Norine Kennedy

Norine Kennedy

VP, Strategic International Engagement, Energy and Environment
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

UN Climate Talks Agree on Paris Pact Implementation (12/18/2018) - USCIB's Norine Kennedy reports on COP 24, which took place over two weeks in the Polish city of Katowice.
Update from the Field: Hunting for “Landing Zones” at Climate Change Conference in Poland (12/11/2018) - The 24th UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (UNFCCC COP24) began on Sunday, December 2 and will run through December 14 under the Presidency of Poland, in Katowice, Poland.  On Saturday night, the negotiating groups delivered a first round of outcomes to be taken up by the Ministers arriving for the 2nd week
Climate Workshop Emphasizes Business Engagement (10/16/2018) - The Major Economies Business Forum (BizMEF), of which USCIB is a leading member, joined forces with the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (Business at OECD) to convene a day long workshop at the OECD Conference Center on October 10 in Paris. The objective of the meeting was to present a draft USCIB report on Business Engagement in Implementation of National Pledges under the Paris Agreement, and to discuss what will be necessary to mobilize business action, investment and innovation to advance national and global actions toward the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Paris Agreement.

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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.

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