15 Oct 2019 Video Environmental rights and governance

How can we Tackle our Global Environmental Challenges?

Debate with the Nordic countries on international environmental governance. From the left: Annika Lindblom, Inger Andersen, Erik Lundberg, Solveig Crompton, Mona Mejsen Westergaard, Linnea Sundblad

Our planet faces enormous environmental challenges. According to a report commissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers, entitled “International Environmental Governance – Accomplishments and Way Forward”, the Nordic countries believe that effective and efficient policies to tackle these challenges ultimately depend on the extent to which they are anchored in science, and inclusive of the voices of all beneficiaries, often represented by civil society organizations.

On Monday 14 October 2019, representatives from the Nordic countries, together with UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Inger Andersen, discussed these questions and reflected on actions taken to renew global international environmental governance to fulfil international commitments. This included how we can strengthen the UNEP, the UN Environment Assembly, and enhance synergies among multilateral environmental agreements to continue evolving and improving to secure human well-being and planetary health.

In the panel:

Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP

Erik Lundberg, Ambassador to Kenya and Permanent Representative to UNEP, Finland

Solveig Crompton, Senior adviser Ministry of Climate and Environment, Norway

Mona Mejsen Westergaard, Senior Adviser Ministry of Environment and Food, Denmark

Linnea Sundblad, Desk Officer Ministry of Environment Sweden

Moderator: Annika Lindblom, Head of International and EU Affairs, Ministry of Environment, Finland