Webinar: Embedding Climate Risk Management in the Strategic Planning of International Organizations

Research event
25 September 2020 — 1:00PM TO 2:00PM

A web of international organizations, such as the WHO, International Energy Agency, UNDP, and the World Bank, helps to set the global agenda on a range of critical sectors - health, water, energy, food, security etc. This international system was mostly built between the end of the Second World War and the 1970s, before scientists had begun to realize the ways in which anthropogenic climate change threatens to change the face of the planet.

These organizations weren’t designed at the outset to deal with a problem of this nature. But achieving their core mandates without taking into account the changing climate will, most likely, be extremely difficult. This raises some important questions: How are they evolving their strategies to deal with uncertainty and risk? What can be learned to improve their action on climate change? Are they fit for the purpose they now find themselves confronting?

This webinar will bring together academics and researchers and national and international policy makers, to discuss where the extent of climate change risks (direct, indirect and systemic) have been successfully included (or not) in the strategic planning of international organizations.


Ebrahim Gora, Head of Strategic Planning, UNEP; Chair, UN Strategic Planning Network
Clarice Wilson, Strategic Planning Adviser, UNDP
Richard Smith-Bingham, Executive Director, Marsh & McLennan Advantage; Advisory Board, WEF’s Global Risks Report; Steering Group member, OECD’s High-Level Risk Forum
Alice Hill, Council on Foreign Relations; formerly special assistant to President Obama and Senior director for Resilience Policy on the National Security Council
Moderator: Oli Brown, Associate Fellow, Chatham House; Member, Climate Security Expert Network

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