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Posted on on January 6th, 2008
by Pincas Jawetz (

UNITAR-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy.

Institutions, public participation and environmental sustainability:                                                                                                                                         Bridging research and capacity development

10-11 May 2008, Yale University, New Haven

The Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy will take place at Yale University, New Haven, USA, from 10 -11 May 2008, in the margins of the 16th Session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD). The event brings together academic experts and practitioners from governments, inter-governmental organizations, civil society and the private sector. Participants will take stock of contemporary research and knowledge gaps at the intersection of institutions, public participation and environmental sustainability. The objective of the Conference is to develop a research program and network to strengthen institutional approaches for effective and context-sensitive public participation in environmental governance. Discussions will cover various levels of environmental governance, including international, national, regional, local, and corporate governance.

For additional information please refer to the Information Note and consult the Conference website:….

Scholars and practitioners interested in participating in the event and submitting a paper should submit an Expression of Interest Form by 25 January 2008. The deadline to submit a synopsis for a Case Study Paper is 31 January 2008.

The Conference is organized by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and Yale University, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (Secretariat of the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters), the University of Cape Town, the French Institute of Forestry, Agricultural and Environmental Engineering (ENGREF-AgroParisTech), the World Resources Institute (WRI), and the Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future. Financial support for the event is provided through the UNITAR Programme on Environmental Governance and Democracy, the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Fund of the MacMillan Center at Yale, and the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund of Yale Law School.


UNITAR-Yale Environmental Governance
and Democracy Conference
Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy
E-mail:  envdem at…

Contact person: Achim Halpaap, Manager, UNITAR
Environmental Governance and Democracy Program
E-mail:  achim.halpaap at style=”text-align: center”>

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