The report of the "Panel of Eminent Persons on civil Society and UN Relationships", which was established by the United Nations' Secretary-General Kofi Annan to advise on improving the involvement of civil society organisations in the work of the UN, has been published. Juan Mayr is member of the panel and former minister of environment in Columbia. In December 2003, he was...Read more
"The Transatlantic Dialogue on climate change is as important as ever". This was one of the results of a Dinner Dialogue with Prof. David A. Wirth. 19 representatives from policy making, research institutes, NGOs and business came together to informally discuss climate change and the future of the Kyoto Protocol from a transatlantic perspective.
The importance of resuming a transatlantic discourse...Read more
Why did Cancún fail to achieve an agreement on investment? This was the main question discussed during this Dinner Dialogue with Prof. Dr. Konrad von Moltke on 23 March 2004 in Berlin. Seventeen representatives from policy making, research, NGOs and business came together to informally discuss the importance of investment agreements with regard to the environment, development and sustainability.
"It is...Read more
International environmental governance, concerns about its current state and options to strengthen the global environmental regime were the subject of the Dinner Dialogue with Maria H. Ivanova, Director of the Global Environmental Governance Project at Yale University. The discussion started off with an assessment of UNEP's achievements. It focused on ways of reforming and strengthening the current system of international...Read more
The role of business in society as well as educating future leaders aware of the new responsibility of the private sector were the overarching topics of the Ecologic Dinner Dialogue convened on 15 September 2004 in honour of Dr. Francisco Szekely, adjunct professor at the European School for Management and Technology (ESMT) located in Berlin and Munich.
The event opened with...Read more
The Arctic has been described as an indicator region for global environmental health. Both in the case of persistent organic pollutants and in the case of global warming, detrimental effects on indigenous peoples are becoming visible throughout the region - impacts that will also be felt in other parts of the world. A Dinner Dialogue with John Crump discussed possible...Read more
With the launch of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) Strategy Paper earlier this year, the EU has embarked on a new journey of restructuring and re-focussing relations to its Eastern and Southern Neighbours. Environmental policy plays little part in the ENP and this has prompted Ecologic and the Heinrich...Read more
The EU Neighbourhood Policy in the light of the recent presidential election events in the Ukraine was the topic of debate of the Dinner Dialogue hosted by Ecologic and the Heinrich Böll Foundation on 14 December 2004 in Berlin. The core questions centered on the applicability of the recently negotiated EU/Ukraine Action Plan...Read more
Since its last enlargement, the EU has had to redefine its geo-strategic interests in the relation to its neighbours in the East and in the Mediterranean Basin. The event “The European Neighbourhood Policy and the Environment?” aimed for an open discussion of the existing opportunities for in corporation of participatory and environmental concerns in...Read more
European Emission trading of CO2 certificates started at the beginning of 2005. A totally new environmental policy instrument for the European market economy was introduced which has to be proven in the first allocation period from 2005-2007. The U.S. is considered to be the leader concerning Cap&Trade. First steps with the concept of marketable emission...Read more