Obituary for William Bradnee Bate Chambers
In Loving Memory of Dr. William Bradnee Bate Chambers
Bradnee became Executive Secretary of CMS in 2013 and led the Convention through the Conferences of the Parties in Quito in 2014 (COP11) and Manila in 2017 (COP12).
Passed away peacefully at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at the age of 52.
Beloved husband of the late Elisa. Loving father of Ena of Germany. Dear son of Joan and the late James Chambers. Dear brother of Dan and Linda of Burlington, Tim and Janice of Carnarvon, Ginger and Bill of Minden, Frank and Shelley of Algonquin Highlands, Jeff and Cathy of Windsor. Fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Friends are invited to visit the family at the Gordon A. Monk Funeral Home Ltd., 127 Bobcaygeon Rd., P.O. Box 427, Minden K0M 2K0 on Wednesday, January30, 2019 from 11:00 am until the time of the Service to Celebrate Bradnee’s Life at 1:00 pm. Reception to follow in the Monk-Cray Family Centre at the funeral home. Spring Interment at Twelve Mile Lake Cemetery, Carnarvon.
Memorial Donations to the Ducks Unlimited or to the Haliburton Highlands Health Services Foundation (HHHSF) would be appreciated by the family.
Bonn, 23 January 2019 – the CMS Secretariat is deeply sad to announce that the Executive Secretary, Dr. Bradnee Chambers passed away this morning in his native Canada after a short illness.
This is a tragic loss for CMS and the United Nations. Bradnee became Executive Secretary of CMS in 2013 and led the Convention through the Conferences of the Parties in Quito in 2014 (COP11) and Manila in 2017 (COP12). Under his leadership, CMS progressed to becoming a stronger Convention with a significantly higher number of Parties. Bradnee was instrumental in the instigation of a review mechanism to facilitate better implementation of the Convention and a stronger cooperation of CMS with other biodiversity Conventions. He was aiming to ensure that the CMS Family was supportive of and recognized within the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework and envisaged CMS COP13 as a milestone in achieving this target.
Bradnee dedicated his entire academic and professional life to advancing environmental issues. He was convinced that global environmental problems must be addressed through stronger international environmental law and governance – a conviction that guided his work throughout his career.
Before joining CMS as Executive Secretary, Bradnee worked at the Transnational Cooperation Division of UNCTAD in Geneva from 1994-1995.
Bradnee served in several capacities at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies, including Acting Deputy from 1996 to 2008. He started the Institute’s programme on Sustainable Development Governance and on Environmental Diplomacy and initiated negotiation training courses on climate change and the World Trade Organisation ministerials. He also launched the Junior Professional Fellowship and Post-Doctoral Fellowship programme.
From 2008 to 2013 he headed the Law and Governance Branch of the Division for Environmental Law and Conventions at UN Environment’s Nairobi headquarters. From 2010 to 2013 Bradnee led the UNEP Secretariat in the Nairobi-Helsinki Ministerial Process that resulted in the significant strengthening and upgrading of UNEP at the Rio+20 Conference (The Future We Want). This included transforming UNEP’s Governing Council into a universal body called the United Nations Environmental Assembly.
Bradnee wrote numerous books and articles on reforming international environmental governance, including his book Interlinkages and the Effectiveness of Multilateral Environmental Agreements. Bradnee contributed to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the Global Environment Outlook 4. He was a part of the academic community, and a senior lecturer and visiting professor at various universities in Japan.
Bradnee will be remembered dearly by all of his colleagues here in Bonn. He was a strong leader with a clear vision; a kind and cheerful manager who always kept his door open to all staff; and a generous and warm-hearted colleague.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of William Bradnee Bate Chambers July 19 1966 –
January 23 2019..
Death notice for the town of: Minden, Province: Ontario