Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

Jorge Daniel Taillant

Jorge Daniel Taillant is Climate Justice Policy Advisor at IGSD. He is responsible helping advise the State of California, state agencies, local government and civil society organizations on fast climate action mitigation, particularly through the reduction of short-lived climate pollutants. He also helps coordinate IGSD’s work on promoting methane emissions reductions at a global scale, among other efforts.

Daniel has dedicated his career to promoting sustainable development with and for government, and at intergovernmental organizations, civil society, and as a consultant in the private sector. He has helped introduce and promote sustainability, human rights, environmental accountability, and environmental justice around the world, contributing incisively to the design, creation and implementation of public policies and programs to tackle some of the most challenging environmental problems including more recently, confronting climate change. Previously Daniel served as the Chief Strategic Advisor to the Secretary of Environment of Argentina (2006-2008) helping design numerous national environmental programs, assisting in the design and creation of a new federal level environmental compliance and enforcement team.

He is co-founder of the Center for Human Rights and Environment (CHRE/CEDHA) promoting climate justice and introducing human rights and environment protections and laws and policy at the global, regional and local levels, and has extensive experience engaging in diverse sectors including, mining, oil and gas, paper pulp mills, glacier and periglacial environment protection, business and human rights, the right to water and access to justice. He coordinates the Climate and Clean Air Coalition’s, Policy Advisory Network for Latin America on Clean Brick Production.

Daniel has authored numerous publications on human rights, climate change and the environment, including two recent publications (Oxford University Press) on glacier vulnerability, Glaciers: The Politics of Ice where he recounts his personal and collective efforts to get the world’s first glacier law passed, and Meltdown: The Earth Without Glaciers, outlining the risks and likely impacts of accelerated glacier melt in the context of a changing climate.

Daniel is graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Georgetown University in Governance and Political Science. He is fluent in Spanish and English.