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UNDP’s Newest Climate Action Campaign Launch

Watch the UNDP’s Newest Climate Action Campaign Launch live on We Don't Have Time

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The Weather Channel
World Meteorological Organization

March

21

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15:00

CEST

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10:00 am

EDT

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21

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2024

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Geneva & Online

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2024

Geneva & Online

UNDP’s Newest Climate Action Campaign Launch

Watch the UNDP’s Newest Climate Action Campaign Launch live on We Don't Have Time

UNDP
The Weather Channel
World Meteorological Organization

Step into the future with us !

Join us to celebrate the 2024 World Meteorological Day as we launch UNDP’s newest climate action campaign!

The ceremony will bring the key players involved in tackling the climate crisis: the UN family, national meteorological and hydrological services, youth and civil society, policy makers and the private sector.

We can’t tell you what it is yet but we assure you the storyline will drive you to take action. Tune in on March 21, 2024 at 10:00 EDT - 14:00 UTC - 15:00 CET for a live broadcast launch from Geneva, Switzerland to find out!

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15:00 CET / 10:00 AM EDT – Introduction & Launch of UNDP's New Climate Action Campaign.

Speakers:

  • Celeste Saulo, WMO Secretary-General
  • Agi Veres, Director, Geneva office, United Nations Development Programme

15:25 CET / 10:25 AM EDT – How the Weather Has Changed – Through a TV Forecaster’s Eyes

Speakers:

  • Philippe Jeanneret, Swiss television weather presenter

15:30 CET / 10:30 AM EDT – Zebraside Conversation: Storytelling and Science

Speakers:

  • Boaz Paldi, UNDP Chief Creative Office
  • Lauren Stuart, Scientific Officer, WMO

15:45 CET / 10:45 AM EDT – High-Level Panel Discussion: How To Keep the 1.5° Goal of the Paris Agreement Alive?

The WMO State of Global Climate report reminds everyone of the urgency to tackle the climate crisis. Everywhere in the world, people are already suffering from the negative impact of climate change. Rising temperatures, extreme weather, ocean heat and acidification, ice and glacier retreat affects human health, economies and ecosystems. Science shows that negative impacts are increasing and some changes risk being irreversible.

Climate action is essential to sustainable development, including good health, access to water and sanitation and freedom from poverty and hunger. There is no avenue for human development without prioritizing climate action.

The Paris Agreement on climate change laid the ground to design robust climate action through the nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and the ratcheting mechanism that obliges governments to review and enhance their goals every five years.

Everyone agrees on the need to abide by the lower 1.5° target of the Paris ambitions. Can we still reach it and under which conditions? How is it that despite scientific evidences and a wealth of climate data, public policies are not going faster and wider? What is expected from the different actors – including the public, corporate and financial sector? How do young people have a say in increasing climate ambition and contribute to moving the needle?

Speakers:

  • Marie-Claire Graf, Future Leaders Network (Moderator)
  • Prof. Celeste Saulo, Secretary-General, WMO
  • Agi Veres, Director, Geneva office, United Nations Development Programme
  • Matthew Wilson, Permanent Representative and Ambassador, Barbados
  • Rosa Sangiorgio, Head of ESG, Pictet Wealth Management

16:25 CET / 11:25 AM EDT – Q&A With the Audience in the Room

16:35 CET / 11:35 AM EDT – Saving Lives, At the Forefront of Climate Action, Perspectives from WMO and Meteorological Services

16:40 CET / 11:40 AM EDT – Concluding Remarks

UNDP’s Newest Climate Action Campaign Launch

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Boaz Paldi

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Chief Creative Officer, UNDP

Boaz Paldi is the United Nations Development Programme Chief Creative Officer. In this role, Boaz oversees UNDP’s advocacy, flagship campaigns, events and partnerships. Most recently Paldi managed the design, rollout and launch of the #dontchooseextinction campaign. Before being appointed to his current role, Paldi led UNDP’s advocacy and communication as well as implementing UNDP’s multimedia strategy and co-founding the Social Good Summit. Prior to joining UNDP, Boaz worked as a TV journalist for 17 years covering conflicts, natural disasters and human-interest stories in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Balkans first for the BBC then the Associated Press and finally joining Reuters where he worked as a TV News Executive Producer for over 12 years.

