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Call for Applications: GFMD Civil Society Days 2016


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Science Matters

 .CALL FOR POSTERS 2016/Italian Society for Climate Sciences – IV Annual Conference, October 19-20, 2016 – Cagliari (Italy)


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
•    Policies
•    Mitigation
•    Climate Services
•    Decarbonization

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.

The organizing committee solicits contributions for the poster sessions (http://www.sisclima.it/conferenza-annuale-2016/call-for-poster/).
A short abstract (max 300 words) should be submitted at: sisc.conference@sisclima.it 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/conferenza-annuale-2016/guidelines-and-templates/).
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.

For more details on registration fees, please visit the Conference webpage: http://www.sisclima.it/conferenza-annuale-2016/.

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: sisc.conference@sisclima.it

Società Italiana per le Scienze del Clima (SISC)
Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, n. 8, I-30124, Venezia – Italia
www.sisclima.it – info@sisclima.it

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UNEA-2: Call for Nomination of Major Groups Speakers at Sustainable Innovation Expo during UNEA 2

dear all,
See below and attached the program for the Sustainable Innovation Expo, to be held during the UNEA-2 (23-27 May – Nairobi), covering interesting events related to the SDG Agenda.
Pls let the secretariat of Major Groups and Stakeholder Branch for UNEP know if you want to nominate someone. Mails see below.
Kind regards,
Leida Rijnhout
Director Global Policies and Sustainability
European Environmental Bureau (EEB)BOULEVARD DE WATERLOO 341000 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Tel: +32 (0) 2 274 10 82 | Mobile+32 (0) 494 89 30 52leida.rijnhout@eeb.org | Websitehttp://www.eeb.org/




CALL FOR CHAPTERS FOR THE FORTHCOMING PUBLICATION “Open and Distance Learning for Sustainable Growth in Emerging Nations” to be published by IGI GLOBAL-USA

Dear Madam/Sir

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.com/publish/call-for-papers/call-details/1998 for more details regarding this publication and to submit your work through online link at http://www.igi-global.com/submission/submit-chapter/?projectid=103b3a98-1f54-439f-adb7-c9b9a1d082cc .

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/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I hope to hear from you at the earliest.

Best wishes,

Umesh Chandra Pandey

Open and Distance Learning for Sustainable Growth in Emerging


Dr U C Pandey
Regional Director
IGNOU Regional Centre,
2nd Floor, Rajshekhar Bhawan,
Rani Durgawati Vishwavidyalaya Campus,
Pachpedi, Jabalpur-482 001, Madhya Pradesh, India.

Landline No. +91-761-2600219
Mobile Number- +91-9425302589
E Mail:ucpandey@ignou.ac.in

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“Call For Youth Voices” UNEP

Dear Community of Educators,

UNEP wants to hear your voice! please take our youth survey and make a difference.http://bit.ly/22y2Oolhttp://www.unep.org/cso-new/ForDownload/youth-Voices.png
Please share with your colleagues and networks, and your connections with Youth [18-30]/Youth organizations.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UNSD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  1-734-352-7429
Land line: +1 (734) 994-3612






Call for Participation and Support: 66th Annual DPI NGO Conference

RE: 2016 Call for Conference Participation and Support
5 February 2016

Republic of Korea to Host Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organizations Conference in Gyeongju, 30 May—1 June


