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Find Us at COP28

At COP28, the Smithsonian’s dynamic delegation will champion several sustainability events.

Events are subject to change. Check back frequently for the most up-to-date information regarding event times and locations. All times are local.

 

 

Empowering People and Nature: Supporting Resilient Solutions for Our Ocean 

December 5
Nature Positive Pavilion, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Co-hosted by the Smithsonian, WHOI, Ocean Nexus Center, Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions, WEF, WorldFish, and Global Island Partnership

This event will bring together a diverse group of experts, practitioners, policymakers, and community representatives from the global tropics to develop actionable strategies to center equity in ocean governance, reconnect people and the ocean, redefine ocean literacy, and decolonize ocean research. The event will illuminate the pivotal importance of community leadership, interdisciplinary collaborations and a comprehensive, all-of-society approach to tackling the urgent global climate crisis.

Keynote and moderator: Dr. Ana Spalding, Director of Adrienne Arsht Community-Based Resilience Solutions Initiative, Smithsonian

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Ellen Stofan, Under Secretary for Science and Research, Smithsonian
  • John Kerry, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (tentative)
  • Alfredo Giron, Head of the World Economic Forum’s Ocean Action Agenda and Friends of Ocean Action
  • Rumana Peerzadi Hossain, WorldFish
  • Dr. Austin Shelton, University of Guam (tentative)
  • Josheena Naggea, Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions (tentative)
  • Bosco Juma, Director of Kenya Big Ship (tentative)

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Relocation of the Guna People in Panama

December 6
Panama Pavilion, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Featuring Dr. Ana Spalding, Director of Adrienne Arsht Community-Based Resilience Solutions Initiative, Smithsonian

Organized by Panama’s Ministry of Environment

 

 

From Ground to Space: The Future of Forest Carbon

December 8
Nature Positive Pavilion, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Featuring Dr. Stuart Davies, Director, ForestGEO, Smithsonian; Dr. Cristián Samper, Managing Director and Leader of Nature Solutions, Bezos Earth Fund; Ani Dasgupta, President and CEO, World Resources Institute; and Frank Martin Seifert, European Space Agency.

Moderated by Dr. Ellen Stofan, Under Secretary for Science and Research, Smithsonian, or Dr. Josh Tewksbury, Ira Rubinoff Director, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Co-hosted by Smithsonian, Bezos Earth Fund, World Resources Institute, European Space Agency

GEO-TREES | Global Forest Biomass Reference System: The Bezos Earth Fund recently awarded USD$12M to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) to support the launch of the GEO-TREES consortium—the world’s first ground-based, equitably developed forest biomass reference system, designed to make global satellite-based forest carbon assessments actionable. This unprecedented multi-network collaboration will use innovative technology, partnerships and training, broad sampling and long-term commitment, and open-access data to provide the groundwork for devising strategies to mitigate climate change.

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Dear World Leaders: A Message from Youth 

December 8
U.S. Center, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Featuring Dr. Ellen Stofan, Undersecretary for Science and Research, Smithsonian

Co-hosted by the Smithsonian and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Department of Interior, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

 

 

Educating for Sustainable Development: Co-Designing the future of Climate Education

December 8
Storytelling for Action Pavilion, Blue Zone, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Featuring Dr. Carol O’Donnell, Director, Smithsonian Science Education Center

Co-hosted by the Smithsonian and Ernst & Young, Diplomatic Courier

How can industry partner with educational organizations to help educate the next generation on the SDGs and pave the way for a more sustainable future? In this high-level, intimate, and interactive forum, we will examine results from two major global surveys measuring perspectives from both educators and students on Sustainable Development and Climate Education. Together, the panel and delegates will delve into the underlying data behind teacher and student responses, recognizing challenges and identifying solutions while exploring opportunities for industry impact.

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Setting the Pace on Climate and Environmental Education in Schools and Higher Education (TBC)

December 8
Monash University Pavilion within the Blue Zone, 1:45 – 2:45 p.m. (TBC)

Featuring Dr. Carol O’Donnell, Director, Smithsonian Science Education Center

Co-hosted by Monash University, Youth Environmental Alliance for Higher Education (YEAH)

 

 

A Breakthrough Moment for Mangroves: Delivering Global Action on Mangrove Restoration

December 9
Green Zone, 12:00 –1:30 p.m. Linked here.

Featuring Dr. Ellen Stofan, Undersecretary for Science and Research, Smithsonian

 

 

Empowering Youth Engagement in Climate Action, Solutions, and Policy Addressing Global Challenges

December 10
SE Room 2 (175 pax), Blue Zone, 2:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Led by the Youth Environmental Alliance in Higher Education (YEAH)

Co-hosted by the Smithsonian, Moravian University, Colorado College, Michigan Tech, University of Connecticut, and others

 

 

Passage of Water: Arts and Technology Show the Interconnectedness of Freshwater and Climate Change

December 10
Lab 1, Al-Shaheen Global Climate Action Hub, Blue Zone, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Featuring Dr. Carol O’Donnell, Smithsonian Science Education Center

Co-hosted by NASA and Google