Joachim Monkelbaan

Programme Officer, ICTSD

Joachim MONKELBAAN is Global Platform Programme Officer. He earned a Master of International Law and Economics at the World Trade Institute (WTI) in Bern, and a Master of European Law and Languages from Maastricht University.  In the past, Mr. Monkelbaan worked as Programme Officer for multilateral cooperation on renewable energy for the International Center for Small Hydro Power (IC-SHP) based in Hangzhou, China, as Policy Officer, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Global Policy Unit in Switzerland, as Legal and Economic Officer for the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, and as Associate Lawyer for Nauta Dutilh and Greenberg Traurig LLP in Amsterdam. Also, he interned at the Directorate-General for Multilateral Economic Affairs of the Secretariat of the Council of the European Union in Brussels, Belgium and at the International Trade Centre (WTO/UNCTAD) in Geneva. He currently also serves as academic advisor of the International Institute for Water Security at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, is lead author of the Global Energy Assessment and member of the European Baha’i Business Forum, the Open World Initiative and the Evian Group. Mr. Monkelbaan is a citizen of the Netherlands.

Opinion

30 November 2012
DOHA, QATAR - On Monday the latest UN Climate Change Conference (COP 18) took off in Doha, Qatar. The general impression of participants here is that this is the most "relaxed" UNFCCC COP in recent years (however pressing the need to address climate change), and indeed the atmosphere is positive...
29 November 2011
"It always seems impossible until it's done" are the words from Nelson Mandela that UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christina Figures echoed yesterday in her opening speech for the UN Climate Change Conference ( UNFCCC COP 17/CMP 7 ) in Durban, South Africa. The opening took place in the aftermath of an...
24 February 2011
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - ICTSD collaborated with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on a capacity building workshop on trade and environment for the ECOWAS Commission and member States from 24...
6 December 2010
CANCUN, MEXICO - WBCSD's Global Business Day was where much of the non-UNFCCC action was today in Cancun. Much interesting material was presented, with a highlight certainly being the keynote address presented by Christiana Figueres, the UNFCCC's Executive Secretary. Figures spoke of the extension...

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30 November 2012
DOHA, QATAR - On Monday the latest UN Climate Change Conference (COP 18) took off in Doha, Qatar. The general impression of participants here is that this is the most "relaxed" UNFCCC COP in recent years (however pressing the need to address climate change), and indeed the atmosphere is positive...
29 November 2011
"It always seems impossible until it's done" are the words from Nelson Mandela that UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christina Figures echoed yesterday in her opening speech for the UN Climate Change Conference ( UNFCCC COP 17/CMP 7 ) in Durban, South Africa. The opening took place in the aftermath of an...
24 February 2011
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - ICTSD collaborated with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on a capacity building workshop on trade and environment for the ECOWAS Commission and member States from 24...
6 December 2010
CANCUN, MEXICO - WBCSD's Global Business Day was where much of the non-UNFCCC action was today in Cancun. Much interesting material was presented, with a highlight certainly being the keynote address presented by Christiana Figueres, the UNFCCC's Executive Secretary. Figures spoke of the extension...
26 November 2010
Aviation and maritime shipping are critical elements of the global economy and trade. More than 90 percent of world trade is transported by sea, while eight percent of global economic activity depends on aviation that transports 40 percent of total freight value. But despite the economic benefits...
24 September 2010
International transport, both aviation and maritime shipping, is a critical element of the global economy and trade: more than 90 percent of world trade is transported by sea and aviation supports eight percent of global economic activity, transporting 40 percent the total freight value. However,...
1 July 2010
The WTO's negotiations to open up trade in environmental goods and services saw solid progress during the latest spe- cial session of the Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE-SS), held on 30 June and 1 July 2010 in Geneva. Under the Doha mandate, Members are seeking ways to cut tar- iffs on...