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.
Center for Governance and Sustainability at UMass Boston, Federal Office for the Environment of Switzerland, and World Trade Institute at the University of Bern. (2011). “Summary Report: Workshop on International Environmental Governance: Grounding Policy Reform in Rigorous Analysis.”