ICLEI World CongressICLEI Local Governments for SustainabilityCity of São Paulo
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From global to local to global: Shaping the future of sustainability

21/06/2024, 09:00 - 10:15

South America is set to become the center of the global climate and nature agendas in the coming year. With the Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD) COP16 hosted in Cali, Colombia in October 2024, and UNFCCC COP30 hosted next year in the heart of the Amazon in Brazil, the world is looking to South America for leadership on these critical sustainability agendas.

Join us at this dynamic plenary to explore the powerful interplay between these two critical global agendas and their impacts on policy making at all levels. Key representatives from Colombia and Brazil will discuss the urgent need for an integrated approach to the climate and nature crises, emphasizing inclusive dialogues across all levels of government and civil society.

ICLEI Members and leaders will share how these global processes influence local and regional initiatives, stressing the need for global strategies to address on-the-ground challenges faced by cities, towns, and regions worldwide. Those active in global advocacy will provide insights into the significance of local government engagement in these arenas.

We’ll highlight how ICLEI Members and partners can collaborate to engage at the upcoming climate and biodiversity COPs, advocating for our interests and the crucial role of local governments in advancing sustainability targets. Be part of the conversation that bridges global and local efforts in shaping a sustainable future for all.

Speakers
  • Alfredo Coro II, Mayor, Municipality of Del Carmen, Philippines; ICLEI Global Executive Committee Member
  • Axel Schmidt Grael, Mayor, Municipality of Niterói, Brazil; ICLEI Global Executive Committee Member
  • Champa Patel, Executive Director of Governments and Policy, Climate Group (to be confirmed)
  • Emani Kumar, Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI World Secretariat
  • Lilia Tatiana Roa, Vice Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Government of Colombia
  • Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Special Advisor to COP29 Presidency (video message)
  • Mohamed Sefiani, Mayor, Municipality of Chefchaouen, Morocco; ICLEI Global Executive Committee Member
  • Renato Casagrande, Governor, State of Espírito Santo, Brazil
  • Razan Al Mubarak, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion, President, IUCN (video message)
  • Ruy Carlos Pereira, Brazilian Agency of Cooperation, Brazil
  • Yunus Arikan, Director of Global Advocacy, ICLEI World Secretariat
Session flow

High-level dialogue: The critical need for multilevel governance in multilateral cooperation for sustainability 

  • Razan Al Mubarak, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion; President, IUCN (pre-recorded)
  • Lilia Tatiana Roa, Vice Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Government of Colombia
  • Ruy Carlos Pereira, Brazilian Agency of Cooperation, Brazil
  • Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Special Advisor to COP29 Presidency (pre-recorded)

Moderator: Yunus Arikan, Director of Global Advocacy, ICLEI World Secretariat

Leaders dialogue: The key role of cities, towns and regions in global sustainability processes 

  • Axel Schmidt Grael, Mayor, Municipality of Niterói, Brazil; ICLEI Global Executive Committee Member
  • Alfredo Coro II, Mayor, Municipality of Del Carmen, Philippines; ICLEI Global Executive Committee Member
  • Mohamed Sefiani, Mayor, Municipality of Chefchaouen, Morocco; ICLEI Global Executive Committee Member
  • Renato Casagrande, Governor, State of Espírito Santo, Brazil
  • Champa Patel, Executive Director of Governments and Policy, Climate Group

Moderator: Emani Kumar, Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI World Secretariat