Nordic Council of Ministers Discussion on International Environmental Governance
On December 14, the Nordic Council of Ministers organized an event spotlighting system-wide strategies and frameworks for international environmental governance at the International Peace Institute. Maria Ivanova, Co-Director of the Center for Governance and Sustainability, presented on financing for environment. Over sixty representatives from states and UN agencies participated in the seminar and engaged in discussing reform of the UN system through improved coordination and coherence. Participants also deliberated on the challenges and opportunities that Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) provide at the country level and the need for bridging the normative and operational functions in international environmental governance.
Ambassador Morten Wetland of Norway opened the event followed by remarks from Ambassador Macharia Kamau of Kenya, Ambassador Yusra Khan of Indonesia and Kerstin Stendahl of Finland. During the session on System-Wide Strategies and Frameworks, moderated by Ambassador Dessima Williams of Grenada, Hossein Fadai, Bisrat Aklilu, Maria Ivanova, Miquel Muñoz, and Jacob Scherr offered insights. Other presenters included Ambassador Staffan Tillander of Sweden, Ivar Baste, Richard Dictus, Peter Herkenrath, Nicholas Rosellini and David Smith.
Three major threads emerged during the discussion:
- Process discussions focused on how to ensure progress at the Rio+20 Conference and beyond. Participants recognized that not all decisions will be finalized at Rio in June 2012 and that a solid process should be put in place for subsequent discussions and decisions on normative and operational issues
- Coherence deliberations focused on the need for better synergy between different aspects of environmental governanceinteran and broader efforts by the international system and coherence between the global architecture and local and national implementation
- Consolidation of reporting requirements and other operational elements in the various multilateral environmental agreements emerged as another core discussion topic
To read the meeting summary click here.