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 has been renamed over time into Climate and Human Rights Department and carries out activities aiming at analysing the link between climate change and human rights, with a defined focus on gender issues. As Department Coordinator, I develop activities on the consequences of climate change on people’s lives, analysing how to alleviate the struggle of vulnerable groups from a human rights perspective. In the same capacity, I have been participating in the UNFCCC climate negotiations since 2015, monitoring the human rights principles integration in the implementation of the Paris Agreement and Paris Rule Book, participating in the advocacy activities of the Women and Gender Constituency and collaborating with the Inter-Constituencies Human Rights Working Group. Thanks to the experience I gained at the UNFCCC and in recognition of my successful application for the UN ECOSOC consultative status, in 2019 I have started working also in a Policy Advisor capacity, using the ECOSOC consultative status to monitor how climate change issues are integrated into UN spaces traditionally dedicated to human rights.
Key Responsibilities and Achievements
- Collaborating with the Women and Gender Constituency and the Human Rights Working Group on monitoring and reporting on the UNFCCC talks, advocacy work within the UNFCCC including drafting of official manifestos and statements, peaceful demonstrative actions organisation (since 2015)
- Authored 50+ articles and reports (COPs’ outcomes, climate justice, just transition, human rights…)
- Spokesperson for the Women and Gender Constituency, UNFCCC COP23 closing Plenary
- Representative for the Women and Gender Constituency, UNFCCC COP24 COP Presidency question time
- Monitor how climate change issues are integrated into UN spaces traditionally dedicated to human rights (UN Partnership Forum 2022, United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA-5), Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66), High-Level Political Forum 2022)
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