Governance

Event: 12th Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum [viewed]

The Governing Council of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) decided in February 2011 to hold the 12th special session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS 12/GMEF) from 20-22 February 2012. During the meeting, UNEP will launch the GEO-5 Summary for Policy Makers, on 20 February.  

read more »

Event: 27th Session of UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum [viewed]

The first universal session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 18-22 February 2013. The Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) constitutes the ministerial-level global environmental forum in which participants gather to review important and emerging policy issues in the field of the environment. Among other matters, this first-ever universal session of the UNEP GC/GMEF is expected to discuss: the new Minamata Convention on Mercury and the Executive Director's report on financing options for chemicals and wastes; enhancing cooperation and coordination within the chemicals and wastes cluster; sustainable consumption and production; and justice, governance and law for environmental sustainability.  

read more »

Event: Imagining the Worst: Foresight, Ethics, and Extreme Climate Scenarios [viewed]

This conference is organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office Ljubljana. The conference will address the nexus of futures studies and ethics studies in the context of climate change with a strong focus on implications of worst case scenarios on governance processes on national, regional (especially Southeast Europe) and global level (e.g. UNFCCC negotiations and preparations for UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20)). In particular, the conference aims to: reflect on recent developments in ethical theory; promote ethically aware governance processes; advance futures studies; and promote the cross-sectoral dialogue of science and policy making experts.  

read more »

UNEP GMGSF Calls for Strong Government Engagement in Rio 2012 [viewed]

21 February 2011: The 12th session of the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF-12), which was held from 19-20 February 2011, in Nairobi, Kenya, aimed to provide a platform for information exchange and consultation on key environmental issues to be addressed by member States during the 26th session of the UNEP Governing Council and Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC-26/GMEF).

read more »

EMG Presents Progress Report on UN system-wide Response and Action Report on Drylands [viewed]

February 2011: The Environment Management Group (EMG) has presented a progress report on its work to prepare a UN system-wide rapid response and action report on drylands, with proposed options for a coherent UN-wide contribution to drylands challenges, including the implementation of the 10-year Strategic Plan of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) across the work of the UN system.

read more »

Event: 2011 G20 Summit [viewed]

The 2011 Summit of the Group of 20 (G20), the sixth meeting of the Group's Heads of State or Government, will take place in Cannes, France, from 3-4 November 2011.  

read more »

UNFCCC Releases Ghana's Proposal on Adaptation Committee Composition [viewed]

16 February 2011: In its proposal to the UNFCCC Secretariat on the composition of the Adaptation Committee, Ghana highlights the need for membership to reflect a gender balance, broad geographic representation, and a range of expertise, including social dimensions and gender.

read more »

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Discusses Latin America's Implementation of the Cancun Agreements [viewed]

15 February 2011: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres addressed the Conference of the Secretariat General Iberoamericana (SEGIB), which took place in Madrid, Spain, on 15 February 2011, and emphasized the need for Latin America to capitalize on the opportunities for adaptation and mitigation action, particularly through the Cancun Agreements.

read more »

IPCC Announces Release Dates for Proposals on IAC Recommendations [viewed]

10 February 2011: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has announced that the proposals from task groups to take forward the InterAcademy Council's (IAC) recommendations will be submitted for formal consideration by the IPCC at its 33rd session, scheduled to take place from 10-13 May 2011, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

read more »

OECD Report Highlights Results of Ministerial Roundtable on Green Growth [viewed]

January 2011: On 13-14 December 2010, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) held a Ministerial Roundtable on Sustainable Development, themed “Strategies for Green Growth: Framing the Issues.” In January 2011, the OECD released a summary of the proceedings.

read more »