Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Launch of Perspectives 2015: Transformational Change for Low Carbon and Sustainable Development

We are happy to announce that the 2015 edition of Perspectives Transformational Change for Low Carbon and Sustainable Development is now available for download.

The publication contributes to the understanding of how transformational change towards
low-carbon development has already taken place or is being planned in five developed and developing countries. Informed by theories of sustainability transitions, country experts from Brazil, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, and South Africa reflect on the dynamics and
challenges of processes of transformational change in the sub-sectors of wind power, renewable energy, deforestation, transport and state-owned companies.

The Perspectives 2015 publication is a result of collaboration between the NAMA Partnership Working Group on Sustainable Development (WG-SD) and the International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV. The objective of these partnerships is to enhance collaboration and the complementarity of activities by multilateral, bilateral and other organizations to accelerate support to developing countries in preparing and implementing their Low-Emission Development Strategies (LEDS), NAMAs, measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) systems and INDCs. For more information on these partnerships, visit  and
Editors of Perspectives 2015: Karen Holm Olsen & Jørgen Fenhann, both UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP)

For download:


Best regards,

Mette Annelie Rasmussen
Special Advisor, Communication & Outreach
UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP)
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UNEP DTU Partnership (formerly UNEP Risø Centre) is a UNEP Collaborating Centre and a leading international research and advisory institution on energy, climate and sustainable development.

"Consensus and Global Environmental Governance" - A new book in the Earth System Governance Series

Toward the goal of a new universal climate agreement, the December 2014 Lima Climate Change Conference called for action to achieve "meaningful and regular opportunities for the effective engagement of experts from Parties, relevant international organizations, civil society, indigenous peoples, women, youth, academic institutions, the private sector, and subnational authorities nominated by their respective countries"

In a new book in the Earth System Governance series with The MIT Press: Consensus and Global Environmental Governance: Deliberative Democracy in Nature's Regime, juristic democracy is presented as an approach to include citizens in deliberations and decision-making on global climate governance.

The book is authored by Prof. Walter F. Baber (California State University, Long Beach) and Prof. Robert V. Bartlett (University of Vermont), both members of the Earth System Governance Lead Faculty.


In this book, Professors Baber and Bartlett explore the practical and conceptual implications of a new approach to international environmental governance. Their proposed approach - juristic democracy - emphasizes the role of the citizen rather than the nation-state as the source of legitimacy in international environmental law. Their aim is to construct a global jurisprudence based on collective will formation.


Building on concepts presented in their previous book, the award-winning Global Democracy and Sustainable Jurisprudence, Baber and Bartlett examine in detail the challenges that consensus poses for a system of juristic democracy. They analyze the implications of deliberative consensus for rule-bounded behavior, for the accomplishment of basic governance tasks, and for diversity in a politically divided and culturally plural world. They assess social science findings about the potential of small-group citizen panels to contribute to rationalized consensus, drawing on the extensive research conducted on the use of juries in courts of law. Finally, they analyze the place of juristic democracy in a future "consensually federal" system for earth system governance.


Other recent books in the Earth System Governance series with The MIT Press include:

-       Frank Biermann. 2014. Earth System Governance: World Politics in the Anthropocene.

-       Aarti Gupta and Michael Mason, editors. 2014. Transparency in Global Environmental Governance: Critical Perspectives.

-       Sikina Jinnah. 2014. Post-Treaty Politics: Secretariat Influence in Global Environmental Governance.

More about these new books and all our other publications can be found at

Contact: Earth System Governance International Project Office,

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Apply for a Corporate Adaptation Prize!

The 2015 ND-GAIN Corporate Adaptation Prize application is now open! Your network contains potential recipients, and I hope you will encourage them to apply.


Winning Corporate Adaptation Prize projects will be based in a country ranked below 60 on the ND-GAIN Country Index and will measurably decrease climate-related vulnerabilities by enhancing food security, water access, coastal protection, ecosystem services, human habitats or infrastructure resiliency or by improving government, economic or social structures.


Past winners of the prize include PepsiCo, Ushahidi, Centre Suivi Ecologique, Monsanto and Novartis.  


Applications are due July 31, and the 2015 winners will be announced at a September awards event at Climate Week New York and to the international media.   


Thanks for spreading the word about this great opportunity to celebrate corporate adaptation around the globe.


Best regards, Joyce

Joyce Coffee

Managing Director

Notre Dame Global Adaptation 312 894 9028 (m) | 574 807 9322 (o)

@joycecoffee |

Friday, May 15, 2015

Application for M.Sc. Global Change Ecology, University of Bayreuth, Germany - 8 weeks left

We would like to advertise the application deadline this summer for an attractive and intense international MSc study program in Global Change Ecology at the University of Bayreuth in Germany. Either you in person or bachelor students and graduates around may be interested in this qualification.

The program is devoted to understanding and analyzing the most important and consequential environmental concern of the 21st century; namely, the ecological consequences of Global Change, especially the effects of climate change and biodiversity loss. One of the program's focus is the linking of natural science and socio-economic perspectives. The international program is realized in close contact with research institutions, NGOs and companies and administration. Our study program has been acknowledged by the United Nations as an observer organization. During the last years, we received applications from more than 70 countries.

Teaching language is in English. Accepted candidates do not have to pay tuition fees.

Applicants from any academic background that is related to the scope of this study program are welcome to apply. Applications can be sent via post or scanned copies via e-mail.

The deadline is 15th of July 2015. Please, check the link below for application details.

We encourage and appreciate you to disseminate this information! Our coordinators will be happy to assist candidates in their application if something is unclear.

Best wishes

Carl Beierkuhnlein

Thursday, May 14, 2015

New report: The implications of the SDGs for developed countries

Report cover3 May 2015
Stakeholder Forum was recently commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to undertake a rapid new study to aid better understanding of the implications of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Developed Countries, since this aspect has tended to receive less attention in the international discussions. A report of the study is published today.
The study introduces a new methodology for assessing the degree of both transformational challenge represented by each of the different SDGs (and their respective targets) and the transformational changes that will need to be made in implementing them indifferent national circumstances.
A first application of the methodology leads to the conclusion that the most transformational opportunities for developed countries in implementing the SDGs domestically are clustered around the goals of transitioning economies towards more sustainable modes of consumption and production, greater sustainable energy production and combating climate change. This contrasts with the position of developing countries for which the goal of eradicating poverty is still the central challenge, and for which they still need support in many forms from more developed countries and the international community.
It is important to note that all of the SDGs contain relevant and significant challenges for all countries. Therefore, all of the SDGs apply to even the most developed of countries. However, this study seeks to understand better the differing emphases for action within the SDG framework that will arise for different countries so as to relieve the overall anthropogenic pressures on the planet and its natural systems at the same time as eradicating poverty and promoting greater equality within and amongst countries.
The methodology proposed is described in some detail so that it could be taken up in any country or groups of countries and used to assess the extent of the challenge represented by the different SDGs in different contexts. It is hoped that it could in this way become a useful tool for countries at all levels of development as they make their plans for SDGs implementation. It could help any country to analyse their current situation in relation to the SDGs, to identify which of the goals and targets will represent the biggest transformational challenges and opportunities for them, and thence to determine their own emphases for action toward achievement of the SDGs.
The report can be accessed and downloaded here

Please contact Farooq Ullah for additional information about this study -