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Call for Applications: GFMD Civil Society Days 2016
Apply to participate in the GFMD Civil Society Days 2016
Deadline: Friday 22 July
Apply to participate in the GFMD Civil Society Days 2016
Deadline: Friday 22 July
.CALL FOR POSTERS 2016/Italian Society for Climate Sciences – IV Annual Conference, October 19-20, 2016 – Cagliari (Italy)
CALL FOR POSTERS
Italian Society for Climate Sciences – IV Annual Conference
Climate challenges and solutions under the 2°C target
October 19-20, 2016 – Cagliari (Italy)
The Annual Conference of the Italian Society for Climate Sciences (SISC) will take place on October 19-20, 2016 at the Ex Manifattura Tabacchi, Cagliari, Italy.
The conference, entitled “Climate challenges and solutions under the 2°C target”, is organized by SISC in cooperation with other Italian Institutions and aims to foster the scientific debate among scientists, policy and decision makers (Italians and foreigners), NGOs members and other stakeholders whose activities are focused on climate change, as well as its relationships with the environment and socio-economic systems, opportunities and solutions helping in respecting the recent Paris agreement.
The main objectives of the Conference will be to summarize the Italian experience on climate research and policy action, within the international setting, and specifically:
• To promote an interdisciplinary platform for sharing and discussing on climate risk for the environment and the society;
• To highlight the scientific advances made to address the different aspects of climate change;
• To explore possible solutions to cope with climate change by promoting a dialogue on policies and strategies regarding adaptation, mitigation, and sustainable growth.
The main topics that will be covered during the 2016 Conference edition will be:
• Extreme Events
• Climate Impacts
• Adaptation opportunities
• Sustainable development
• Climate Services
The program of the SISC Annual Conference will consist of parallel sessions of high profile invited talks and contributing poster sessions covering the latest knowledge and research on climate change challenges and coping perspectives to respect the 2°C target.
The Conference is open to scientists, researchers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, associations and experts.
The participation of young researchers and PhD students is particularly welcome.
HOW TO PRESENT YOUR WORK
The organizing committee solicits contributions for the poster sessions (http://www.sisclima.it/
A short abstract (max 300 words) should be submitted at: email@example.com in its final version, in English, no later than July 31, 2016. Authors are requested to follow the editorial instructions available here (http://www.sisclima.it/
The Scientific Committee will evaluate all poster abstracts that will be submitted in the requested format. A notification of the abstract acceptance will be communicated to the authors by August 12, 2016.
COST OF REGISTRATION
For more details on registration fees, please visit the Conference webpage: http://www.sisclima.it/
July 31, 2016 – Deadline for submission of poster abstracts.
August 12, 2016 – Notification of acceptance.
September 01, 2016 – Notification of the provisional program (uploading meeting program on web).
September 30, 2016 – Deadline for online registration.
October 10, 2016 – Notification of the final program (uploading meeting program on web).
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
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UNEA-2: Call for Nomination of Major Groups Speakers at Sustainable Innovation Expo during UNEA 2
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CALL FOR CHAPTERS FOR THE FORTHCOMING PUBLICATION “Open and Distance Learning for Sustainable Growth in Emerging Nations” to be published by IGI GLOBAL-USA
I hope this e-mail finds you well!
Currently, I am in the process of editing a forthcoming publication entitled “Open and Distance Learning for Sustainable Growth in Emerging Nations”, to be published by IGI Global, an international publisher of progressive academic research.
The book will highlight Best Practices in Open and Distance Learning systems which may have crucial implication for realization of Sustainable Development Goals in developing countries. Please visit http://www.igi-global.
We have changed the earlier deadlines and would be able to consider the proposals as follows
Proposal Submission Deadline: April 15 , 2016
Full chapter Submission: May 15, 2016
Review Results Returned: June 30, 2016
Final Acceptance Notifications: July 30, 2016
You can also find detailed manuscript formatting and submission guidelines at http://www.igi-global.com/
I hope to hear from you at the earliest.
Umesh Chandra Pandey
“Open and Distance Learning for Sustainable Growth in Emerging
“Call For Youth Voices” UNEP
Dear Community of Educators,
Call for Participation and Support: 66th Annual DPI NGO Conference
Republic of Korea to Host Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organizations Conference in Gyeongju, 30 May—1 June
NGO DPI EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The Executive Committee of Non-Governmental Organizations Associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information
To donate your support online, visit our website homepage: www.ngodpiexecom.org and look for the Donate Now Through Network for Good
button on the right hand side of the page!