The Executive Committee of Non-Governmental Organizations Associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information
12 February 2016
Dear Friends and NGO Colleagues,
Since 2002, I have been honored to assist each Planning Committee for the UN Department of Public Information’s annual NGO Conferences.  I am writing today as the Co-Chair for its 2016 Resources Subcommittee and particularly requesting your participation and financial support: these are important, substantive and networking opportunities that should not be missed and must find support in order to be of the most value to our civil society community.
This Spring, from 30 May through 2 June, UN DPI will partner with the NGO DPI Executive Committee and the Host Country, Republic of Korea, to present the 66th Annual Conference: “Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together.”
This is a very special event for which we urge your attendance and support.
* A very special conference site has been selected: Gyeongju, Ancient capital of South Korea. A UNESCO Cultural Heritage site: the city often referred to as the “Museum Without Walls,”
* The topic and timing speak to the urgency of the UNs new 30-year global challenge, the newly announced Sustainable Development Goals,
* The conference will focus on education as the tool to ensure that well-informed global citizens will better enable SDG success and then maintain it;
* New technologies alongside intergenerational leadership enabling civil society to do its part, ensuring the development and maintenance of these goals, together.
We ask for your sponsorship and support at this time.(US citizens, all support to NGO DPI Executive Committee programming is fully tax deductible as allowed by law!):
* Sponsor NGO DPI Conference Major Events! Receptions, networking gatherings of all kinds, workshops, exhibits, and other public and online events. Contact Patrick Sciarratta directly (Patrick@vnclm.org); we will provide you with opportunities at levels of support, $10,000 & above.
* Support Travel of Speakers, Delegates, and Regional Representatives from Least Developed Countries, ensure the diversity these NGO Conferences have maintained for over half a century. $5,000 is budgeted per person for international travel and per-diem support; donations of Frequent Flier miles or accommodations during the events are also sought.
* Donate Any Amount to the NGO DPI Executive Committee to offset workshop or exhibit costs, Executive Committee travel, printing costs, insurance and other administration. We will formally thank you for your donation at any level; the Resources Committee will note all contributions over $100 in the program related to the events.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Patrick Sciarratta, Co-Chair
Resources Subcommittee
Bruce Knotts, Chair
NGO DPI Executive Committee
Read the Press Release here

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!

Or, mail your support checks today, to:
NGO DPI Executive Committee
Resources Sub-Committee/NGO DPI
P.O. Box 3382




Call for Mentors! 2/25 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.

UN FlagsWomen’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

Join us as a mentor

Register as a student

Please direct any questions to programs@wfpg.org 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

Dear Colleagues,
It is a pleasure to announce the 1st Moroccan Regional Science Association (AMRS) Congress and the 23rd Portuguese Association for Regional Development (APDR) Congress, to be held in Marrakech, Morocco, May 30-31, 2016.  The theme of the conference will focus on Sustainability of Territories in the Context of Global Changes. We are extending an invitation to your colleagues and networks to submit abstracts and special session proposals, please share widely.
Deadline for Abstracts submissions: April 10, 2016. Abstracts should be submitted electronically, using the platform available on the Conference website: https://events.digitalpapers.org/amsr_apdr
Deadline for Special Session proposalsFebruary 29th, 2016. Proposals should be sent to the secretariat of the Congress (apdr@apdr.pt)
All information at the congress website: http://www.apdr.pt/congresso/2016/
Looking forward to meeting you in Marrakech!
Abdellatif Khattabi 
Chair of the Local Organizing Committee
*The Bartholomew award is awarded to scientists aged less than 33 years (including co-authors) on the 15th of July each year, presenting a paper in a session of APDR Congress. The prize is awarded by a jury of appreciation by the Director of the Portuguese Journal of Regional Studies and two scientists appointed by him. The assessment criteria are: conceptual coherence, relevance to regional science and its impact on regional development.
Call for Abstracts and Special Session Proposals | 1st AMRS Congress and 23rd APDR Congress, May 30-31,2016, Marrakech, Morocco
logo event marocco
It is our pleasure to announce the 1st Moroccan Regional Science Association (AMRS) Congress and 23rd Portuguese Association for Regional Development (APDR) Congress, to be held at Marrakech, Morocco, from May 30 to 31, 2016.
Theme of the Conference: Sustainability of Territories in the Context of Global Changes
The Congress will work through plenary sessions, conferences and round tables and parallel sessions. Parallel sessions will include: i) abstracts submitted to Regular Sessions (RS), proposed by the organization; and ii) abstracts submitted to Special Sessions (SS), proposed by participants. Sessions can be either in English, French or Portuguese.
The call for abstracts and Special Session Proposals is open and your participation is very welcome!
Themes of specific interest are:
1.       Agriculture, fisheries and food security
2.       Climate change mitigation and adaptation
3.       Climate risk management in the perspective of human security
4.       Economics of Environmental and Natural Resources
5.       Education, health, wealth, and human welfare
6.       Environmental services and their attractiveness to private sectors
7.       Financial System and Regional Development
8.       Green growth in energy, transport and infrastructures
9.       Green growth in natural resources
10.    Local Reactions to Global Changes
11.    Mediterranean Renaissance
12.    Migration and urban vitality
13.    Migration, Urbanization and Spatial Justice
14.    Natural resources, biodiversity, environment and sustainable development
15.    Opportunities and constraints for innovation in green enterprises
16.    Poverty, social policy in space and environment
17.    Regional Cooperation and Development
18.    Regional Development in Africa
19.    Rural Development and Agriculture Economics
20.    Spatial Dimensions of the Financial and Monetary Crises
21.    Territorial Multi functionality and, Sustainable Regional Development
22.    Theory, Methods, Data and Reality in Regional Science
23.    Bartolomeu Award*
Deadline for Abstracts submissions: April 10, 2016. Abstracts should be submitted electronically, using the platform available on the Conference website: https://events.digitalpapers.org/amsr_apdr
Deadline for Special Session proposalsFebruary 29th, 2016. Proposals should be sent to the secretariat of the Congress (apdr@apdr.pt)
All information at the congress website: http://www.apdr.pt/congresso/2016/
Looking forward to meeting you in Marrakech!
Abdellatif Khattabi 
Chair of the Local Organizing Committee
*The Bartholomew award is awarded to scientists aged less than 33 years (including co-authors) on the 15th of July each year, presenting a paper in a session of APDR Congress. The prize is awarded by a jury of appreciation by the Director of the Portuguese Journal of Regional Studies and two scientists appointed by him. The assessment criteria are: conceptual coherence, relevance to regional science and its impact on regional development.

