Climate & Sustainability

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Neil Kermode, Managing Director, European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC)
IIEA13th November 20191min

In his keynote address, Neil Kermode demonstrates how the alchemy of turning seawater into electricity has finally been proven to be both predictable and achievable. Mr Kermode provides a personal perspective on the potential of marine energy to tackle climate issues and develop a new economy for the 21st century.

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Carlos Lopes, African Union High Representative on the Partnership with the EU Post-2020
IIEA6th November 20191min

In his address to the IIEA, Dr Lopes discusses the entry into force of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) this year and whether African countries will be able to exploit opportunities to further lead the continent on a path of development.

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IIEA25th October 20191min

The EU is committed to becoming a global leader in green finance and taking steps to protect the financial system from climate risk. It is determined to export its regulatory approach across the globe but faces challenges and limitations in this pursuit. The European Commission established a Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance in 2018 to improve the flow of information among financial market actors. While, overall, the Expert Group has made a promising start in its approach to addressing climate risks and promoting green finance, its approach has been criticized for lacking nuance, particularly when it comes to its binary classification of assets and sectors of the economy as either ‘green’ or ‘brown’. These critiques are important to consider if the EU is to successfully export its approach globally.

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Gilbert Houngbo, President of the United Nation’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
IIEA24th October 20191min

In his keynote address, President Houngbo outlines how a 21st century approach to agriculture is central to creating a better world and argues that with the right investments, small-scale producers can transform the rural communities where they live, ensuring food security, boosting economic growth and creating jobs, particularly for young people.

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Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
IIEA11th July 20191min

In his address to the IIEA, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, shares his personal perspective on the dynamics of forced displacement and the global response to refugees. He discusses the implications of the new Global Compact on Refugees and look ahead to the first ever Global Refugee Forum, to be held in Geneva in December.