Do you want to make a positive impact on environmental governance? Learn from experts how to develop interdisciplinary, innovative solutions to one of our most pressing global issues!

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  • Understand current and future dynamics of environmental governance (stakeholders, regulatory framework, science, nexus and trends, hot topics on the global agenda)

  • Acquire a multidisciplinary perspective on environmental issues

  • Develop your skills to include the environment in your organisation's strategy and formulate proactive responses to environmental challenges (e.g., partnership building, strategic foresight, system thinking)

  • Build a network of environmental governance practitioners


Who is this programme for?

Professionals from all sectors and backgrounds who wish to:

  • Make a positive contribution to some of the world's most pressing environmental challenges

  • Easily navigate the complexities of environmental governance at the international level

  • Learn how to manage multi-stakeholders settings


Related SDGs

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Modules 1 & 2

Global Environmental Governance, Food, Climate Change, Water, Energy, Human Rights - Certificate & Diploma

  • Examine key structures, stakeholders, and regulatory frameworks for each area and environmental governance at large

  • Dive into a unique multidisciplinary approach; look into the science-policy interface

  • Discover multiple viewpoints on environmental governance from experts, policy-makers, diplomats, faculty, NGO and private-sector actors


Module 3

Fundamentals of Global Governance - Executive Diploma (online)

  • Bring environment into the broader context of global governance

  • Understand contemporary dynamics of international affairs and complex system

  • Identify collaboration areas and study hot issues and cases in global trade, health, and environmental governance

  • Exposure to the multilateral context of international Geneva


Module 4

Analysis and Tools for Decision-Making - Executive Diploma

  • Deconstruct the policy-making process

  • Participate in case studies and scenario-based role play for a multidimensional, hands-on approach

  • Understand decision-making within regional and international organisations

Entry requirements
  • Selection is primarily based on the candidate's professional experience and motivation

  • A bachelor's degree is required, or a diploma deemed to be equivalent (no particular discipline)

  • A minimum of five years of full-time work for the Executive Certificate or eight years for the Executive Diploma is highly recommended

  • Proficiency in English is required

Degrees awarded

Executive Certificate in Environmental Governance
Certificate of Advanced Studies (15 ECTS)
Requires successful completion of Modules 1 & 2 assessments

Executive Diploma in Environmental Governance & Policy-Making
Diploma of Advanced Studies (30 ECTS)
Requires successful completion of Modules 1,2,3 assessments and final paper

This programme counts towards the Executive Master in International Relations

Terms and conditions

Class experience
  • Peer-to-peer learning - highly diverse participants from various sectors, countries and professional experience

  • Interactive teaching - engage with influential practitioners and experts

  • Lead Faculty and speakers - available for guidance

  • Close to the real-life of a professional through practical sessions, case studies and simulations

  • Critical thinking, thanks to analytical sessions by faculty members

Alumni benefits

Upon successful completion of the degree (Executive Certificate or Executive Diploma), participants become alumni of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and get the following benefits:

  • Full alumni membership of the Graduate Institute alumni network of 19,000+ members

  • 10% discount on Executive Education programmes

  • Networking and professional development opportunities through alumni regional chapters


The ENV programme welcomes each year a high number (more than 20) of guest speakers from all sectors, in addition to our faculty and researchers.

Guest speakers have included:

  • David R. Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, Associate Professor of law, policy, and sustainability at the University of British Columbia

  • Michel Jarraud, former Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

  • John Ingram, Food Systems Programme Leader, Environmental Change Institute, University Of Oxford

  • Mr. Asad Naqvi, Head, Secretariat of The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

  • Mr. Fulai Sheng, Head, Economic and Trade Policy Unit (Resources and Markets Branch, Economy Division) UNEP

  • Dr. Carole Nakhle, Chief Executive Officer, Crystol Energy

  • Martha Rojas-Urrego, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention

  • János Pásztor, Former United Nations Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change, UN, and Executive Director, Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative (C2G)

  • Christophe Lecureuil, Executive Director, European Centre for Public Affairs

  • Mr. Sudhanshu Sarronwala, Chief Impact Officer, INFARM

The programme benefits from collaborating with the Centre for International Environmental Studies and the affiliated faculty.

