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The Green Recovery WATCH NOW

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. Jo Coburn

    Jo Coburn

    Presenter of BBC Politics Live

  6. Christiana Figueres

    Christiana Figueres

    Former Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC

  7. José A. González Anaya

    José A. González Anaya

    Former CEO of PEMEX

  8. Rebecca Henderson

    Rebecca Henderson

    University Professor at Harvard Business School

  9. Werner Hoyer

    Werner Hoyer

    President of the European Investment Bank

  10. Jules Kortenhorst

    Jules Kortenhorst

    CEO of RMI

  11. Eila Kreivi

    Eila Kreivi

    Director of Capital Markets at the European Investment Bank

  12. Anne Larigauderie

    Anne Larigauderie

    Executive Secretary of the IPBES

  13. Carlos Lopes

    Carlos Lopes

    Former Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa

  14. Mariana Mazzucato

    Mariana Mazzucato

    Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

  15. Jennifer  Morris

    Jennifer Morris

    CEO of The Nature Conservancy

  16. Jim O'Neill

    Jim O'Neill

    Chair of Chatham House

  17. Mary Robinson

    Mary Robinson

    Chair of The Elders, former President of Ireland

  18. Johan Rockström

    Johan Rockström

    Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

  19. Kevin Rudd

    Kevin Rudd

    Former Prime Minister of Australia

  20. Juan Manuel Santos

    Juan Manuel Santos

    Nobel Peace Laureate

  21. Joseph E. Stiglitz

    Joseph E. Stiglitz

    Nobel Laureate Economist

  22. Laurence Tubiana

    Laurence Tubiana

    CEO of the European Climate Foundation


  1. Moderators: Ben Chu and Lizzy Burden
  2. Session One – Green Dealing
    While the original New Deal was famously experimental in nature – with the Roosevelt administration trying everything, keeping what worked, and abandoning what didn’t – today’s proposed Green Deals have already been fully mapped out.

    1. 9:00AM – Opening Remarks: Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank
    2. 9:05AM – Panel Discussion and Q&A with international media
      1. Carlos Lopes, former Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa
      2. Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, Chair of The Elders
      3. Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel laureate economist
    3. 10:10AM – Break

  3. Session Two – The Return(s) of Nature
    While the COVID-19 crisis has highlighted one of the major threats posed by nature, achieving widespread buy-in for biodiversity efforts demands that policymakers also recognize the far-reaching benefits natural systems offer.

    1. 10:30AM – Opening Remarks: Juan Manuel Santos, former President of Colombia (2010-18), Nobel Peace laureate, Member of The Elders
    2. 10:35AM – Panel Discussion and Q&A with international media
      1. Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, co-founder of Global Optimism Ltd
      2. Anne Larigauderie, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
      3. Jennifer Morris, CEO of the Nature Conservancy
      4. Johan Rockström, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact

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