Marie-Claire Graf

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CH
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Co-founder, Climate Youth Negotiator Programme (CYNP)

Marie-Claire is a passionate advocate and public speaker dedicated to driving a just transition towards sustainable development and ambitious climate action. She is also the co-founder of the Youth Negotiators Academy and Climate Youth Negotiator Programme. Believing in the pivotal role of youth in shaping the future, she empowers young people to take meaningful actions, leading initiatives at local, national, and international levels. Her leadership has led her to chair the Youth Constituency YOUNGO of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and serve as the UN Food Systems Summit Vice-Chair on youth. Marie-Claire's commitment to global sustainability efforts has earned her recognition, including the title of United Nations Youth Climate Champion of Switzerland. Through her advocacy and leadership, she inspires and mobilizes youth to address the urgent challenges posed by the climate crisis and drive positive change worldwide

Celeste Saulo

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Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization

Professor Celeste Saulo was appointed as the first female and South American Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) by the Nineteenth World Meteorological Congress (Cg-19). Her four-year term began on 1 January 2024. Prior to this, she served as the Director of the National Meteorological Service of Argentina since 2014 and was the First Vice-President of the WMO. In her career, Prof. Saulo has seamlessly blended academia with leadership roles. At the National Meteorological Service of Argentina, she championed organizational reforms focused on achieving tangible results, meeting societal needs, fostering national and international collaboration, and promoting equity, inclusion, and respect. Before her leadership roles, Prof. Saulo contributed significantly to various WMO expert panels, including the Scientific Steering Committee for the World Weather Research Program and the Working Group on Seasonal to Interannual Prediction.

Agi Veres

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Director, UNDP Representation Office, Geneva

Agi Veres is the Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in Geneva, overseeing efforts to advance global development goals. UNDP, as the UN’s lead development agency, operates in 170 countries, striving to eradicate poverty, reduce inequality, and promote sustainable development, democratic governance, peacebuilding, and climate resilience. In her role, Agi leads a multidisciplinary team to strengthen connections between UNDP's global initiatives and the diverse actors in International Geneva. This collaboration involves partnering with governments, NGOs, academia, and the private sector to design integrated solutions for global challenges. Leveraging Geneva's status as a financial hub, Agi works to bridge investment gaps and facilitate dialogue for policy-making and resource mobilization.

Philippe Jeanneret

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Swiss Television Weather Presenter

Philippe Jeanneret, is in charge of the weather section at Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS), Originally from Bienne/Biel, Philippe moved to Geneva at a young age where he became the face of RTS's weather program Météo. Since then, Philippe has been the presenter and producer of multiple RTS weather programs, serving as a member of the “Association Présentateurs météos” In 1999, he won the Prix de la Ville de Québec at the Festival International de Météo. Alongside his work as a presenter, he writes articles on climate and weather for magazines. His articles have been published in various magazines including "Animan", "Yachting" and "Nautisme Romand." Philippe also pens a weekly column on the RTS website.

Matthew Wilson

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BB
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Permanent Representative and Ambassador, Barbados

Ambassador Matthew Wilson is the Permanent Representative of Barbados to the United Nations Office at Geneva. With over 20 years of expertise in trade and development, he has held key roles in various international organizations and government agencies. Prior to his current appointment, Amb. Wilson served at the International Trade Centre, where he held positions such as Chief of Staff and Chief Adviser to the Executive Director, demonstrating his leadership and strategic acumen. His tenure at the World Trade Organization and the Permanent Mission of Barbados to the United Nations Office in Geneva further solidified his deep understanding of global trade dynamics and diplomatic affairs.

