From 22-25 January, IUCN Director General Inger Andersen is participating in the 2019 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. This year, environmental topics are more prominent on the agenda than ever before, a clear sign that global leaders in business, politics and civil society are increasingly aware of the essential role a healthy planet plays in the world's economy, security and overall success.
Key events at WEF19, where IUCN's Director General will be participating, include:
- 22 January
- The Big Picture of Our Oceans - Using NASA imagery, this session will explore the causes and consequences of ocean pollution, and in particular plastic debris, over time.
- The Role of Nature in Delivering the SDGs - This roundtable is being hosted by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative with IUCN Director General Inger Andersen as one of the panelists. Watch a recording of the session here.
- The SBT Network and Earth Commission Partners' Session will focus on co-developing science-based targets for the private sector, investors and cities. See a related report IUCN and Oxford University recently produced aimed at helping business address how to approach biodiversity measurements.
- Safeguarding our Planet - A high-level conversation on how leaders can take action to protect people and the planet with naturalist David Attenborough, Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, Former US Vice President Al Gore, Chair of the Zero Waste Academy in Japan Akira Sakano and Anand Mahindra, Chair of the Mahindra Group. See the full webcast here.
- 21st-Century Water Management: Creating Shared Solutions in the Fourth Industrial Revolution will bring together experts for an action-oriented discussion on the approaches needed to build resilience to today's water risks. Read more insights about corporate water stewardship in this IUCN report.
- Escaping Extinction - IUCN's Director General Inger Andersen will be a panelist in this interactive session, which will be live-streamed between 9:00-10:30 (CET) on the WEF website.
- Shaping Collaborative Plastic Action - This multi-stakeholder session will focus on linking emerging global efforts to provide a platform for collaboration for greater impact. Read more about an IUCN project that is engaging business to respond to the plastic challenge - MARPLASTICCs.
- Nature vs Nutrition, a false choice, is hosted by the Food and Land Use Coalition, with IUCN's Director General as one of the panelists.
- Accelerating Partnerships and Action for Forests - Nature-based solutions from forests to mangroves can provide over 1/3 of cost-effective climate mitigation needed between now and 2030. What is the role of smallholder forest producers? See the IUCN report that looks at their cumulative economic value and potential contribution as we develop green growth strategies and landscapes.
- Nature to the Rescue - IUCN will participate in this session exploring how the world can harness nature’s capacity to mitigate climate change. See the article, Protecting climate by protecting nature.
- Global Economy in Transition: Shaping a new transition - IUCN's Director General will participate in this session underscoring why economic cooperation is essential for environmental security and more.
In the news:
- The Global Risks Report 2019 by WEF ranks environment at the top of the list for the third year in a row. Based on a survey with nearly 1,000 decision-makers from the public sector, private sector, academia and civil society, the report finds "extreme weather and climate-change policy failures" are seen as the gravest threats over the next decade.
- Fourth Industrial Revolution for the Earth: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence for the Earth, published by PwC with WEF and Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, looks at how to use AI to address some of the most pressing challenges facing the Earth.