Call for Mentors! 2/25 NY Mentoring Fair
2016, WFPG NY MENTORING FAIR
February 25th, 6 – 9 p.m.
Join us as a mentor and reach out to the next generation of leaders by
speaking informally with students and young professionals interested
in international affairs careers.
Women’s Foreign Policy Group Mentoring Fairs provide an opportunity for students and young professionals to meet with international affairs professionals and learn from their career experiences. Unlike a career fair, the focus is on entering and succeeding in international career fields, not just opportunities at particular companies. This year we are cosponsoring the event with New York University.
Mentors are mid- to senior-level women and men working in international affairs who want to sit down with aspiring leaders to give career guidance and practical advice. Sectors include international development, NGOs, human rights, international law, international health, international business, diplomatic service, the UN, journalism, and communications.
Learn more and register below:
Thursday, February 25th, 6 – 9 p.m.
New York University
Kimmel Center for University Life, 9th & 10th Floor
60 Washington Sq. South, New York, NY
Please direct any questions to email@example.com or (202) 429-2692
Invitation: “Call For Abstracts and Special Session Proposals” Deadline April 10, 2016 — 1st AMRS Congress and 23rd APDR Congress, May 30-31,2016, Marrakech, Morocco
Appel pour les propositions de résumés et de sessions spéciales
Nous avons le plaisir de vous annoncer le 1er congrès de L’Association Marocaine des Sciences Régionales (AMSR) et le 23ème congrès de L’Association Portugaise du Développement Régional (APDR) qui se tiendra à Marrakech, Maroc, du 30 au 31 Mai 2016.
L’appel pour les propositions de résumés et de sessions spéciales est ouvert. Votre participation est vivement souhaitée!
Date limite pour les soumissions de résumés: 10 Avril 2016. Les résumés doivent être soumis par voie électronique, en utilisant la plate-forme disponible sur le site de la conférence: https://events.digitalpapers.
Date limite pour les propositions de sessions extraordinaires: 29 Février 2016. Les propositions doivent être envoyées au secrétariat du Congrès (firstname.lastname@example.org)
CALL FOR RESEARCH ARTICLES
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RELIGIONS AND TRADITIONS (IJRT)
The International Journal of Religions and Traditions (IJRT) is currently accepting manuscript for its double blind peer review, open access monthly publication. Interested researchers in all areas of Religions, Traditions and Cultural Research are to make submission of original articles, expert reviews, case studies, surveys, opinions, commentaries and essays in all aspects of human religions and traditions, mystery, myths, mystics, traditions, traditional practices, dogmas, spirituality, cosmic, cosmic gods and goddesses, spiritual Master, Pantheism, Deism, Hinduism, Philosophical theism, Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Satanism, Sufism, Baha’i, Yoga, Buddhism, Sikhism, Traditional Religions, Monism, Cultural practice, religious rituals, traditional ritual, harmful traditional practices (HTP), festivals, beliefs and customs, etc.
Please note manuscript should be in Microsoft Word (MS) format. Figures and table should be submitted alongside the main manuscript or attached as supporting documents. Please see our Instruction for Authors.
“Call For Endorsement” of NGO initiative to make Public-Private Partnerships more transparant
Dear Community of Educators,
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Comments on World Bank’s “A Framework for Disclosure in Public –Private Partnerships” (“the Framework”)
We welcome the opportunity to comment on this document, and the fact that the World Bank has opened it up for consultation. We hope future guidelines or similar documents on Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), whether commissioned by the Group of 20 (G20) or otherwise – including those that have already been submitted to the G20 – will also be open for consultation. We would further like to request that future consultations happen before, rather than after, submission to the G20, as an endorsement by such a powerful group of countries, even in principle, may project the impression that consultations with other stakeholders are a mere formality devoid of a real chance of impact.
National legislation on PPPs seems to have remained the basis for the review on which the “Framework for Disclosure in PPPs” draws. However, in our view, there are a number of frameworks relevant to disclosure unjustifiably left out of the pool of experiences to draw upon. These include the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Publish What You Pay, Open Contracting Partnership and Construction Sector Transparency Initiative. While not all of these focus solely on infrastructure, they do represent approaches to disclosure and an additional set of lessons and ideas to be identified.
