Global Environmental Governance Forum: Reflecting on the Past, Moving into the Future

June 28-30, 2009 (Phase I) and July 1-2, 2009 (Phase II)

Glion, Switzerland

Welcome to the participants' homepage for the Global Environmental Governance (GEG) Forum: Reflecting on the Past, Moving into the Future. We look forward to welcoming you in Glion in June. This site will serve as an information center for participants and contains all travel and logistical details you will need for your trip, as well as a list of other confirmed participants, a draft agenda and background documents on global environmental governance. We hope you will bookmark this page and check back regularly as information will continue to be updated as we move toward the Forum.

The GEG Forum is a unique initiative that seeks to bring together multiple generations of environmental leaders in order to draw lessons from the past that can be applied to inform the future. The first phase of the Forum will focus on the theme Learning Across Generations. Participants will identify lessons from the history of the GEG system and will apply them to identify improved models of GEG. During the second phase, the focus will turn to a new generation of environmental leaders. The structured discussion will work to identify concrete and practical steps that can be taken in the next two years by emerging leaders in the field.

The goal of the Forum is to articulate a vision for the future of global environmental governance that is at once historically informed, politically pragmatic, and yet ambitious enough to tackle the multiple environmental challenges of the twenty-first century. The immediate outcome of the Forum will be a report outlining a vision for the future of GEG that will be disseminated to governments and officials in order to mobilize support around a strengthened GEG regime. Other outcomes will include a documentary on GEG history and an online archive of the web-cast sessions from the Forum. In the longer term, the results of the Forum will be used to develop an interactive learning platform for professionals, researchers and students of environmental governance as well as an environmental governance course for diplomats in New York and Geneva. We thank you for your participation in this project and look forward to your contributions at the Forum. Any questions should be directed to Jenn Hatch at info@environmentalgovernance.org.

The GEG Forum is an initiative of the Global Environmental Governance Project jointly administered by the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and the College of William and Mary. The Forum is organized in collaboration with UNEP, UNITAR, and the Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center (HoA-REC), with financial support from the UN Foundation, UNEP, HoA-REC, and the governments of Switzerland, Sweden, and Norway.