Selected Films. For a full list of video publications, please visit our Vimeo page

The Quest for Symphony outlines the past, present, and future of global environmental governance in an engaging fifteen minute documentary centered on interviews with key participants at the 25th United Nations Environment Programme’s Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum in Nairobi, Kenya in February 2009. Produced by Maria Ivanova and Joe Ageyo, The Quest for Symphony has been called “the white paper on global environmental governance in images,” and is unique as a documentary focused solely on the challenges and successes of the GEG system and the options for reform.

The Quest for Leadership, 2009

The Quest for Leadership recounts the story of environmental governance through the eyes of the individuals who created and led national and international institutions for environment and development.  Featured are Bill Ruckelshaus (first and fifth Administrator of the US EPA), John W. McDonald (US Department of State 1947-1974 and 1978-1987), Gus Speth (UNDP Administrator 1993-1999) Neric Acosta (Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats) and five consecutive Executive Directors of the UN Environment Programme: Maurice Strong, Mostafa Tolba, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Klaus Töpfer, and Achim Steiner.

Global Perspectives Video Series

In this video series, we feature leaders from governments, academia, international organizations and other institutions giving frank interviews on global environmental governance.


The videos include perspectives on the science policy engagement of civil society in global environmental governance and  Rio+20 conference, the reform process of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and science-policy interface. 


The series is designed to complement the Global Leadership Dialogues.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to establish a leading intellectual hub that connects scholars and practitioners worldwide, linking analytical rigor and policy action on issues of environment, development, and sustainability governance.


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