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Cristiana Pasca Palmer to attend Nordic Council event at COP24

11.12.18 | Uutinen
Cristiana Pasca Palmer will attend the NordicPavilion at COP24.

Cristiana Pasca Palmer will attend the Nordic Pavilion at COP24.

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Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, will take part in an event hosted by the Nordic Council at COP24 in Katowice. Ms. Paşca Palmer will talk about the close links between climate change, biodiversity, and human survival.

At the event, due to take place at 13:00 local time on 12 December in the Nordic Pavilion, Dr. Paşca Palmer will talk about the fact that climate change and the loss of biodiversity pose a major threat to human well-being. She will stress the urgency of collective action and highlight the need for the climate community and biodiversity community to work closely together.

"The design of climate policies and action plans should be biodiversity smart to ensure that impacts on our natural infrastructure are minimized and that solutions drawn from nature are better assessed, known and used to prevent further climate related challenges. Because if we don’t, we might lose our number one technology - nature - and end up causing more harm than good", Paşca Palmer says.

The design of climate policies and action plans should be biodiversity smart to ensure that impacts on our natural infrastructure are minimized and that solutions drawn from nature are better assessed, known and used to prevent further climate related challenges.

Cristiana Paşca Palme

Also young people participate

At the event Ms. Valerie Kapos, head of the Climate Change and Biodiversity programme at the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre, will explain how the loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystems will effect human well-being and explain why action on climate change needs to be “ecosystem-aware”.

The Finnish Minister of Agriculture and Environment Mr. Kimmo Tiilikainen will provide his reflections on how to translate these messages into concrete policies and actions.

In addition, young people have been invited to raise their critical voices and demand efforts that are much more ambitious.

Climate and security also in the spotlight

The Nordic Council is hosting a full-day event in the Nordic Pavilion with several side events at COP24 on 12 December, one of which will raise the issue of climate security. A number of high-profile international guests will engage in a debate under the headline Climate (in)security.

“Today, climate change is one of the greatest threats to global security and cannot be seen as independent of traditional notions of security. For example, global warming has already resulted in many climate refugees, and this number is only expected to increase. In recent years, the world has experienced unprecedented climate fluctuations, which have posed a threat to our societies,” says Michael Tetzschner, the President of the Nordic Council.

Cohering Policies is the overall theme

The side event, which starts at 10:30 local time, aims to bring together decision-makers and government representatives, as well as academics in a discussion on the nexus of climate and security.

Confirmed speakers include Michael Tetzschner and Adviser at the Stockholm International Water Institute Dr Martina Klimes, as well as Deputy Director of the Afghan National Environmental Protection Ezatullah Sediqi, and Deputy Director of Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate Tanyaradzwa Mundoga.

The overall theme of the Nordic Council day at COP24 is Cohering Policies. The programme will start at 09:30 local time with a morning talk, and end with a reception at 19:00.