In the following pages we provide comments on the suggested framework according to the sequence presented in the document. We explicitly decided not to frame our submission around the questions that guide the consultation as we fear that would constrain our ability to comment on several segments and aspects of the framework we feel necessary to address.
We agree with the drivers of disclosure listed in the document. In our view, however, the document fails to mention that a robust framework for disclosure is a primary and necessary –if insufficient – safeguard against some of the risks raised by PPPs. Such risks have to do with social and environmental impacts, respect for human rights, democratic accountability and macroeconomic problems, including hidden public indebtedness, arising from PPPs. The need for such safeguards is particularly acute in the light of the G20’s recent policy decisions to encourage so-called “transformational” projects, which we understand as increased support for megaprojects. This naturally raises a red flag in terms of designing, implementing and monitoring projects. According to a study by Bent Flyvbjerg from Oxford University’s Said School of Business, the risks and complexities multiply along with the scale of the projects.
The document should contain a section on disclosure guidelines for a certain portion of the pre-procurement stage. It currently ignores the period in the pre-procurement stage in which a certain public interest or need is identified and matched with an appropriate project. This period lasts until the point of deciding that the project will be undertaken through a PPP. This is a crucial stage at which dissemination of information and public consultation will be essential to build support and overcome distrust should a PPP be pursued at a later stage. In our experience, the omission of disclosure at this stage often generates unwarranted costs through the pursuit of projects that the public does not perceive to be in its interest, or PPPs where other forms of delivery may be more warranted. Lack of consultation at this stage may contribute to the perception that the use of PPPs as a delivery format was based on non-transparent, private lobbying by groups or companies that stand to draw a benefit.
The document should point out that in many countries the development of data banks, carrying out and disclosing impact assessments is already mandated for many public interventions (for instance, in the social sector), of lower length and much lower cost than PPPs. It should not be acceptable to do any less for PPPs.
In general, we agree with the challenges pointed out in part I of the document (p. 19-20), however, the benefits are not very well identified. For instance, full disclosure of contracts and of performance/ monitoring reports is essential to allow for democratic accountability of the implementation process. This empowers government officials to put pressure on private sector companies to comply with contract clauses, and discourages corrupt practices.
We appreciate that the document decidedly supports disclosure and endorses recommendations on how to implement it. But we are concerned that it is not completely clear about the extent to which such recommendations are to be seen as requirements rather than simply how jurisdictions have decided to implement disclosure. A list of diverse individual examples may be read as justifying as positive the highest as much as the lowest standard in such lists. Moreover, in many cases lack of a certain level of disclosure would be in contradiction with normative commitments undertaken by countries on these areas, in which case disclosure would be a legal obligation. However, the document does not explicitly state that minimum standards for a disclosure framework are not a choice but a mandatory requirement without which PPPs should simply be discouraged. The Bank’s – or other institutions that may choose to follow this Framework in their support of PPPs – own behaviour is not clear. For instance, will the Bank still support PPPs in countries that do not have such threshold of disclosure? Other public or semi-public development banks (such as KfW and the European Investment Bank) are increasingly involved through their respective blending schemes. The respect to standards needs to be assured; otherwise unsustainable debts may emerge, even if the World Bank acts in a more restrictive manner.
The analysis of users and use of information included in the document is relevant. However, it leaves out people and communities potentially affected by PPP projects. Although these people are part of the general public, they have particular interests to be considered when it comes to disclosing information that enables their meaningful understanding and effective monitoring. The document needs to make explicit references to the relevance of the disclosure for these groups, and as a consequence consciously make provisions – even if there are not in some of the jurisdictions whose legislation it reviewed – to ensure PPPs will be disclosed in a way that effectively, meaningfully and in a timely manner enables the perspective of such people and communities to be heard. It should require that PPPs be disclosed to them and that their interventions be disclosed for purposes of accountability and awareness of other stakeholders, including investors, as well as to point out consequences when such requirements are not followed.
We find that the elements proposed for disclosure tend to omit disclosure of key financial information – such as cost/benefit analysis of PPPs over the lifetime of the project, taking into account the full fiscal implications over the long-term and the risk comparison of different financing mechanisms, particularly with regard to the debt sustainability of the recipient country, as well as risk assessments to explicitly measure the risk of hidden contingent liabilities.