Appel pour les propositions de résumés et de sessions spéciales

logo event maroccoNous 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.

Thème de la conférence: Durabilité des territoires dans le contexte des changements globaux.
Le Congrès se déroulera en sessions plénières, conférences, tables rondes et  sessions parallèles. Les sessions parallèles concerneront: i) les résumés soumis aux sessions ordinaires (SO), proposés par l’organisation; et ii) les résumés soumis aux sessions spéciales (SS), proposés par les participants. Les sessions peuvent être en anglais, français ou portugais.

L’appel pour les propositions de résumés et de sessions spéciales est ouvert.  Votre participation est vivement souhaitée!
Les thèmes d’intérêts spécifiques sont:
1.       Agriculture, pêche et sécurité alimentaire
2.       Changements climatiques, mesures d’atténuation et  d’adaptation
3.       Gestion du risque climatique dans la perspective de la sécurité humaine
4.       Economie de l’environnement et des ressources naturelles
5.       Education, santé, richesse et bien-être humain
6.       Services environnementaux et attraits pour le secteur privé
7.       Système financier et développement régional
8.       Croissante verte dans l’énergie, le transport et les infrastructures
9.       Croissance verte et ressources naturelles
10.    Réactions locales aux changements globaux
11.    Renaissance méditerranéenne
12.    Migration et vitalité urbaine
13.    Migration, urbanisation et justice spatiale
14.    Ressources naturelles, biodiversité, environnement et développement durable.
15.    Opportunités et contraintes pour l’innovation dans les entreprises vertes
16.    Pauvreté, politique sociale de l’espace et de l’environnement
17.    Coopération régionale et développement
18.    Développement régional en Afrique
19.    Développement rural et économie agricole
20.    Dimensions spatiales des crises financières et monétaires
21.    Multifonctionnalité territoriale et développement régional durable
22.    Théories, Méthodes, données et réalités en sciences régionales
23.    Prix Bartolomeu*
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.org/amsr_apdr
Date limite pour les propositions de sessions extraordinaires: 29 Février 2016. Les propositions doivent être envoyées au secrétariat du Congrès (apdr@apdr.pt)
 Plus d’informations sur le site du congrès: http://www.apdr.pt/congresso/2016/
Dans l’attente de vous rencontrer à Marrakech!
Abdellatif Khattabi 
Chair of the Local Organizing Committee
Abdellatif Khattabi, Ph.D.












Dear Colleague,

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.

