Launch of the WFD Environmental Democracy Initiative

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28 July 2020
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Launch of the WFD Environmental Democracy Initiative
To mark the launch of WFD's new Environmental Democracy Initiative, a virtual parliamentary roundtable featuring legislators from the United Kingdom, Georgia, Ghana, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Sierra Leone was hosted in July 2020.

Overwhelming evidence shows that human activity has a dangerous impact on the climate and our ecosystems. Yet, most political systems have failed to address climate and other environmental crises. Strong environmental governance and rule of law is crucial to supporting sustainable development as well as inclusive democratic governance.

To mark the launch of our new Environmental Democracy Initiative, WFD hosted a virtual parliamentary roundtable featuring legislators from the United Kingdom, Georgia, Ghana, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Sierra Leone.

The MPs on the panel shared their personal experience of environmental democracy in action and their views on how the environmental democracy approach could help their countries in their ecological transition in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic and in the run up to COP26 in Glasgow next year.

Speakers

  • Christine Jardine MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Home Affairs, Women and Equalities and Member of the WFD Board of Governors
  • Kakhaber Kuchava MP, Deputy Speaker, Parliament of Georgia
  • Munaza Hassan MP, Chairperson, Standing Committee on Climate Change, Pakistan National Assembly
  • Hon. Yaw Frimpong Addo MP, Chairman of the Committee on Environment, Science and Technology, Parliament of Ghana
  • U Soe Thura Tun MP, Chair, Lower House Environment Committee, Myanmar
  • Ibrahim Tawa Conteh MP, Chairman, Committee on the Environment, Parliament of Sierra Leone
  • Dyah Roro Esti Widya Putri MP, Member of the Committee on Energy, Mineral Resources, Research and Technology, House of Representatives of Indonesia
  • Hon. Adebayo BALOGUN, Commissioner in the Lasos State House of Assembly Service Commission, Nigeria
  • Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP, Member of the Women & Equalities Committee, UK House of Commons
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