We also find that they omit critical non-financial elements. Environmental, social and human rights risks during the construction and operation of proposed projects, as well as mitigating measures proposed to deal with them. Feasibility studies should already be disclosed in the pre-procurement phase and should include data disaggregated by sex and analysed from a gender perspective. Guidelines on disclosure of performance should at least extend to dimensions of coverage, quality, impact and efficiency and also include sex-disaggregated and gender-analysed data. The disclosure of all of these will certainly contribute to legitimate public authorities’ decision and strengthen the effective monitoring of development results.
Points to be supported and reinforced
We would like to support and reinforce the following points in the document:
The special challenges posed by unsolicited projects (p. 33 -37) and the reasons (p. 34) why the level of information should be higher than for projects initiated by the government (we do not agree with requirements being “as high as that for projects initiated by the government” as an option). It should be noted that PPPs should fit into a nationally-owned development plan and a privately-initiated PPP, likely initiated to promote a private company’s objective, is, by definition, less likely to fit such a plan. It should be subject to a rigorous test to demonstrate it, including the disclosure of a value for money analysis and an impact assessment study.
The decision not to recommend a lower level of disclosure where non-standard contracts are involved, upon the argument that “the lack of transparency in the absence of public disclosure in these cases has the potential to become even higher,” (p. 38) and upping the ante for the government requirement to justify why specific or different parameters are adopted on key issues (e.g. contingent liabilities). In our view, though, the framework could be stronger and send a signal in the right direction if it were phrased as, “Governments should be opened and transparent…” instead of “Governments need…” as these are key issues that can have a high impact on the accountability of outcomes of selected PPP projects.
All elements of financial information whose disclosure is recommended in Tables 9, 10 and 15. On Table 10, however, we do not consider warranted the qualifications under “financial information” that needs to be disclosed. Things like estimates and actual revenues earned are important to know even when the government does not offer a minimum revenue guarantee or receives a payment from the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV). They may affect tariff structures or the balance of other benefits in the contract that were relevant to the negotiation and evaluation of performance or the extent of risk and benefit-sharing between public and private parties. Further, there is a generalized tendency of bidders to overstate benefits and understate costs of projects. It is thus critical that information on performance, renegotiations and consequences, including sanctions for non-compliance with the initial terms of PPPs and the impacts of the new contract in the tariffs of services, also be disclosed.
The category “Government support” is key. However, the framework should make an explicit endorsement of “on balance sheet” and transparent accounting of PPPs, in line with International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) – Standard 32 and 19. PPPs should be included in national accounts, i.e. the costs of PPPs should be registered as a government debt, and therefore be part of a sustainability analysis, rather than being “off balance sheet”. This will allow for a higher level of transparency on the true costs of PPPs for the public purse.
The presumption of disclosure (Tables 12 and 16). However, we also believe that the general exemption of commercial confidence, without further qualification, could easily undo the benefit of such a presumption. There are key questions that remain unanswered in the Framework. For instance: a) who determines what is commercially confidential; b) how this is placed against the “public interest”; c) which criteria should be used to determine what is and is not “public interest”; and d) how much power the public authority has to determine the period during which key information may remain confidential. In addition, for the commercially confidential argument to be valid, there is a need for concrete evidence of the potential harm that would be caused as a result of disclosure.
The recognition that supply-side and technology issues play a role of overall importance in information disclosure in general (p. 24 and Table 2). But it is not credible to mention this problem without acknowledging that in practice it may render whole portions of the Framework useless. The Framework should include guidelines on this, not just for countries undertaking PPPs, but for countries in a position to support the transfer of technology, systems and instruments that support building, processing and disseminating the required data in adequate form in such countries.
3. Specific concerns
We want to share the following specific concerns:
The mention of the Chilean example on disclosure of fiscal and financial information (Box 5) is accompanied with the caveat that “not all countries involved in PPP assess, manage or measure liabilities to the extent Chile does and therefore may not be in a position to disclose in a similar manner.” We call for a more forceful indication that it is desirable to have such methods of detailed assessment, management, measurement and transparent reporting/disclosure of contingent liabilities.
There is a critical reference to a number of jurisdictions where information is kept confidential during the bidding process to maintain the competitiveness of the bidding, but where confidentiality is maintained until signing of the contract (Figure 7). We would argue disclosure in the period after close of biddings and before signature of the contract is certainly healthy to the process while there is no risk it can compromise the process as no more biddings are allowed at that point. We regret that the Framework’s position on what to disclose during this period suffers from some ambiguity.
In terms of what parts of the recommendations are applicable to countries, the document distinguishes between countries with “low” and “intermediate or moderate” capacity (p. 49), suggesting more requirements for the latter. In our view, though, if countries have low capacity to pursue a robust threshold of disclosure measures, PPPs should be discouraged as a financing option until these countries have built their capacity. We find it especially troubling to assert that “disclosing full contract documents would mean a fairly high level of disclosure without a high level of skills.” (p. 49) In countries where the skills for disclosure are not up to speed, most likely the skills for negotiation are such that a PPP is not a viable option and the Bank should unambiguously state so.
The Framework fails to emphasise the relevance of its recommendations to subnational entities, an area of particular concern where issues of capacity tend to play an even bigger role than at national or federal levels.
The Framework fails to make recommendations on the sensitive area of disclosure oriented to ensure scrutiny of potential conflicts of interest of officials and civil servants involved in decisions regarding PPPs, especially members of PPP units. Such requirements are an important portion of measures to prevent corruption, overcharges and inefficiencies and could include, for instance, requirements for them to disclose their CVs, any kinship or family connections and beneficial interests in companies that are or may become parties to PPP contracts.
We remain at your disposal for any further discussion of these comments and would appreciate opportunities to further engage with you on them, or other aspects of the Framework you might like to discuss.
CALL FOR COMMENTS: Draft revised Access to Information Policy
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“Call For HLPF Partnerships” – Survey Deadline 15 Nov – Partnerships for SDGs
Approaching deadline 15 November 2015.
Do not miss the opportunity to have your views heard on how partnerships can best engage with the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, and how the Partnerships for SDGs online platform can become a tool for encouraging global engagement around partnerships for the SDGs.
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” Call For Input” Deadline Nov. 30 — Opportunity to provide written inputs- for the Second UNDP/IPU Global Parliamentary Report
Call for Speaker at the 5th Low Carbon Earth Summit-2015 (Xi’an, September)
The 5th Low Carbon Earth Summit-2015
Theme: Take Actions for Rebuilding a Clean World
Time: September 24-26, 2015
Place: Xi’an, China
Dear Ars Mustafa,
How are you doing recently? I haven’t heard from you for a long time since our last contact, I was wondering whether you have received my invitation to ‘The 5th Low Carbon Earth Summit-2015’ (LCES-2015). The Low Carbon Earth Summit has been held for four times successfully that appealing to experts, specialists, entrepreneurs and scholars from more than 50 countries to participate in.
The 5th Low Carbon Earth Summit will be held in Chinese ancient capital Xi’an during 24-26 September this year. At the interim of the conference, most of our invitees have confirmed to be a speaker spreading out their valuable ideas and researches. We sincerely welcome you and your esteemed organization to be the Speaker at Symposium 3: Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation, your brilliant speech will become a great fortune in our conference!
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This Call for Contributions invites you to propose events for the Forum (the part of the Congress open to the wider public, 2 to 5 September). The Call will remain open until 15 October 2015 and you will have until that date to identify partners and jointly develop your proposal.
“Call For Input” UNFCCC: Extension to deadline for calls for public input on CDM methodologies, revisions, information notes, standards and guidelines (now open until 8 August 2015)
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UNESCO Chair Invitation “Call For Proposals and Events” — Tech4Dev2016: From Innovation to Social Impact | EPFL, 2-4 May 2016 Switzerland
2016 International Conference
UNESCO CHAIR IN TECHNOLOGIES FOR DEVELOPMENT: FROM INNOVATION TO SOCIAL IMPACT
2-4 May 2016 | Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland
CALL FOR BREAKOUT SESSIONS AND EVENT PROPOSALS
Are you interested in the development of innovative technology solutions to advance inclusive social and economic development in the Global South?
The 4th International Conference of the UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development, Tech4Dev 2016, gives you an opportunity to:
- Present your research at a unique multidisciplinary Conference focused on innovative technologies for social impact in the Global South.
