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Leitner Center Contributes to UNDP Gender and Sustainable Development Publication

New York, NY (November 15, 2012): Faculty and staff at the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School have contributed several articles to a United Nations Development Programme publication.

The publication, “Powerful Synergies: Gender Equality, Economic Development and Environmental Sustainability,” focuses on the relationships between gender equality and sustainable development. Published in September 2012, it is a collection of papers from sectors as diverse as energy, health, food security, human rights, and climate change, among others.  The papers underscore the common undercurrents throughout all of these areas, and make detailed recommendations for policy makers and practitioners. 

The publication provides evidence from various sectors and regions on how women’s equal access and control over resources not only improves the lives of individuals, families and nations, but also helps ensure the sustainability of the environment. It will be used as a key resource to promote policies and programs that effectively address gender equality and women’s empowerment in the sustainable human development agenda beyond 2015. 

Professor Paolo Galizzi, Director of the Sustainable Development Legal Initiative, and Alena Herklotz, International Law of Sustainable Development Fellow, contributed a paper titled “Missing in Action: Gender in International Environmental Law” to the publication.  

Founding Co-Director of the Leitner Center, Professor Tracy Higgins, and Professor Jeanmarie Fenrich, Director of Special Projects – Africa, co-authored a paper titled “The Impact of Commercialization on Women’s Access to Land in Ghana – A Case Study on Land Rights.”

Click here to download a PDF of “Powerful Synergies: Gender Equality, Economic Development and Environmental Sustainability.”  

To read more about the publication, visit the UNDP website here.


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