The Earth System Governance global research alliance will be well represented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of The Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS)

ACUNS Annual Meeting

The 2015 ACUNS Annual Meeting commemorates the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. The title for this Annual Meeting clearly reflects aspirations rather than accomplishments, and should be understood broadly. Today, just as the nature and scope of the UN system’s activities have expanded greatly since 1945, so too security and justice and their intersection in global governance are taken to include a far wider array of concerns. Preventing and resolving conflicts, promoting international peace, and pursing new norms of global justice now also can involve issues of sustainable development, economic crisis management, climate change, human rights and gender, the rule of law and transitional justice, as well as conflict management and resolution.

Conference website 

Plenary program (pdf) 

Workshops program (pdf) 

Earth System Governance related panels 

Panel 2: Sustainable Development Goals and their Institutional Context: Challenges and Opportunities for Accountability

Chair: Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen, Assistant Professor, Wageningen University, and Earth System Governance Senior Research Fellow

Walking the Talk – How to Achieve Accountability with Globally Agreed Targets? Lessons Learnt for an Effective Monitoring Framework for the Sustainable Development GoalsMartina Kühner, PhD Candidate, Maastricht University, and Earth System Governance Research Fellow.

Action Frames for the SDGs – How Agents of Change can be held Accountable – Kathrin Ludwig, Junior Policy Researcher, Global Environmental Governance, PBL

Accountability of the SDGs through the High-Level Political Forum – A New Role for Stakeholders – Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, Senior Advisor, CIVICUS

SDGs and Then? Comparing Three Pathways of Accountability for StatesSylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen, Assistant Professor, Wageningen University

Panel 24: Mapping and Making Climate Justice within the UN System

Chair: Lorraine Elliott, Professor, The Australian National University; Chair-elect, ACUNS, and Earth System Governance Senior Research Fellow.

Making Justice Prominent (again) in Climate-Induced Migration – Lorraine Elliott, Professor, The Australian National University; Chair-elect, ACUNS

Global Governance of Adaptation to Climate Change – Is there justice in that? StatesSylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen, Assistant Professor, Wageningen University

Towards a Just and more Effective Global Climate Regime: Public Participation and Institutional Reform – Chukwumerije Okereke, Associate Professor, University of Reading

Other Earth System Governance related presentations

Panel 25: Integrity of Climate Change StakeholdersTimothy Cadman, Research Fellow, Griffith University, and Earth System Governance Research Fellow

Panel 27: Transnational Environmental Crime and the UN: Greening the Grey Zone – Peter Stoett, Director, Loyola Sustainability Research Centre, Concordia University, and Earth System Governance Senior Research Fellow.