Climate change, loss of biodiversity, natural resource depletion, and a host of other environmental problems, coupled with growing energy challenges and increasing human populations, threaten disruptions on a scale more imposing than ever before. Indeed, this combination of global environmental trends imperils the balance of nature, the survival of species and human well-being.
The current global regulatory bodies and enforcement mechanisms are sorely inadequate to address the environmental challenges of the 21st century. Major innovation and reforms to international environmental governance structures are necessary in order to overcome these challenges.
This will require far-reaching and effective collaboration. These intertwined environmental, energy, and development issues will require the involvement of a variety of public, non-governmental, and private organizations.
In collaboration with the Aspen Institute Italia and the Aspen Institute Inaugural Class of Catto Fellows, the Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program is convening international business and NGO leaders and leading government officials in an international forum to promote and advance leadership and innovation in global environmental governance. This Forum will explore how modern reform concepts can improve global environmental problem solving and conflict resolution. The International Forum on Global Environmental Governance will take place at the Embassy of Italy to the United States in Washington, DC, October 27-28, 2009.