The Pardee Center Task Force on Governance for a Green Economy met at the Pardee House on September 10, 2010 in an all-day experts meeting which discussed different aspects of the topic and deliberated on ideas that are most likely to advance effective institutional innovations towards better governance for sustainable development and a ‘green economy.’
The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future has convened this task Force in preparation for the forthcoming 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). This project is part of the Pardee Center’s ongoing activities related to sustainable development governance and the United Nations (see, for example, Pardee Center event at the UN CSD 2010, Pardee Center event at the UN CSD 2009, publishing Sustainable Development Insights in collaboration with SDKP, recent Pardee Center publications).
The members of the Task Force were asked to reflect upon and discuss the institutional frameworks that would be necessary if we are to moved towards sustainable development and a green economy. A select group of invited experts were asked to turn their ideas into short ‘think pieces’ which will be published as a Pardee Center Task Force Report and will be presented to the Rio+20 preparatory process as an input into its deliberations. (More details here.)
The group of experts convened for the Pardee Center Task Force included: Tom Bigg (International Institute for Environment and Development); Elizabeth DeSombre (Wellesley College); Mark Halle (International Institute for Sustainable Development); J.P. (Hans) Hoogeveen (Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature & Food Quality); Saleemul Huq (International Institute for Environment and Development); Bernice Lee (Chatham House); David Levy (University of Massachusetts at Boston); Ricardo Melendez-Ortiz (International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development); Adil Najam (Pardee Center, Boston University); Henrik Selin (Pardee Center, Boston University); Stacy VanDeveer (University of New Hampshire); Patrick Verkooijen (World Bank); Paul Wapner (American University)
The Task Force report is expected to be completed by the beginning of 2011.
The Task Force meeting was part of the Pardee Center’s suite of activities of global governance, which included a Pardee House Seminar on ‘Accountability in Global Governance’ on September 9, 2010, and a separate experts meeting on accountability in global environmental governance, also held on September 9, 2010.