus of human rights and the environment. The Conference featured both plenary discussions and group discussions. You can read the key insights from the plenary discussions here.

Professor John Knox, UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment, provided the keynote presentation, which he kindly recorded on video following the Conference. To help kick off the Conference, Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, provided reflections on governance and environmental rights.

For detailed information about the Conference please visit the following sections:


Opening Remarks and Messages

Professor Ben Cashore, Yale University, welcomed participants and introduced the Yale Governance, Environment and Markets Initiative (GEM) as a global effort to convene communities of scholars and practitioners to learn from each other and identify key determinants of, and causal pathways for, effective policy-making. Sally Fegan-Wyles, UNITAR Executive Director, emphasized (via video) the opportunity for knowledge sharing during the Conference and thanked all partners for their contributions, including UNEP, UNDP and the World Resources Institute (WRI). Achim Halpaap, Senior Manager, Environment and Green Development, UNITAR, introduced the Conference programme and highlighted three main Conference objectives: generating policy insights, development of recommendations for policy-making, and identifying gaps and opportunities for policy-relevant research. Patrick Keuleers, Chief of Profession for Governance and Peacebuilding at UNDP, shared (via video) insights about the relevance of the Conference to the strategic objectives of UNDP.

Prof. Ben Cashore Sally Fegan-Wyles Achim Halpaap Patrick Keuleers