Regional Dialogue on IEG and Participation in Argentina, 11 August 2010
A GEG Project sponsored Dialogue on International Environmental Governance and Participation took place on the 11 August in the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the offices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). A total of 28 people attended the meeting in person and four more joined via teleconference.
The meeting was organized as a half-day “working breakfast” by the Argentinian Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (FARN), in collaboration with Asociación Civil Red Ambiental and the Panamanian Asociación Nacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza. The event was led by FARN Executive Director María Eugenia Di Paola, one of the Emerging Leaders in the 2009 Glion Forum who committed to organizing a conference on global environmental governance for the public sector and academic leaders in Argentina.
María Eugenia Di Paola offered insights into her experience at the Glion Forum, and the latest GEG Project documentary “Quest for Leadership” was shown. Cecilia Iglesias, President of Red Ambiental and civil society representative of Latin America and the Caribbean at the 25th UNEP Governing Council gave a presentation explaining current structures for International Environmental Governance and mentioned that special opportunitites for the region exist in the framework of Rio+20.
The roundtable dialogue included representatives from various sectors, including spokespeople and opinion leaders from academia, the public sector, the private sector, international organizations, and civil society. Participants were invited to speak about the common problems faced, identify their root causes, and present innovative proposals to be implemented at the local, national, and international levels. The participants’ interventions were auspicious and varied, but several common issues arose and the following needs were identified:
- Link and expand the concept of environmental law to the right of sustainability
- Link local and international analyses and initiatives
- Formalize channels for civil society participation in order to increase it
- Deepen academic and practical analysis of United Nations governance and participation models and propose changes to make it more representative
- Expand the concert of civil society organizations workng on environmental governance issues, to include those focused on human rights, gender, and other related issues
- Improve the relationship between environmental organizations and key sectors, such as labor and trade unions.
A detailed summary of the event can be downloaded here in English or in Spanish: