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)
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
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