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Institutions 4 Climate

What institutional change is required to slow down climate change and mitigate its effects?

What institutional change is required to slow down climate change and mitigate its effects?

Session blurb

"The world is waking up. And change is coming whether you like it or not.” Yet, the global community is not equipped with the tools to slow down the change nor to mitigate it. Given that climate change is an existential crisis of unprecedented scale, it is unsurprising that existing institutions are not cut out to deal with it. This includes national and international political and economic institutions; from markets, unlikely to cushion the shock that a dramatic reconfiguration of the industrial economy would produce, to international legal systems which are missing the architecture required to ensure environmental accountability, amongst other examples. What transformations need to take place to allow us to minimise global warming and assuage its effects? How do we even begin to imagine what an environmentally sustainable world would look like? The discussion will delve into such questions and discuss capitalism and growth, inclusivity and participation, international agreements and charters to enable dialogue on the toughest, and the most urgent issue of our time.


Monika Zurek

Monika Zurek is a senior researcher at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford and amember of the ECI Food Systems Group. She has worked on food systems and the environment in research andinternational organizations as well as in the consulting and philanthropic sectors with Climate Focus and the Billand Melinda Gates Foundation. She was also a lead author for various environmental assessments such as theIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, AR4), the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and theInternational Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD).

Kirsty Hamilton

Kirsty Hamilton is an associate fellow at Chatham House where she focuses on the intersect between policy and finance to drive sector-level climate solutions. Her current focus is on fully integrating investment into decision-making to increase ‘investment confidence’ for governments –a key foundation for faster climate action. She has been a contributing author to the IPCC. She has 30 years of experience working in international climate and energypolicy.

Aditya Pundir

Aditya Pundir is the Country Manager for The Climate Reality Project India since 2010. He received his trainingfrom Honourable Vice President of US, Al Gore in 2009 on Climate Change, and was selected for AustralianLeadership Awards Training 2013 in Environment. He has worked extensively in the field of climate change andsustainability in India. He is also represented on consultation committees on climate change in India formed byUNDP, World Bank and UNESCO.

Richard Tol

Richard Tol is a Professor at the Department of Economics, University of Sussex and the Professor of the Economics of Climate Change at Vrije Universiteit. He has been a contributing author of Working Groups I, II and III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; shared winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007; and an author and editor of the UNEP Handbook on Methods for Climate Change Impact Assessment and Adaptation Strategies. He is actively involved in the European Climate Forum, the European Forum on Integrated Environmental Assessment, and the Energy Modeling Forum.

Moderated by

András Volom

Founder of Visegrad for Sustainability (V4SDG)