Bradnee Chambers a key thinker on international environment governance and biodiversity may he RIP
I, as I am sure many others in the environment and sustainable development world, were shocked to hear about the death of Bradnee Chambers.
He was until his death the Executive Secretary of the Convention on migratory Species (CMS) and I am reproducing their notice below.
As it says he played a significant role in helping to move the biodiversity conventions closer together. This follows up the work I knew him doing at UNEP on clustering conventions.
For those who were not involved with the environmental governance process in the lead up to Rio+20 I wanted to share my experience of working with Bradnee.
He had at that time been the Senior Legal Officer and Chief of the Law and Governance Branch of UNEP and as head of the Environmental Governance Strategic Team working for Achim Steiner Executive Director of UNEP.
He contributed a lot of the thinking on international environmental governance reform and processes. Not afraid to put forward new ideas for exploration new concepts of law and governance through his many writings or through offering alternative options for developing international environmental reforms.
There were lots of meetings in the run up to Rio+20 which Bradnee contributed to and the final result of 'The Future We Want that' was a major step forward for upgrading and strengthening UNEP. This included transforming UNEP's Governing Council into a universal body called the United Nations Environmental Assembly, increasing its regular budget, and strengthening UNEP's institutional base in the United Nations.
None of this really captures the person who was fun to work with and fun to explore new ideas with. We will miss him and his insights very much. Thank you Bradnee for your contribution...
“When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet