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John G. Ruggie, Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Global Environment Award by the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA).
Ruggie received the honor for producing the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights.
"This award recognizes that project impact assessment — constructing a new mining operation, for example, or an oil pipeline — has moved beyond concern with environmental impacts, to include social impacts on people and communities, coupled with the need to take adverse impacts into account in project design," says Ruggie. "This award sends a strong signal that the premier international professional association for impact assessment is aligning itself with the spirit of the UN Guiding Principles."
The Global Environment Award is intended to celebrate those who, “have made a substantial contribution to the practice of environmental assessment, management or policy at a global scale, or have otherwise made a major contribution to promote environmental sustainability or environmental justice," according to Greg Radford, IAIA President.
Ruggie joins a distinguished list of Global Environment Award winners including Maurice Strong, Jan Pronk, Mostafa Tolba, Margot Wallstrom, Gus Speth, Wangari Maathai, Lawrence Susskind, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, and Nicholas Stern.
IAIA is a global network on best practice in the use of impact assessment for informed decision making regarding policies, programs, plans and projects.
Ruggie has long been involved in practical policy work. From 1997-2001, he served as United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning. During his distinguished career, Ruggie has made significant intellectual contributions to the study of international relations, focusing on the impact of economic and other forms of globalization on global rule-making and the emergence of new rule-makers. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and surveys published in Foreign Policy magazine identify him as one of the 25 most influential international relations scholars in the United States and Canada.
Ruggie will deliver the keynote address during the IAIA's 2014 annual conference in Vina del Mar, Chile next April when he will receive the award.