Fellowship- Global Policy, Diplomacy, and Sustainability (GPODS)

GNHRE Member Eeshan Chaturvedi, through his Organization ‘EnviPol’ ( is happy to announce the launch of the Global Policy, Diplomacy, and Sustainability (GPODS) fellowship with Alliance for NGOs and CSOs for South-South Cooperation – a United Nations South-South Cooperation affiliate, and Global Policy Insights with IUCN as an associate partner, that seeks to create global leaders working at the intersections of the above fields.

GPODS is a 3-month online fellowship for upcoming leaders in public policy, diplomacy, and sustainability with 3 courses, 5 workshops, and mentors, as mentioned, from all over the world who will deliver guest lectures and conduct smaller office hours with the fellows. 

Some of the Mentors of the GPODS Fellows are: 

  1. Justice Luc Lavrysen, Judge, Constitutional Court of Belgium; Chair, European Union Forum of Judges for the Environment.
  2. Brennan Van Dyke, Chief, Capacity Development and Innovation Branch, Science Division, UN Environment Programme.
  3. Benedikt Franke, CEO, Munich Security Conference.
  4. Magali Caceres, Former Minister of Youth, Paraguay.
  5. Satya S. Tripathi, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Head of New York Office at UN Environment. 
  6. Lalanath De Silva, Head – Independent Redress Mechanism Unit, Green Climate Fund.
  7. Cenk Sidar, Co-Founder and CEO, GlobalWonks.
  8. Jan Helge Kalvik, Editor-in-Chief – Defence and Intelligence, Norway.
  9. Victor Cummings, Former Minister of State for Agriculture and Lands, Jamaica.
  10. Irum Ahsan, Advisor – Office of the Compliance Review Panel, Asian Development Bank.

Our fellowship runs from October through December and the early bird application date ends on August 15, 2020. 

Here is the link to the GPODS Fellowship brochure.

To apply, please log on to

Please feel free to reach out to Eeshan directly on or write to us at

Applicants who are members of the GNHRE Community – can avail a complimentary discount of 20% off the Fellowship Fee.

Astrid Milena Bernal

By Astrid Milena Bernal

Astrid Milena Bernal Rubio is a Colombian environmental lawyer and a PhD-Law student at the University of Melbourne - Climate Futures Center. Formerly LL.M student at Pennsylvania State University (concentrations in International Law and Energy and Environmental Law). She is also a lawyer from the Universidad Católica de Colombia, a Magister in Environmental Law from the Complutense University of Madrid and a Specialist in human rights and critical legal studies from the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) Latin American School of Public Policy- ELAP.

As part of the technical team of GFLAC (climate finance group for Latin America and the Caribbean), she supported the creation of the MRV system (monitoring, reporting and verification) for climate finance in Colombia. In addition, she has been a consultant for the WRI (World Resources Institute) and The Access Initiative (TAI), working as the National researcher for the Environmental Democracy Index (EDI). Also, she has worked as a consultant for AVINA Foundation, The Bogotá’s drainage and sewerage company (EAAB), Green Faith (NY based NGO), Brighter Green (NY based NGO) and worked as Campaign coordinator against unsustainable livestock production at the Global Forest Coalition. Astrid has worked as a lawyer and researcher on issues associated with public participation, access to information, forests, carbon markets, Just Energy transition and rights of indigenous peoples and rural communities in Colombia.

Astrid was a volunteer for the Network for Environmental Justice in Colombia and promoted the creation and growth of the climate justice division at the Environment and Society Association (AAS) of Colombia. Astrid was a senior research coordinator in a joint research project with UNICEF to contribute to the fulfilment of the SDGs (6), focusing its work on guaranteeing the rights of access to sanitation for rural, indigenous and Afro-descendant populations in Colombia. She is also part of the founders of the Colombian NGO- CAMBIUM (Climate, Environment and Research-Action Uniting Worlds). This organization aims to, directly and indirectly, influence processes carried out by civil society and decision-makers related to climate change.

Astrid also supported the work of Pivot Point and the CLARA group (Climate, Land, Ambition and Rights Alliance), promoting the understanding and participation of CSOs to ensure higher ambition of NDC (Nationally Determined Contributions) in Spanish speakers countries through the website

Astrid was a research assistant at Penn State University identifying how different kinds of transboundary river basin organizations have written and used dispute resolution mechanisms in both the bilateral agreements between the US, Mexico and Canada (NAFTA-USMCA) and the Autonomous Binational Authority of the Basin of Lake Titicaca (Bolivia, Peru).

Astrid was one of the members of the core team in the Global Network for Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE), and she is part of the global network of environmental lawyers (ELAW). In her free time, she collaborates as a volunteer for The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition- CAIR coalition.