The WRI Europe office represents the World Resources Institute in Europe. Based in The Hague and led by WRI Europe Director Kitty van der Heijden, WRI Europe works to increase the Institute’s global impact by fostering innovative partnerships, sharing WRI research findings, and ensuring that WRI learns from European insights and experience in development and environmental protection. WRI Europe also actively engages with bilateral donors, foundations and other partners to mobilize funding to support our work.
The European Union plays a key role in promoting sustainable development, within Europe and on the global stage. WRI Europe engages with European partners to advance shared goals.
The WRI Europe Director led WRI’s global engagement on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, helping to foster consensus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted at the United Nations in September 2015. Activities included organizing informal retreats for negotiators in partnership with the Independent Research Forum (IRF). WRI Europe also facilitated the involvement of WRI’s experts at the COP 21 climate conference in Paris that led to the historic Paris Agreement. Looking ahead, WRI Europe will work with partners to help ensure policy coherence in the implementation of the SDGs, fulfill the international ambitions on climate targets and reach broad consensus on a new paradigm for sustainable growth.