Global Commons events

Global Commons panel at WEF Davos 2017 Photo: Copyright by World Economic Forum / Boris Baldinger

Andrew Steer, President and Chief Executive Officer, World Resources Institute, USA and Johan Rockström, Executive Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden and Joseph E. Stiglitz, Professor, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University, USA and Dambisa Moyo, Author, United Kingdom.Dipender Saluja, Managing Director, Capricorn Investment Group, USA speaking during the Session Economics for the Global Commons at the Annual Meeting 2017 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 18, 2017

Economics for the Global Commons

World Economic Forum, Davos
Wednesday 18 January 14:30 - 16:00
Congress Centre, xChange

Decades of degradation have resulted in our ocean, air and land systems approaching irreversible tipping points that create extreme unpredictability. How can economists, investors and earth scientists align the needs of today’s economy with tomorrow’s environment?

A world-renowned panel explored the misalignment between our economic system and the environment, identify changes needed in the economic and investment system and identify priority high impact actions for systemic redesign.

Read more: Top economists on the global commons: Failure is not an option

Agriculture’s Role in Transforming the Food System to Safeguard the Global Commons

CBD COP 13, Cancun
Monday 5 December, 13:15 - 14:45
African Group, G77, China Regional Group Meeting Room

Building on the GEF/IUCN Our Global Commons international dialogue in Washington DC in October, this event will brought together a multi-sectoral panel to discuss options for radically transforming our food system to protect our planet and produce enough nutritious food for all.

Read more about the event: How can changes in agriculture help protect the global commons

IISD Reporting Services coverage of the event:

Global Commons: Solutions for a Crowded Planet from IISD Reporting Services / ENV on Vimeo.



Transforming the Food System to Safeguard the Global Commons 

UNFCCC COP22, Marrakech
Wednesday November 16th, - 18:30 to 21:00
Blue Zone, Side Event Room Bering

Food is a key driver of pressures on the global commons. Today’s food system is a main contributor to GHG emissions, deforestation and biodiversity loss, over-fishing, water stress, desertification and ecosystem degradation. Agriculture and land-use account for about 25% of human-caused GHG emissions, according to the IPCC. 

As the global population continues to grow in the coming decades to over 9 billion alongside shifting diets as the global middle class expands, the urgency to transform our food system is only becoming more pronounced. Building on the GEF/IUCN Our Global Commons international dialogue in Washington DC in October, this event brought together a multi-sectoral panel to discuss options for radically transform our food system needed to protect our planet and produce enough nutritious food for all.

International Dialogue on the Global Commons

National Academy of Science, Washington DC
12-13 October 2016

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) hosted an International Dialogue on the Global Commons, in Washington DC, USA October 12 and 13, 2016.


This invitation-only event, preceded by a “Science Day” on October 11, was supported by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Stockholm Resilience Centre, World Resources Institute and the World Economic Forum. It  gathered leaders, experts and innovative thinkers to review new scientific assessments and discuss transformative solutions to rethink the global commons and the risks and opportunities they represent to a prosperous, but crowded, planet.

Leaders from international organisations, business, and civil society have rallied around a new effort to safeguard the global commons on which all life depends. Read more about the New momentum for the global commons and visit the IISD Reporting Services coverage of the event. New York Times writer Andy Revkin attended the event and included it in his 17 October blog Today’s Climate Progress and Tomorrow’s Climate Challenges.

Our Global Commons from IISD Reporting Services / ENB+ on Vimeo.

Papers discussed at the conference:

PDF iconGlobal Commons in the Anthropocene

PDF iconThe Great Decoupling

PDF icon Langhammer et al, The Impact of Conservation Action (2016). Coming soon


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Read more about the Global Commons in The Guardian.

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