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Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy launches UNITAR/Yale Environment & Democracy Initiative March 1

On Thursday, March 1, the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy will join with the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies and the U.N. Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in sponsoring a program titled, “Strengthening Democratic Environmental Governance: Identifying Opportunities for Research, Teaching and Capacity-Building.”

The event, free and open to the public, will launch the UNITAR/Yale Environment & Democracy Initiative. It takes place from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in Bowers Auditorium, Sage Hall, 205 Prospect Street. A reception will follow.

The program will identify and discuss important issues of the democracy-environment interface in developed and developing countries. It will also address the growing demand for research, teaching and capacity building in the field of democratic environmental governance.

Jeremy Wates, Secretary of the UNECE Aarhus Convention, will give the keynote presentation. The Aarhus Convention has been described by former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan as the U.N.’s most prominent initiative to promote environmental democracy.

Other speakers include Gus Speth, Dean, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies; Susan Rose-Ackerman, Professor, Yale Law School; John Wargo, Professor, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies; Nicolas Robinson, Visiting Professor, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Professor, Pace Law School; and Achim Halpaap, Project Director, UNITAR/Yale Democracy and Environment Initiative.

For more information, contact achim.halpaap@yale.edu.