in·​ter·​gov·​ern·​men·​tal ˌin-tər-ˌgə-vər(n)-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce intergovernmental (audio)
: existing or occurring between two or more governments or levels of government

Examples of intergovernmental in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rest of the income is derived by intergovernmental transfers and miscellaneous sources. Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 May 2024 The effort continued in April with appearances by Tom Perez, a former Democratic National Committee chairman who runs the White House’s office of intergovernmental affairs. Lydia Depillis, New York Times, 1 May 2024 Carbon capture needs to account for 8 percent of cumulative emissions reductions if the world is to achieve net zero by 2050, according to the International Energy Agency, an intergovernmental organization. Stanley Reed, New York Times, 4 Apr. 2024 That has been the challenge facing Rena Lee, Singapore’s ambassador for oceans and law of the sea issues and the president of a U.N. intergovernmental conference on marine biodiversity, during five years of turbulent discussions over efforts to safeguard life in the high seas. Sylvia Earle, TIME, 17 Apr. 2024 That’s why all eyes will turn towards Ottawa, Canada this month as an intergovernmental meeting known as INC-4 convenes in hopes of advancing a legally binding global agreement to end plastic pollution. Jim Fitterling, Fortune, 16 Apr. 2024 The resolution seeks to assert U.S. leadership in the development of AI on the global stage, as the Biden administration increasingly attempts to expand its influence in the intergovernmental body. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2024 Since 1996, Arctic governance has been facilitated by the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum that promotes communication and environmental partnerships. Elizabeth Buchanan, Foreign Affairs, 18 Mar. 2024 Baroness Scotland heads the Commonwealth Secretariat, the main intergovernmental agency of the global network of 56 countries united by the crown, and joined Queen Camilla, Prince William and other members of the royal family at the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey on Monday. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 13 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of intergovernmental was in 1927

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“Intergovernmental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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in·​ter·​gov·​ern·​men·​tal -ˌgəv-ər(n)-ˈment-ᵊl How to pronounce intergovernmental (audio)
: existing or occurring between two or more governments or levels of government
intergovernmental meetings

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