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How does civil society impact climate governance?

20 February 2019, 17h30 - 19h45

“But I don’t want your hope. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I do. Every day. And want you to act. I want you to behave like our house is on fire. Because it is.” – 16 year old student Greta Thunberg at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2019

The World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report 2019 identifies the occurrence of extreme weather events, induced by climate change, and the failure to mitigate and adapt to climate change as top risks, which underpins the importance of taking climate action seriously. While a legally binding climate treaty is yet to be negotiated on the international level and national efforts are often insufficient, civil society calls for more ambitious climate action – now. But how does civil society impact climate governance?

In this discussion, we will hear the perspectives of a range of representatives from civil society to intergovernmental organizations on this question. The speakers will share their various approaches to climate action and particularly discuss linkages between the different levels. The moderated panel discussion, which includes an interactive Q&A session for guests to engage with the speakers, will start at 18:00, preceded by a reception starting at 17:30.

Speakers include
– European Union Delegation to the United Nations
– International Labour Organization (ILO)
Swiss Youth for Climate
– World Business Council For Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

PLEASE REGISTER until Tuesday 19 February 2019 at

The event is hosted by a group of young professionals from the Carlo-Schmid Program of the German Academic Exchange Service, who are currently interning at international organizations in Geneva. The German Academic Exchange Service as well as the program’s alumni network, the CSP Network for International Politics and Co-Operation, are supporting the organisation of this event.


20 February 2019
17h30 - 19h45
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European Union at the UN
Rue du Grand-Pré 64
Genève, 1211 Suisse

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