December 16, 2016 - Christian Ledwell of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), has been elected as one of the two Regional Major Groups and Stakeholder Representative to UN Environment, North America. In addition, Scott Bohachyk, of UNA Canada, and Deirdre Laframboise of Canadian Climate Forum, were nominated to serve as alternates.
Elected Regional Representatives, selected from Canada and the United States, will work with UN Environment’s North America Office to engage with civil society and to share regional civil society perspectives at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment. The Assembly 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.
Ledwell is the Media and Communications Officer for the Resilience program at IISD. He serves as the communications lead for the National Adaptation Plan Global Network, whose secretariat is hosted by IISD. Prior to joining IISD, Christian pursued a M.Sc. in media, communication and development from the London School of Economics and an M.A. in English literature from Dalhousie. He has previously managed communications strategies and programming for a range of both governmental and non-governmental organizations.
The election took place at “The Global Environment Outlook and Pathways to Sustainability” event organized by the UN Environment North America Office at the University of Ottawa on 2 December 2016. The consultation highlighted the key findings and policy recommendations of the UN Environment’s sixth Global Environment Outlook North American Regional Assessment. It also served to share information about progression of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with a focus on climate change, clean energy, and sustainable consumption and production.
Elections for the second Regional Representative for the North America will take place at a similar event organized in Washington, D.C. in early 2017. For more information on becoming a Regional Representative, please click here.