Nordics step up the role of arts and culture in green transition at COP28

01.12.23 | News
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Linnéa E Svensson
Nordic co-operation is putting art and culture on its programme at the UN climate summit, COP28, in Dubai. The Nordic pavilion will host discussions on the role of art in the green transition, the vulnerability of cultural heritage, as well as the need for independent climate journalism. In addition, Jessie Kleeman’s video work ‘Arkhticós Dolorôs’ will be shown on several occasions.

Between 1 and 11 December, the Nordic pavilion at COP28 will host more than 70 panel debates, workshops, and report launches. For the first time, the programme will feature discussions and events centring on art and culture.

All the debates and discussions will be streamed live online for anyone who wants to participate, wherever they are in the world.

Reporting Climate Change: Journalism in Times of Urgency

Panel discussion: 6 December, 17.15 to 18.00 (UTC+4)

UN reports show that mis- and disinformation relating to climate change is delaying the green transition.  Independent environmental journalism is urgently needed in order to investigate and convey how climate change is affecting our communities and planet, and what we can do to adapt.  

In this event, we’ll explore the role of , journalists, local media and scientists  in environmental issues and the need for a joint strategy on climate change to combat climate disinformation. 

Come listen to the experiences of young environmental journalists and UNESCO experts on combatting climate disinformation and engaging new generations. The event is co-hosted by UNESCO.

Speakers: Gabriela Ramos, UNESCO; Meral Jamal, independent journalist; Kristjan Burgess, Freedom of Expression Unit, UNESCO; Sara Tingström, WWF Sweden Youth; Malene Nielsen, UNESCO.

No transformation without imagination: The power of art and culture for the green transition

Panel discussion: 6 December, 18.15 to 19.00 (UTC+4)

Art and culture are central drivers for the green transition. The perspectives of artists and creators and their knowledge of cultural heritage offer opportunities and tools to understand the major challenges of our time, such as the climate crisis. 

Creativity and imagination are essential in developing innovative solutions while ensuring a just and inclusive transition. 
Join us for an inspiring event in which we’ll explore and unpick the nexus of culture and climate. 

Speakers: Jessie Kleemann, performance artist and poet; Rodion Sulyandziga, IWGIA; Gunn-Britt Retter, Saami Council; Louise Lindén, LiveGreen, Sweden; Solveig Korum, Arts and Culture Norway.

Jessie Kleemann: Video performance at the pavilion

We’re pleased to announce that the video performance ‘Arkhticós Dolorôs’ (Arctic Pain) by renowned artist and poet Jessie Kleemann (Greenland/Denmark) will be presented at the Nordic pavilion.

The video performance will be shown daily during the first week of COP28 from 1 to 6 December at 13:00 to 13:30 (UTC+4).

Jessie Kleemann, who has just concluded her critically acclaimed solo exhibition ‘Running Time’ at the National Gallery of Denmark, is also participating in the panel discussion on the role of art in the green transition.

Jessie is an artist and poet from Upernavik in Greenland. She now lives and works in Copenhagen. Jessie has created video works, sculptures, installations and live performances, and acted in traditional theatre productions in Greenland.

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