Emerging Leaders’ Commitments

One of the main goals for the 2009 GEG Forum was to lay the groundwork for a network of young professionals ready to lead the way in global environmental governance reform. The Call for Contributions sought qualified, motivated individuals with understanding of and experience with environmental governance and a track record in devising policy solutions to environmental problems. Through a competitive selection process, the Advisory Board selected 13 Emerging Leaders to participate in the Forum. Each Emerging Leader has committed to advancing global environmental governance, expanding the impact of the Forum, and strengthening the global network of international environmental leaders. Their major commitments are outlined in brief below, along with links to their full versions.

Joe Ageyo, Environmental Journalist and News Editor, NTV, Kenya; Masters student in Environmental Governance, University of Manchester, United Kingdom commits to:

  • report from the Global Environmental Governance Forum for NTV, Kenya
  • produce short videos illustrating the discussions at the Global Environmental Governance Forum
  • produce a sequel to the Quest for Symphony

Negusu Aklilu, Director of the Forum for Environment (FfE) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia commits to:

  • organize a national-level policy dialogue in Ethiopia regarding global environmental governance and its importance to Ethiopia and other developing countries in the 3-4 months following the Forum
  • organize a Horn of Africa regional discourse on environmental governance at the Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre/Network’s meeting in October 2009

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Bryan Bushley, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawaii Manoa commits to:

  • foster youth dialogue, leadership and networking on global environmental governance by helping to organize a youth GEG event
  • contribute to the development of a virtual network for dialogue and action on important issues related to environmental governance
  • engage communities in deliberative dialogues about the opportunities, risks and challenges of participating in emerging climate change mitigation schemes involving forests (e.g. REDD)
  • share the outcomes of the GEG Forum and other relevant events (e.g. the current climate negotiations) with colleagues via my professional and academic networks.

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Cinnamon Carlarne, Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina School of Law & School of the Environment commits to:

  • develop a new course open to all students in International Environmental Governance, to share ideas and approaches, and require students to engage with local NGOs, businesses and government entities to exchange ideas on environmental governance goals
  • find at least 2 pathways for personally engaging in MEA meetings and negotiations
  • propose the organization of a special Panel on International Environmental Governance at the Landmark Chambers Centre for Environmental Law, which will bring together practicing lawyers, academics and government decision-makers to disseminate and debate governance ideas in a mixed audience

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Maria Eugenia di Paola, Doctoral Candidate, University of Buenos Aires School of Law, Argentina; Executive Director of Foundation for Environment and Natural Resources (FARN) commits to:

  • integrate insights from the Forum and its follow up with FARN, through training for Program Directors and Staff, and disseminate further information via FARN’s website, bi-monthly newsletter, bi-annual Environmental Law supplement and its annual Status of the Environment in Argentina report
  • organize a high-level conference on global environmental governance for public sector and academic leaders in Argentina
  • share information through formal and informal networks, integrating this into designs for local projects and giving presentations to relevant executive, legislative and judicial bodies including Argentina’s National Environment Body

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Kristen Hite, Staff attorney for Climate Program, Center for International Environmental Law, United States commits to:

  • craft rules, safeguards and policies attached to new funding for low-carbon development, and draft a decision text to facilitate the consideration of this process under the new climate agreement governing funding beyond 2012
  • improve US accountability for actions abroad under reforms to the Foreign Assistance Act by crafting a proposal containing draft regulations applicable to activities involving official U.S. assistance abroad,  as well as an analysis of the feasibility of establishing an office of administrative law judges who can apply these regulations and hear complaints of communities abroad who are adversely impacted by projects

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John Lewis, President, Intelligent Futures, Canada commits to:

  • integrate insights from the GEG Forum into current projects and use current work in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada as a case study for applying global governance concepts regarding adaptation to local communities
  • use the Intelligent Futures Insights blog to disseminate the message of international environmental governance to broader audiences that might not otherwise be engaged
  • integrate international environmental governance issues into his course on “Planning and the Canadian City” at the University of Calgary to introduce the connections between GEG and how cities are built

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Jason Morris-Jung, Doctoral Candidate, Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management, University of California at Berkeley commits to:

  • collect stories from the original environmental advocates in Vietnam to develop a documentary on environmentalism in Vietnam for the Vietnamese public, encouraging public awareness and involvement in a national environmental movement
  • build networks of national and international civil society organizations working on the environment and organize a regular forum for public discussion on state policies that affect the environment
  • explore involvement in university training and curriculum development for socially progressive environmental policy, through Vietnam National University and the Institute for Environment and Sustainable Development at the Vietnamese Association for Social Sciences

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Bala Raju Nikku, Head of Department of Social Work, Kadambari Memorial College of Science and Management, Nepal commits to:

  • design and implement a training course on Global Environmental Governance for Bachelor level social work students and other disciplines, such as medicine and engineering
  • facilitate a national network of young environmental leaders in Nepal and help the network link up with other international networks, take up national and regional issues of environment concern and encourage broader thinking that leads to social change through innovation
  • advocate for polices that are sensitive to the needs and interests of the poorer communities in South Asia Region

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Clara Nobbe, Associate Programme Officer in the Executive Office, UNEP commits to:

  • raise awareness for the IEG debate within UNEP by establishing a link with the TUNZA youth network, organizing a “brown bag lunch” seminar on the objectives and ongoing processes with key presenters, and maintaining a factsheet on crucial GEG considerations for circulation and request
  • raise awareness for IEG with external stakeholders by liaising with colleagues in the Division of Communication and Public Information to ensure that IEG debate is adequately featured on UNEP website and in UNEP publications, as well as integrate the gender perspective into the IEG debate
  • promote IEG in other forums by ensuring the IEG debate becomes a regular agenda point of the Network of Women Ministers and Leaders for the Environment

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Philip Osano, Doctoral Candidate, McGill University, Canada; Birdlife International African Partnership Secretariat (2006) commits to:

  • promote public awareness of Global Environmental Governance (GEG) Issues and Reform process in Kenya using electronic and print media: organise four live TV Interviews on GEG for ‘Eco-Show’, a weekly environmental program of the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) Television
  • produce a publication on Biodiversity management aspect of Global Environmental Governance: publish an article on the Inter-Governmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) as a contribution towards CoP 10 to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) in 2010.
  • prepare a lecture on GEG for the Graduate Course on Environmental Policy at the McGill School of Environment

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Ting Xu, Visiting Doctoral Candidate in G8 Research Group, University of Toronto commits to:

  • deliver a PhD talk to inform others on the outcome of the GEG Forum and her recent research on global climate governance
  • contribute to the research on global climate governance by publishing an academic article and focusing her PhD dissertation on the G8’s Global Climate Governance
  • organize a group of graduate volunteers to bring environmental education to Shanghai primary schools and the greater community to enhance social awareness for the environment

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Pingjian Yang, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Environmental Management, Peking University, Beijing, China; Director of Institute of Environmental Public Policy, Peki University commits to:

  • collect information relevant to the topic of “Turn to Green: Environment Impels Economic Development” and identify critical industries for case studies
  • design a “Sustainability Solutions Navigator” for clean technology transfer and renewable energy through a workshop to identify critical needs, comprehensive best-practices and a framework for assessing implementation of these practices with respect to management and strategy, environmental design, operational efficiency and social development
  • expand this model to other industries and countries

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