Breakout session | Stage 1


Host: UN Climate Change

COVID19 has not stopped the climate emergency. In fact – while the world continues to grapple with the impacts of the pandemic – 2020 is poised to become yet another year of temperature records and devastating weather extremes.

But while we are standing at the brink of run-away climate change, there is another reality about this moment: Climate change has moved from the fringe to the center of global attention in a matter of years. Action is happening in every country, every sector, every household.

Rather than standing at the brink of apocalypse, many sectors in the economy and society are at the brink of moving from gradual to seismic change. In this session we’ll discuss what is necessary to allow this transition to happen – and happen even faster. We’ll highlight stories of people creating change – and explain how everyone can become part of the solution.



Gonzalo Muñoz
High-Level Climate Champion for COP25

Gonzalo Muñoz was nominated by the Chilean presidency and the United Nations as the High Level Climate Champion for the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) to the United Nations Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC), to mobilize climate action in non- state actors around the world. Prior to this, Muñoz co-founded and ran TriCiclos, a recognized company in the area of circular economy and recycling. After 10 years of running traditional food businesses and witnessing the waste generated by the private sector, Muñoz aimed to offer a transformative service that would help the environment while also being financially sustainable. Triciclos operates in 13 countries in Latin America, where their mission is to foster new designs for a world without waste.

Joanna Sustento
Climate Activist, Greenpeace

Joanna is a survivor turned climate activist. after surviving Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. She has served as a voice for the people of Leyte and other climate-impacted communities by humanizing the climate crisis through the power of storytelling. She has spoken in international climate meetings organized by the United Nations, Greenpeace, and other international organizations. While still active in promoting the rights of climate-impacted communities, she recently joined Greenpeace Philippines as a Public Engagement campaigner.

Damon Gameau
Director, Writer, Producer and Presenter

As a director Damon wrote, directed and performed vocals for the 2011 winning Tropfest short film, “Animal Beatbox”. “That Sugar Film” – in which Damon documents the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body - was his first feature length film as a director and won Best Documentary at the Australian AACTA awards. Damon’s new film, 2040, is an innovative feature documentary that explores what the future would look like by the year 2040 if we embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet.

September 23, 09:00
09:00 — 09:45EST(GMT-4) (45′)

Climate, Environment, Leave No One Behind, Planet

| Host: UNFCCC |, Gonzalo Muñoz (COP25), Joanna Sustento (Greenpeace)