UN Policy Dialogue Series 


Policy Dialogues on the Triple Planetary crises

On the 2nd of May, 2022, the University of Guyana – Green Institute (UGGI) signed a contract with the United Nations Resident Coordinator, for six (6) months, to provide consultancy on Policy Dialogues on the Triple Planetary Crisis.

The objective of this consultancy helps the United Nations seek to create space in Guyana for constructive advocacy and dialogue relating to the ‘Triple Planetary Crisis’ of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution. It aims to support generate and socialize new knowledge on climate change topics that are crucial for Guyana’s future, including carbon pricing, incentives in energy production, incentives for environmental protection and conservation, and penalties for pollution and carbon emissions. 

Episodes of the Policy Dialogue

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Episode 1: Forests, Petroleum and Climate Resilient Development: IPCC Findings Relevant for Guyana

Overview: This was the first in the UN-Guyana-sponsored Policy Dialogue Series on the Triple Planetary Crises (Climate Change, Biodiversity Loss and Pollution) organised by the UGGI. Introductory remarks were made by Ms. Yeşim Oruç United Nations Resident Coordinator in Guyana. The Moderator was Prof. Edward Greene, Chancellor of the Univesity of Guyana.

 

Episode 2: Challenges for Structural Change and Technology Upgrading in Small, Resource-Rich Economies

Overview: The presenter was Dr. Danilo Spinola, Senior Lecturer in Economics, Birmingham City University. This presentation was the second in the UN-Guyana-sponsored Policy Dialogue Series on the Triple Planetary Crises organised by the UGGI. The Moderator was Dr. Thomas B. Singh, Director of the UGGI.

Dr. Spinola has a long experience working as an external consultant for international organizations, such as the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Latin America.

 

Episode 3: True Development and Natural Resources – What is the Connection?

Overview: This was the third in the UN-Guyana-sponsored Policy Dialogue Series on the Triple Planetary Crises organized by the UGGI. The Moderator was Prof. Jay Mandle, W. Bradford Wiley Professor of Economics, Emeritus, Colgate University.

Ricardo Hausmann is the founder and Director of Harvard’s Growth Lab and the Rafik Hariri Professor of the Practice of International Political Economy at Harvard Kennedy School. 

Episode 4: Carbon Pricing and International Carbon Markets: Considerations for Guyana, the Region, and the World

Overview: This was the fourth in the UN-Guyana-sponsored Policy Dialogue Series on the Triple Planetary Crises organised by the UGGI. The Moderator was Dr. Thomas B. Singh, Director of the GREEN Institute (UGGI).

Ms. Daniella was the Paris Agreement Article 6 negotiator for Guatemala at COP23 and at COP26. She participated as an observer in Article 6 negotiations at COP25. Most recently, she was part of a team that developed mathematical decarbonisation models for the energy sector of Guatemala. 

Episode 5: The Living Amazon: Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Mitigation

Overview: This was the fifth in the UN-Guyana sponsored Policy Dialogue Series on the Triple Planetary Crises (Climate Change, Biodiversity Loss and Pollution) organised by the UGGI. The Moderator was Prof. Edward Greene.

Kurt Holle is the Country Representative, WWF Peru. He is passionate about nature and firmly believes that to protect it, people must first enjoy it and value it. For this reason, during over 25 years, he has focused on bringing together biodiversity conservation and business activity, under a vision of sustainability and generating benefits for local population. 

Episode 6: Bioenergy and Development, with Recent Insights from Brazil’s Bioenergy/Agro-Industry

Overview: This was the sixth in the UN-Guyana sponsored Policy Dialogue Series on the Triple Planetary Crises (Climate Change, Biodiversity Loss and Pollution) organised by the UGGI. The Moderator was Dr. Thomas B. Singh. The panelists were Professor Lynd, an expert on utilization of plant biomass for production of energy, and Prof. Nogueira, a Mechanical Engineer.

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