Norine Kennedy

Norine Kennedy

Senior VP, Policy and Global Strategy
Tel: 212.703.5052

With over 20 years’ experience as USCIB’s lead environment, energy and climate change expert, Norine Kennedy promotes U.S. business participation in international environmental policy and management initiatives, and works closely with industry, government and NGOs to promote sustainable development and green growth. She also spearheads USCIB’s strategic international engagement initiative, which seeks to advance meaningful business participation and regulatory diplomacy in inter-governmental organizations, and focuses on increasing accountability of international institutions regarding business interests.

In addition to staffing USCIB’s 120 company Environment Committee, Kennedy represents business in environmental discussions at the UN and OECD. She was a business observer at the UN’s 1992 Earth Summit in Rio and served on the U.S. delegation to the Rio+20 summit in 2012. She regularly participates in meetings of the UN Environment Programme and UN deliberations on the Sustainable Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda, and in negotiating sessions for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Kennedy joined USCIB in 1991, having served at the World Environment Center as project manager in its corporate programs department. She holds a master’s degree in international environmental policy from Claremont Graduate School, and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Wellesley College.

Helpful links:
USCIB Environment Committee:
https://www.uscib.org/environment-ud-817/
Green Economies Dialogue:
http://www.green-dialogue.org
Major Economies Business Forum:
http://www.majoreconomiesbusinessforum.org

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Recent Articles by Norine

USCIB Hosts Dialogue on Business Role in Sustainable Recovery and Paris Climate Pledges (4/21/2021) - Ahead of the White House Leaders’ Climate Summit, the Major Economies Forum and the Biden Administration’s unveiling of its Paris Agreement pledge and implementation plan, also known as the U.S. Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), the Major Economies Business Forum (BizMEF) hosted a virtual Business Dialogue on April 21 on “Synergies with Sustainable Recovery: The Role of Business in Strengthening NDCs,” moderated by USCIB Senior Vice President Norine Kennedy.
USCIB Issues Recommendations to EU on a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (11/4/2020) - The European Union concluded a public consultation last month on a proposed Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), part of the EU’s ambitious Green Deal, focusing on deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. USCIB submitted its members’ response on October 28, drawing on the expertise of its Committees on Customs, Environment, Taxation as well as Trade and Investment.
USCIB Advocates Multilateralism, Partnerships, Vaccine Acceptance During HLPF (7/14/2020) - Despite the challenges of a remote HLPF, USCIB retained its active leadership role, co-organizing side-events on inclusive multilateralism, the private sector’s role in educating the public about vaccines, and partnerships to fight COVID-19 and to advance the UN 2030 Development Agenda.

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Norine’s Committees

Climate Change & Energy - The Climate Change and Energy Committee supports the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and represents American business interests at global climate negotiations.
Environment - The Environment Committee promotes appropriate environmental protection and energy security integrated with open trade, investment and economic growth.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Working Group - Launched in 2015, the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals represented a global consensus blueprint, setting out 17 goals and 169 targets for sustainability by 2030.

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