- Network across disciplines and fields of technology, to promote the development, deployment, adaptation, and scaling of new solutions for the Global South.
- Identify opportunities for collaboration with diverse stakeholders – academics, students, engineers, entrepreneurs, policymakers, practitioners, and social scientists – interested in technological innovation in the Global South.
- Participate at the fabulous social event of the Conference taking place in the Lavaux Vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In keeping with the spirit of the Conference, Tech4Dev 2016 is delighted to invite researchers, students, practitioners, industry or anyone interested in critical issues in Technologies for Development to submit proposals for breakout sessions or events. The success of any conference is due to the creative input of its participants!
Tech4Dev 2016 welcomes, in particular, proposals with creative formats and innovative approaches to generating discussion. Sessions and events will be considered that address one or more of the core thematic areas of the conference. Submissions should emphasize the value of technological innovation while also acknowledging the limits of technology in generating inclusive social and economic development.
Core Thematic Areas:
- Technologies for Humanitarian Action
- Medical Technologies
- Science and Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction
- Technologies for Sustainable Access to Energy
- ICT for Development
- Technologies for Sustainable Habitat and Cities
Proposals for breakout sessions or events should be submitted online using the prescribed template no later than 11 September 2015.
Further instructions can be found on the conference website: http://cooperation.
We would also be grateful if you could help us in circulating the attached material to all your contacts, networks, etc. If possible, please also include a link on your website.
We look forward to seeing you all in Lausanne!
UNESCO Chair Coordinator
Cooperation & Development Center (CODEV) | UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development | Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) | Tel: +41 (0)21 693 6048 | Email: Tech4Dev@epfl.ch | http
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[[Educators "Call For Input"]] – Consultation open on ISO strategic plan for mitigation and adaptation standards
“Call For input” Important opportunity to give final input on post 2015 development + Links July 20-24 and 27-31st
Dear Community of Educators,
A description of the process on how to give input from afar to the draft statements that will be submitted by civil society, provided by, Myra Jackson [Commons Cluster] who is monitoring the civil society strategy meetings at the UN;
Information on how you can provide input into the conferences to be held from July 20-24 and 27-31 July. See yesterday’s posting “Fwd: Logistical information on July IGN (20-24 and 27-31 July)” for details whether following from your country or attending in person in New York. Also appended below.
The Draft document that will be the subject of discussion. This document will form the basis of the Post 2015 Agenda that will be in force until 2015. This attached version is an update from the last document sent to you. Please note that the “Food for Thought” focussing on the Online Global Platform for Technology Transfer” has been left out of this version. This is terribly serious because without having access to technology (including the Internet), the poor are going to be left out of important aspects of the development process, including the commons-based economy based on caring and sharing that is accessible through the Internet. [SEE IISD notes: http://sd.iisd.org/news/
final-draft-of-post-2015- outcome-document-released/ ]
Information from Lotta Tahtinnen of the UN Secretariat, outlining ways in which you can participate
The next session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will be held from 20-24 and 27-31 July in Conference Room 1. The programme of work, relevant documentation and a list of side events are available at the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform at https://
Preparation of daily interventions
Major groups and other stakeholders will be able to deliver three collectively prepared statements (max. 2 min each) at the end of each day of the first week. To facilitate the collaborative preparations of these 3 daily statements, DSD and NGLS have created the following Google Spreadsheet to be used by major groups and other stakeholders to coordinate their efforts: https://docs.google.com/
There will be coordination meetings every morning, lunchtime and afternoon to finalize the preparations of the statements and to discuss other pertinent matters. These coordination meetings will be held on Monday, 20 July, from 8:30-10 a.m. and from 1-6 p.m. in conference room 12. The location for the subsequent days will be shared with you on Monday.
Additional meeting rooms
A smaller conference room has also been reserved for your use for additional caucusing purposes. The room is available Monday – Friday from 8:00am to 8:00pm and can be reserved using the following form: https://docs.google.com/
Meeting with the Permanent Mission of Brazil
The Permanent Mission of Brazil is inviting representatives of major groups and other stakeholders to a meeting on Tuesday, 21 July, at 8:30 a.m. in conference room 6.
We look forward to seeing you on Monday.
