Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development


IGSD and collaborators recognized for ozone layer protection at New York Climate Week

September 18, 2023

At the launch of Virgin Unite Foundation’s new ‘planetary guardians’ initiative, the guardians took a moment to acknowledge and celebrate the Montreal Protocol as the shining example of how it is possible to come together to protect our planet. read more


Contributions to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights Advisory Opinion

September 7, 2023

On January 9, 2023, the Governments of Chile and Colombia submitted a joint request for an advisory opinion before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on “The Climate Emergency and Human Rights”. The Court set 18 October 2023 as the deadline for submitting written observations. IGSD, the Center for Justice and International Law, and the Center for Human Rights and Environment are preparing amici, as well as helping other institutions and individuals with their amici submissions. read more


Remembering Douglas Varchol

August 28, 2023

October 2, 1951 – July 13, 2023 Douglas Varchol, an American filmmaker whose documentary works educated and urged action by government and civil society leaders to support social and environmental justice, died 13 July 2023 in Los Angeles. read more


Aportes a la Opinión Consultiva de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos

August 25, 2023

El 9 de enero de 2023, los Gobiernos de Chile y Colombia presentaron una solicitud conjunta de opinión consultiva ante la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos sobre “La Emergencia Climática y los Derechos Humanos”. La Corte acogió la solicitud en marzo de 2023 y fijó el 18 de octubre 2023 como fecha límite para la presentación de las observaciones escritas de los interesados. Para apoyar el proceso, IGSD ha preparado varios documentos complementarios que brindan antecedentes sobre consideraciones científicas y legales en el nexo entre el cambio climático y los derechos humanos. read more


International Institute of Refrigeration Awards Gustav Lorentzen Medal to Dr. Yunho Hwang

August 24, 2023

Dr. Yunho Hwang was awarded the 2023 Gustav Lorentzen Medal by the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) for outstanding and original achievements in academic or industrial research, innovation, and development of climate-friendly cooling technology. read more


Protecting the Ozone Layer, 35th Anniversary Book – Available for Purchase

December 19, 2022

On 31 October 2022, at the 34th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Montreal, the United Nations Environment Program Ozone Secretariat and the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development (IGSD) launched the celebratory Montreal Protocol 35th Anniversary Book Protecting the Ozone Layer. The electronic version (Kindle Edition) of the book has now become available for purchase on Amazon. read more


COP27 Climate Summit: IGSD experts available to comment

October 31, 2022

Climate emissions are accelerating and the 1.5°C guardrail for keeping the climate relatively safe could be crossed within a decade or less. At COP27 governments must commit to speed and scale up climate action to avoid the most warming in the shortest period of time and to protect the most vulnerable people and ecosystems. Their action this November will decide the fate of billions of people, for years to come. IGSD experts are available to comment. read more


New Primer on Cutting Methane: The Best Strategy for Slowing Warming in the Decade to 2030

September 28, 2022

Aggressively cutting methane emissions is the best and fastest opportunity for slowing warming in this decisive decade. IGSD has released a Primer on Cutting Methane to provide decision-makers with clarity on the science of methane mitigation and the actions that are urgently needed. The Primer explores current and emerging mitigation opportunities by sector; national, regional, and international efforts that can inform emergency global action on methane; and financing initiatives to secure support for fast methane reduction. read more


Protecting the Ozone Layer, 35th Anniversary – Book

September 16, 2022

In celebration of International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, the United Nations Environment Program Ozone Secretariat announced the release of a new book celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol. The book highlights the Montreal Protocol’s successes and innovation during its first 35 years and inspires new ambition to strengthen the protection of stratospheric ozone as well as the climate before Earth passes dangerous tipping points that could cause irreversible and abrupt climate change. read more


Learn from the Master: Environmental Law and Diplomacy

June 8, 2022

8 June 2022 – In his latest book, career lawyer, diplomat, and negotiator Donald Kaniaru released a collection of published and unpublished papers from his career spanning works from the 1970s to the 2020s. The book, Environmental Law and Diplomacy, offers unique insights into the world’s collective struggle to slow environmental destruction while also pursuing equitable and sustainable development for all. read more


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