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Steering Committee

The Steering Committee governs the overall framework, policies, and procedures of the GMI. The Steering Committee also reviews the progress of the Initiative and provides guidance to the GMI Secretariat and Subcommittees.

Delegates from more than 20 Partner countries participate in the Steering Committee. All Partners are considered Steering Committee "observers" from the time they join the Initiative. Twelve months after joining and any time thereafter, Partner Countries may submit a request to become a Steering Committee member by sending a letter to the Secretariat that outlines their engagement in the Initiative. Subcommittee Co-Chairs may serve as ex-officio members of the Steering Committee.

Steering Committee Members


Helen Ryan
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)


Delegates from more than 20 countries participate in the Steering Committee.

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Director, GMI Secretariat

Monica Shimamura
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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Activities of the Steering Committee

2–3 December 2020 GMI Steering Committee Meeting
The Global Methane Initiative’s (GMI) Steering Committee met virtually on 2-3 December 2020. The purpose of the Steering Committee meeting was to review feedback provided by the Executive Task Force and make decisions regarding key questions about the future of GMI.
May-July 2020 Executive Task Force Virtual Meetings
The GMI Steering Committee was scheduled to meet in person on 23 and 25 March 2020 during the Global Methane Forum 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland. Because the Forum was unfortunately postponed, a series of virtual sessions were held with an "Executive Task Force" to facilitate discussion and decision-making regarding the future of GMI, among other issues.
18 - 19 November 2019 GMI Steering Committee Meeting
Paris, France
The 2-day meeting took place at the United Nations Environment Programme, UNESCO headquarters annex, hosted by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Secretariat.


For a complete list of available Steering Committee resources, please visit the resources page. The resources page includes white papers, meeting proceedings, technical documents, presentations, and other tools.

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Terms of Reference for the Global Methane Initiative

Establishes the Terms of Reference for national government entities who participate in the Global Methane Initiative.

Global Methane Initiative Communique: Momentum on Methane (2018)

Recognizes the achievements of GMI Partners and confirms the GMI's commitment to incentivize scientific and technological innovations on monitoring, measuring and mitigating methane, as well as facilitating access to financing and investment resources.

Global Methane Initiative Partners Communique (2016)

Distributed during the 2016 Global Methane Forum, the communiqué reaffirmed the Partners' commitment to the Initiative and announced the rechartering of GMI for the next five years to address methane. The communique also described the formation of strategic alliances with CCAC and UNECE to expand international collaboration to reduce global methane emissions.