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The threat of plastic pollution in Ghana

This blog post aims to address the critical issue of plastic pollution in Ghana. Hub researchers Bhavani Narayanaswamy and Geslaine Goncalves (Scottish Association for Marine Science, SAMS, UK) are working together with Joseph Aggrey-Fynn and Benjamin Nyarko and students at the University of Cape Coast (UCC, Ghana) exploring the challenges posed by plastic consumption and […]

Hub’s Engage event launched planning for ‘Hub 2.0’ 

During the ‘Engage with Strathclyde’ week in early May 2023, a Hub event brought together researchers and partners to help scope future opportunities for collaboration at the human rights and environmental sustainability nexus. The event’s opening words were delivered by Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde University. In his insightful speech, Sir Jim highlighted the […]

Further integrating human rights in the global plastics treaty negotiations 

In the lead up to the next phase of the global plastics treaty negotiations (29 May – 2 June 2023, Paris), which are also tasked to deal with ocean plastic pollution, a new research paper and policy brief addressed to international negotiations advances understanding of the implications of the human right to health for State […]

Reflecting on SDG14 in the lead-up to the 2023 SDG Summit 

The Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future invited Hub Director Elisa Morgera  to contribute to the “Countdown to the 2023 SDG Summit“ webinar series, which is supported by the UN Department on Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Union on how to enable integrated approaches to implementing the SDGs. Morgera contributed to the seventh webinar focused on the implementation of SDG 13 (climate action) & SDG 14 (life […]

Influencing the WHO negotiations of a new pandemic instrument 

Hub research on fair and equitable benefit-sharing, One Health and fair research partnerships is contributing to the negotiations of a new international instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness, response and recovery under the aegis of the World Health Organisation (WHO). On 26 April 2022, Hub Director Elisa Morgera was invited to speak at a hybrid event titled “Averting a collision course? Beyond the pandemic instrument and the International Health Regulations” (Geneva, Switzerland), with the participation of international […]

Contributing to the Bonn Climate Conference’s Ocean Dialogue

The UN Climate Change Secretariat has invited the Hub to participate in two sessions of the Ocean dialogue to be held from 12-14 June 2023 during the Bonn Climate Conference. Hub early-career researcher Mitchel Lennan (Aberdeen University) have been invited to serve as the rapporteur for the Day–1 Session on “nature-based solutions and blue carbon” and moderator for the Day–2 Session on “fisheries and food security.”  The invitation comes at a perfect time for Hub researchers to share new inter-disciplinary findings on […]

Spotlight on early-career researchers: holly Niner

introducing Holly I’m Holly Niner, a Research and Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the University of Plymouth and an early career researcher having completed a PhD in 2019. My research interests broadly relate to marine environmental and more specifically biodiversity governance. I am interested in how governance and information influence each other and what is needed […]

Including blue economies into the UN call for inputs on extractives and human rights 

Hub director Elisa Morgera contributed to the call for inputs on “Extractive Sector, Just Transition and Human Rights” issued by the UN Working Group on business and human rights. The call is meant to contribute to a report providing guidance to States, enterprises and other stakeholders on how to best design and implement just, inclusive and rights-based energy […]

Contributing to a UN Call for Inputs on Youth Participation in Intergovernmental Forums

Hub early-career researchers Andrea Longo and Sophie Shields, and Hub Director Elisa Morgera, participated in the call for input for a forthcoming thematic report by the UN Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order on “youth participation in intergovernmental forums: challenges and opportunities.” The report aims at identifying “good practices of inclusive participation of youth in […]