ENV 850a () / 2021-2022

International Organizations and Conferences

Credits: 3
Fall 2021: Tu, 5:30-7:50, Burke aud


International Organizations and Conferences (IOC) will focus on the historic, present, and future roles of international environmental conferences. Through guest speakers, assigned readings, and discussions, students will explore conferences including IUCN’s World Conservation Congress, the UN’s Convention onBiological Diversity, UNFCCC’s climate change conference, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES). Students, along with visiting alumni and guest speakers, will discuss the roles and impacts of the various conferences in international environmental decision making and the future of international conferences in a post-COVID world. The course will also assess the potential for improved equity, justice, and inclusion in international conferences, organizations, and their secretariats. Students attending fall conferences in-person or virtually,will develop work plans to be completed during the conference under the guidance of their host delegations and the instructor.