First Universal Session of UNEP Governing Council to Meet
February 17, 2013  //  By:   //  Blog Post, Event, Featured  //  No Comment

A new era in the world of environmental governance is set to begin on Monday, February 18th with the first ever universal session of the United Nations Environment Programme Governing Council. Environment ministers, scientists, members of civil society and other stakeholders are set to convene at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya to work through a new, post Rio+20 agenda. This meeting marks the first time that the the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF) will meet with universal membership, following the reforms strengthening UNEP coming out of the Rio+20 conference.

Prior to Rio+20, UNEP’s governing council consisted of 58 members. This set of institutional reforms allows participation from all 193 UN member states, strengthening UNEP’s status as a fully-representative platform for issues related to the global environment and sustainable development. On the agenda for the meeting, which has as its theme, “Rio+20: From Outcome to Implementation,” are plans to strengthen the interface between sound science and effective policy, to explore possibilities for new goals in sustainable development post 2015, and to implement a wide range of other policies elevated by the Rio+20 conference.

The Center for Governance and Sustainability will also be attending the meeting. A delegation comprised of Professor Maria Ivanova, as well as research associates Natalia Escobar-Pemberthy and Daniel Zaleznik will be in Nairobi in order to conduct research, and to collect footage, in conjunction with filmmaker Joe Ageyo, for the production of the newest documentary in the “Quest for Symphony” series. Professor Ivanova will further participate  in the event, “Innovations in Higher Education for Sustainability: Launch of Platform for Sustainable Performance in Education,” on February 20th. There, she will be on a panel discussing innovations in higher education for Sustainability.

The 27th meeting of the Governing Council and Global Ministerial Environment Forum will be held from February 18th-22nd. For the agenda and working documents, visit the GC/GMEF website here. The GEG team will be providing full coverage of the event, with additional blog posts and live-tweets to come. Please stay tuned to our twitter feed and facebook page for additional coverage.

About the Author :

Daniel Zaleznik is a Research Associate for the Center for Governance and Sustainability, and a Masters student in International Relations at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He graduated in 2008 from Vanderbilt University with his B.A. in Philosophy.

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