All manuscript(s), inquiry and correspondence should be sent to the emails: ijrt@academiascholarlyjournal.org, academiascholarlyjournal.org@gmail.com or info@academiascholarlyjournal.org.  

Visit the links below for a list of other journals published by Academia Scholarly Journals

International Journal of Wildlife and Endangered Species Conservation (IJWESC)

International Journal of Human Kinetic and Sporting Science (IJHKSS)

International Journal of Advances in Medical Sciences and Biotechnology (IJAMSB)

International Journal of Agricultural Research, Sustainability, and Food Sufficiency (IJARSFS)

International Journal of Advances in Scientific Research and Reviews (IJASRR)

International Journal of Management Sciences (IJMS)

International Journal of Advances in Herbal and Alternative Medicine (IJAHAM)

International Journal of Sustainable Transport and Logistics (IJSTL).

International Journal of Health, Safety and Environments (IJHSE)

International Journal of Religions and Traditions (IJRT)





“Call For Endorsement” of NGO initiative to make Public-Private Partnerships more transparant

Dear Community of Educators,

The Commons Cluster of the Major Groups and Stakeholders has been actively engaged in the Financing for Development Group of NGOs.  They have prepared input to be submitted to the World Bank Group to ensure all actions by the Private Sector when entering into Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs – as recommended in Sustainable Development Goal 17) are transparent.  Comments on World Bank’s “A Framework for Disclosure in Public –Private Partnerships” (“the Framework”)
If your organization would like to endorse this important initiative’s text, directly contact Maria Jose Romero <mromero@eurodad.org> with your organization’s name.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UNSD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell: +1-(734) 352•7429
Landline: +1-(734) 994•3612


Dear Friends,

As Commons Cluster, we have been quite active in the Financing for Development Group of NGOs, especially leading up to Addis.
That work continues with the following input to be submitted to the World Bank Group to ensure that all actions by the Private Sector when entering into Public Private Partnerships (PPPs, as recommended in Sustainable Development Goal 17) are transparent. The initiative below by our colleagues in the Financing For Development group has gone into a great deal of detail. If these points are adopted, we, the people, would be able to monitor more easily what is happening in PPPs. The capacity to monitor and influence policies at all levels as people worldwide is very much in harmony with our aims as a Commons Cluster.
If your organization would like to endorse this important initiative by our colleagues at the UN, please send an email to Maria Jose Romero who has been spear-heading this project to let him know your organization’s name.
His email address is:
Warmest greetings,
Lisinka Ulatowska
Coordinator Commons Cluster of the UN NGO Major Group
Here is the text your organization would be endorsing:

Comments on World Bank’s “A Framework for Disclosure in Public –Private Partnerships” (“the Framework”)

February, 2016

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.

  1. General comments
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  1. Points to be supported and reinforced

We would like to support and reinforce the following points in the document:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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


Dear Colleagues,
We hope this finds you well.
You are kindly invited to comment on the draft revised UNEP Access to Information Policy, which incorporates previous comments and input from various stakeholders as at  September 2015.
We would like to  kindly ask you to review the new text of the policy, distribute it further and give any comments you might have directly to the website link below:
If possible, send your comments before November 25, 2015 so that they can feed into the mentioned dialogue. It is however also possible to send in comments after this date.
Please let us know if you have any questions.

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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.

See more here: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/partnerships





” Call For Input” Deadline Nov. 30 — Opportunity to provide written inputs- for the Second UNDP/IPU Global Parliamentary Report

Dear Colleagues,
UNDP and the Inter-Parliamentary Union are jointly developing the second global parliamentary report on the topic: “Parliament’s power to hold government to account: Realities and perspectives on oversight”.
The aim of the report is to take stock of parliamentary capacity to hold governments to account and to sketch out perspectives for the future. It will analyze the conditions for effective oversight, highlight potential shortcomings and propose improvements. It will also investigate how effective parliaments are in their oversight functions, shed light on the factors that can either support or inhibit oversight, and make practical recommendations to stimulate improvement. The report is scheduled for publication in late 2016.
UNDP and the IPU are keen to ensure members of the parliamentary community, and other interested parties and stakeholders, including civil society and youth organizations, engage with and provide input to the second report in the course of its production. To this end, a call for written input has now been published. It is addressed to all parliaments, organizations and individuals with experience/interest in parliamentary oversight.
The call for written input is available in English, French and Spanish and is accessible in the following link:  www.ipu.org/gpr2
We apologize that the call has not been translated into Arabic but participants can also send their input in Arabic. The guidelines sets a maximum of 1,500 words, and the deadline for submission of input is 30 November.
We would also like to request you to assist us in circulating the call for written inputs widely to your various networks Your assistance in making sure the Call reaches the right people is most appreciated. Kindly send your input and/ or inquiries  to Ms. Suki Beavers (suki.beavers@undp.org) is leading this initiative from UNDP’s side with a copy to civil.society@unep.org
Kind Regards
Major Groups and Stakeholders Branch
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Nairobi, Kenya

Kind Regards,





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

Website: http://www.lcesummit.com

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!

Please do not hesitate to contact me or kindly find our website: http://www.lcesummit.com/ScientificProgram.asp if you require more details of the program.

If you don’t want to receive any further e-mail from LCES-2015, please revert back with a subject Unsubscribe.

We are looking forward to your participation!

Kind regards,

Ms. April Wang

Organizing Committee of LCES-2015

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Call for Contributions for the Forum now open
The next IUCN World Conservation Congress will take place in Hawaiʻi, USA, from 1 to 10 September 2016.

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.

Events at the Forum are varied and include Workshops, training and capacity-building sessions at the Conservation Campus, Posters and Knowledge Café sessions.  It is a great platform to meet and discuss with like-minded people. So if you would like to engage and inspire others, this is your opportunity to do so!
New for 2016:  Submit your proposal and follow its progress on the new Congress Portal.Similarly, take a look and see what has already been submitted using this simplified process.  Please read our guidelines carefully before submitting your proposal in order to maximise the chance of it being selected.
The Congress Portal is currently only available in English. French and Spanish versions will follow shortly.
Visit the Congress Website for the latest updates and information about the Congress and please don’t hesitate to contact us at congressforum@iucn.org if you have any queries.
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“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)

UNFCCC: Extension to deadline – calls for public input on CDM methodologies, revisions, information notes, standards and guidelines (now open until 8 August 2015)
Dear Climate-L readers,
The deadline for the below calls for public input has been extended to 8 August 2015 at 24:00 GMT. More details are available on the UNFCCC website at https://cdm.unfccc.int/public_inputs/index.html.
Kind regards,
Nathalie Sneider
Public Information Assistant
Communication for Development Unit
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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
2-4 May 2016 | Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland


Dear Colleagues,

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.epfl.ch/2016Tech4Dev

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!

Best wishes,

Eileen Hazboun
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://cooperation.epfl.ch/2016Tech4Dev

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[[Educators "Call For Input"]] – Consultation open on ISO strategic plan for mitigation and adaptation standards

Consultation is open until August 15, 2015 to submit feedback on the updated strategic plan of ISO TC207 SC7 “GHG Management and Related Activities” for development of mitigation and adaptation standards.
The strategic plan and links to online surveys are posted at www.collaborase.com/iso.
The comments will be reviewed at the ISO TC207 SC7 plenary meetings in India, September 4-12, 2015.
Tom Baumann
International Chair, ISO TC207 SC7
Co-Founder, GHG Management Institute and Director of Knowledge Management
Co-Founder, Interactive Leader | Collaborase
Co-Founder, ClimateCHECK
Skype: skypetombaumann

LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/tombaumann




“Call For input” Important opportunity to give final input on post 2015 development + Links July 20-24 and 27-31st

