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Reflections from a Former Insider: A Conversation with John E. Scanlon
Anniversaries offer opportunities to reflect on the past and imagine the future. In 2022, the United Nations Environment Programme turns fifty and has a chance to reimagine itself. Created to catalyze environmental work within the United Nations and beyond, how has UNEP done? What are the new challenges and what should it do differently? Who can cause that change, and how can they do so? To explore the questions over the year that commemorates UNEP’s 50th anniversary, the Center for Governance and Sustainability at UMass Boston convenes a series of conversations with leaders around the world who have shaped UNEP’s history. Guests will engage with the new book by Center Director Prof. Maria Ivanova, TheUntold Story of the World’s Leading Environmental Institution: UNEP at Fifty. Join this dialogue space as we explore untold stories and reimagine environmental multilateralism.

For our fifth dialogue, Dr. Maria Ivanova will be joined by John E. Scanlon who served as Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) from 2010 to 2018 and as a principal policy advisor at UNEP. Currently, John Scanlon is the Chief Executive Officer for the Elephant Protection Initiative. With a background in law and experience in both national and international organizations, Scanlon offers a unique perspective on environmental and sustainable development issues and on the past and future of UNEP and the multilateral environmental agreements.

Dec 2, 2021 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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