Race To Zero Climate & Health Dialogue – for a healthy, resilient, and zero-carbon Recovery
24-hour virtual “Climate & Health Dialogue – for a healthy, resilient, zero-carbon recovery”
The “Climate & Health Dialogue – for a healthy, resilient, zero-carbon recovery” will bring local to global actors together to place health and equity at the center of ambitious climate action. Through a series of virtual events, hosted in rotation by regional partners throughout a 24-hour period, the Dialogue will envision how a healthy, equitable recovery from COVID-19 can drive rapid decarbonization of the world economy. The dialogue will present initiatives, case-studies and interventions for a healthy, climate-resilient and climate-just future across several priority areas of action: Adaptation & resilience; Nature; Energy transition; Zero carbon road transport; and Finance. The full schedule of events can be seen here.
This virtual event will take place on November 9, as a part of the November Race to Zero Dialogues organized by UNFCCC in partnership with the High-Level Climate Champions. It will pave the way to the 2021 Global Conference on Health and Climate Change and the COP26 UN climate change conference to be held in Glasgow, UK in November 2021.
Session speakers will include representatives from cities, regions, businesses and civil society from sectors such as Health, Transport, Economy and Energy, as well as scientists, policy makers, celebrities, local authorities and mayors, government representatives, representatives from vulnerable communities and youth leaders.
Race To Zero Climate & Health Dialogue – for a healthy, resilient, and zero-carbon Recovery is hosted by the World Health Organization, in collaboration with Race To Zero, the Global Climate and Health Alliance, the Wellcome Trust, Glasgow Caledonian University and its Centre for Climate Justice, the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, and the Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Please note, the speakers list will grow in the coming weeks – this is not the final line up.
Race to Zero Climate & Health Dialogue: Opening Session, 0900-1130 GMT, November 9 2020
- 09:00 – 09:30 am GMT: Introduction to the Race To Zero Dialogues: High-Level Climate Action Champions, Gonzalo Muñoz and Nigel Topping introduce and set out objectives for the Race to Zero Dialogues
- 09:30 – 10:30 am GMT: Systems Transformation Opener: The urgent need for action and the imperative of a systems approach to change. Organised by the Club of Rome and the Potsdam Institute.
- 10.30 – 11.30 am GMT: Keynote opening of the Climate & Health Dialogue: The necessary steps to achieve a healthy, equitable recovery from COVID-19 and drive a rapid decarbonisation of the world economy. Organised by WHO and leading health organisations.
- Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC
- Tedros Adhanom, Director General, WHO
- Moderator: Dr. Maria Neira, WHO
- Sergio Costa, Minister of the Environment, Italy (video)
- Josh Karliner, International Director of Program and Strategy, Health Care Without Harm
- Rt Hon. Alok Sharma MP, President, COP26; Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, UK
Race to clean energy: Youth set the agenda for a healthy recovery, 1200-1330 GMT, November 9 2020
- Francesco La Camera, IRENA DG
- Beniamin Strzelecki, Global Focal Point, SDG7 Youth Constituency
- Poorva Patil, President of the Medical Students Association of India
- Jordyn Burnouf, Co-Chair Sevengen Indigenous Youth Energy Summit & 2020 Catalyst
- Fana Sibanyoni, Activist from South Africa’s Mpumalanga coal area
- Asma Rouabhia, Program Manager at CODEV Governance
- Sajith Wijesuriya, Founder of Science Policy Circle
- Francesco La Camera, Director General, IRENA
- James Irlam, Chair of the Climate, Energy and Health (CEH) special interest group, Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA)
Race to Zero Carbon Road Transport, 1800-1930 GMT, November 9 2020
Race to Zero dialogue on climate and health, showcasing how cities, businesses and governments can drive a just transition to clean and healthy modes of transport. With the participation of mayors, transport networks and frontline speakers.
- Nigel Topping, High Level Champion for Climate Action COP26
- Rosamund Kissi-Debrah, Founder and Executive Chairwoman – The Ella Roberta Foundation
- Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Mayor of Freetown
Financing a Zero-Carbon and Healthy Future, 2000-2130 GMT, November 9 2020
- Professor Tahseen Jafry, Glasgow Caledonian University
Keynote speakers + moderated conversation:
- Yasmine Moezinia, Head of COP26 – Private Finance Team
- Mithika Mwenda, Co-Founder Pan African Climate Justice Alliance
Keynote speaker + moderated conversation:
- Jeffrey Sachs, Chair of the Lancet COVID-19 Commission
- Dr Barbara Buchner, Global Managing Director and Executive Director, Climate Policy Initiative
Rapporteur/ closing remarks:
- Professor Tahseen Jafry, Glasgow Caledonian University
Race for Nature and Health, 2200-2330 GMT, November 9 2020
- H.E. Andrea Meza Murillo, Minister of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica
- Maria Yolanda Teran, Ph.D. in Native American Studies
- Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, CBD Executive secretary
- Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International
- Cristina Romanelli, WHO
Race for Health Resilience, 0200-0330 GMT, November 10 2020
- Gonzalo Muñoz, COP26 High-Level Climate Action Champion
- Helen Clark, Lancet Pathfinder Commission
- Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, Climate Change and Health Team Leader, WHO
- Jeni Miller, Executive Director of the Global Climate and Health Alliance