21 Oct 2021
09:30–11:00

Lieu: Palais des Nations | Room XXVI & Online

The United Kingdom Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva joins the Geneva Environment Network for a briefing on the opportunities and challenges to addressing climate change ahead of the 26th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP26), to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, from 31 October to 12 November 2021.

 

About the Session

Heads of state, negotiators, experts, and campaigners will soon gather in Glasgow at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) for the most consequential climate conference since the Paris Agreement. As the leading climate science body laid out in stark terms, the world is ‘dangerously close’ to running out of time to stop a climate change catastrophe.

COP26 will focus on accelerating progress towards achieving the aims of the Paris Agreement. To avoid the worst effects of climate change, countries must ramp up ambition, accelerate adaptation, increase international climate financing, and collaborate across governments, businesses, and civil society to finalise the Paris rulebook.

Speakers from various facets of the climate agenda will lay out what to expect from the conference. They will share their insights on the political dynamics, negotiations, and how to take forward the progress to be made in Glasgow to the implementing arm of international climate action in Geneva. The event  will also present  one of the Earthshot Prize Finalists, which was announced on 17 October 2021. 

Speakers

H.E. Amb. Simon MANLEY

Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the United Nations Office, WTO, and other international organizations in Geneva

H.E. Amb. Gian Lorenzo CORNADO

Permanent Representative of the Italian Republic to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva

Ovais SARMAD

Deputy Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Valérie MASSON-DELMOTTE

Co-Chair, Working Group I, IPCC

Sandeep SENGUPTA

Global Coordinator, Climate Change Portfolio, IUCN

María MENDILUCE

Chief Executive Officer, We Mean Business

Eric USHER

Head, UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative

Joie CHOWDHURY

Program Coordinator, Environment & ESCR, International Network for Economic, Social & Cultural Rights (ESCR)

Vaitea COWAN

Cofounder of Enapter, one of the winners of the Earthshot Prize 2021

Bruno POZZI

Director, Europe Office, UN Environment Programme | Moderator

Agenda

Welcome

The UK Presidency of the 26th Conference of the Parties to UNFCCC (COP26)

  • H.E. Amb. Simon MANLEY | Permanent Representative of the UK to the United Nations Office, WTO, and other international organizations in Geneva

Developments from Pre-COP Milan

  • H.E. Amb. Gian Lorenzo CORNADO | Permanent Representative of the Italian Republic to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva

Updates from the Secretariat

  • Ovais SARMAD | Deputy Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

The Scientific Impetus for Action

  • Valérie MASSON-DELMOTTE | Co-Chair, Working Group I. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

The Role of Nature

  • Sandeep SENGUPTA | Global Coordinator, Climate Change Portfolio, IUCN

Business Commitment

  • María MENDILUCE | Chief Executive Officer, We Mean Business

Financing Climate Action

  • Eric USHER | Head, UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative

Key Expectations for COP 26 from a Civil Society Perspective

  • Joie CHOWDHURY | Program Coordinator, Environment & ESCR, International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Fixing Our Climate: Green Hydrogen Initiative

  • Vaitea COWAN | Co-Founder, Enapter – Earthshot Prize Winner (« Fix Our Climate »)

Discussion

Closing

Registration

The event will take place at Palais des Nations and online. Due to the high level of on site registration, only online participation is now open.

Kindly register directly on the Webex platform for online participation.

Video

In addition to the live WebEx and Facebook transmissions, the video will be available on this webpage.

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