Monday April 14, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT
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Mershon Center for International Security Studies 
1501 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

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Janelle Henderson 
Center for Latin American Studies -- The Ohio State University 

Climate Justice in Latin America - April 14, 2014 

Join us for the Climate Justice in Latin America Series, as we feature a talk by Dr. Monica Araya, entitled, 

"Environment, Development and Elections in Latin America: ¿Can Citizens make a difference?"

Dr. Monica Araya, Founder and Executive Director of Costa Rica Limpia and former lead climate negotiator for Costa Rica will speak about the silence on environment and climate issues in recent elections in her country and in other parts of Latin America.  She will discuss the pivotal role that citizen action plays in forcing politicians and the media to address environmental and climate issues as part of a broader agenda that challenges the notion of politics as usual.

Dr. Monica Araya is a Costa Rican independent adviser on low-emissions development, climate finance, and the politics of climate change. She is a coordinator of the Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) Platform for Latin America and the Caribbean and a member of the Steering Committee of the UNEP Gap Emissions Report.  Until June 2013, she was a lead negotiator for Costa Rica in the UNFCCC.  She worked at E3G from 2009-2011 and has worked as external associate on climate finance and climate diplomacy projects.

She collaborates regularly with leaders in government, civil society, and business with a focus on climate action in middle-income economies. She worked for the Ministry of Foreign Trade in Costa Rica, the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, the OECD and Climate Change Capital and has collaborated with multiple organizations including: World Resources Institute (WRI), the European Climate Foundation (ECF), INCAE Business School, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), the Institute for Building Efficiency, and Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change (IIGCC).

She has authored nearly 50 publications many of which focus on low-carbon policies and politics.   She speaks Spanish, English, and Portuguese. Monica has a Master in economic policy from the National University in Costa Rica and has a Master and Doctorate degrees in environmental management from Yale University.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Geography, School of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Mershon Center for International Security Studies.