Mark Halle lectures, writes and publishes frequently on issues relating to sustainable development.
Mark was previously IISD's European Representative and its Director for Trade and Investment. In this capacity, he supervised a team of some 30 professionals based in Europe and around the world.
He began his career in the field of international negotiations, serving in the diplomatic secretariat of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe. In that capacity, he was associated with the negotiation of the Barcelona Convention on the Mediterranean Environment, one of the first regional environmental conventions ever adopted.
He then spent five years with UNEP, starting in the Policy Planning Unit and ending up working on the global State of the Environment report published 10 years after UNEP’s establishment. From UNEP, he worked with WWF and IUCN in writing the World Conservation Strategy, a document which fundamentally changed the way in which conservation of nature was approached, namely by abandoning the earlier notion that conservation and development were necessarily in opposition to one another and embracing the notion that they are essential components of sustainable development.
Halle then moved to WWF International, serving for three years as conservation assistant to HRH The Prince Phillip (a past president of WWF) and helping to establish and direct the WWF program in China.
He moved to IUCN in 1984 to establish the Conservation for Development Centre, IUCN’s first move to involvement with the developing countries. For seven years, he worked in, and directed, this Centre, establishing the foundation for what is now an extensive worldwide IUCN presence. Halle then spent a further three years setting up IUCN’s fundraising system, and a final four years establishing its Global Policy and Partnerships program.
Halle was born in the United States and grew up in Switzerland.
- Remembering Sylvia Ostry, a Pioneering WinnipeggerThe proud Canadian saw in IISD an organization prepared to take risks in pursuit of its mission, defy the status quo, and challenge accepted wisdom.
- Could the COVID-19 Pandemic Give the 2020 Environmental Agenda a Much-Needed Boost?COVID-19 has changed everything. But if we take the right steps and trust science, there's potential for a lot of good to happen.
- Biodiversity Conservation: Are we content to fight a rear-guard action?We have to devote ourselves to working out how nature might be placed at the heart of development to enhance social justice and biodiversity conservation.
- The Message of the Brundtland Commission Continues to Resonate, Thirty Years OnMark Halle explores why the Brundtland Commission, which first articulated the notion of sustainable development back in 1987, still manages to inspire 30 years later. (UN Photo)
- Taking the Leap to Realign Trade and Sustainable Development: Now is the timeSenior Fellow Mark Halle explains why now, at this critical juncture, is the time to realign the trade sector and the concerns of the sustainable development agenda.
- The Art of Influence: How think tanks make a difference"We like being thinkers, but we are thinkers with a purpose." Mark Halle explores how think tanks make a difference.
- Achieving the SDGs: Can we manage the pace?The suite of global agreements adopted last year mostly focused on the coming 15-year period. So the question arises—can the intergovernmental community manage the pace necessary for success in the short time frame available?
- China's Exceptional Commitment to Green Finance Today China is the unquestioned world leader in green finance, and it is using its example to inspire and impress other countries worldwide. And all of this has taken place in a remarkably short period of time.
- Channeling the Flow—Rising to the Reporting Challenge for the 2030 AgendaThe plan of action set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development requires implementation by all countries and stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership. That action will not happen by itself. We have less than fifteen years to transform the world, and the task is complex.
- Reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals—Challenges for OECD Countries. Part 4: FinanceIn part four of a blog series on the challenges that OECD countries face in reporting on their progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, Mark Halle discusses how to to generate sufficient public and private investment.
- Reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals—Challenges for OECD Countries. Part 3: Means of Implementation In part three of a blog series on the challenges that OECD countries face in reporting on their progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, Mark Halle discusses financing the implementation of goals.
- Reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals—Challenges for OECD Countries. Part 2: UniversalityIn the second in a series of blog postings on the challenges that OECD countries face in...
- Reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals—Challenges for OECD countries (Part I)Switzerland will be one of the first countries to report back to the UN's High-Level Political Forum on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. In the first of a series of postings, Mark Halle highlights critical issues for Switzerland—and by extension, other OECD countries—to address in its reporting.
- Overseeing Agenda 2030—How to Avoid a Repeat of the Commission on Sustainable DevelopmentThe High-Level Political Forum is responsible for tracking and facilitating the implementation of Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals. Two things must happen if it is to be successful.
- Tipping Permitted: Green finance goes mainstreamIn every country concerned, there must have been a moment during the anti-tobacco campaign at which the balance of advantage shifted—subtly, perhaps tentatively, but changing things fundamentally and forever.
- China's Carrot and Stick Approach to Green FinanceThese are big times for China. With the conclusion of the G20 meeting in Antalya, Turkey, China...
- Finance Sector Reform is at the Heart of the Sustainability ChallengeThe second half of 2015 carries a growing sense of anticipation.In late September, the UN member...
- Accountability and the SDGs: Three reasons for optimism It is traditional wisdom that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. In the chain of governance needed to ensure that humanity moves resolutely towards sustainable development, the weak link is accountability, particularly at the international level.