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 Represents U.S. Business at United Nations Preparatory Meetings on COP27 (6/21/2022) - The United Nations concluded two weeks of preparatory meetings in advance of the next Climate Summit, known as COP27, which will be held November 8-18 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.  As the first official negotiations since Glasgow in 2021, this meeting brought all UN member states, UN bodies, business and other groups to discuss urgently accelerating implementation of the Paris […]
USCIB On Hand at Historic UN Environment Assembly Launching Global Plastics Pollution Agreement  (3/9/2022) - The United Nations convened the decision-making UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 5.2) in Nairobi, Kenya from February 28 – March 4, hosted at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).  
USCIB Calls for Private Sector Solutions and Engagement at UN Environment Assembly (3/2/2022) - The UN is convening a meeting of its central environmental policy body, the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 5.2) in Nairobi, Kenya from February 28 – March 4.

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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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