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Erik Davies joins IISD as Director, Reporting Services

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TORONTO, August 21, 2019 – IISD is pleased to announce that Erik Davies has joined our team as Director, Reporting Services. He brings over 25 years of progressive management experience in international development and a strong track record in communications.

Davies has worked globally on sustainability issues in a career that has included management consulting, engineering sector work, supporting eco-startups and global policy work for the United Nations. He has engaged business and governments to forge innovative partnerships to address a range of sustainability issues, working directly with heads of state, business leaders and not for profits. He was able to further build upon this experience as External Affairs Officer for the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, working with a wide range of media to promote key messages and mobilize resources.

“Erik’s communications work for the UN has won international awards for innovation,” says Jane McDonald, Interim CEO and President, IISD. “He’s well-equipped to evolve the transparency and accountability that our Reporting Services team brings to UN conferences and international negotiations, particularly as global awareness intensifies around climate change, biodiversity loss and economic inequality.”

“It’s a thrill to lead this team,” says Davies. “Reporting Services is the world’s most respected voice for independent coverage of multilateral environmental negotiations. I’m very excited to work with our group of experts to help unpack the complexities of those negotiations so a broad group of stakeholders can follow their governments’ responses to our planet’s most pressing problems.”

Davies will be based out of IISD’s Toronto office and will lead all activities related to the publication of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin. His background in communications and capacity and partnership building will be critical as IISD moves to the next chapter of its work to enhance capacity to engage in global environmental decision-making processes and to foster accountability in the implementation of the negotiated agreements.

About the International Institute for Sustainable Development

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an independent think tank that delivers the knowledge to act. Our mission is to promote human development and environmental sustainability. Our big-picture view allows us to address the root causes of some of the greatest challenges facing our planet today – ecological destruction, social exclusion, unfair laws and economic and social rules, a changing climate. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa and Toronto, our work impacts lives in nearly 100 countries.

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