Dear Community of Educators,

You are warmly invited to give last input into the Final Draft Agreement on the Post 2015 agenda on sustainable development that will be adopted by Heads of State and Government this coming September. Please find enclosed:
  1. 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;
  2. 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.
  3. 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/  ]
How to give input
Normally conferences that deal with the final wording of a UN agreement do not welcome input from civil society (because…  the UN is a Governmental Organization where the actual decisions are made by its Members, i.e. Governments.) But Ambassadors Kamau (Kenya) and Donaghue (Ireland), the Co-Chairs have made an exception. Our colleague and Commons Cluster web master, Myra Jackson,  is at present attending strategy meetings with other Civil Society organizations, reports that the process will take place as follows:
- All are invited to give input to a written document via google docs (see link below);
- At the session all will be able to listen in and a team of NGO reps (whoever happens to be at the conference and so inclined will be listening in will select from the written statement points that relate to statements made during the governmental discussions;
- The written document will be submitted for consideration in the final draft agreement to be accepted by Heads of State and Government in September of this year that launches the post 2015 agenda.
Myra Jackson has shared a link to the following document:
   Information from Lotta Tahtinnen of the UN Secretariat, outlining ways in which you can participate
Dear All,
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://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015.   Similar to the previous negotiating sessions, a total of 12 seats with microphones will be made available in Conference Room 1 for use by major groups and other stakeholders on a rotational basis. Additional seating will be available in the balcony area of Conference Room 1. On Monday, 20 July and Tuesday, 21 July, the Trusteeship Council Chamber will function as an overflow room. Subject to room availability, overflow rooms for the subsequent days will be announced in due course. All meetings will also be webcast at http://webtv.un.org/.
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/spreadsheets/d/1ViXQUAceYCNkZ8FPSNK_sMaH4jEfpaKI3lymxVcS46k/edit?usp=sharing
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/forms/d/1lOyaJSV0_LxKZqyRKha8dUZr9YfcXCEl_G5I-PyNUr4/edit#. Please note that it is not the same room every day, please refer to the schedule available on the reservation form.
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.
Kind regards,
Lotta Tahtinen | Stakeholder Engagement Programme Coordinator
Division for Sustainable Development | DESA
United Nations | Room S-2619 | Email: tahtinen@un.org


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“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. ~~

Dear Colleagues,
The call for abstracts for the FLARE conference has been very well-received!  To strengthen the submission of papers with earmarked support for the Pathways to Prosperity theme, and to accommodate several requests for a deadline extension, we have extended the deadline to July 31, 2015 (5pm EDT).
Please note that this is the same deadline as the special call for fully-funded full papers for the Pathways to Prosperity theme.​ Submit your abstract for this call via email to watkinsc@umich.edu.
If you would like your abstract to be considered for both calls, please submit your abstract via the online submission portal, as well as via email (watkinsc@umich.edu).
Please see the pdfs attached for more details.
We are looking forward to a very interesting set of discussions in Paris!

First Annual FLARE Conference (November 2015, Paris) - Submit your abstract here! 
Cristy Watkins PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Forestry Resources and Institutions
School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan
Editorial Assistant, World Development Journal 

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“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.canterbury.ac.nz/nzasia/

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.

thanks, all the best, Piers
Piers Locke PhD
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University of Canterbury
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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”

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 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

7 July 2015 – The Oslo Summit on Education for Development is a chance to reaffirm the human right to education, an opportunity to mobilize political commitment, and “our moment” to galvanize international support for education, United Nations Secretary-GeneralBan Ki-moon declared today in Norway, where he has been attending a number of high-level events over the past two days.

“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.”

(UN SD Education Caucus members, Celine Paramunayil [lead] and Divine Ntiokam, are preparing for the meeting on finance for development in Ethiopia.)
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If you attended the Oslo Summit, please share a brief summary, highlights, and your experience.  If you are following and will be attending the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, let us know, you may want to also meet-up with Celine and others during the Conference.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
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Call for Papers: Fifth Anniversary Issue of Transnational Environmental Law

Dear Colleagues,

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.

Best wishes,

Thijs Etty & Veerle Heyvaert

Editors-in-Chief, Transnational Environmental Law  (TEL)

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.org/action/displayJournal?jid=TEL

For submissions, visit: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tel_submissions

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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@cambridge.org by 30 September 2015.

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.manuscriptcentral.com/tel_submissions.

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.

Best wishes,

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) .
It is also listed as the 3rd highest environmental  law journals worldwide and top quartile overall in theScopus Global Law Journal Ranking 2014, with an SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) indicator of 0.606.

For further information, visit http://www.journals.cambridge.org/TEL


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