Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

2011

Abstract

From June 27 to 28, 2011, the Federal Office for the Environment of Switzerland, the Global Environmental Governance Project of the Center for Governance and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and the World Trade Institute at the University of Bern hosted a workshop on International Environmental Governance: Grounding Policy Reform in Rigorous Analysis. The workshop started a dialogue between academics and researchers on one hand and policymakers on the other in order to provide analytical input to the political negotiations on institutional reform in the run-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012.

The workshop focused explicitly on international environmental governance, with the purpose to create a common language between academics and policymakers, develop a joint understanding of the critical concerns demanding further analysis and political action, and identify points of convergence. The immediate goals were to identify existing and generate new reform ideas, as well as to launch a long-term, focused research and policy network that could bridge analysis and action. The event took place at the World Trade Institute in Bern, Switzerland, and brought together 40 renowned academics, international organization representatives, think tank officers, and policymakers from 17 countries.

Comments

The Center published a summary report for the Workshop on International Environmental Governance: Grounding Policy Reform in Rigorous Analysis held in June 2011. The Center co-organized the workshop with the Federal Office for the Environment of Switzerland (FOEN) and the World Trade Institute (WTI) at the University of Bern. Forty participants from academia, national governments, international organizations and think-tanks attended the workshop. The outcomes include a research agenda seeking to bring policy makers and academics in closer communication and collaboration and a new Governance and Sustainability Issue Brief Series.

 
 

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