The Club of Rome at the UN Climate talks

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We are at a unique moment in history – a decisive decade where failure to act risks crossing irreversible Earth tipping points. The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) is seen as a critical summit to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Club of Rome will take part in a number of events during the two-week conference, taking place in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021.

Below are selected highlights of the Club of Rome participation and co-organised events.

Representatives from the Club of Rome will be in Glasgow from November 1 to November 10. In case of questions you should be able to find us in the Nature+ Newsroom located opposite the main entrance to COP26 (Blue Zone, Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Hall 4). Contact details for questions, speaking opportunities, media inquiries at the bottom of the page. 

How do we emerge from emergency?
Monday 1 November 19:00-21:00 BST
Location: Blue Zone, Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Hall 4 at the Nature + Newsroom (opposite the main entrance to COP26).
Livestream link – forthcoming

Sandrine Dixson-Declève and Johan Rockström will engage in a fireside chat reflecting on nearly two years of the Planetary Emergency Partnership. Have we come closer to emerging from emergency? What is the relevance of the Planetary Emergency Plan two years later? and the steps we need to take next to emerge from emergency. The Planetary Emergency Partnership (PEP) brings together more than 350 Partners from across the climate, biodiversity and health communities to raise awareness for an integrated, systemic approach that addresses the convergence of climate, biodiversity and health tipping points.

Transformational economics meets transformational leadership
Wednesday 3 November 2021 16:30-18:00 BST
Location: Blue Zone, Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Action Hub – Hydro Bowl, Global Climate Action Room 1
Livestream link – forthcoming

This year’s climate conference will include something new: The Futures Labs. These labs – hosted by the High-level Champions of Global Climate Action, Gonzalo Munoz and Nigel Topping – will explore bold, imaginative ideas for systems change aimed at accelerating climate action and catalysing the transition to a regenerative and just world. As part of these Futures Labs, the Club of Rome, together with Volans and SistemaB, is hosting an event on why we need economic transformation. Building on the legacy of The Limits to Growth – which will have its 50th anniversary next year – this session will focus on how we implement new economic approaches, which are structured to create a balance between economic, environmental and social indicators to ensure equity. Speakers will discuss wellbeing economics and alternative approaches to governance; regenerative agricultural practices; and moving away from traditional ideas on growth and prosperity.

Food Forward – Food Systems Transformation is Essential to Achieving Climate Goals.
Wednesday 10 November 2021 930-1100 BST
Location: Blue Zone, Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Hall 4, WWF’s Panda Hub in the Blue Zone
Livestream link – forthcoming

This session that will demonstrate that food systems transformation is not only a prerequisite for meeting climate goals but a win-win for policymakers to also address nature, hunger, health, resilience, and livelihoods. Organised by EAT, GAIN, WWF, CARE, The Club of Rome and ICCCAD the event will showcase and discuss the most impactful solutions for food system transformation coming out of the UN Food Systems Summit and to present an early thinking behind the “Food Forward” Consortium, a joint, inclusive effort by the UN Food Systems Summit Action Track organisations to align efforts and accelerate action that will be co-designed over the coming months.

Invited speakers include high-level government and UN representatives, youth, food system experts who will share their perspectives on food systems and climate action building on the UN Food Systems Summit momentum.



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