What is the goal of our conference?
Slowing and ideally stopping climate change has become the defining feature of our times. Disagreement ensues not regarding the objective but rather how to achieve it. Radical solutions to completely change our way of life clash with techno-optimistic proposals to engineer our climate.
Which of these solutions has a realistic chance to prevent our climate from collapsing? And which of them can be introduced in a reasonable amount of time? Can we find solutions that connect with our current socio-economic paradigm and help us to speed up the transition? How far can multi-stakeholder onsortia support the implementation of new ideas? And, where are barriers that need to be broken down for a more disruptive change?
Currently, CO2 emissions are not falling fast enough to achieve our net-zero target even by 2050. Enhancing the planet’s capacity to sequester carbon, therefore, becomes a key building brick in our strategy to fight climate change. Nature-based solutions for carbon sinks play an essential role but are threatened by rising temperatures and human interventions in eco-systems.
The focus of our conference will be to explore different natural carbon sinks and the contribution they can make to help address climate change. What are the specific challenges they currently face and the various ways in which we can support them through re-building, maintaining and enhancing their capacity to sequester carbon? What kind of technical, ecological, institutional, regulatory and economic barriers do we currently face to successfully scale them up as? How can we enhance their potential to complement – and ideally reinforce each other?
How will our conference benefit you?
Relying on the strength of multi-stakeholder engagement and collective intelligence across a range of different partners, our objective is to present a series of concrete next steps that allow for accessible steppingstones to a sustainable future. Our conference seeks to be a call for action to promote tangible, impactful, scalable solutions that can be implemented in close collaboration between private and public partners.
Our conference convenes an interdisciplinary group of nature-based solutions experts and thought leaders, as well as decision makers, finance experts and entrepreneurs who are interested in the ambiguity between restauration efforts and climate change. Beyond the platforms for discussion provided in the realm of World Environment Day, Biodiversity Day, WEF in Davos, G7 events, COP 27 and alike, Geneva Macro Labs and its partners focus on cross-sectoral nature-based solutions and to what extent their fintech design could be replicated.
Who are our partners?
A conference of this size that seeks to be impactful can only be organised in partnership with others. We are grateful that UNITAR, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, has accepted to co-organise this event with us. In addition, the following partners have been contacted, with several of them already providing their agreement in principle, including the United Nation Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), Harvard Economics Department, SwissRe, Ethos Foundation, Green Digital Finance Alliance, Rebalance Earth, Ark 2030, E4S, Fundación Solaris, Butterfly Bay, CEP and the OECD Development Center. In addition, the conference will have two ambassador organisations, the Centre Scientifique de Monaco and BlueGreenFuture.
Who will be speaking?
The conference is planned as a one-day event with two keynote speakers. Possible keynote speakers
include Ralph Chami, Lee White, Patricia Morales, Ragga Árnadóttir and Marianne Haar.
When and where will the conference take place?
Currently, the conference is envisioned to take place on Wednesday, 21st September 2022. The conference will be organised ina hybrid format in order to be able to bring together as much as possible participant from around the world and still have the particular benefits arising from an in-person event. A reservation has been placed for a conference room at the Chateau des Penthes (Chemin de l’Impératrice 18 – 1292 Pregny Chambésy), providing space for up to 100 participants on-site.
Which activities will take place during the conference?
The main activities of the conference will be structured around several break-out sessions. Possible topics of these sessions include: Innovative finance for climate impact projects; green macro policies; developing and assessing climate impact projects; creating triple wins: Local communities and green projects; rethinking capitalism for a sustainable future; new standards: What role for the UN? These break-out sessions, their topics, format, participants, and speakers will be determined in collaboration with our partner organisations. Besides the keynote speeches and break-out sessions, we will organise a final panel discussion with representatives from both private and public entities to discuss how to best implement the proposed solutions.
In addition, the conference will include an exhibition centre where individual initiatives can present and showcase their projects to possible partners, including from the financial community. Ideally, these initiatives are also taking part in the various break-out sessions to confront their various approaches and learn from each other. Geneva Macro Labs will take the opportunity to present projects from its first Geneva impACTs round.
What do we offer after the conference?
In order to provide our participants deeper dives into the proposed solutions and discussion areas but also to attract a larger audience, we will offer an optional post-conference training on a subscription basis. The training’s focus is linked to the discussions taking place at the conference’ break-out sessions.
The training will allow conference participants to get speed in different areas around climate impact projects, including on greening national accounts, sustainable finance, tokenisation of natural assets, carbon emission trading schemes, eco-system valuation, local impact assessment, etc. In particular those of our participants that would like to present ideas in their initial stages might find such training beneficial to understand better how to design their projects. We will collaborate with external experts from our network to deliver such training.
How will we disseminate the solutions developed at the conference?
As a follow-up to the conference, Geneva Macro Labs commits itself to prepare a conference-based Solutions Paper that summarises the highlights of the conference together with key take-aways and solutions to accelerate the transition to a sustainable future. In addition, we will identify possible impact projects that can be co-created with our community and our financial partners and will help in their implementation, including by offering opportunities for collaboration within our network.