Vision Statement

Our vision is to establish a leading intellectual hub that connects scholars and practitioners worldwide, linking analytical rigor and policy action on issues of environment, development, and sustainability governance.


Center for Governance & Sustainability

UMass Boston

Wheatley Hall, 4th Floor, Room 126
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.

Boston, MA 02125 USA


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in Global Governance at UMass & Abroad


To commemorate the UN’s 75th anniversary, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) premiered a video entitled, “The State of our World”, featuring UN Chief Economist Elliott Harris. Harris discusses 2019’s core challenges including environmental disasters, climate change, unemployment, and inequality. DESA has two forthcoming publications (“The World Economic Situation” and “Inequality in a Rapidly Changing World”) which will explore these themes in greater detail. [For 2019 reports:]

Elliott Harris delivered the Earth Day lecture at the Center for Governance and Sustainability at UMass Boston in 2015 on “Environmental Leadership Across Scales and Geographies: A Perspective from the United Nations.” Harris heralds the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement, political will, and equality as the keys to social and economic success, even in the face of automation, division, and mass protests. Visit to discover DESA’s forecasts, analysis, and trends for the decade ahead.

Friday, December 13, join a conference call on key takeaways from this year's U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) in Madrid, Spain. Join us for insight into what this year's meetings mean for the future of climate action — from financial mechanisms to national climate policy implementation.

You'll hear from:

Deborah Charles (moderator), managing editor

Michael Igoe, senior reporter

For more insights leading up to the event, you can read Michael's latest story on the alignment of multilateral development banks with the Paris climate agreement, explore our multi-year climate funding analysis, and sign up for our COP25 wrapup newsletter. Can't join us live? Register anyway and we'll send you a copy of the event recording. You can submit your questions in advance by replying to

Humans are destroying wetlands three times faster than we are destroying tropical rainforests. Society often overlooks how wetlands purify water, sequester carbon, prevent floods and drought, shelter rare and transboundary migratory species, grow medicines and genetic plant material, and offer recreation, occupation, tourism, spiritual, and artistic opportunities. The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance protects thousands of wetland sites internationally and forty sites in the United States. In this video we journey from coast to coast to tour the United States’ most exceptional wetlands.