Civil Society

GEG Project sponsored a national governance consultation in Beijing in August 2010

Civil society has an important role to play in IEG reform. Since governments lack motivation to deliver on issues they assume are removed from their constituencies, the active engagement of civil society is of critical importance for bringing the political process forward. Different civil society groups have unique perspectives to share and can all make a difference in the creative process of designing the best possible governance models for global sustainability. In 2010, the GEG Project was instrumental in opening up the IEG reform process to formal contributions from civil society.

Get Involved

The GEG Project has set up a LinkedIn group on Global Environmental Governance, together with the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) and Arizona State University’s Center for Law and Global Affairs. Join the group to read contributions from others and contribute yourself.

Stay in touch with the GEG Project for further updates on when and how you can contribute to the process for IEG reform. Join us on Twitter, follow us on Facebook, sign up to our mailing list and don’t forget to regularly visit our website. You are also welcome to e-mail your ideas and suggestions to

GEG Project Activities 2010-2012

Emerging Leader Ting Xu at GEG Forum she co-convened with Emerging Leader Pingjian Yang

The Global Environmental Governance Project envisions that the contemporary political process on IEG reform will bring about a new model of global environmental governance which reframes the environment-development dicothomy, cultivates shared values, and fosters bold, visionary leadership for sustainability.

We believe that an active civil society participation in the political process for IEG reform is imperative for this to happen. To this end we have launched the Grasping Governance Initiative, through which we will continue to support and foster the mobilization of a strong civil society network. The activities include trainings and creative initiatives designed to empower youth leaders to engage with informed thought and action in the UN process for IEG reform. We also support and initiate the organization of Regional IEG Consultations in different parts of the world. Other activities aim to promote and foster the generation of new academic analysis and research on GEG,  and to publish and present it in formats accessible for policymakers and the public, so that it gets useful for addressing challenges and solving problems in real world policy.