ICLEI World CongressICLEI Local Governments for SustainabilityCity of São Paulo
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Our changing world

19/06/2024, 11:30 - 12:45

We are living in times of rapidly accelerating technological change and economic uncertainty, as the world is plagued by two dangerous crises: climate and conflict. These crises exacerbate the challenges that our cities, towns and regions already face worldwide, further complicating the work that local and regional governments already have in advancing sustainability efforts in their communities.

In this plenary, global experts will present emerging and growing trends and risks impacting local and regional governments and their communities, and how changing contexts are impacting ICLEI Members’ efforts to achieve local sustainable development. They’ll be joined by ICLEI leaders from around the world, who will share how they have been able to advance local sustainable development in spite of – or in response to – our changing world.

We’ll also look at how ICLEI’s five pathways towards zero emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development are not only designed to create systemic change, but are also can help local and regional governments to stay the course towards sustainability, supporting them to adapt and synergize efforts and achieve truly integrated approaches to sustainability.

Speakers
  • Eduardo Paes, Mayor, City of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • HY William Chan, Councillor, City of Sydney, Australia; ICLEI Global Executive Committee Member; Oceania Regional Portfolio
  • Jeni Arndt,Mayor, Fort Collins, United States; ICLEI Global Executive Committee Member; North America Regional Portfolio
  • Jeremy Eppel, Senior Advisor, NatureFinance
  • Jorge Alejandro Aldana Bardales, Mayor, Tegucigalpa, Central District, Honduras, ICLEI Global Executive Committee Member; Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean Regional Portfolio
  • José Renato Nalini, Executive Secretary Climate Change, City of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Marjorie Kauffmann, Secretary of State for Environment and Infrastructure, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; ICLEI Global Executive Committee Member
  • Raquel Lyra, Governor, State of Pernambuco, Brazil (invited)
  • Smt. Naynaben Pedhadiya, Mayor, Rajkot Municipal Corporation, India; ICLEI Global Executive Committee Member; South Asia Regional Portfolio
  • Gino Van Begin, Secretary General, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
  • Kobie Brand, Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
Moderator
  • Rodrigo Perpetuo, Regional Executive Secretary, ICLEI South America Secretariat
Session flow

Welcome & introduction 

  • Gino Van Begin, Secretary General, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

Keynote: Preparing our cities, towns and regions for a future beyond 1.5°C

  • Jeremy Eppel, Senior Advisor, NatureFinance

Leaders dialogue: Preparing our cities, towns and communities for a new climate normal 

  • HY William Chan, Councillor, City of Sydney, Australia; ICLEI Global Executive Committee Member; Oceania Regional Portfolio
  • Naynaben Pedhadiya, Mayor, Rajkot Municipal Corporation, India; ICLEI Global Executive Committee Member; South Asia Regional Portfolio
  • Jeni Arndt, Mayor, Fort Collins, United States; ICLEI Global Executive Committee Member; North America Regional Portfolio
  • Jorge Alejandro Aldana Bardales, Mayor, Tegucigalpa, Central District, Honduras; ICLEI Global Executive Committee Member; Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean Regional Portfolio
  • José Renato Nalini, Executive Secretary Climate Change, City of São Paulo, Brazil

Moderator: Kobie Brand, Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

Country in focus: Climate justice and adaptation in Brazil 

  • Marjorie Kauffmann, Secretary of State for Environment and Infrastructure, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; ICLEI Global Executive Committee Member
  • Eduardo Paes, Mayor, City of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Raquel Lyra, Governor, State of Pernambuco, Brazil

Moderator: Rodrigo Perpetuo, Regional Director, ICLEI South America Secretariat