International Environmental Governance Reform

The existing global environmental architecture suffers serious shortcomings and is characterized by overlap, fragmentation, and lack of resources. A well-functioning global environmental governance system will be indispensable to combating climate change, protecting biological diversity and addressing a number of issues that are inescapably transboundary in nature. It is widely acknowledged that reform is imperative for creating the strong institutional framework necessary for solving environmental problems and addressing new and emerging challenges.

A political process for reform of International Environmental Governance (IEG) has taken place under the auspices of UNEP, and continues within the preparation process for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), where one of the agenda themes will be the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development (IFSD). The conference will take place in Rio 2012, and has potential to result in improved models for environment and sustainability governance.

Academia can contribute to the political process. The academic community is uniquely positioned to contribute to the current discussions on the reform of international environmental governance. Many scholars possess extensive expertise in the functions and dysfunctions of the UN system and can offer targeted analyses and proposals infusing new and innovative ideas into the negotiations. Read more here.

Civil society has an important role to play in the reform process. A momentum has started to build behind the idea of global environmental governance, to a large degree due to the involvement of civil society groups and the dialogue that brings different perspectives into policymaking. Find out how you can be involved and contribute.