Meeting Notes - June 12, 2012
Strengthening International Environmental Governance: System-Wide Responses
The upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development, known as Rio+20, presents an opportunity for member states to strengthen international environmental governance. But what key reforms are within reach?
Download the report
This meeting report summarizes a roundtable discussion on reform options for international environmental governance held at IPI on December 14, 2011. The half-day event addressed the current challenges for international environmental governance, focusing on system-wide frameworks, strategic engagement at the country level, and the representation of national-level concerns in Rio+20 negotiations.
The report finds that
• the proliferation of multilateral environmental agreements has created opportunities for synergies among conventions that can foster coherence and coordination;
• to ensure effective implementation, these conventions must take the national-level context into account; and
• joint agency coordination is possible and has already been successfully implemented in some cases.
Overall, the report recommends that environmental governance reforms should build on these successful examples of coherence, coordination, and consolidation and design solutions that support, as opposed to hinder, national strategies.
The Global Observatory
UN at "Heart of the Dysfunction" in Humanitarian Aid, New Report Finds
In a new report, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) offers a blunt critique of the humanitarian system, and the UN's role in it. IPI's Marie O'Reilly spoke with Sandrine Tiller, one of the authors.
Key Global Events to Watch in July
A list of key upcoming meetings and events with implications for global affairs.
2014 Top 10 Issues to Watch in Peace & Security: The Global Arena
A list of ten key issues to watch that are likely to impact international peace and security in 2014, compiled by IPI's Francesco Mancini.
The Global Observatory, produced by IPI, provides timely analysis on peace and security issues, interviews with leading policymakers, interactive maps, and more.
July 01, 2014
SRSG Johnson: South Sudan Crisis Changed UNMISS “Mindset”
Hilde Johnson, the outgoing Head of the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), gave an overflow IPI audience a dramatic account of the challenging situation that has faced the United Nations in the country since the eruption of mass violence at the end of last year.
June 25, 2014
Mousavian: Iran and US Have Serious Chance for Rapprochement
From Iraq to Syria, from energy to counterterrorism, Iran and the United States share many common interests across the Middle East and ought to put aside their decades of hostility, said author and former Iranian diplomat Seyed Hossein Mousavian.
June 23, 2014
National Ownership Is Essential For Peacebuilding to Succeed in CAR
With the Central African Republic (CAR) steeped in ethnic and inter-religious violence, a group of UN officials, government representatives, and members of civil society gathered at IPI on June 23rd and discussed the best way forward for the war-torn country.
July 17, 2014
Video: EU-UN Partnership in Peace Operations