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Yale-UNITAR Conference on Environmental Governance Focuses on Climate Change

September 2010: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and Yale University held their second Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy around the theme “Strengthening Institutions to Address Climate Change and Advance a Green Economy.”

The Conference, which was held from 17-19 September 2010, in New Haven, US, was organized by UNITAR and Yale University in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the World Bank, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Earth System Governance Project, the World Resources Institute (WRI), and the Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future. The objective of the Conference was to, inter alia, explore ways to strengthen and use policy-relevant research on effective governance to address climate change and foster a green economy.

The Conference was organized around panels and working sessions that: took stock of existing research; identified knowledge gaps; and developed research questions to better understand how institutional rules of the game shape the dynamics of decision-making and decision-outcomes. Discussions covered various levels of governance – including global, regional, transnational, national, sub-national, and local - as well as specialized governance topics, including governance of climate change science, adaptation, mitigation, financing and forestry. UNITAR and Yale University will build on the ideas generated during the Conference and follow up with partners to explore how a practical, research-based knowledge-sharing mechanism can be taken forward. [UNITAR Press Release] [Conference Website]