Closing the gap between the actual and the desired level of investments to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) is clearly beyond the reach of governments and public lenders. This problem can be addressed only with the engagement of the private sector in the shift towards sustainable models of production, respectful of the environments and human rights. Participants at this year’s OECD Global Forum on Development took stock of existing initiatives to catalyse the power of the private sector in supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, explored new avenues of partnerships to mobilise the necessary resources.
Some of the most important personalities from the diplomacy, financial and global businesses world, attended the event, as:
- Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General
- Amina J. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General
- Alain Papiasse, Deputy General Director of BNP Paribas
- Amy Jadesimi, managing director of LADOL International
As Italian Climate Network delegate I attended the Global Forum to have an insight on the current business approaches to the shift towards a greener economy and more sustainable means of production.
In 2015 Italian Climate Network started the development of a new educational initiative, the “School Project”. Secondary schools in Italy don’t always integrate climate change in their curricula. Through a series of multidisciplinary lessons, the project aims at providing accurate knowledge about this phenomenon to young people, raising awareness and empowering them. After a series of trial lessons, the authors gathered in Milan on the 8th July 2016, to share the results of their work and train the team of speakers for the project's launch, scheduled for September 2016.
Authors and presentations:
Federico Brocchieri – CLIMATE CHANGE: CAUSES, CONSEQUENCES AND SOLUTIONS Federico Brocchieri – CLIMATE NEGOTIATIONS
Chiara Soletti – CLIMATE AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Benedetta Rossi – CLIMATE AND HEALTH
Federico Capezzuoli – CLIMATE AND WASTE MANAGEMENT Marco Milano – CLIMATE SCIENCE
As the author of the “Climate and Human Rights” lesson of the Italian Climate Network’s School Project, I presented the results of my work and contributed to the formation of the new team of lecturers.
For more info please visit the Italian Climate Network website.
Born as an in-depth column in 2015, the success of the "Women, Rights and Climate" initiative has turned its activity into a stable Section of Italian Climate Network (ICN). The group is working to carry out activities aimed at analysing the link between climate change and human rights, with a defined focus on gender issues. The goal is to raise awareness on this topic, developing a new consciousness about the complexity of climate change’s consequences.
I am the Coordinator of the Women, Rights and Climate Section of Italian Climate Network and I am responsible for all its activities. Projects and initiatives developed for the Section:
- Production of articles and editorial series of in-depth studies (Towards COP21, Climate Amazons, Earth Defenders, General In-depth Studies)
- Advocacy action development for the introduction of human rights principles in the Paris Agreement implementation
- Collaboration with the Women & Gender Constituency during UNFCCC conferences
- Participation in the study session "Exploring gender equality in environmental projects" at the European Youth Center, organized by Youth and Environment Europe (YEE) in collaboration with the Council of Europe
- Participation in conferences for the development of new projects and partnerships ( "Climate change:what can/can't be fixed?" Birkbeck University 2016, OECD Global Forum on Development 2017, "Combating Climate Change: can global agreements, regulation or markets ever deliver?" Toulouse School of Economics 2017)
- Participation as registered partners in the Global Women's Call for Climate Justice campaign in 2015 and "Women's Act for Climate Justice: 10 days of mobilization" in 2016
For more information please visit Italian Climate Network’s website.
The “Eat & Meet” events bring together at the same table young people and senior experts and allow them to exchange opinions, ideas and experiences. Each senior leader shares her or his table with six to eight aspiring leaders interested in her/his field of expertise, share her/his life experience as well as in-depth background about their job. In turn, the dinner is a chance for the senior decision makers to connect with young leaders, understand their concerns, and fresh exchange ideas.
Guests of this edition:
- Esther Maughan, Comms and Networks Director, Forum4thefuture
- Fergus Green, Policy Analyst & Research Advisor to Prof. Stern at the LSE’s Grantham Research Institute
- Matthew Tod, Partner within the Consulting division of PwC
- Orivaldo Barros, Building Research Establishment (BRE)
- Sia Houchangnia, Analyst at Seedcamp
As the Project Officer for the logistics and communication of the “Eat & Meet” London, I managed the delivery of the event (40 participants) and ensured media coverage and content production for further dissemination.
For more information please visit Young European Leadership's website