 Josée Laporte '16


Josée Laporte '16

Social Responsibility Specialist, International Labour Organisation, Switzerland

"The speakers and methodologies selected allowed us to look at environmental governance from a multi-dimensional perspective. The diversity of the participants coming from different backgrounds and fields of expertise contributed to create an enabling environment for a number of fruitful debates. I would like to congratulate the Graduate Institute for a well-balanced programme, taking into account the imperatives of an assignment in an international organization and permitting to combine work and training successfully."

Josée Laporte is currently Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist for the Multinational Enterprises and Enterprise Engagement Unit of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). She provides technical support on engaging with the private sector for the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on decent work and social challenges. Josée backstops initiatives in a number of African countries. She develops global tools and facilitates training for national stakeholders on issues such as multinational enterprises and development to promote the application of the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy.

Abdul Qadir '16


Abdul QADIR '16

Manager, UNDP Somalia, Somalia

“The programme is intensely structured with insight on key global environmental challenges and approaches for sustainable development. Cross learning from the participants and the resource persons makes it a very interesting and unique programme!”

With 26 years of career progression, Abdul has worked and substantially interfaced with the international development organisations, UN conventions secretariats, global funds, government institutions, national and international NGOs, inter-governmental organisation, private sector, research organisations, academia and grass roots community based organisations.

Jenitha Badul '16


Jenitha Badul '16

Senior Policy Advisor, National Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa

"I have used the knowledge gained from having attended the Executive Certificate in Environmental Governance on a daily basis at work and when engaging with stakeholders within the space of green economy, sustainable development and related matters. Insights shared in the programme are immeasurable."

Jenitha Badul is a member of Senior Management at the Department of Environmental Affairs. She has been with the Department since February 2003. Most of Jenitha’s professional experience has been related to green economy project planning and implementation. Her work spans across spheres of government, i.e., national, provincial and local government levels; in addition to collaborating with international UN and country donor partners. Jenitha has also provided guidance and has been responsible for the coordination of event greening programmes for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the UNFCCC COP 17 meeting, respectively. She is currently responsible for the coordination of the National Green Fund Programme.

Romano De Vivo '15


Romano de vivo '15

Head Environmental Policy and Sustainable Productivity, Syngenta, Switzerland

"The Executive Certificate in Environmental Governance is the latest gem of a series of executive education programs engaging international organizations, NGOs, governments and multinational companies in the development of creative thinking on today's challenges. An unprecedented opportunity to dive deep into global environmental governance!"

Romano has more than 10 years of experience with Syngenta and is currently its Head of Environmental Policy and Sustainable Productivity. In this role he holds both a global and a regional responsibility for communicating the company’s contribution to sustainable agriculture and for managing relationships with a broad range of stakeholders.

Natalyia Nikiforova '15


Natalyia Nikiforova '15

Environmental Affairs Officer, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Switzerland

"This course is an inspiring and great place to be!"

Nataliya works as Environmental Affairs Officer with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Over the past five years Nataliya has been working on issues related to international water law, particularly in the field of transboundary water management.

our community


22'000+ Graduate Institute alumni | 110 nationalities for ExEd alumni alone

ENV alumni come from all sectors, continents and backgrounds:

  • Deputy Director, Office of the Environment - Canton of Geneva, CH

  • Head of Environmental Policy and Sustainable Productivity, Syngenta, CH

  • Regional Advisor- International Committee of the Red Cross, Sri Lanka

  • Senior Analyst- Secretary to the Treasury (Climate Change division), New Zealand

  • Operations Analyst- World Bank, USA

  • Coordinator of the Water and Habitat Programme- International Committee of the Red Cross, Mali

  • Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist- ILO, CH

  • Project Manager & Strategy Analyst - Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, CH

  • Associate Environmental Affairs Officer, UNECE, CH

  • Technical Officer- WHO, CH

  • Sustainability Risk Specialist- Credit Suisse, CH

  • Director, Global and Regional Policy and Head, Policy & External Relations Cluster, WWF International, CH

  • Senior Policy Officer - ICUN, CH

  • Project Manager- UNDP, Somali

  • Economic Research & Statistic Division - WTO, CH

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