Glasgow has captured global attention, as delegates from around the world are gathered for the UN Climate Conference – UNFCCC COP26. As the latest science points out, urgent and ambitious action is needed to safeguard our planet and the species that inhabit it – humans included – from the dire consequences of global warming. While current commitments remain below the needed levels to tackle this crisis, expectations for Glasgow are high.
Meanwhile, climate change is far from being a stand-alone issue. Rather, it is part of a complex planetary crisis, whose roots and impacts extend way beyond the greenhouse gas emissions present in our atmosphere. Climate change is deeply connected with biodiversity loss, human rights, economic prosperity, trade, health and many more issues which are at the heart of the multilateral processes in Geneva.
As a global hub for environmental governance and multilateralism on a wide variety of social, environmental and economic issues, Geneva is ideally positioned to support the climate ambition raised at COP26. This event will explore the interlinkages between Glasgow and Geneva, by highlighting how the outcomes of COP26 will feed the global agenda in Geneva in the upcoming months.
Speakers by order of intervention
Anna SCOLOBIG (Senior Research Associate, Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva), H.E. Amb. Jane Caroline OWEN (Extraordinary Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Switzerland), Sonia PEÑA (Director, International Policy Centre, IUCN), Samuel K. Jr. LANWI (Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva), Carolyn DEERE BIRKBECK (Director of the Forum on Trade, Environment & the SDGs (TESS) & Senior Researcher, Global Governance Centre, Graduate Institute), Moustapha Kamal GUEYE (Global Coordinator, Green Jobs Programme, International Labour Organization), Sonia SENEVIRATNE (Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zürich & IPCC Lead author), Budi TJAHJONO (Asia-Pacific Programme Coordinator, Franciscans International), H.E. Amb. Stefan ESTERMANN (Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs), Géraldine PFLIEGER (Associate Professor & Director, Institute of Environmental Science, University of Geneva)
Bruno POZZI (Director, Europe Office, UN Environment Programme)