Presentation Title: Civil Society Participation at International Environmental Policy Negotiations: The Inside Story

Section: Changing Environments IV

Location: , 220

Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 3:50pm - 4:05pm


Much attention is placed on international negotiations on climate change and sustainable development in the past few years, in particular the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference in Copenhagen in 2009, and more recently the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), or Rio+20, in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. This presentation will focus on the role of non-governmental organizations and individuals in the negotiation processes, in particular youth representation. How are civil society members represented at these conferences? Who gets to go, and who doesn't? What are the formal (and informal) structures for participation? Is their involvement truly productive, or is it just "token" participation? This presentation will give a very brief history of UN conferences related to the environment, the general framework of participation by all stakeholders, focusing on the UNFCCC and UNCSD processes, and explore how this framework affects the effectiveness of civil society participation, drawing upon first-hand experience. 

Type of Presentation: Individual oral

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Presentation Area: Environmental Studies

Presentation Topic: Policy/Politics

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Presenter Information
Presenter(s): Tan, Mei Jia (Mika)
Major(s): Environmental Studies (Conservation Biology)
Class Year(s): 2015

Sponsor(s): Fuentes-George, Kemi
Dept(s): Political Science

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