“Call For Papers” FLARE (Forests and Livelihoods: Assessment, Research, and Engagement) conference COP 21 Paris: 2nd call for abstracts – Deadline July 31, 2015
Please share with your colleagues and networks… Deadline July 31st. ~~
“Call For Papers” – NZ Asia, Multispecies Perspectives on Humans and Elephants in Asia, November 29 – December 2, 2015 — Deadline August 31
Hi- My school is hosting the 21st biennial New Zealand Asian Studies Society conference from November 29 to December 2 this year. Confirmed keynote speakers include the Indian historian Tanika Sarkar. I am organizing a panel on human-elephant relations (see below), but I would also encourage others with Asian regional interests to consider submitting an abstract. The deadline is August 31, see: http://www.arts.
Multispecies Perspectives on Humans and Elephants in Asia
Asian elephants are entangled in many different human enterprises through complex histories of encounter, appropriation, and adaptation. Elephants have been made to serve as weapons of war, as symbols of political power, as commodities for exchange, as objects of entertainment, as vehicles for labor, and as icons of conservation. Both free-roaming and captive elephants are profoundly affected by the human territories in which they dwell, not only inhabiting environments transformed or affected by human activity, but also enduring conditions of existence configured by human agency. But the meaning and materiality of elephant bodies, selves, and traces also have consequences for human lives and landscapes, making humans and elephants co-evolving companion species in shared social, historical, and ecological space.
Recognizing nonhuman others as more than just symbolic or utilitarian matter, this panel seeks to explore multispecies perspectives on the human-elephant nexus by considering the subjective, symbolic, and material agency of elephants as social animals that act to configure worlds shared with humans. Accordingly, this panel seeks contributions that employ a multispecies approach to the dynamics of interspecies coexistence with elephants in Asia. Papers might consider the practices and purposes of captive management, interspecies conflict over land use, the role of elephants in conservation assemblages, trade in elephant body parts, touristic experiences of elephants in zoos, sanctuaries, and wild spaces, or elephants in veterinary practice and scientific research.
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Schooling – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon A Call to World Leaders to Secure Education for Young People Worldwide Children “Seeds of Future Progress”
Dear Community of Educators,
On July 7, 2015 the Oslo Summit was held on Education for Development. UN News Centre reports on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s insights on the importance of the right to an education in a world of global citizenship, especially in developing countries and in conflict areas, see
Education ‘essential to vision of a life of dignity for all,’ says Ban at Norway summit
“We are here to secure commitments to deliver on the promises of the sustainable development agenda. Education is essential to its vision of a life of dignity for all,” the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, noting that the Summit is being held just six days before the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, which will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
From the AP reporting service…
“The United Nations chief has joined Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai in calling on world leaders to secure education for young people across the globe.
Describing children as the “seeds of future progress,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday that education is the “the soil to help them grow into global citizens.”
Ban spoke in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, at an international conference to promote education in Third World and conflict-stricken countries.
Malala, a Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban in 2012 for asserting her right to an education, said books were “a better investment in our future than bullets.”
The Oslo conference comes in preparation for a summit on financing education and other strategies to combat poverty in Ethiopia later this month and the U.N. General Assembly in September.”
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Call for Papers: Fifth Anniversary Issue of Transnational Environmental Law
For its fifth anniversary, Transnational Environmental Law (TEL) invites submissions that explore differentiation in transnational environmental law, covering both the evolving understanding of CBDRs in the context of international climate change law and the relation between transnational governance and differentiation generally. Successful submissions will be published in the TEL anniversary issue and a prize will be awarded for innovative scholarship. Please see additional details below from the Editors-in-Chief, including an update regarding the Transnational Environmental Law Impact Factor.
As Editors-in-Chief of Transnational Environmental Law (TEL), we are delighted to share with you exciting news about TEL’s new Impact Factor and global ranking, as well as a call for papers for TEL’s 5th anniversary issue (2016), the TEL Anniversary Public Lecture in Cambridge (UK), and the TELinnovative scholarship prize. The enclosed flyer contains full details about the call for papers for the anniversary issue.
Thijs Etty & Veerle Heyvaert
Transnational Environmental Law (TEL) ranks in top 3 environmental law journals worldwide
Cambridge University Press and the journal Editors are proud to share the news that Transnational Environmental Law (TEL) has been recognized among the top 3 law environmental journals worldwide by the authoritative Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports® 2014 and Scopus’ Global Law Journals Ranking 2014.
