"System Transformation": #RaceToZero UNFCCC pre-COP26 event

11/04/2020 - The #RaceToZero dialogues on how to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions kick off on Monday, 9th of November, organized by UNFCCC and COP26 world climate summit team. The Club of Rome and Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research are joining forces to host the opening session on “Systems Transformation” - for a new resilience agenda for people, planet, prosperity. With presentations by Johan Rockström (Director of PIK) and Sandrine Dixson-Declève (Co-President of The Club of Rome) as well as a high-level panel discussion, this online event introduces all participants to ten days filled with keynotes, showcases and High-Level Champions all combined for a systemic transformation to reach the climate stabilization goals of the Paris Agreement.
"System Transformation": #RaceToZero UNFCCC pre-COP26 event

The Race To Zero Dialogues (9-19 November) are critical inputs to the UNFCCC Climate Dialogues from 23 Nov – Dec 4 to accelerate progress to meet the Paris Agreement. Together, both Dialogues will set the stage for the Anniversary of the Paris Agreement on 12 December as the world embarks on the ‘Race to Zero’ towards COP26 in 2021.

The kick-off morning session “Systems Transformation” presents for its panel discussion:

  • Kate Raworth: Author of Doughnut Economics & Senior Research Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute
  • Wanjira Mathai: Environmental Activist & Vice-President and Regional Director for Africa at the World Resources Institute
  • Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development (
  • Sunny Verghese, CEO Olam International
  • Adélaïde Charlier: Co-Founder of Youth for Climate Belgium
  • Luvuyo Madasa: Director for Re Imagine South Africa
  • Sheela Patel: Commissioner for Global Commission on Adaptation

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