Policy in Practice

Today’s leaders in sustainable development face an increasingly complex policy arena. The impacts of climate change continue to pressure countries’ resources worldwide, while rapidly evolving political environments create both new opportunities and challenges for policymakers who stand in the vanguard for a sustainable future. In order to achieve the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement, leaders and institutions need to be equipped with the tools necessary for addressing the unique challenges they face while at the same time harnessing every opportunity that arises.

1/ Leadership in sustainable policymaking (International and domestic settings)

Chair: Abdoulaye Balde, Minister of Environment, Senegal

Speakers: Kare Chawicha Debessa, Minister of State for the Environment of Ethiopia; Frank Rijsberman, Director-General, GGGI; Connie Hedegaard, Chair of OECD Roundtable on Sustainable Development (tbc); Ravi Chaudhry, Chairman of CeNext Consulting & Investment, previously Chairman of four companies in Tata Group, India


2/ Investing now for a green economy future: Education and training as the catalyst

Chair: Ibrahim Usman Jibril, Minister Of State For Environment of Nigeria

Co-Chair: Angus Mackay, Manager, Green Development and Climate Change Programme, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Speakers: Kartikeya Sarabhai, Director of Center for Environment Education; ShyamalMajumdar, Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC; Tommy Nederman, Director Sustainable Business at Scandic Hotels; Heila Lotz-Sisitka, SARChl Chair: Global Change and Social Learning Systems, Rhodes University; Uthpala Sankalpani, RECP Expert, National Cleaner Production Centre; John Okewole, Researcher, UNEVOC Centre for Research and Sustainable

Intervention by: Cristina Martinez, Senior Specialist, Environment and Decent Work, International Labour Organization (ILO)

A pitch promoting use of new knowledge resources on rainwater harvesting and conservation practices, by Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Professor, Rhodes University, South Africa.


A pitch on modifying university curricula toward "Project Based Learning" for sustainability in business schools, by Uthpala Sankalpani, RECP Expert, National Cleaner Production Center, Sri Lanka.


A pitch on inclusive green economy learning in schools, by John Taiwo Okewole, Researcher, Yaba College of Technology, Nigeria


3/ Overcoming inertia: Vested interests and just transitions

Chair: Francesco La Camera, Director General for Sustainable Development, Energy and Climate at the Ministry of Environment of Italy

Speakers: Mike Wilson, Executive Director of Sustainable Prosperity (tbc), MaoAmis, Founding Director of African Centre for a Green Economy; Steve Bass, Senior Associate, International Institute for Environment and Development.