February 15, 2017 – Michelle Wyman of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) has been elected as one of the two Regional Major Groups and Stakeholder Representatives to UN Environment, North America Office. Kristan Uhlenbrock of the US Climate Variability and Predictability Program (US CLIVAR) will serve as alternative.
Michelle Wyman is the Executive Director for the NCSE. She has worked on energy and environmental policy for more than 15 years. In close consultation with governmental bodies and their constituencies, she has developed strategic and tactical solutions to their energy planning, climate mitigation, and adaptation challenges. Wyman has also served in a wide variety of international leadership capacities with multilateral institutions and previously held a senior role at the U.S. Department of Energy.
The election took place at “Towards the UN Environment Assembly: Combating Global Pollution” held on 9 February, 2017. The consultation addressed the complexities of combating pollution globally and at the national, state, and local levels and highlighted the impact of various types of pollution on human health and the environment.
The Regional Representatives, from Canada and the United States, will work with UN Environment’s North America Office to engage with civil society and to share their perspectives at the United Nations Environment Assembly, the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment. The third Assembly (UNEA-3) will take place in Nairobi, Kenya in December 2017, and will culminate in resolutions and a global call to action to address the critical environmental challenges facing the world today, with a specific focus on this year’s theme of Global Pollution.