Carbon Neutrality & Social Transformation: Are We on Track to Arrive at a Justice-based Transition?

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  • DATE / TIME:
    July 6, 2021    11:30 - 13:00

    As the world faces the economic fallout and social disruption triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, carbon neutrality has assumed greater urgency and the need to build back better is gaining increasing momentum.

    This online side event of the 2021 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will explore the policies needed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, and the deep transformations required in our economic and social systems. It will look at how all sectors of society can address the challenges involved in realising such critical changes during the Decade of Action to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Date: 6 July 2021
    Time: 07:30 – 09:00 EDT | 11:30 – 13:00 GMT
    This event is organised by UNU-INRA, UNU-IAS, UNU-EHS, UN DESA, UN-ECA, AUC, UNFCCC.


    *07:30–07:35 Opening
    07:35-07:40 Video Message
    • H.E. Mr. Hiroyoshi Sasagawa (State Minister of the Environment, Japan)
    07:40–07:55 Keynote Speech
    • Prof. Yukari Takamura (Professor, Institute of Future Initiatives, University of Tokyo)
    07:55–08:55 Panel Discussion Moderator: Dr. Xiaomeng Shen (Vice-Rector in Europe, UNU and Director, UNU-EHS)

    • Dr. Minoru Takada (Team Leader, Sustainable Energy, UN DESA)
    • Dr. Youssef Nassef (Director, Adaptation Division, UNFCCC Secretariat)
    • Dr. Fatima Denton (Director, UNU-INRA)
    • H.E. Dr. Jean-Paul Adam (Director for Technology, Climate Change, and Natural Resources Management, UN ECA)
    • Mr. Hiroyuki Tezuka (Chair, Working Group on Global Environment Strategy, Committee on Environment & Safety, Keidanren)
    • Ms. Mailes Zulu Muke (CEO, Save Environment and People Agency)


    Summary by Panel Moderator

    08:55–09:00 Concluding Remarks

    *Time in EDT

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