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Executive Director

Founded the CHRE in 1999, served as Executive Director until 2006, as President from 2006 to 2008 and Assumed Executive Director position again in 2012.

Daniel led CHRE’s team team in promoting sustainability in international development finance and greater corporate accountability in the area of human rights and sustainable development. For this work, and particularly for CHRE’s strategic advocacy opposing two controversial pulp mills on the Argentine-Uruguayan border, the CHRE received the 2007 Sierra Club’s Earth Care Award, its highest international distinction for innovative advocacy in protection of the global environment.

He has worked with numerous national and international organizations, including the United Nations, OAS, World Bank, and the European Community. He has published numerous papers on human rights and environment linkages.

A graduate of the University of California Berkeley where he studied political science, he also holds a Masters degree from Georgetown University in Political Economics/Latin American Studies. He has also studied political science at the Institute d’Études Politques in France, and economics at the United Nation’s CEPAL in Chile.

In 1996 he served as Provincial Coordinator and Micro-Credit Officer for a European Union Micro Finance program in rural Cambodia, based on the Grameen Bank model. While in Cambodia he also contributed ad honorem to a human rights and judicial strengthening program.

During 2006-2008 he served as Chief Strategic Advisor (ad honorem) to the Environment Secretary of Argentina.
He has published numerous publications focusing on the human rights and environment linkage, and more recently on corporate accountability and international development finance.

He serves on numerous advisory boards, including the Global Reporting Initiative’s Standards Board, the GSSB, helping globally steer how corporations report on their social, economic, and environmental impacts. He has taught and currently teaches at several universities as visiting lecturer, or modular professor, including at Harvard University, the American University, University of Geneva, University of Palermo (Arg) and the National Technical University in Buenos Aires.

More recently, Daniel has led CHRE’s work to promote glacier and periglacial environment protection, helping Argentina adopt and implement  the world’s first glacier and permafrost protection law. He has carried out numerous glacier inventories and produced numerous reports on the vulnerability of glaciers and permafrost to anthropogenic activity such as mining.

Daniel has also focused attention on the risks posed by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to human rights and to the environment and has recently produced global guidance on the application of human rights principles to fracking.

In 2014 the CHRE took on a leadership role at the recently created Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and is now helping the UN coalition to promote the phaseout of short lived climate pollutants such as methane, black carbon as well as other ozone depleting gases. Daniel coordinates the CCAC’s Policy Advisory Network for Clean Brick Production (the PAN LAC).

E-mail: jdtaillant@gmail.com