Civil Society Advisory Group on International Environmental Governance Met in Geneva
October 29, 2010  //  By:   //  Blog Post, Event, Featured  //  No Comment

In October 2010, the UN Environment Programme created a civil society Advisory Group on International Environmental Governance to serve as the principal mechanism for contributing insights and ideas into the intergovernmental discussions on this topic. The first meeting of the group took place on 25 October 2010 in Geneva, Switzerland and sought to provide input to the  second ministerial meeting on international environmental governance scheduled for November 21-23 in Helsinki, Finland.

The environment ministers of Finland, Paula Lehtomäki, and Kenya, John Njoroge Michuki,  co-chair the intergovernmental consultation process on international environmental governance. Zena Nzibo of the Kenyan Mission to the UN Office in Nairobi and Jaana Vormisto of the Ministry of Environment in Finland represented the two Co-Chairs. Daniel Ziegerer of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment welcomed participants on behalf of Switzerland. Other speakers included Bradnee Chambers and Alexander Juras from UNEP and GEG Project Director  Maria Ivanova.

Several GEG Project community members were present at the event: Negusu Aklilu, Satishkumar Belliethathan, Ambassador John W. McDonald and Sara Svensson.

The Advisory Group will continue its work in seeking innovative ideas about international environmental governance reform.  An agenda of the meeting is available here. If you would like to contribute to this effort, please contact us at

About the Author :

Maria Ivanova is the Director of the Global Environmental Governance Project and Associate Professor at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.

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