Center for Governance and Sustainability Releases New Progress Report for 2014-2015
The Center for Governance and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Boston has released its Activities and Achievements – Progress Report for 2014-2015. Since its founding in 2011, the Center has expanded its research portfolio and attracted a diverse group of students and faculty.
Three think pieces frame this report. David Cash, Dean of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies; Araya Asfaw, Director of the Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network at Addis Ababa University; and Fatoumata Keita-Ouane, former head of the chemicals branch at the UN Environment Programme, discuss some of the analytical aspects of the Center’s research initiatives.
The Report includes information on our core projects, such as the Environmental Conventions Initiative and Science-Policy Interface, as well as on our conference presentations and publications over the past two years. The Center continues to engage with students, researchers and faculty members in various countries. In 2014-2015, we had 12 students from 6 universities engaged as research associates and 13 faculty from 4 universities involved in research projects.
The Center continues to engage with policymakers and tackle on-the-ground environmental issues. As the President of the Republic of Djibouti, HEM Ismail Omar Guelleh, observed:
The risks to our planet and our environment will never be fought by declarations of good intentions. Since the environment is a transnational issue, we need transnational policies to meet the challenge, including regional, continental, and even global mobilization to achieve our goals. We also need real cooperation between several disciplines and elds to address the environmental issues of our time. Our partnership with the Center for Governance and Sustainability on climate change challenges illustrates the essential and much needed North- South trust and collaboration on environmental and sustainable development issues.
John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, Switzerland, also supports the work of the Center and notes:
The Center for Governance and Sustainability is grappling with key governance, institutional, and policy challenges in a very creative manner. It goes about its work through a neat blend of academic rigor and real-world experience, which is the right strategy for offering up robust policy options for decision makers.