Rosa Sangiorgio

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)

Head of ESG, Pictet Wealth Management

Rosa Sangiorgio is the Head of ESG and is leading the Environmental Social and Governance effort for Pictet Wealth Management. She has over 22 years of experience in structuring, managing and distributing traditional and responsible investment solutions for institutional and private investors globally. Prior to joining Pictet in 2020, she worked for several major European financial institutions. Since 2012, she is focusing on Sustainability and Impact Investing, most recently leading the Sustainability and Impact Investing effort for Credit Suisse Investment Management. Rosa is a CEFA charter holder and a TEDx speaker. Her mission is to support the allocation of resources to socially and environmentally impactful ventures.

Lauren Stuart

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)

Scientific Officer, World Meteorological Organization

Lauren Stuart is the Scientific Officer at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Driven by a lifelong passion for meteorology ignited at the age of four, Lauren’s academic journey began in the meteorological field before pivoting towards climate change and international development for her master’s. Diverse experiences, including internships with prestigious organizations like the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Habitat for Humanity International, equipped her with invaluable insights into international climate policy, finance, and disaster risk reduction. Before joining the WMO, Lauren worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal, and later joined Oxfam America, where she coordinated NGO coalitions, advocated for climate justice issues, and drove policy initiatives related to adaptation, loss and damage, and climate migration. Leveraging her expertise, she has contributed to various WMO bodies, leading the production of United in Science, a vital multiagency UN report informing global climate policy.

Ingmar Rentzhog

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)

CEO and Founder of We Don't Have Time

Ingmar is serial entrepreneur within financial communication and nominated for a DI Gasell Award, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year, Sweden’s Environmental Influencer 2018, and International Gamechanger of the Year 2020, and Green Warrior 2021. Ingmar Rentzhog has been the chairman of the environmental think tank Global Challenge. He is on the board of Naventus Corporate Finance. He’s a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality and European Climate Policy Task Force and he was in 2022 appointed a European Climate Pact Ambassador by the European Commission.

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Select Speakers

Boaz Paldi

 (
)
Chief Creative Officer, UNDP

Boaz Paldi is the United Nations Development Programme Chief Creative Officer. In this role, Boaz oversees UNDP’s advocacy, flagship campaigns, events and partnerships. Most recently Paldi managed the design, rollout and launch of the #dontchooseextinction campaign. Before being appointed to his current role, Paldi led UNDP’s advocacy and communication as well as implementing UNDP’s multimedia strategy and co-founding the Social Good Summit. Prior to joining UNDP, Boaz worked as a TV journalist for 17 years covering conflicts, natural disasters and human-interest stories in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Balkans first for the BBC then the Associated Press and finally joining Reuters where he worked as a TV News Executive Producer for over 12 years.

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Marie-Claire Graf

 (
CH
)
Co-founder, Climate Youth Negotiator Programme (CYNP)

Marie-Claire is a passionate advocate and public speaker dedicated to driving a just transition towards sustainable development and ambitious climate action. She is also the co-founder of the Youth Negotiators Academy and Climate Youth Negotiator Programme. Believing in the pivotal role of youth in shaping the future, she empowers young people to take meaningful actions, leading initiatives at local, national, and international levels. Her leadership has led her to chair the Youth Constituency YOUNGO of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and serve as the UN Food Systems Summit Vice-Chair on youth. Marie-Claire's commitment to global sustainability efforts has earned her recognition, including the title of United Nations Youth Climate Champion of Switzerland. Through her advocacy and leadership, she inspires and mobilizes youth to address the urgent challenges posed by the climate crisis and drive positive change worldwide

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Celeste Saulo

 (
)
Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization

Professor Celeste Saulo was appointed as the first female and South American Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) by the Nineteenth World Meteorological Congress (Cg-19). Her four-year term began on 1 January 2024. Prior to this, she served as the Director of the National Meteorological Service of Argentina since 2014 and was the First Vice-President of the WMO. In her career, Prof. Saulo has seamlessly blended academia with leadership roles. At the National Meteorological Service of Argentina, she championed organizational reforms focused on achieving tangible results, meeting societal needs, fostering national and international collaboration, and promoting equity, inclusion, and respect. Before her leadership roles, Prof. Saulo contributed significantly to various WMO expert panels, including the Scientific Steering Committee for the World Weather Research Program and the Working Group on Seasonal to Interannual Prediction.

