On April 23rd, 2012, the Stockholm+40 conference held a panel session with distinguished members of the international environmental governance community who had each been involved in one of the four major environmental conference held between 1972 and 2012.. Dubbed the “Generation Panel,” the event provided a unique, intergenerational perspective on the state of the global environmental movement and prospects for the future. The panelists were Maurice Strong, Secretary-General of the Stockholm Conference in 1972 and first Executive Director of UNEP; Wagaki Mwangi, youth delegate in the Rio Conference of 1992; Hasan Mahmud, Bangladeshi Minister for the Environment; Alison Drayton, UNDP Director of the Division for UN Affairs; and Zekai Wang, Chinese youth delegate to Rio+20.
To watch the full video of the panel, click here.
In 2009 in Gilon, Switzerland, the Global Environmental Governance Project hosted its own inter-generational event entitled, “The Global Environmental Governance Forum: Reflecting on the Past, Moving into the Future.” The forum brought together all five successive UNEP directors: Maurice Strong, Mostafa Tolba, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Klaus Topfer, and Achim Steiner. The forum resulted in a number of tangible results including the creation of a network of emerging environmental leaders and three short documentaries exploring global environmental governance.