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Wednesday, 9 March 2011, 14:30 - 17:30 at UNU-IAS in Yokohama

Climate Change Legal Negotiations: Implications for Forest Governance, Equity and Livelihoods



His Excellency Mr. Miguel Ruiz-Cabañas Izquierdo
Photo: Makiko Arima/UNU-IAS


Event Description
Language: English

Legal negotiations in climate change are at a critical point. The last Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Cancun Mexico in December 2010, constituted an important event in international climate change and forest negotiations. A view on the achievements reached at Cancun and challenges ahead for Rio +20 will be presented by the host country of COP16. Subsequently, this panel will bring into dialogue debates on mechanisms for access and benefit sharing related to the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The panel will also discuss the implementation of global environmental agreements within local realities and highlight experiences of communities from different tropical regions in addressing the challenge of ensuring development objectives in an equitable and just manner.


Programme

14:30 - 14:35 Opening Remarks
     Govindan Parayil, Director, UNU-IAS and Vice-Rector, UNU

14:35 - 15:05

Equity in international legal negotiations: assessing the results of COP16 and lessons learnt for Rio+20
Miguel Ruiz-Cabañas Izquierdo, Ambassador of Mexico to Japan

15:05 - 15:10

Short QFC

15:10 - 15:40

Are there lessons for climate change legal negotiations from access and benefit sharing agreements?
Claudia Ituarte-Lima, UNU-IAS
Suneetha Subramanian, Research Fellow, UNU-IAS

15:40 - 15:45

Short QFC

15:45 - 15:55

Coffee Break

15:55 - 16:25

Linking UNFCCC with local processes: implications of REDD+ activities in forest-peoples livelihoods in Asia
Henry Sheyvens, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies

16:25 - 16:30

Short QFC

16:30 - 17:15

Discussion
Chair: Suneetha Subramanian, Research Fellow, UNU-IAS

17:30 -

Reception


Audio and Video Podcasts of the Seminar

9 March 2011
Climate Change Legal Negotiations: Implications for Forest Governance, Equity and Livelihoods

Opening Remarks by Prof. Govindan Parayil, Director, UNU-IAS and Vice-Rector, UNU
 [Archived Video8 minutes];

Equity in international legal negotiations: assessing the results of COP16 and lessons learnt for Rio+20 by Mr. Miguel Ruiz-Cabañas Izquierdo, Ambassador of Mexico to Japan
 [Archived Video17 minutes];  [Archived Audio17 minutes]

Are there lessons for climate change legal negotiations from access and benefit sharing agreements? by Dr. Claudia Ituarte-Lima, UNU-IAS
 [Archived Video30 minutes];  [Archived Audio30 minutes]

Q&A
 [Archived Video16 minutes];  [Archived Audio16 minutes]

Linking UNFCCC with local processes: implications of REDD+ activities in forest-peoples livelihoods in Asia by Mr. Henry Sheyvens, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
 [Archived Video37 minutes];  [Archived Audio37 minutes]

Q&A
 [Archived Video6 minutes];  [Archived Audio6 minutes]

Discussion
 [Archived Video41 minutes];  [Archived Audio41 minutes]




Speakers Biographies

Miguel Ruiz-Cabañas Izquierdo is the Ambassador of Mexico in Japan since July 2004. He was born in Mexico City on 12 January of 1957. He earned a Bachelor in International Relations at the Colegio de Mexico (1974-1978) and a Masters in Political Science at Columbia University, New York (1986-1989). He joined the Mexican Foreign Service in 1979. Among the many positions he has played both in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and abroad is the Director General for North America from 1999 to 2001 and Permanent Representative of Mexico to the OEA from 2001 to 2004. Has been professor of International Relations and Foreign Policy in several Mexican universities such as Universidad Iberoamericana and Universidad de las Américas. He has numerous articles on USA-Mexico relations and worldwide illegal drug issues.

Claudia Ituarte-Lima is an international public lawyer with theoretical and applied experience in both multilateral and community environmental issues. She holds a PhD from University College London, an MPhil from University of Cambridge, and diplomas from Bourgogne University in France, among other. Her distinctions include the Human Rights Award by American University, Washington College of Law. Her research has involved extensive fieldwork in Mexico, Peru and Ecuador. She has worked as legal adviser at the Mexican Ministry of the Environment, NGOs and academia. Her publications address intellectual property rights and biodiversity, as well as the linkages between environmental law and human rights. Her current research at UNU-IAS in Japan deals with climate change and biodiversity law, conflict resolution and forest peoples’ livelihoods.

Suneetha Subramanian is Research Fellow at the United Nations University’s Institute of Advanced Studies, Japan. She has been researching on bio-enterprises, benefit sharing and their socio-economic-political implications. Her current research interests pertain to ecosystem services valuation from a multi-stakeholder and multi-scalar perspective, and in identifying policy - practice linkages that improve the wellbeing of local communities and their ecosystems.

Henry Scheyvens is Director of the Natural Resources Management Group at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), where he has conducted policy research on forest conservation for the past 6 years. Before joining IGES Henry taught political science and development studies at universities in New Zealand and Australia. His current research covers a broad array of topics including REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and enhancing forest carbon stocks), systems to verify timber legality and sustainability, forest rights and governance, and micro-finance.


Registration is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact Makiko Arima at arima[at]ias.unu.edu or 045-221-2327.

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