• About the Aspen Institute

  • The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. The Aspen Institute does this primarily in four ways: seminars, young-leader fellowships around the globe, policy programs and public conferences and events. The Institute is based in Washington, DC, Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and has an international network of partners.

    The goal of the Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program is to provide the leadership and neutral forum for constructive dialogue on complex policy issues in the areas of energy and environmental policy. The program’s unique process, based on rich preparation, an exceptional setting, and a diversity of views, creates an atmosphere highly conducive to openly exploring issues through its renowned intentional dialogue format.

    For more about the Aspen Institute’s many seminars, young-leader initiatives, and policy and public programs, click here.

  • About the Council of Women World Leaders

  • The Council of Women World Leaders is a network of 37 current and former women presidents and prime ministers. Established in 1997 by Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, President of Iceland (1980-1996), and Laura Liswood, Secretary General, the Council is currently chaired by the Honorable Mary Robinson, President of Ireland (1990-97) and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002).  As a policy program of the Aspen Institute, the Council's mission is to mobilize the highest-level women leaders globally for collective action on issues of critical importance to women and equitable development. By increasing the number, effectiveness, and visibility of women who lead at the highest levels in their countries, the Council aims to promote good governance and enhance the experience of democracy globally. This is accomplished through the Council’s programs: among others, the Madeleine K. Albright Women’s Voices at the Aspen Institute Series, an ongoing roundtable series addressing the progress and challenge associated with women’s leadership; the Graduate Fellowship Program which places promising young leaders in the offices of Council members and other women leaders for summer fellowships; and the Ministerial Initiative.

    Chaired by the Honorable Margot Wallström, Vice President of the European Commission, the Ministerial Initiative is an integral part of the Council’s structure. It began in 1998 to promote ministerial-level exchange on global issues, to identify and address the particular challenges facing women in ministerial positions, and to increase their visibility both nationally and internationally. The Network of Women Ministers of the Environment was created in 2002 to enable all current Women Ministers of the Environment to build alliances and work to promote excellent environmental governance in countries worldwide.  The Council is pleased to be convening the Network of Women Ministers of the Environment at the Aspen Environment Forum to explore the ways in which high-level women leaders can play a more substantive role in policy creation with a gendered perspective.

    For additional information please visit as at www.cwwl.org.

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