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  • 9/16-9/17
  • 9:00 AM EDT
  • Online
  • 24 Speakers

The Green Recovery WATCH AGAIN

Before COVID-19 arrived on the scene, the world had been slowly awakening from its environmental complacency. Multinationals were voicing commitments to new, more environmentally conscious forms of corporate governance. Youth activists had mobilized a global climate movement of unprecedented scale. The European Commission had unveiled plans for a European Green Deal, following proposals in the US for a Green New Deal to transform the world’s largest economy. Since then, most major economies have suffered deep contractions, forcing central banks and fiscal authorities to pull out all of the stops in responding.

The pandemic has brutally reminded even the rich world that humanity has not conquered nature. By upending markets, work arrangements, supply chains, and public perceptions of risk, it has permanently changed the world in countless ways. To focus on what comes next, Project Syndicate is convening a wide range of experts for a series of in-depth discussions on the path to a green recovery, with an emphasis on biodiversity, energy, public investments, and financial and corporate governance.

The recovery will bring far-reaching opportunities to accelerate the transition to renewable energies, reorient business and finance toward sustainable development, and reconsider our relationship with nature. But it will also open a window for populists, nationalists, and others to exploit public anxieties and pursue zero-sum politics. The Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change has warned that averting the worst-case climate scenario will depend entirely on the actions taken (or not taken) in the 2020s. The stakes could not be higher. How do we proceed from here?

The Green Recovery is a live virtual event that is taking place September 16-17, 2020. You can find the agenda and registration form below.

Sustainability Special Edition
Cover Sustainability Comes of Age

Sustainability Special Edition

The Green Recovery brings together leading voices from all of the domains involved in combating climate change.



  1. Abiy Ahmed

    Abiy Ahmed

    Prime Minister of Ethiopia

  2. Omran Al-Kuwari

    Omran Al-Kuwari

    CEO of the Qatar Foundation International

  3. Bertrand Badré

    Bertrand Badré

    CEO of Blue like an Orange Sustainable Capital

  4. Gordon Brown

    Gordon Brown

    Former Prime Minister of the UK

  5. Lizzy Burden

    Lizzy Burden

    Economics Reporter at The Telegraph

  6. Ben Chu

    Ben Chu

    Economics Editor at The Independent

  7. Jo Coburn

    Jo Coburn

    Presenter of BBC Politics Live

  8. Christiana Figueres

    Christiana Figueres

    Former Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC

  9. José A. González Anaya

    José A. González Anaya

    Former CEO of PEMEX

  10. Rebecca Henderson

    Rebecca Henderson

    University Professor at Harvard Business School

  11. Werner Hoyer

    Werner Hoyer

    President of the European Investment Bank

  12. Jules Kortenhorst

    Jules Kortenhorst

    CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute

  13. Eila Kreivi

    Eila Kreivi

    Head of Capital Markets at the EIB

  14. Anne Larigauderie

    Anne Larigauderie

    Executive Secretary of the IPBES

  15. Carlos Lopes

    Carlos Lopes

    Former Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa

  16. Mariana Mazzucato

    Mariana Mazzucato

    Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

  17. Jennifer  Morris

    Jennifer Morris

    CEO of the Nature Conservancy

  18. Jim O'Neill

    Jim O'Neill

    Chair of Chatham House

  19. Mary Robinson

    Mary Robinson

    Former President of Ireland

  20. Johan Rockström

    Johan Rockström

    Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

  21. Kevin Rudd

    Kevin Rudd

    Former Prime Minister of Australia

  22. Juan Manuel Santos

    Juan Manuel Santos

    Nobel Peace Laureate

  23. Joseph E. Stiglitz

    Joseph E. Stiglitz

    Nobel Laureate Economist

  24. Laurence Tubiana

    Laurence Tubiana

    CEO of the European Climate Foundation


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