Graduate Student Uchenna Ijoma Wins Best Paper Award at UN Conference

Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016

PhD candidate Uchenna Ijoma received the award for Best Paper at the 4th Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development in New York City on September 21-22, 2016. The conference was organized by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solution Network.

Ms. Ijoma’s paper is entitled “First things First, Arguing the Case for the Inclusion of Women in Energy Decision Making Process towards Achieving Sustainable Rural Development in Practice: The Nigerian Case”.  The paper discusses the inequalities experienced by rural women in Nigeria in the context of the decision-making processes relating to environmental affairs. Despite being core stakeholders in the stewardship of the environment, women are underrepresented in the decision-making process. The paper argues that the adoption of a gender impact assessment by the Nigerian government would result in environmentally sustainable laws and policies as well as practices that address issues crucial to rural women.

The conference featured notable speakers such as the prime minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, the prime minister of Norway, Erna Solberg and UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Project Services Grete Faremo.  Truly, this was impressive company. Ms. Ijoma has now been invited to submit an abstract for the forthcoming 23rd International Sustainable Development Research Society Conference in Bogota, Colombia.

She wishes to pass on a big thank you to her supervisors, Professor Lynda Collins and Professor Heather McLeod Kilmurray of the Common Law Section for their guidance and attention.

Congratulations to Ms. Ijoma!

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