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Can the World Save the World? Global Governance and Climate Change.

December 14 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

in English with Spanish translation

Virtually everyone on the planet has now been affected by the droughts, fires, and superstorms associated with climate change. The United Nations, the scientific community, and NGOs are all working overtime to reduce carbon emissions and promote a shift to clean energy. But emissions continue to rise.

Do we have the right institutions at the global level to address the problem of climate change? Can existing institutions–the UN Environmental Programme, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Green Climate Fund, the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, Climate Action Network International–be made more effective? What new institutions do we need, and what are the new approaches at the global level that can mobilize global action and resources to make a real difference before it’s too late?


  • Jayati Ghosh is a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was appointed this year by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to a new high-level advisory board on effective multilateralism.
  • Mary Ann Manahan is a doctoral fellow at the Conflict Research Group at Ghent University. She is a member of the Beyond Development Global Working Group.
  • Jens Martens is the executive director of the Global Policy Forum Europe and has coordinated the international Civil Society Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development since 2011.

The panel will be moderated by Miriam Lang, a professor for Environmental and Sustainability Studies at the Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar in Ecuador and a member of the Ecosocial Pact of the South



December 14
9:00 am - 10:30 am


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