Climate and Biodiversity Week at Expo 2020 Dubai took place on 3-9 October. The main topic of the events was “galvanizing the world into action to protect our planet,” the Dubai government states.
- Tapestry of events mobilized climate action;
- Christiana Figueres, Damilola Ogunbiyi, Jake Norton, and Sir Tim Smit became speakers.
- Theme Week is the first of 10 that aim to spur ideas, inspire action.
Mobilizing the world for the health of our planet, Climate and Biodiversity Week took place just a month ahead of United Nations’ al Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow.
Expo’s first Theme Week – in association with the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) and DP World, Global Trade Partner of Expo 2020 – aimed to generate new ideas, inspire different perspectives, and build a clear roadmap towards immediate action.
Recognizing that the world is at a crucial moment when the global community must take decisive and collective steps to protect the planet, Expo 2020 provides a powerful platform for people’s voices to be heard in policy circles. During Climate and Biodiversity Week, events and discussions focused on mitigating climate change, disaster risk management, advancing the circular economy, protecting vulnerable regions, and conservation.
Key speakers include the internationally recognized leader on global climate change Christiana Figueres, Co-Chair of UN-Energy Damilola Ogunbiyi, filmmaker and climber Jake Norton, and Eden Project founder Sir Tim Smit as environment ministers from around the world.
Nadia Verjee, Chief of Staff, Programme for People and Planet, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “Now, more than any time in human history, it is essential we give our undivided attention to protecting our planet for future generations. For us to succeed, these crucial issues must be addressed by initiating a two-way conversation – bridging people-centered grassroots ‘bottom-up’ approaches with high-level policy and partnership initiatives.
“We are confident that by bringing together people, policy-makers, NGOs, and business leaders from 192 countries for Climate and Biodiversity Week, we can inspire the world to take positive steps towards a more sustainable future. We have the opportunity to take our place in history as the generation who stopped climate change.”
Co-curated with MOCCAE, DP World, and the UK, Climate and Biodiversity Week’s flagship event, The People’s Promise for Climate Impact, aimed to catalyze youth-led action across the globe, inspiring and empowering people to play an active role in tackling climate change.
Eng Aisha Al Abdooli, Acting Assistant Undersecretary for the Green Development and Climate Change Sector at MOCCAE, said: “As the world witnesses more frequent and intense extreme weather events, putting billions of people at immediate risk, fighting climate change has become a moral obligation. This has been highlighted in a recent report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is nothing less than a code red for humanity. The report warns that the continuous global warming and sea-level rise are triggering an increasing number of natural disasters and emphasizes that dealing with this threat is urgent.”
She added: “The UAE is fully committed to tackling climate change, and we are proud to partner with Expo to amplify the momentum at the Climate and Biodiversity Week.”
Mohammad Al Hashimy, Deputy Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, DP World, said: “Preserving our planet and building a sustainable future for everyone is something that can only be done collectively, not individually, which is why Climate and Biodiversity Week is so important. It will bring together leaders from multiple sectors across the world to find and create solutions.
“DP World has always been committed to protecting our planet, from combatting illegal wildlife trafficking to preserving biodiversity. We are proud to partner with Expo 2020 Dubai to help facilitate its key message of “Connecting minds, Creating the Future” and help foster the dialogue and cooperation needed to heal our planet.”
A week of dedicated events
Expo 2020’s World Majlis series, bringing together voices from all over the world to imagine a brighter future for our planet, hosted four sessions during Climate and Biodiversity Week. Each will explore different facets of the following question: If we have so much power to alter the planet, can we instead put our knowledge, skills, and efforts at the service of Earth for future generations?
The Climate and Biodiversity Business Forum, held in Dubai Exhibition Centre, Expo 2020 Dubai, on 4 October, and co-curated with Dubai Chamber and Estonia, will highlight business opportunities and cutting-edge technologies while providing showcasing progress in sustainability achieved by the UAE, participating countries, and Expo partners.
The Women’s Pavilion on 4 October will host an inspiring session on Women Leading the Fight to Save our Planet, focusing on the disproportionate impact of climate change on women and how women can play a more significant role in climate-related decision-making.
Advancing Best Practice for Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation (6 October), co-curated with DP World, Mozambique, and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), will highlight effective, replicable, and scalable interventions and solutions to protect global biodiversity.
All visitors to Expo can further explore the issues with two climate- and biodiversity-related visitor journeys available on the Expo 2020 app. The People for Planet journey introduces visitors to the different ways countries and organizations are responding to critical environmental issues we face as a global community, while the Waste Warriors journey explores the innovations leading the movement against overconsumption and overproduction.
Climate and Biodiversity Week is the first of the 10 Theme Weeks anchoring the Programme for People and Planet, an extraordinary schedule of events, experiences, thought-leadership, and public conversations running throughout Expo 2020s six months, aiming to find solutions for some of the most pressing problems facing our world.
Designed with and for the global community, the program will harness the connecting power of World Expos to accelerate a legacy of transformative change. Participants will investigate solutions to critical global challenges, ranging from mitigating climate change and biodiversity loss and making human habitats more sustainable to bridging the digital divide and ensuring equal access to education and healthcare.
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