The Working Group oversees the cooperative activities of the Coalition, and is the body in the Coalition making regular decisions on operational matters, for example approving entry of new Partners, approving initiative proposals and associated funding. See sections 4(b), 4(g) and 6 of the CCAC Framework Document

Representatives of each Coalition Partner participate in meetings of the Working Group, at least twice per year. These meetings are an opportunity to enhance collaboration, move joint activities forward, and to formulate any recommendations to the High Level Assembly. A preparatory session of the Working Group is also convened before each High Level Assembly. For more information on participation see section 6 of the CCAC Guidelines & Rules of Engagement

The Coalition does not have an observer status, however Assembly meetings are sometimes made open to Partners and any other stakeholders approved by decision of the Coalition. Interested parties are asked to approach to Secretariat



Working Group meeting in Kathmandu Nepal, February, 2015

Co-Chairs of the Working Group

Two Co-Chairs of the Working Group are elected by country Partners for staggered two-year terms.
The current Co-Chairs are:

Rita Cerutti
Director, Multilateral Affairs, Environment Canada


Ms. Rita Cerutti, Canada, is a veteran in international environmental affairs, with over 24 years of experience covering a realm of environment issues related to chemicals, climate change, clean air, ozone depletion, short lived climate pollutants, sustainable development, and the Arctic. She holds both a Master of Arts in Economics and a Master of Environmental Studies, where she focused on economy-environment integration, environmental policy, and sustainable development. In addition to various positions with the Government of Canada, Rita has also previously worked in the Government of the Northwest Territories, non-government organizations, and has also taught economics.  She has led Canada’s engagement in regional environmental cooperation mechanisms and many of Canada’s bilateral partnerships, as well as Canada’s involvement in key international environment fora and initiatives.  Rita is currently a senior official with the International Affairs Branch of Canada’s department of Environment and Climate Change.


Alice Akinyi Kaudia
Environment Secretary


Dr. Alice Akinyi Kaudia is the first Environment Secretary for the government of Kenya; a position she has held since 2008. In her more than two-decade career, she has also served as a Technical Advisor on forestry curriculum development and community-based natural resources management in Zambia, and held various positions at the Kenya Forestry Research Institute. As an advocate for climate action and poverty eradication in developing countries, Alice has various high-level international engagements in areas relevant to sustainable management of natural resources, climate change, and community development. She is a member of the World Resources Forum Advisory Board; Co-Chair of the Global Green Growth Knowledge Platform; National Chair of the Global Green Growth Forum Kenya; and a member of UN Environment’s International Resources Panel Steering Committee. 

Working Group meetings

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