In its first year of inclusion in the Social Science Citation Index, based on its first three years in print, TEL has achieved an ISI impact factor of 0.559, placing it 3rd environmental journal in the Law category (79/140 general category) and 3rd environmental law journal in the environmental studies category (91/100 general category).
TEL also ranked 3rd highest environmental law journals worldwide and top quartile overall in the Scopus Global Law Journal Ranking 2014, with an SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) indicator of 0.606.
Transnational Environmental Law (TEL) is a peer-reviewed international journal dedicated to the development of new ideas on law’s contribution to environmental governance in a global context. TEL is published by Cambridge University Press, and appears twice annually. TEL’s editorial team consists of Thijs Etty and Veerle Heyvaert as Editors-in-Chief, assisted by an international team of Editors: Wil Burns, Cinnamon Carlarne, Dan Farber and Jolene Lin.
For further information about TEL, contact the Editors-in-Chief Thijs Etty & Veerle Heyvaert at: TEL@cambridge.org.
You can browse TEL’s contents at: http://journals.cambridge.
For submissions, visit: https://mc.
CALL FOR PAPERS
5th Anniversary Issue of Transnational Environmental Law (TEL)
Scholarship Prize and Public Lecture
The concept of ‘common but differentiated responsibilities’ (CBDRs) is a pivotal principle of international environmental law. CBRDs help to bridge the distance between the formal equality of states under international law and the deep inequalities in wealth, power and historical responsibility that divide them. CBDRs were an essential factor in the globalization of environmental agreements in the late 20th century, with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as famous exponents of this development.
In recent times, however, the continued justification for and relevance of CBDRs has come under heightened scrutiny. Within the climate change context, some commentaries associate CBDRs with a static, top-down approach to international lawmaking that is insensitive to the sheer scale of the climate change challenge, the shifting boundaries between developed and certain cohorts of developing countries, and the rapidly changing geopolitical reality that affects and is simultaneously shaped by climate change. Others insist that, especially in the light of the ascendance of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) and the increased fluidity of commitments they permit, CBDRs are, more than ever, a vital corrective mechanism to ensure that distributive fairness remains part of the international climate change agenda.
Moreover, the growing relevance of non-state actors in lawmaking and governance within and outside the climate change context urges reflection on the scope for differentiation in a transnational context. The legality and legitimacy of assigning differentiated responsibilities within private and hybrid environmental governance regimes remains thus far under-explored, as does the question of the appropriate criteria on the basis of which distinctions between transnational regulatory addressees should be drawn.
For its fifth anniversary, in 2016, Transnational Environmental Law (TEL) invites submissions that explore differentiation in transnational environmental law, covering both the evolving understanding of CBDRs in the context of international climate change law and the relation between transnational governance and differentiation generally. Successful submissions will be published in the TEL anniversary issue and a prize will be awarded for innovative scholarship.
The author of the winning article will be invited to give the TEL Anniversary Public Lecture, which will be held in Cambridge (UK) in autumn of 2016 and will be made available online as a podcast to coincide with the release of the anniversary issue.
TEL warmly welcomes submissions from authors at all stages of professional development and is particularly keen to encourage submissions from early-career scholars.
To be considered for the Anniversary Issue, Scholarship Prize and Public Lecture, authors are requested to submit a 150-250w abstract to TEL@
Completed articles (8,000-11,000w) and commentaries (3,000-6,000w) should be submitted by 31 January 2016 via TEL’s online platform at https://mc.
General submissions are also invited, and will be considered on a rolling basis, year-round.
For any further queries, please contact TEL Editors-in-Chief at TEL@cambridge.org.
Thijs Etty and Veerle Heyvaert
Transnational Environmental Law (TEL) is a peer-reviewed international journal dedicated to the development of new ideas on law’s contribution to environmental governance in a global context. TEL is published by Cambridge University Press, and appears twice annually. TEL’s editorial team consists of Thijs Etty and Veerle Heyvaert as Editors-in-Chief, and Wil Burns, Cinnamon Carlarne, Dan Farber and Jolene Lin as Editors.
ISI Impact Factor
TEL has an ISI Impact Factor of 0.559 and is ranked top 3 of environmental law journals worldwide by theThomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports Social Sciences Edition 2014 (79 out of 140 journals in the Law category and 91 out of 100 in Environmental Studies) .
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