Global Governance for Sustainable Development

The Global Governance for Sustainable Development program at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future brought together a series of projects related to multilateral and international institutions for the governance of sustainable development in all its aspects, including the social, economic, and environmental. Specific issues and processes addressed by the program included climate change and climate change negotiations (UNFCCC, IPCC), the United Nations Conference for Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), and global governance in general.

Specific projects within the Global Governance for Sustainable Development program include:

  • Sustainable Development Knowledge Partnership (SDKP) and its associated Sustainable Development Insights publication series
  • Governance for a Green Economy Task Force
  • Arts, Media and Climate Change Perception
  • Rio+20—United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
  • Accountability and Implementation for Sustainable Development
  • Climate Change Negotiations

un-logo2Sustainable Development Knowledge Partnership (SDKP)

In collaboration with the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development (UN-DSD), the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP), and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the Sustainable Development Knowledge Partnership aims to organize the available knowledge on sustainable development in order to make it more useful for practitioners and policy makers.

As part of its contribution to the Sustainable Development Knowledge Partnership, the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future managed, edited, and hosted a series of publications under the series title Sustainable Development Insights. The series was edited by Former Pardee Center Director Prof. Adil Najam.

Sustainable Development Insights available issues can be found here.

Governance for a Green Economy Task Force

Rio20TFC Mar2011coverThe Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future convened a Task Force on “Governance for a Green Economy” in preparation for the forthcoming 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). The project convened a meeting of invited experts who were asked to reflect upon and discuss the following question: If the world were to construct a truly “Green Economy” over the next 20–40 years, what sort of global governance institutions and mechanisms would be needed to manage it? A select group of experts was asked to turn their ideas into short “think pieces,” which were published as a Pardee Center Task Force Report. The  report was presented to the Rio+20 preparatory process as an input into its deliberations and was widely distributed at the UN and other intergovernmental fora.

Arts, Media, and Climate Change Perception

The public perception of climate change is strongly influenced by the media and the arts, including the work of filmmakers, photographers, cartoonists, etc. Climate change is a showcase for notable differences in public perception in regard to understanding of the related climate change science, its causes, and the actions that ought to be taken.

The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Boston and the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities Essen (KWI), organized a symposium on Transatlantic Perceptions of Climate Change: The Role of Arts and Media on October 18–19, 2010. The symposium examined the shaping of perceptions of climate change within Europe and the United States, and asked: What is the role of the media and the arts in determining this perception and enabling an appropriate response to climate change?

Inspired by the symposium, Pardee Fellow Dr. Miquel Muñoz and visiting fellow Dr. Bernd Sommer wrote an Issues in Brief paper titled Perceptions of Climate Change: The Role of Art and the Media.


The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University has been actively promoting ideas for the Rio+20 conference since before it was formally announced. This includes hosting events at the United Nations, seminars and workshops at the Pardee House, preparing publications and working papers, and policy advice.

Accountability and Implementation for Sustainable Development

poster-Rio20-Accountability-March-11-eAs part of Rio+20, the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University, with support from the missions to the United Nations of the Nordic countries Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, co-hosted a special, high-level brainstorming session on “Accountability and Implementation: The Keys to Sustainable Development” at the United Nations in New York on March 8, 2011, as a side-event at the second PrepCom meeting for the forthcoming 2012 Rio+20 conference (see another report of the event here). This event drew on previous work by the Pardee Center, including a publication, a workshop, and a seminar.

Climate Change and Energy Governance

The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University is an accredited observer of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process, as well as of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Pardee Center members Prof. Adil Najam and Dr. Miquel Muñoz also serve in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as Coordinating Lead Author for AR5 and Expert Reviewer for SRREN, respectively. As an observer organization, the Pardee Center contributes to such processes through the contribution of ideas, the analysis of results, and the participation of delegates. The Pardee Center has sent delegations to landmark summits such as the 2009 UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and the 2010 UN Climate Change Conference in Cancún.


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Prof. Adil Najam speaks at the United NationsSpecial Brainstorming Event at United Nations on Accountability and Implementation March 8th, 2011
poster-Climate-Arts-Oct-eExperts Discuss Role of Arts and Media in Climate Change at Pardee Conference October 19th, 2010
Cover-Green-Economy-Sept-10Pardee Center Task Force on Governance for a Green Economy Meets at Pardee House September 10th, 2010
Experts discuss accountability in global environmental governance at Pardee House, Boston University.IISD and Pardee Center Host Experts Meeting on Accountability in GEG September 9th, 2010
Amb. Lumumba, Adnan Amin, Mark Halle and Adil Najam speak to a packed audiencePardee House Seminar Discusses Accountability in Global Governance September 9th, 2010
Reception for The Millennium Project at Pardee House, Boston University.Reception for The Millennium Project Planning Committee Held at Pardee House July 6th, 2010
Pardee Center Hosts Event on Sustainable Development Governance at the United Nations May 12th, 2010
life after copenhagenClimate Talks Attendees Discuss Life after Copenhagen April 5th, 2010
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Klugman-thJeni Klugman Delivers Pardee Distinguished Lecture on Human Development February 23rd, 2010
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saleem-aliProf. Saleem Ali Discusses Treasures of the Earth at Pardee Seminar October 23, 2009
global developmentExperts Discuss Global Development Beyond the Financial Crisis at Pardee Seminar October 9th, 2009
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pardee-seminar-governanceExperts Discuss Global Governance and Development at Pardee Seminar June 8th, 2009
poster-food-un-may-09-emailPardee Center Seminar Held at the United Nations May 19th, 2009
climate bookSeminar Features Author of Book on Climate Economics May 8th, 2009
poster-food-sdpi-dec-081Experts Discuss Food and Governance in Islamabad January 27th, 2009


07-SDI-th Global Environmental Governance: The Role of Local Governments By Konrad Otto-Zimmermann No. 007, March 2011
Rio20TFC Mar2011cover Beyond Rio+20: Governance for a Green Economy March 2011
20-IIB-cover Perceptions of Climate Change: The Role of Art and the Media By Miquel Muñoz and Bernd Sommer No. 020, February 2011
sdi 05 cover Global Environment Governance: The Challenge of Accountability By Adil Najam and Mark Halle No. 005, May 2010
sdi 04 cover The Role of Cities in Sustainable Development By David Satterthwaite No. 004, May 2010
IIB014cover Diplomacy is Stalling: How the G20 Can Catch Up with the World By Ambassador Paul Webster Hare No. 014, April 2010
sdi 01 cover Pushing “Reset” on Sustainable Development No. 001, October 2009
sdi 03 cover Are Women the Key to Sustainable Development? By Candice Stevens No. 003, April 2010
Pardee-IIB-012-th Beyond the Resource Curse: Minerals and Global Development By Saleem H. Ali No. 012, January 2010
Pablo's Suarez Pardee Paper on Climate Change and Humanitarian Assistance Linking Climate Knowledge and Decisions: Humanitarian Challenges By Pablo Suarez No. 007, December 2009
sdi 02 cover Rio+20: Another World Summit? No. 002, November 2009
Pardee Paper 5 March 2009 Managing Hazardous Chemicals: Longer-Range Challenges By Henrik Selin No. 005, March 2009
IIB 05 March 2009 Sustainable Development in Africa: Agriculture, Trade and Climate Change By Kati Kulovesi No. 005, March 2009
Pardee-Paper-GDP-4 Beyond GDP: The Need for New Measures of Progress By Robert Costanza, Maureen Hart, Stephen Posner, John Talberth No. 004, Jan. 2009