UNEP’s 13th Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum

Feb 19, 2012 No Comments by

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) organized the 13th Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF-13) at its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya on 18-19 February 2012. The Global Forum is an annual event organized right before the UNEP Governing Council, to provide an opportunity for civil society and other groups to exchange ideas and get [...]

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Publication Highlight: “Perspectives” a Series from UNEP

Feb 19, 2012 No Comments by

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced a new publication series, Perspectives, which is designed to ensure that the voices of civil society are better heard in the ongoing discussions on environment and sustainable development. This effort supports UNEP’s partnership with Major Groups and Stakeholders and its efforts to improve the global environment. Perspectives [...]

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UNEP Conferences in Nairobi 18-22 February 2012

Feb 18, 2012 No Comments by

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) organizes the 12th Special Session of its Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF) in Nairobi, Kenya from 20-22 February 2012. The ministerial consultations during the session will focus on emerging policy issues under the overall theme of “The environmental agenda in the changing world: from Stockholm 1972 to Rio 2012″. From 18-19 February, [...]

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Professor Kamal Bawa of UMass Boston Selected for the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters’ First Sustainability Award

Feb 17, 2012 No Comments by

The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters (DKNVS) has announced the 2012 winner of the Gunnerus Sustainability Award — the world’s first major international award for work on sustainability. Professor Kamal Bawa is a professor of Biology at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Faculty Fellow at the Center for Governance and Sustainability, home of the Global [...]

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Latin America and the Caribbean send regional messages to Rio+20

Feb 16, 2012 No Comments by

The 18th session of the Forum of Environment Ministers of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) (FME 18) was held in Quito (Ecuador) between January 31st and February 3rd; its main purpose was to present a regional position towards the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development Rio + 20. Based on the elements presented by Brazil, the [...]

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Mark Halle of IISD Argues for Governance Overhaul

Feb 15, 2012 No Comments by

In Perspectives on Rio+20, a UNEP publication series, Mark Halle, Executive Director of the International Institute for Sustainable Development Europe, argues that the best way to fix the international environmental governance system is to tear it down and rebuild it. He compares the existing system of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) to “an overloaded vegetable cart [...]

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