Yale University will launch its flagship Environmental Performance Index (EPI) report at United Nations Headquarters in New York City with a discussion event on Monday, 9 May 2016. This index ranks 180 countries on high-priority environmental issues including air quality, climate change, and water resources.
The EPI provides a scorecard and baseline to assess each country's performance and inform progress on United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Change Agreement.
The Panelists in the EPI for 2016 are:
1. H.E. Mrs. Janine Coye Felson - Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of Belize to the United Nations
2.Mr. Elliott Harris- Assistant Secretary-General, Head of the New York Office of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)3. Ms. Kim Samuel- President of The Samuel Family Foundation and Professor of Practice at the Institute for Studies in International Development at McGill University4. Dr. Angel Hsu- Assistant Professor at Yale-National University of Singapore (NUS) College; EPI Principal Investigator
The esteemed panelists will discuss how nations are performing on critical environmental issues - individually and collectively. What portion of the world breathes unsafe air? How many of the world's fisheries have collapsed? Are countries protecting forests and biodiversity?
The 2016 Environmental Performance Index which is in its 15 year is a project lead by the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy (YCELP) and Yale Data-Driven Environmental Solutions Group at Yale University (Data-Driven Yale), the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University, in collaboration with the Samuel Family Foundation, McCall MacBain Foundation, and the World Economic Forum.