GEG Project Director, Dr. Maria Ivanova, Discusses Global Environmental Governance with the Academic Council on the United Nations System
February 3, 2010  //  By:   //  Blog Post, Featured  //  No Comment

In a podcast interview with the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), a professional association that actively studies multilateral relations, global governance, and international cooperation, Global Environmental Governance Project Director, Dr. Maria Ivanova, examines the international environmental system, highlighting six necessary functions for good environmental policy making. To effectively enact environmental policy, Dr. Ivanova argues that global institutions must serve as a: (1) coherent information clearinghouse, (2) developer of policies and norms, (3) catalyst, (4) coordinator between its currently fragmented multiple entities, with (5) the capacity to attain results, and (6) the authority to enforce environmental policies to provide accountability. In her concluding remarks on the system’s past achievements and current limitations, Dr. Ivanova refers to the words of Dean Emeritus of Yale’s Environment School, Gus Speth, who noted that “we have won many battles but we are still losing the planet.” Listen to the podcast here.

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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