Watch the Bulletin virtual program “What to expect from the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference” featuring Sivan Kartha and Anju Sharma in conversation with Bob Berwyn.
These experts discussed the upcoming United Nations Climate Change conference, its goals, how we can measure its success, and why the time to act is now. Watch a recording of the program above to learn more.
Sivan Kartha is a senior scientist at the Stockholm Environmental Institute whose research and publications for the past 25 years have focused on technological options and policy strategies for addressing climate change, concentrating most recently on equity and efficiency in the design of an international climate regime. He is a co-leader of SEI’s Gender and Social Equity Programme, and co-director of the Climate Equity Reference Project. His current work deals primarily with the economic, political, and ethical dimensions of equitably sharing the effort of an ambitious global response to climate change. Dr. Kartha has also worked on mitigation scenarios, market mechanisms for climate actions, and the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of biomass energy. His work has enabled him to advise and collaborate with diverse organizations, including the UN Climate Convention Secretariat, various United Nations and World Bank programs, numerous government policy-making bodies and agencies, foundations, and civil society organizations throughout the developing and industrialized world. He served as a coordinating lead author in the preparation of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released in 2014, co-leading the chapter on Equity and Sustainable Development, and has been selected as a lead author for the upcoming IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, to be released in 2021.
Anju Sharma is Program Lead for Locally-led Action at the Global Center on Adaptation. She has worked at the global and local levels and has a good understanding of sustainable development policy and implementation challenges, particularly related to climate change adaptation and mitigation in developing countries, natural resource (forests, wildlife, water and air) management, rural development, gender, governance, civil society engagement, and capacity building. Anju has worked in senior positions at Oxford Climate Policy; the European Capacity Building Initiative; Oxfam GB; among others. She is an Affiliated Researcher at SEI. She has also worked as a consultant for the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UN Development Programme, Oxford University Centre for the Environment, and GIZ. She has also authored and edited several books, papers, and articles on global governance, climate change, natural resource management, and pollution.
Bob Berwyn is an Austrian-based freelance reporter and science correspondent for Inside Climate News and has reported on climate science and policy for 20 years. He has reported on forests, water, endangered species and public lands for several Colorado newspapers and magazines, and was also a reporter and editor at community newspapers in the Colorado Rockies. Watching mountain snow and glaciers dwindle while raising a son in Colorado made him realize that the climate crisis is the most important issue of our time.
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