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Advancing the Paris Agreement: International Roundtable on Climate Law & Governance Priorities

Sun, 15 May 2016

The CISDL is delighted to invite you to contact us for an invitation to Advancing the Paris Agreement: Climate Law & Governance Priorities, an International Roundtable on Wednesday morning May 18th at the Ameron Konigshof Hotel, starting with a light breakfast at 8am for confirmed participants. Delegates, legal advisors, observers, law and governance experts, practitioners and students are very welcome.

This Climate Law & Governance Roundtable takes place during the Bonn Climate Conference 44th SBI/SBSTTA & 1rst APA UNFCCC, and is convened by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) and a number of key partners in the Climate Law & Governance Initiative. For further details, including to confirm your participation in the Roundtable, to receive a copy of the Summary Report, and/or to participate in Climate Law & Governance Day on Friday 11 November 2016 the UNFCCC CoP22 in Marrakech, please contact us at als201@cam.ac.uk, cc ofitzgerald@cigionline.org and mccs2@cam.ac.uk.

For more information, please refer to this poster: Link

Please RSVP by 8 PM CET Tuesday May 17th 2016

Special Event Celebrating the CBD's 20th anniversary in Montreal

Fri, 29 Apr 2016

International Law on Biodiversity

20 Years of Extraordinary Evolution

Wednesday, May 4 2016, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
McGill Faculty Club - 3450 McTavish Street, Montreal, Quebec

Montreal is host to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which celebrates its 20th Anniversary in Montreal in May 2016. Five years into the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, after the adoption of the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and the world’s Sustainable Development Goals, over 192 country Parties to the CBD are reviewing implementation progress, in preparation for the 13th CBD Conference of the Parties in Cancun, Mexico, later this year.

What have been the main advances in international law on biodiversity over 20 years, towards global sustainable development?

What more can be done to mainstream biodiversity across the national and local laws that govern our economies?

What is the forward agenda for research, education, capacity and action?

Join us for a special evening event with the CBD Executive Secretary and world-renowned international law experts at the Historic Baumgarten House, home of the McGill Faculty Club

Join the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the McGill University Faculty of Law, the Université de Montréal Faculté de droit, the International Law Association Canadian Branch (ILA-Canada) and the Nomomente Institute for a special evening event commemorating the Secretariat's 20th Anniversary in Montreal and celebrating a new Memorandum of Understanding between the Secretariat and the CISDL on biodiversity law research, implementation and capacity-building.

Wednesday, May 4 2016, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
McGill Faculty Club - 3450 McTavish Street, Montreal, Quebec


Heffers Children Eco-Stories Event

Fri, 4 Mar 2016


The Heffers Children Eco-Stories event was a great success. It was simply lovely to see the participation from across Cambridgeshire, and the high levels of interest. Many adults noted how kind the older children were with the younger ones, including Jona David who invited his little brother Nico Roman up to the dias to help to present his book, and involved him in signing copies for the smaller children.‎ Diwa Boateng (Africa), whose book The Forward and Backward City will be published in 2016, also presented the UN Children's Summit Declaration on the SDGs to the gathering, earning accolades, and both Child Authors called attention to the work of their third friend, Miss Kehkashan Basu (Middle East) The Tree of Hope, which was displayed during the event.


Jona and Nico study at King's College School of Cambridge, and many of pupils came, but teachers and children also participated from a good mix of over ‎15 primary schools across the county, including Parkside, St Matthews, Saint Johns, St Faith's, Newnham Croft, Stephen Perse International, and others, and from different areas such as Melbourne, Haslingfield, Histon, Newnham, Coton, Riverside, Cambridge City Centre, Trumpington and Castle, among other areas. 

The children displayed a very good understanding of sustainability issues, and the importance of renewable energy, green spaces, sustainable transport systems (rather than big highways) and working to ensure that rubbish is properly recycled rather than adding to the city's tips, a key theme of Jona's Book‎ 2, The Great Green Vine (UN / VoFG, 2015).


Diwa served as a Child Author co-judge, helping Heffers and Blue Smile come to their decisions on the entries. 16 of the children won prizes (chocolate medals, art supplies and books) for their eco-story quizzes showing reading comprehension, for their artwork on sustainability and on children's rights, and for their terrific presentations and participation. The prizes were awarded by Heffers Bookshop and Blue Smile, the charity which works with local children with learning disabilities and mental health challenges, which the child authors had requested to benefit.

Several of the participants said that they wished there could be more sessions like this one for children, by child authors, in the Cambridge ‎Literary Festival and other inspirational events, and the Child Authors both said they hoped to be allowed to participate in such festivals next year (in 2017) if possible.


Jona just learned this week that he has been selected as the finalist to represent King's College School and the whole UK in the international schools debates on Sustainable Cities, in Dubai this spring. This was announced at the event, and the Cambridge children all celebrated a little together, too. (I heard one parent say that normally, it is mainly the London primary schools win such opportunities, he was really happy to hear that a Cambridge child is the UK finalist this year).



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