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Global climate emergency. Road from Glasgow to Sharm el-Sheikh
Perspectives in Global Development
Speaker: Barbara Botos
Location: Zoom or Warren 151, Cornell University

We are in a race against time. We are losing. We live in a world of the triple planetary crisis (environmental pollution, biodiversity loss, climate crisis), which has been exacerbated by COVID-19, the energy price rise and the present geopolitical crisis. We also fail to work together as a multilateral global community. Increasingly, people are turning their backs on the values of trust and solidarity. At the same time, humanity’s welfare –and indeed, humanity’s very future –depend on solidarity and working together as a global family to achieve common goals. We have to rebuild trust by reinvigorating multilateralism. Growing inequality within and among countries is jeopardizing our efforts to ensure the future we want. Inequality leads to mistrust between countries, and to people’s mistrust in institutions of governance. It also contributes to acts of xenophobia, racism, intolerance, hate speech and disinformation, wars, which acts we all condemn. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to discuss the most confrontational issues in a calm atmosphere. We have to engage constructively, keeping our forward-looking approach intact, and avoiding global negotiations to turn into a polarised blame game. The road from Glasgow to Sharm el-Sheikh is still vague. We lack clarity on what constitutes success at the COP27.What is the 'Big Fix' that is responsive to the diversity of all our climate agenda points and solutions needed for a world beyond 1,5?The challenge for the upcoming negotiations might thus be to find the right balance between keeping on the one hand focus and assessing progress against the long-term goals and on the other hand engaging on cross-cutting considerations like support, equity, just transitions...(continued on event website)

Oct 19, 2022 12:25 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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