Reform of the current system of international environmental governance is high on the political agenda. In 2009, governments set up a consultative process to discuss possible reform options. In February 2010, they agreed “to seek relevant inputs from civil society groups from each region in the process of further strengthening international environmental governance.” (UNEP Governing Council Decision SS.XI/1)
Following up on this decision and civil society requests, in October 2010, the United Nations Environment Programme created a Civil Society Advisory Group on International Environmental Governance. The purpose of the Advisory Group is to utilize the significant knowledge and expertise of civil society to inject new ideas in the ministerial discussions, provide a link with experts and stakeholders across sectors and around the world, and advance both thought and action in international environmental governance. The Advisory Group will serve as the principal body through which input from major groups and stakeholders will be channeled into the intergovernmental process. It will also provide systematic input to the processes in the run up to and following the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012, where environmental and sustainability governance will be a main agenda item.
Fifteen core members comprise the Advisory Group. Each of the nine UN major groups and each of the six world regions are represented. Alternates have also been selected and will step in to represent their respective region or major group if the full member cannot be present. They will collaborate closely with the core members of the Advisory Group and be engaged in deliberations. The selection was done by UNEP’s Major Groups and Stakeholders Facilitating Committee. Read their biographies.
The selected members of the Advisory Group include nationals and residents of 21 countries – Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chad, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Netherlands, Oman, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Uganda, the United Kingdom, and the United States. A larger 100-person group on international environmental governance has also been formed, composed of experts who had expressed interest to contribute and be engaged in the governance discussions. A process for contributions from a wider constituency is currently being planned. If you would be interested in contributing, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the background, role and functions of the Advisory Group, read the Advisory Group TOR.
Advisory Group Reports
- Input from the Advisory Group to the work of the UN Secretary General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability – March 2011.
- Information Document on IEG by the Advisory Group for the 26th Regular Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum – February 2011.