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Coping with environmental challenges : climate and biodiversity action in UNESCO’s sites
Tuesday, 6 July 2021
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Virtual (NY Time)

Side Event

UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

The side event will begin with a discussion on how to address climate change and biodiversity on land and in the Ocean from a scientific perspective focusing on the outcomes of the IPBES-IPCC co-sponsored workshop report: Biodiversity and Climate Change.

This will be followed by a ministerial-level dialogue with government representatives from Costa Rica and Italy on climate action and global policies with a focus on the G20 and Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Representatives from the MAB Youth Networks and the Youth UNESCO Climate Action Network (YoU-CAN) will also take the floor as actors of change and part of the solution.

The side event will be concluded with an interactive discussion.

Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences

Opening remarks:
Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General [tbc]

  • Prof. Hans-Otto Pörtner, Co-chair of the Scientific Steering Committee, IPBES-IPCC co-sponsored workshop, IPCC, co-chair, Working Group II, Professor and Head of the Department of Integrative Ecophysiology at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany
  • Dr. David Obura IPBES IPCC co-sponsored workshop on biodiversity and climate change-Expert, IPBES, Global assessment-Coordinating lead author, Director Coastal Oceans Research and Development – Indian Ocean (CORDIO) East Africa, Kenya
  • Dr. Paula Cristina Sierra Correa, Head of Research and Information, Colombia Marine and Coastal Research Institute (INVEMAR), Colombia
  • Ottavio Di Bella, Deputy Chair of the G20 Environment Deputies Meeting (EDM) and on behalf of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition, Italy
  • Dr. Melania Brenes Monge, Vice-Minister of Education, Costa Rica
  • Beverly Wade, World Heritage Focal Point, Belize
  • Rabecca Laibich, AfriMAB Youth & Spokesperson MAB 50th anniversary, Kenya
  • Gabriela Martínez, Global MAB Youth Network (Ecuador), Executive Secretary at Youth UNESCO Climate Action Network (YoU-CAN), Ecuador

  • United Nations