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Agi Veres

 (
)
Director, UNDP Representation Office, Geneva

Agi Veres is the Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in Geneva, overseeing efforts to advance global development goals. UNDP, as the UN’s lead development agency, operates in 170 countries, striving to eradicate poverty, reduce inequality, and promote sustainable development, democratic governance, peacebuilding, and climate resilience. In her role, Agi leads a multidisciplinary team to strengthen connections between UNDP's global initiatives and the diverse actors in International Geneva. This collaboration involves partnering with governments, NGOs, academia, and the private sector to design integrated solutions for global challenges. Leveraging Geneva's status as a financial hub, Agi works to bridge investment gaps and facilitate dialogue for policy-making and resource mobilization.

Read less
Read more

Philippe Jeanneret

 (
)
Swiss Television Weather Presenter

Philippe Jeanneret, is in charge of the weather section at Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS), Originally from Bienne/Biel, Philippe moved to Geneva at a young age where he became the face of RTS's weather program Météo. Since then, Philippe has been the presenter and producer of multiple RTS weather programs, serving as a member of the “Association Présentateurs météos” In 1999, he won the Prix de la Ville de Québec at the Festival International de Météo. Alongside his work as a presenter, he writes articles on climate and weather for magazines. His articles have been published in various magazines including "Animan", "Yachting" and "Nautisme Romand." Philippe also pens a weekly column on the RTS website.

Read less
Read more

Matthew Wilson

 (
BB
)
Permanent Representative and Ambassador, Barbados

Ambassador Matthew Wilson is the Permanent Representative of Barbados to the United Nations Office at Geneva. With over 20 years of expertise in trade and development, he has held key roles in various international organizations and government agencies. Prior to his current appointment, Amb. Wilson served at the International Trade Centre, where he held positions such as Chief of Staff and Chief Adviser to the Executive Director, demonstrating his leadership and strategic acumen. His tenure at the World Trade Organization and the Permanent Mission of Barbados to the United Nations Office in Geneva further solidified his deep understanding of global trade dynamics and diplomatic affairs.

Read less
Read more

Rosa Sangiorgio

 (
)
Head of ESG, Pictet Wealth Management

Rosa Sangiorgio is the Head of ESG and is leading the Environmental Social and Governance effort for Pictet Wealth Management. She has over 22 years of experience in structuring, managing and distributing traditional and responsible investment solutions for institutional and private investors globally. Prior to joining Pictet in 2020, she worked for several major European financial institutions. Since 2012, she is focusing on Sustainability and Impact Investing, most recently leading the Sustainability and Impact Investing effort for Credit Suisse Investment Management. Rosa is a CEFA charter holder and a TEDx speaker. Her mission is to support the allocation of resources to socially and environmentally impactful ventures.

Read less
Read more

Lauren Stuart

 (
)
Scientific Officer, World Meteorological Organization

Lauren Stuart is the Scientific Officer at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Driven by a lifelong passion for meteorology ignited at the age of four, Lauren’s academic journey began in the meteorological field before pivoting towards climate change and international development for her master’s. Diverse experiences, including internships with prestigious organizations like the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Habitat for Humanity International, equipped her with invaluable insights into international climate policy, finance, and disaster risk reduction. Before joining the WMO, Lauren worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal, and later joined Oxfam America, where she coordinated NGO coalitions, advocated for climate justice issues, and drove policy initiatives related to adaptation, loss and damage, and climate migration. Leveraging her expertise, she has contributed to various WMO bodies, leading the production of United in Science, a vital multiagency UN report informing global climate policy.

Read less
Read more

Ingmar Rentzhog

 (
)
CEO and Founder of We Don't Have Time

Ingmar is serial entrepreneur within financial communication and nominated for a DI Gasell Award, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year, Sweden’s Environmental Influencer 2018, and International Gamechanger of the Year 2020, and Green Warrior 2021. Ingmar Rentzhog has been the chairman of the environmental think tank Global Challenge. He is on the board of Naventus Corporate Finance. He’s a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality and European Climate Policy Task Force and he was in 2022 appointed a European Climate Pact Ambassador by the European Commission.

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