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Members:   Investigators:   Peter Hajnal

EnviReform: Strengthening Canada's Environmental Community through International Regime Reform:
Exploring Social Cohesion in a Globalizing Era

Peter I. Hajnal is Research Associate, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto and Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto.  He has been a member of the G7/G8 Research Group of the University since 1988 and has attended ten summits (1989-92,1994-98 and 2000).  He retired from the University of Toronto Library in December 1997 as International Organizations and Government Information Specialist.  His earlier work included ten years on the staff of the United Nations.  He was the first recipient-in 1991-of the Academic Librarianship Award of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations; in 1997 he received the James Bennett Childs Award of the American Library Association for a lifetime, significant contribution to the field of documents librarianship.

He holds an M.S.(L.S.) honours degree from Columbia University.  He has written four books, The G7/G8 System: Evolution, Role and Documentation (Aldershot, Eng.; Brookfield, VT.; Singapore; Sydney: Ashgate, 1999), From G7 To G8: Evolution, Role and Documentation of a Unique Institution (New York: Columbia International Affairs Online, Columbia University Press, 1998. wwwc.cc.columbia.edu/sec/dlc/ciao/book/hajnal/index.html), Guide to Unesco (Oceana, 1983), and Guide to United Nations Organization, Documentation and Publishing (Dobbs Ferry, New York: Oceana, 1978); and edited another four, including International Information: Documents, Publications and Electronic Information of International Governmental Organizations, 2nd ed. (Englewood, Co.: Libraries Unlimited, 1997) volume 2 forthcoming; The Seven-Power Summit: Documents from the Summits of Industrialized Countries, 1975-1989 and Supplement: Documents from the 1990 Summit (Millwood, NY: Kraus International Publications, 1989 and 1991). He has also published more than two dozen articles, bibliographies (including a comprehensive G8 bibliography on the website of the G8 Research Group and the University of Toronto Library G8 Information Centre, www.g7.utoronto.ca) and contributions to books, and has presented papers at various conferences. His latest article, co-authored with John Kirton, is "The Evolving Role and Agenda of The G7/G8: A North American Perspective" (NIRA Review, Spring 2000); his most recent chapter contributed to a forthcoming book is "Partners or Adversaries? The G7/G8 Encounters Civil Society", based on a paper prepared for the Academic Symposium ( www.library.utoronto.ca/g7/scholar/hajnal20000720/), "G8 2000: New Directions in Global Governance? G8 Okinawa Summit", Naha, Okinawa, Japan, 19-20 July 2000. He is associate editor of the electronic journal G7 Governance and has also served on the editorial boards of Government Information Quarterly, International Bibliography: Publications of Intergovernmental Organizations, and the electronic journal Government Information in Canada.

He served as consultant for the United Nations in January 1997, conducting (with a colleague) an evaluation of the Dag Hammarskjöld Library. His current projects include editing Volume 2 of International Information and research for a book on international nongovernmental organizations and civil society, emphasizing the information dimension. He is a co-investigator in "Strengthening Canada's Environmental Community through International Regime Reform" (the EnviReform project) at the University of Toronto.

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